WHAT WE BELIEVE

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Bible

The Doctrine of the Bible (Bibliology)

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the sole and final authority for faith and practice.

The Doctrine of God (Theology)

We believe in one triune God (The Trinity), co-existing and eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Doctrine of Christ (Christology)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead. As such He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. Christ is identical in His very nature because He is God. Jesus made the claim to be equal with the Father and the Father referred to Him as God. (John 1:1, 5:18, 10:30, 14:11, 17:5; Hebrews 1:8)

His Death and Burial

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross of Calvary as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice for all men. I believe His perfect blood satisfied the demands of a Holy God. His death was all-sufficient and there is nothing to be added to or taken away for mankind to be saved

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. As such He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. (John 14:16-18; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 3:16-17)

The Doctrine of The Church (Ecclesiology)

A. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a New Testament institution, unknown to the Old Testament prophets and established by Jesus Christ. Jesus is its sole Head and the church is made up of born-again, scripturally baptized persons who have voluntarily joined themselves together to carry out the Great Commission. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)

B. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

C. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

D. We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the sole Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this dispensation. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

E. We believe there are two offices in the local church. That of Pastor and Deacon. The requirements for each office are set forth in the scriptures and must be adhered to. (I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)

F. We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

G. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. I believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving. We believe the work of God is to be financed by the people of God. (Genesis 14:20; Exodus 36:3-7; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:8-12; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)