(1) The Holy Scriptures.
(a) We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Mt. 5:18; John 16:12,13).
(1) The Godhead.
(a.) We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14).
(2) The Person and Work of Christ
(a.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35).
(b.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24,25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph 1:7; 1Peter 1:3-5).
(c.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9,10;Heb 9:24; 7:25;Rom 8:34; 1 John 2:1,2).
(3) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
(a) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12: 12-14; Rom 8:9; Eph 1:13,14).
(4) The Total Depravity of Man.
(a) We believe that man was created in the same image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition ( Gen 1: 26,27; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12; Eph. 2: 1-3, 12).
(a) We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 1 pet 1: 18,19.)
(7) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.
(a.) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38,39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet 1:5).
(8) The Two Natures of the Believer.
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom 6:13; 8:12,13; Gal 5:16-25;Eph 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 1 Pet 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).
(a.) We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2; 14:13, 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11; 2 Cor. 6:14- 7:1).
(10) The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
(a.) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12).
(b.) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14,15)
(11) The Church
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again
(a.)persons of this present age (Eph 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12: 12-14;2 Cor. 11:2).
(a.) We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these—the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (John 1:17; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24,25; Heb. 7:19; Rev. 20:2-6).
(13) The Personality of Satan
(a.) We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14: 12-17; Mt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
(14) The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for
(a.)His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Rev 3:10).
(15) The Eternal State.
(a.) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Mt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13).
(b.) We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16,17).