What We Preach and Teach

 
 

We believe the following statements to be a summary of the doctrine, which is essential to the practice, and propagation of true Biblical Christianity; and therefore, are held by this church.

The Scriptures

The scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Written Word of God and the Supreme and sole authority of Christian faith and practice. The Scriptures were originally given by the Holy Spirit by plenary, verbal inspiration, infallible true and free of error. No other writings, experiences or traditions of any kind are inspired in this sense. (2 Timothy 3:16- 17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 20:31, Psalms 119:105)

The Nature of God

The only true and living God is the Triune Godhead–the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Triune Godhead is co-existent, eternal and co-equal in all attributes. The Father is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, the Creator and ruler of all things. He has been revealed to man through the Scriptures and completely and supremely in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 13:14, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:3, John 15:26-27)

The Nature and Work of Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God equally divine and eternal with the Father and is also the Son of Man, truly human, but without sin. He became flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth who is born of the virgin Mary by miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit and virgin birth. He lives a sinless human life, perfectly fulfilling the divine law and then offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of every man. He died on the cross shedding his precious blood in full substitution and atonement for the sins of all men everywhere. He was buried. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, alive forever more. He later ascended bodily into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Father He now continually intercedes for those who put their trust in Him. (Matthew 1:20, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:35, John 17:5, 17:8, Philippians 2:6-8, 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18, Romans 3:24-25, 1 John 2:2, Colossians 1:20, 2 Corinthians 5:18, John 19:38-42, Romans 10:9, Acts 1:9, John 21:19, Romans 8:34)

The Nature and Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and Son in the Godhead, whose work it is to glorify God in Christ through convicting men of sin and regenerating those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior, the Son of the living God. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers and is the source of all spiritual power, but he may be resisted by both saints and sinners. He is the guide and counselor for all Christians and for the church, to interpret, teach and reveal the mind of God unto us through the Holy Scriptures. (John 3:6, Titus 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, Acts 7:51, Ephesians 4:30, John 14:17, Ephesians 3:16, 1 John 2:27, 1 Corinthians 2:13, John 14:26)

The Nature of Man

Man was originally created in the image of God. The Genesis account of creation reveals that man came by direct creation of God. Though created in the image of God, man willfully sinned by disobedience, thereby bringing sin and death into the world. Through Adam all have inherited a sin nature and are condemned to eternal punishment. (Genesis 1:16-17, Romans 3:10-19, Romans 3:23, 5:12-14, 6:23, 1 John 1:8, Revelation 21:12) 

Salvation

Man is utterly unable to save himself from the power or penalty of sin. There is only one person who can save, Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:11-12) Each man must be saved wholly on the basis of the work Christ has done in dying for his sins and rising for his justification. Salvation is received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, as the Son of God and Savior. (John 3:5, 1:12, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11-14) Therefore, those who are saved Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, He is the Christ, God’s Savior. (Matthew 16:15, John 6:29, John 16:30-33) Confess Jesus publicly (Romans 10:9-10, Luke 12:8) Repent of their sin, hating the sinful lifestyle once lived, turning to live rightly. (Acts 17:30, Acts 3:19) Baptized in the name of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 18:8)

Sanctification

 A true Christian is one who has been “saved” or “born again”, set apart by the Holy Spirit when he has faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. The reality of this experience will evidence itself by a genuine love for Christ, His Word, His church and by a life characterized by Christ-like motives and standards. This setting a part consists of an act, occurring at salvation, wherein the Holy Spirit sets the believer apart positionally for Heaven; a process, to progressively overpower sin in the life of the believer and gradually conform him to the image of Christ. As a result, the believer attains perfect holiness at the rapture of the Church. (John 3:5-6, 2 Peter 1:4, Ephesians 1:3-12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Titus 3:5, Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Philippians 3:21, 1 John 3:2, Jude 24)

Satan

Satan is a fallen angel of great power in rebellion against God. He is iniquitous, promotes evil, deceives and tempts all men to sin against God. He will be cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of the age. (Ephesians 6:12, Isaiah 14:12-15, John 8:44, 1 Peter 2:4, Revelation 19:20, 20:1-12)

The Church

The church of Christ is composed of all who have been Saved and will be with Him in Heaven. A local church, therefore, is an assembly of regenerated persons united by doctrine for effectively witnessing to the unsaved, teaching, exhorting, equipping and edifying those who are saved. For Christian fellowship among the brethren, for united praise and worship of God through song, testimony, prayer and observance of the Lord’s Supper as ordained by Christ, and for establishing other local churches of like precious faith, at home and abroad. (Acts 2:41-47, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Romans 16:17, Matthew 28:18-20)

Civil Government

 All Christians should obey officials of the government and the laws of their country as those appointed by God for the protection of all the punishment of evil doers. The only exception to this would be when these officials or laws conflict with the Word of God. We are admonished to pray for our leaders. (Ezra 7:26, Matthew 22:21, Romans 13:1, 1 Peter 2:17, 2 Timothy 2:1-2)

The Promised Return of Christ

When the present age is consummated the Lord Jesus will return to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom. It is not possible to know the date of His coming; nevertheless, every Christian should live in earnest expectation of His coming at any time. When He comes in the air, both dead and living believers will be caught up to meet Him, receive their resurrection bodies and will appear at the judgment seat of Christ to be judged not for salvation but for rewards. This preMillennial coming of Christ will also be associated with a period of judgment and great tribulation on the earth, in which the wrath of God will be poured on unsaved men because of their rejection of God and His Christ. Then Christ will come to the earth in power and glory to reign for a thousand years. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:1- 10, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Daniel 9:27, Matthew 25:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, Isaiah 65:18-25, Revelation 20:4-10)

Marriage

Marriage and Sexuality: Marriage is the exclusive, covenantal union between one man and one woman. Marriage was instituted by God in the beginning, and reaffirmed by the Lord Jesus Christ. All forms of sexual immorality, such as adultery, premarital sex, homosexual behavior, pornography, and transgender behavior are sinful and offensive to God. (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5-9; Psalm 139:13-16).