What We Believe
We believe that the Bible, in its original autographs, was inspired (verbal plenary = every single word and the sum total of all the words) by God and recorded by Spirit controlled men. It is, therefore, truth without error. The Bible has been preserved by God in 66 books which are not alterable in intended content but only in readable language. It is the only perfect and error-free rule for all faith and practice. It is both the duty and delight of all Believers to deepen their knowledge of God’s Word through regular study of it.
Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 59:21; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 2:1-4; 2 Peter 1:19-21
We believe in the Triunity of Godhead. He is one God, yet eternally and coequally exists in three distinct persons, namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-19; John 10:30; John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-8
We believe that God the Father orders and accomplishes all things according to His own purposes and glory. He is the only entity that can truly create (ex-nihilo = out of nothing) and He has perfectly created all things in six literal days. In addition, He sustains His creation by His might. The Father’s attributes are superlative and point to His holiness and righteousness which both segregate Him from sin yet also redeem man from sin. He is completely compatible in all His attributes and His dealings with His creation are wholly just. The Father is transcendent in that He is far superior to His creation yet He is also immanent in that He works within His creation. No man can fully comprehend the Father’s personhood and nature yet He is to be worshipped exclusively for what He has done and for who He is.
Genesis 1:1-31; Psalm 103:19; Psalm 145:8-9; Matthew 6:30; John 1:3; John 4:24; Romans 8:15-17; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:4-11; Colossians 1:15-17
We believe in Jesus Christ as the second person of the Triunity of God. He has and does and will exist coequally with the Father and the Spirit. He created all things. He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary to simultaneously become both fully God and fully man. He emptied Himself of the independent exercise of His Deity, yet retained His very divine nature. By His own purpose, He allowed Himself to be killed. He suffered and died on the cross to bear the sins of the whole world. He was buried, and on the third day bodily rose from the dead. He ascended to Heaven where He makes intercession for all Believers. He is the head of the church. He will receive the church in the Rapture and then return again in glory with His bride to reign as Sovereign during the Millennium. Ultimately, all will give an account before Him as a perfectly equitable judge.
Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 7:14; Psalm 2:7-9; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-2; John 1:11-18; John 3:16; John 5:22-23; John 10:30; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15:51-58; II Corinthians 5:19; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-17; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:25; II Peter 2:1; I John 2:2; Revelation 20
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, co-equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature. He created all things and directly magnifies Jesus Christ. His work in the lives of non-Believers is conviction, drawing, and enlivening. His work in the lives of NT Believers is predominantly, yet not exclusively, baptism, indwelling, filling, sealing, guidance, and illumination of the Word of God. These works solidify God’s relationship with man, insuring that salvation will be finally realized. In addition, the Holy Spirit empowers the church for service by the giving of spiritual gifts. Some of the these gifts (sign gifts of I Corinthians 12) have fulfilled their purpose and use due to the completion of the superior canon (66 books) of Scripture.
Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 40:13; Psalm 139:7; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 3:5-7; John 15:26-27; John 16:8-19; Acts 2:33; Romans 8:23-27; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:4-13; I Corinthians 13:8-13; II Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 4:10-13; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 2:1-4; II Peter 1:19-21; I John 2:20-27
We believe in sinless spirit beings created by God called angels. They were created to worship and minister to God and to His saints. One of these angels (Lucifer) rebelled against God, thus becoming Satan. He, along with a large number (one third) of the angels are destined for judgment in the Lake of Fire. Today, Satan and the fallen angels are operating, under God’s sovereignty, as the gods of this world. Angels are not redeemable creatures and their eternal fate has been sealed.
Genesis 3:1-19; Job 1:1-2:10; Isaiah 6:2-3; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Romans 5:12-14; Ephesians 6:10-12; Colossians 1:16; I Timothy 3:6; Hebrews 1:14; II Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6; Revelation 20:10
We believe that man was created by God in His own image, free from sin and its effects. His purpose is to glorify God by living in His will and enjoying fellowship with his Creator. By his voluntary transgression, he fell into sin thus plunging the whole human race into depravity, corruption, death and condemnation. Thus, all men are sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration. Jesus Christ is the only human to not possess a sinful nature. All men inherently stand in great need of redemption, which is exclusively provided to man by God through faithful obedience to the Gospel.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 43:7; Jeremiah 17:9; John 8:44; John 14:6; Romans 1:16; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 5:10-12; Romans 8:6-7; I Corinthians 2:14-16; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:16; I John 3:8
We believe that salvation is initiated and completed by God. In His grace He has established a new vital relationship with sinful man. This relationship is realized by the response of man by faith to God’s effectual call to be saved. In His grace, He has chosen us to be the elect before the foundation of the world. Our new relationship places us in Christ and Him in us. At the very moment of our new union, we are converted into a new creation by the gifts of repentance and faith.
John 15:16; Acts 13:48; Acts 18:27; Romans 2:4; Romans 8:27-30; Romans 9:22-24; II Corinthians 7:9-10; Ephesians 1:4-11; Philippians 1:29; II Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 2:10; Titus 3:4-7; I Peter 1:1-2
Justification is the act of God whereby He declares us righteous. It is apart from any effort of natural man and is attributed solely to His grace. It involves the placing of man’s sin upon Christ. In addition, through the substitution of Christ, His righteousness is imputed to us. We are completely forgiven, declared as holy saints, and brought into the family of God.
Acts 2:33; Romans 3:20-26; Romans 8:33; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 2:21-24
Sanctification is the work of God whereby we are transformed (past, present, & future) into the image of Christ. God gives provision for victory over the power of sin initially, daily, and eternally. We do not experience eradication of sin while we are bound in the flesh. However, since God’s work is complete, we can be assured of salvation based on the promises of God, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the transformed life of the Believer. God can be trusted to finish the work of salvation that He has initiated, thus the Believer, regardless of his deeds, will eternally and securely persevere. Until perfected by Christ and removed from the flesh, all Believers are responsible to grow and change according to the Spirit’s teaching of the Word of God in the context of a local church.
John 14:1-4; John 17:17-19; Acts 20:32; Romans 6:1-22; Romans 7:1-6; Romans 7:22-25; Romans 8:15-17; Romans 11:29; I Corinthians 1:1-2; II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:20-24; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 3:9-10; I Thessalonians 4:3-4; II Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 1:12; I Peter 1:5; Jude 24-25
Glorification is the work of God whereby our union with Christ will be fully and perfectly realized. Our adoption as sons of God will be completed and we will experience the total absence of sin and its effects. The culmination of the work of the triune God in salvation will be manifested in a new people, a new body, a new age, and a new creation.
Romans 8:27-30; Titus 1:11-14; Philippians 3:21; I Corinthians 15:35-44; I Corinthians 15:50-54; II Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 20:6; I John 3:1-3
A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (1), associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel (2); observing the ordinances of Christ (3); governed by his laws (4), and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word (5); that its only scriptural officers are Elders or Pastors, and Deacons (6), whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
(1) 1 Cor. 1:1-13; Matt. 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:31; 1 Cor. 4:17; 14:23; 3 John 9; 1 Tim. 3:5 (2.) Acts 2:41-42; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 5:12-13 (3) 1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor 5:6; 2 Cor. 2:7; 1 Cor. 4:17 (4) Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; 1 John 4:21; John 14:21; 1 Thess. 4.2; 2 John 6; Gal. 6:2; all the Epistles (5) Eph. 4:7; 1 Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 12:14 (6) Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer (1), into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost (2); to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (3); that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper (4), in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ (5); preceded always by solemn self-examination (6).
(1) Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32-34; 18:8 (2) Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:27-28 (3) Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:20-21; Acts 22:16 (4) Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts and Epistles (5) 1 Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20 (6) 1 Cor. 11:28; 5:1, 8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; John 6:26-71
THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that the end of the world is approaching (1); that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven (2), and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution (3); that a solemn separation will then take place (4); that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy (5); and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness (6).
(1) 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35; 1 John 2:17; Matt. 28:20; 13:39-40; 2 Pet. 3:3-13 (2) Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18;5:1-11 (3) Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:12-59; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25- 26; 2 Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42 (4) Matt. 13:49, 37-43; 24:30-31; 25:31-33 (5) Matt. 25:35-41; Rev. 22:11; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Pet. 2:9; Jude 7; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 6:32; 2 Cor. 5:10-11; John 4:36; 2 Cor. 4:18 (6) Rom. 3:5-6; 2 Thess. 1:6-12; Heb. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 4:5; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:2-16; Rev. 20:11-12; 1 John 2:28; 4:17