Section 1: The Word of God
We affirm that the Holy Bible, as the inspired Word of God, is the only basis for our beliefs. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Holy Spirit not only inspired the thoughts of the writers, but also formulated the very word structure into which the thoughts were cast with the result that the original documents were inerrant as to fact and infallible as to truth. ( I Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5.)
Section 2: God
God is the sole creator and ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1; 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2)
Section 3: Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, born of the virgin, Mary. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose physically from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5: John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.)
Section 4: The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian in all His fullness from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift when he or she is saved. As Christians we should seek to live under His control daily. By the Holy Spirit we are immersed to form one body – the church. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18).
Section 5: The Personal Return of Christ
While Christ’s return is imminent, the exact time of His coming is unrevealed (Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; Mark13:33-37; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 22:20). When He comes in the air He will remove His waiting church from the earth by means of resurrection and translation (I Thessalonians 4:16-18) after which He will pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world during the tribulation period (Revelation 6:1-18:24). Following this period of tribulation He will descend with His church, resurrect the Old Testament and Tribulation saints (Daniel 12:12-13; Isaiah 26:19-21), and establish His literal Messianic Kingdom over all the nations for one thousand years (Revelation 19:1-20:6; Matthew 13:42,43/25:31-46). At the close of this thousand year period He will raise and judge the unsaved dead at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Finally, as the Son of David, He will deliver up His Messianic Kingdom to God the Father (I Corinthians 15:24-28) and, as the eternal Son, Christ shall reign forever with the Father over the New Heavens and the New Earth (Luke 1:32-33; Revelation 21:1-22:6).
Section 6: The Creation and Man’s Fall
We believe all things in the universe were created by God in the six days of creation described in Genesis 1:1-2:3. We further accept the Creation account as both factual and historical, and thus view it as foundational to the understanding of every fact and phenomenon in the universe. In addition we hold that all things now existing are being sustained and ordered by God’s providential care. Furthermore, we believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but because of Adam’s sin became alienated from God, acquired a sin nature, and came under God’s judicial sentence of death. (Genesis 1:25-27; Genesis 3; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:12; Colossians 1:17).
Section 7: Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God offered to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is revealed in works pleasing to God (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11-14). We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers. We believe all who are truly redeemed shall be saved forever (Romans 8:1, 38,39; John 10:27-30; I Corinthians 1:4-8).
Section 8: Satan
We believe Satan is a literal evil being, who was originally created perfect along with an innumerable company of sinless beings known as angels. According to Scripture, Satan was formerly Lucifer, son of the morning, who, through the sin of pride, rebelled and was followed by a great number of angels, some of whom became demons assisting him as emissaries in subverting and supplanting the work of God. He is the tempter and accuser of mankind who persistently strives to counterfeit the works and truth of God. Satan and his emissaries were defeated and judged at the Cross of Christ and will be bound for a thousand years at the return of Christ to the earth. Following Christ’s Millennial reign, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire where they will be punished eternally. (Isaiah. 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Timothy. 3:6; 2 Corinthians 2:10,11; 11:13-15; Matthew 4:3; 2 Peter. 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:9,10; 20:10).
Section 9: The Final State
We believe that the condition and retribution of the lost and the salvation and blessedness of the saved are conscious and everlasting (Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:15; 22:3-5,11).
Section 10: Baptism
We believe baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. Every believer should be baptized as commanded by Jesus. (Matthew. 3:13-17; 28:19,20; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5).
Section 11: The Lord’s Supper
This celebration is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes again. It is for Christians only and should be taken only after self-examination and confession of sins. Let every one judge their own consciences whether or not they should participate in this ordinance of the church. (Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-33)
Section 12: The Lord’s Day
We believe that the Lord’s Day, which is the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s resurrection, is the correct day to worship Jesus Christ the Lord. (Matthew. 28:1; Mark 16:2; John 20:1,19; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1,2; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:25).
Section 13: Separation
As a church body we believe we must stand against any who reject the deity of Jesus Christ and the salvation He alone can provide humanity. (Romans 14:1; 16:16-18; II. Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 1:28; I. Timothy 6:3-5; I John 1:5-7; 4:1; Matthew 5:13-18; Romans 6:11-13).
Section 14: Stewardship
Since all that we have belongs to God, we must as an act of worship give of our time, spiritual gifts, talents, and money to the support of the Lord’s work in this local church. (Genesis 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Mark 12:41; I Corinthians 16:1-3; II Corinthians 8:1-6).
We not only believe that this body of doctrine is a sacred trust to be preserved and taught in its purity, but we also believe that it teaches a life to be lived and a gospel to proclaim.