Statement of Faith

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; John 14:26; 16:12–15)

 

We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19)

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God (John 1:1) and true man (Hebrews 2:14), having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34, 35). He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3; 20:24–29), and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1–9), where he is at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Colossians 3:1). He now is our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25, 26; 1 John2:1; Philippians 2:5–7).

 

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14) and during this age to convict men (John 16:8), regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:5–8), indwell (1 Corinthians 12: 13), guide, instruct (John 14:26), and empower the believer for godly living and service (Ephesians 5:18–21).

 

We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) but fell into sin (Genesis 3) and is therefore lost (Romans 5:12–21), and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (John 3:5–8).

 

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and his Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe (Hebrews 9:22–28; Romans 4:25), and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (John 1:10–13; 3:5–8).

 

We believe that Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the ministry during the present age (Matthew 28:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

 

We believe that the true ministry is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which he is the Head (Colossians 1: 18–22).

 

We believe that only those who are thus members of the true ministry shall be eligible for membership in the local ministry (1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:47b).

 

We believe that Jesus is the Lord and the Head of the Ministry (Colossians 1:18) and that every local ministry has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Matthew 18: 17; 1 Corinthians 6:4, 5).

 

We believe in the personal (Acts 1:11) and pre-millennial (Revelation 19:19–20:6) and imminent (Mark 13:33–37; Revelation 22:20) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (Titus 2:11–14).

 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51–53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18), and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:7–15).

 

We believe that there is one living and true God, externally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: That these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in work of creation, providence and redemption. (Trinity)
Gen 1:1, John 1:1, 3, Matthew 28:19.

 

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers 1 Cor. 3:15, Eph. 4:30

 

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Christ to earth and in his eternal kingdom in heaven. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment the eternal felicity of the endless suffering of the wicked.
Matthew 16:27, Mark 14:62, John 14:3, Acts 1:11, Philippians 3:20, 1 Thessalonians 4:15, 2Timothy 4:1 Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15

 

We believe God ordained marriage and the family as the foundational institution of human society, and that the only legitimate marriage is a sacred and permanent covenant relationship between one man and one woman, symbolizing the union of Christ and his Church. The husband is to be the servant leader in the home and is to love his wife as Christ loves the church, and the wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-25).

 

We believe God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity is to be engaged in outside of the marriage of a man and a woman. Any form of child molestation, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, Lesbianism, bestiality, bisexuality, incest, pedophilia, or pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sex. We believe God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:22-24; 19:5,13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-29; 7:2; First Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; Gal. 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-23; First Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)