About Us Our Beliefs
The Bible is God-breathed, inerrant, infallible, and is as it claims to be, the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). God the Holy Spirit used holy men through the process of inspiration to move them to write not just the thoughts, but every word (2 Peter 1:21, Matthew 4:4). This “moving” of the Holy Spirit was not the same as the moving or inspiration that a poet feels as he writes, but was in a sense carrying them to write.
God not only gave His Word, but He promised to preserve it for every generation (Psalm 12:6-7, Isaiah 40:8). As a result, the King James Bible is The Word of God preserved by God for the English-speaking people. The Bible is just as true, relevant, and profitable today as it was when it was written in the original manuscripts (Hebrews. 4:12). According to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.
There is one God and supreme being that is holy, ever-existent, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present in the affairs of man today (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 1:37, Isaiah 40). God is a triune God consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is then three Persons but one Essence, not three distinct gods (1 John 5:7). God is a loving God and at the same time a holy God. Although He loves man, He hates sin.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and at the same time God the Son. Christ was not created, but his relationship to the Father can be seen in the hypostatic union (100% God and 100% man) (John 10:30, John 8:58, John 1:1,14). Since Jesus is God in the flesh, He possesses all of the attributes of God the Father (Mark 2, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-18, 2:9).
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit and lived a perfect life while on earth (Luke 1:34-35). The purpose of His coming was to pay the price of sin on the cross, thereby providing a way for man to receive the forgiveness of sins (Luke 19:10, John 3:16). Without his sacrifice, man would have no hope of ever receiving eternal life.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He is not just a force, a power, or a pleasant feeling that one experiences, but is One with God the Father (Acts 5:3-4, 1 John 5:7). When Christ left, He left us the Holy Spirit to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (John 16:8). At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit seals the believer, indwells him, and gives him eternal life (Ephesians 1, Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit then guides, teaches, testifies and witnesses to the believer as One who comes alongside of him in order that he might please God while on the earth (John 14:26, 15:26). The single most important attribute of God is His holiness, evidenced in the person of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 57:15).
God made man in His image; this image is one of a perfect state. God also gave man free will, making him responsible for his own decisions. Because Adam sinned in the garden, every man born after him is born with a sin nature (Romans 3:10, 5:12, 23). A man is not only a sinner only because he sins, but he sins because he is a sinner. Because of the sin of man, the world today has rejected God and His Word. As a result, God required death as a payment for the sin of man and sent His Son to pay the price (Romans 6:23, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Salvation from eternal punishment is only received one way, through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). A person must recognize that he is a sinner, that Christ died to pay his payment on the cross, and that he must ask Jesus to forgive his sins and be his Savior. A person must trust Christ and Christ alone for his salvation, for He is the only way (Acts 4:12).
A person does not need to “get his life right” with God before he can approach Him. The whole reason why man needs a Savior is because he cannot “get his life right” enough to find favor in God’s eyes, so he must let God do the work in him. On the other hand, when a person is saved, his works will change (Ephesians 2:8-10). A good indication of whether or not a person is saved is whether their works are met for repentance (Matthew 3:8). Salvation is repentance from sin and towards God (1 Thessalonians 1:9, Acts 20:21). Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of life. It is not the prayer that saves someone, but the decision of repentance and accepting God’s terms through Jesus Christ for salvation.
When a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior, he also receives the eternal life that Jesus gives (1 John 5:11-13). Once a person receives eternal life, he cannot lose it. Because a person cannot receive eternal life through his works, it is impossible that his eternal life be taken away because of his works. There is also no man that can take it away from him, not even himself (John 10:27-29, Romans 8). If this were the case, eternal life would not be eternal, but temporal. It is God who saves, not the person; at the same time, it is God who keeps one saved, not the person.
The English word in the Bible is the word ecclesia in the Greek. This is a compound word that uses the words ek and kaleo. The word ek means out of, and the word kaleo means to call. The word ecclesia then by definition is a called out assembly. But not every called-out assembly is a church, for the Bible clearly teaches that only those who have accepted Christ as their Savior are part of the church (Acts 2:47). The Bible frequently refers to the church as the Bride of Christ, Christ himself being the Bridegroom. Another name in the Bible for the church is the body of Christ, and specifically, names Christ the Head of the church (Colossians 1:18). The church in the Bible is very significant, for Ephesians 5:25 says that Christ gave himself for it. The Bible teaches that even though the church is significant, no one can receive salvation by means of a church, for it is only Christ who can forgive sins (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
The next point on the calendar of God’s events is the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:18). The Bible teaches an imminent rapture. Paul himself was looking for the rapture to happen in his lifetime (Titus 2:11-13). Eschatologically, the Bible teaches a pre-tribulation, pre-millennial rapture (1 Thessalonians 5:4-9)
At the end of the seven years, the second coming of Christ will take place, in which all the saints will descend from heaven with Christ as our Conqueror and King. The saints will be robed in white riding a white horse while following our Savior (Revelation 19:11-16). At this point, the nations will try to unite and fight against Christ, this battle is called the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:19-21). The battle will really be no battle at all, for Christ will speak, and with His voice will He defeat the nations (Revelation 19:21).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and are governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and has balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13-14)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate physical activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s original intent for a physical relationship between a husband and wife. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in a church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon of a church. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, inexcusable taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:20)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is
the sole and final source of all that we believe.