Beliefs

I. Scriptures

All scripture is given by inspiration of God. He is the Author of the 66 books of the Bible, and He has preserved His complete Word through the ages. The Bible is our only authoritative rule for faith and practice (Psalm 119:89, II Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).

II. Godhead

The trinity describes each distinct, separate yet one, Person of the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit compose the trinity; all are equal and unified in Deity, position, and power  (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14, I John 5:7).

God the Father is the one true God; there are no other Gods besides Him. His work is to receive glory from His creation. God the Father sent His Son because of His love to die upon the cross to redeem mankind (Isaiah 6:1-4, 44:6-8, John 3:16, Ephesians 1:3-14).

Jesus Christ has always been, is, and always will be. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died, and rose again for the redemption of the world. He is currently seated at the right hand of the Father making intercessions for us and awaiting the time to retrieve His church (Luke 19:10, John 1:1, Ephesians 1:7-10, Hebrews 7:25).

The Holy Spirit is the Comforter of the believer, the Divine force behind inspiration, the One Who convicts of sin, the One Who indwells the believer, the Giver of spiritual gifts, the One Who intercedes for the believer, the One Who seals the believer, and the Guide into all truth (John 15:26, John 16:8-14, Romans 8:9, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,, Ephesians 1:13-14, II Peter 1:21).

III. Creation

God created the earth in a literal, twenty-four hour, and six day period. He did not use evolution in any way, shape, or form. He created everything out of nothing—not using any preexisting matter or materials. All of creation is sustained and controlled by God; everything consists and continues through His power and watch (Genesis 1:1-31, Colossians 1:16-17, 2 Peter 3:7).

IV. Salvation

Salvation can only be received through the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through His voluntary, vicarious, sinless and propitiatory death on the cross, salvation is made available to all men everywhere, regardless of race, social standing, or lineage. Man must accept this free gift of salvation, which is by grace and through faith alone, and repent of his sins, placing his complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection (John 3:36, Romans 10:9-13, Ephesians 2:8-9).

V. Eschatology

Jesus Christ will return to gather His church at the rapture in the air. The dead in Christ will rise first, and believers who are alive will follow and join Him in the clouds. Christ will judge believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ, not on their salvation but on the works done for Him. Following the rapture, there will be a seven year period of Tribulation on this earth where God will pour out His wrath. This time begins with the covenant between the Antichrist and Israel and culminates with the battle of Armageddon. After God’s victory and Satan’s imprisonment, Jesus will rule and reign along with the saints for the Millennium. At its conclusion, Satan will be loosed for a season to deceive the nations, but he will ultimately be defeated and cast into the Lake of Fire. Jesus Christ will bring the dead before His Great White Throne and judge them out of the Book of Life. All of those not written therein will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. God will recreate the Heaven and earth to be enjoyed by Himself and His children for all eternity (Daniel 9:24, 27, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, Revelation 19-22).

VI. Church

The church is a local body of baptized believers organized together to carry out the Great Commission and to bring glory to the Lord. The two offices of the church are the pastor and the deacon. The pastor is the head of the church under God’s authority, and the deacons are servants who assist the pastor in the ministry of the church. The two ordinances given to the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:42, 47; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Ephesians 3:21, 1 Timothy 3, 1 Peter 5:1-4).

VII. Separation

Personal separation is first and foremost governed not by a set of standards or convictions, but by the presence of the Lord in the lives of each and every believer. The standards and convictions that govern one’s life should grow out of a desire to live a holy life that is pleasing the Father in every area, and that brings Him the most glory (Exodus 33:16, Romans 12:1-2,  2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:15-16).

As true followers of Christ, the church is to avoid those who teach things contrary to the clear fundamentals of Scripture, to mark them, and to not have fellowship with them. (Romans 16:17, II John 9-10).

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