OUR DOCTRINAL POSITION


Our God

We believe God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is one God, but three persons (the three in one Trinity). We believe God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit eternally exist and are all equal in nature and glory, while differing in function. God the Trinity function throughout time in perfect unison to bring about God's sovereign plan. (Genesis 1:1, 26; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 18:30; Psalm 139; Isaiah 40:12-31; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 John 5:7;)

 

The Scriptures

We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testament) to be the verbal, plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures, inspired in the original manuscripts, stand as the infallible, inerrant, active, and authoritative Word of God. God has faithfully preserved His Word through the wealth of existing manuscript copies and faithful translations of those copies. God's people today read His Word with the sure foundation of the Bible's Divine inspiration, authority, and preservation. We believe the Scriptures to be at the focal point of Christian faith and practice. (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:160, Matthew 5:18, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Revelation 22:18-19)

 

Jesus Christ

We believe in the full deity of Jesus Christ, His miraculous virgin birth, His sinless life of perfection, His public ministry, His atoning death of shedding His blood for all mankind, His bodily resurrection conquering sin and death, His ascension to the Father in heaven, His current rulership over the salvation of mankind, and His future kingly return. We believe that Christ, as the only qualified candidate, shed His sinless blood on the cross and rose from the dead; meeting God's demands for perfect holiness and paying man's punishment for sin. We accept and believe in His active role as man's Intercessor, Advocate, and High Priest. (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, John 1:1-3, John 16:7-8, Acts 4:12, Romans 3:25-26, Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 1:16, Colossians 3:15-20, Hebrews 4:14-15, 1 Peter 2:22-24)

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is fully God. As God, the Holy Spirit is eternal, He was present and active at creation, present and active in the inspiration of Scripture, and is present in the world today through salvation and sanctification. The church today benefits from the comforting and securing acts of the Holy Spirit’s permanent indwelling. Every sinner who trusts Christ for salvation receives the full and secure indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then fills the believer for service and righteous living. (Genesis 1:2, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 3:5-7; John 14:16-18; John 16:5-8; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 1:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

 

Angels and Satan

We believe in God's creation of an angelic host sometime prior to the creation of mankind. These spirit beings were created to bring God glory through heavenly adoration, special acts of proclamation, and unique acts of service on earth for God's people and God's plan. We believe that Satan (Lucifer) was originally created as one of these angelic beings. He, however, chose to defy God in his pride and was banished from heaven along with his "demonic" followers. Satan and his demonic following continue attempting to thwart God's plan on the earth through sin's darkness. The forces of sin are, however, limited by God, defeated at Calvary, and ultimately will be vanquished at Christ's return and final judgment. (Genesis 2:1, Genesis 3:24, Genesis 18:2, Judges 9:23, 2 Kings 6:17, Nehemiah 9:6, Job 1-2, Job 38:6-7, Psalm 68:17, Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel 28:14-17, Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 16:5, Luke 10:17-18, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 4:9, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 6:10-13, 1 Peter 1:11-12, Revelation 12:10, Revelation 20:10)

 

Creation

We believe God initiated and created all things. Mankind was created from the earth's dust by God on the sixth day. We believe that the universe was formed completely through Divine creation apart from any evolutionary processes. All things exist for the express purpose of glorifying God. (Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:18-23, John 1:3, Acts 17:24-25, Colossians 1:16)

 

Man and Sin

We believe that through Adam and Eve mankind was created in the image of God. This original imago dei form of man was one of innocence, whereby Adam and Eve chose to defy God. Since the fall into sin, mankind's offspring is bred in a state of innate sinfulness. This sinful state wrought both physical and spiritual death to all mankind. Man stands before a holy God in need of redemption. (Genesis 1:26-30; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-13; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 64:5-6; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:9-20, 23; Romans 5:12-15, 20-21; Ephesians 2:1-3)

 

Salvation

We believe salvation is necessary for the redemption of mankind's sinful separation from God. This salvation can come from no human effort, but only through an act of God. As the Father draws mankind to salvation, mankind responds in faith and repentance, resulting in justification and redemption. While God's foreknowledge gives Him the knowledge of all who will be saved (the elect), Scripture shows that He is also not willing that any should perish. It is this delicate balance between God's foreknowledge and man's free will that is hard to comprehend. Scripture clearly portrays God electing His children, while at the same time emphasizes the importance of man's response. It is this seeming contradiction of electorial ideas that God in His omniscient majesty somehow upholds. We believe Christ's followers receive Divine adoption as they freely respond to God's electing calling. Upon conversion, the believer's heart is now transformed as he or she now gains a secure justified standing before God. The redeemed are in that moment considered completely righteous in God's sight, as the very righteousness of Christ is credited to our account. The believer now begins restoring his or her original imago dei in a sanctificational sense. Regardless of one's view of salvific foreknowledge and election issues, God remains in control and man still has the responsiblity to accept Christ, grow in Christ, and spread the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world. (Genesis 15:6; Isaiah 44:24-45:13; Jeremiah 1:5; John 3:3-8; John 10:25-30; John 14:6; Acts 2:23; Acts 16:29-33; Romans 5:6-11, 15-21; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9:14-23; Romans 10:9-13; Romans 11:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:1-4, 15-29; Galatians 5:2-4; Ephesians 1:3-8, 14; Ephesians 2:1-6, 8-10; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 Peter 1:1-5; 1 John 5:1-5, 13)

 

Sanctification

We believe that once a sinner trusts Christ for salvation, he or she begins a process of restoration into Christ-likeness and the original image of God. This process is accomplished not through man's work, but (just like in salvation) through faith...a faith in the Spirit's internal leading work. As the believer remains sensitive to the Spirit's leading day by day, he or she will offer himself or herself as a living sacrifice moment by moment and thereby be brought progressively into Christ conformity. As the believer allows the Spirit to lead him or her into sanctification, the goal will ultimately be eternal glorification in heaven. This process will also inevitably result in a separation from the sinful practices of the world. (Matthew 6:19-21; Romans 8:18-30; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10; Galatians 3:3; Galatians 5:1-10, 13-15, 16-26; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 4:17-32; Ephesians 5:1-20; Ephesians 6:10-18; Philippians 2:12-13; Philippians 3:12-21; Colossians 2:6-7, 20-23; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; 2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 5:12-14; Hebrews 12:1-2; James 2:14-26; James 4:4-8; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 5:1-5)

 

The Church

We believe that in this post-New Testament age God centers His work around the church. While we believe Scripture does refer to all believers as "the church," we also believe the local church is firmly supported. Local churches are united in mission and yet distinct in existence and human authority. While there are many who claim to be true local churches, we believe that a true local church is one where Christ is the cornerstone...one that is firmly based on God's Word. A true local church of Jesus Christ is a group of organized, immersed believers associated by a common faith and mission. The church's main mission of glorifying God is accomplished through the worship of God, the preaching of God's Word, the edification and fellowship of the saints, and the outreach of sharing God's love throughout the world. (Matthew 16:15-19; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 6:1-10; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 4:1-6, 11-16; Colossians 2:19; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Hebrews 10:25)

 

Future Events

We believe that Christ is coming again for a series of eschatological events culminating in the judgment of all evil and the salvific completion of all believers. The new heaven and new earth will be instituted and God's own will be with Him for all eternity, while those having rejected Christ will be eternally rejected and separated along with Satan in a literal hell. (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:42-44; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-11; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 19:7, 11-21; Revelation 20-22)