This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the following Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible.
About the Bible
- The Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the plenary, inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-19)
- The Bible is the sole rule for faith and practice. (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-3; Matt. 7:24; James 1:22-25)
- The Bible has been providentially preserved for all generations. (Isa. 59:21; Matt. 5:18; I Pet. 1:25)
- The King James Version of the Bible is a faithful, literal, and accurate translation of the Hebrew Masoretic manuscripts and the Greek Received Text, and is thus the superior version for the English language. Modern versions such as the NIV, NASV, and ESV, derived from corrupt manuscripts, are inferior. (I Tim. 3:15; Jude 1:3)
- The Bible should be interpreted according to its normal, historical-grammatical meaning. (Isa. 28:9-10)
- There is one, triune God, who is the Creator, Sustainer, Sovereign, Savior, and Judge of all things. (Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:1; Rev. 4:11; Isa. 43:11; 44:24; I Tim. 2:3; I Tim. 4:10)
- The one, true God is infinite in His wisdom, power, and being. He is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and eternal, having no beginning or end. (Psalm 139:7-12; 147:5; Luke 1:37; Rev. 1:8; Ex. 3:14; Tit. 1:2)
- The one, true God exists as three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three Persons of the Godhead are co-equal in essence, attributes, and eternality. (Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7)
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; furthermore, He is co-equal in essence with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, all three comprising the three Persons of the trinity. (Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-2, 14; John 5:18; 10:33; Phil. 2:6; Rev. 1:8, 17-18; 21:6; 22:13)
- Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. (Matt. 1:20-23; Isa. 7:14)
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on Earth, was crucified, was buried, rose from the grave on the third day, ascended back to Heaven, and is presently alive and actively interceding on behalf of His sheep. (Phil. 2:8; Heb. 4:15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Matt. 28:5-6; Acts 1:9; 2:23-24, 30-33; Rev. 1:18; Rom. 8:27, 34; Heb. 7:25)
- Jesus Christ is the Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and Judge of all mankind. (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Phil. 3:20; Tit. 2:13; John 5:22; Acts 10:42; II Tim. 1:10; 4:1)
- There is no salvation apart from one’s personal faith in Jesus Christ and His work of redemption on Calvary. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Gal. 4:4-5; I Tim. 2:5)
About the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, who is co-equal with the Father and Son in essence, attributes, and eternality. (Matt. 28:19; I John 5:7)
- The Holy Spirit’s primary works include reproving the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and indwelling, guiding, teaching, comforting, and sealing believers unto the day of redemption. (John 16:7-11, 13; 14:16, 26; Rom. 8:9; II Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; I John 2:20, 27)
- Believers are commanded to be filled with the Spirit, and they are prohibited from quenching and grieving the Spirit. Unbelievers may resist the Spirit. (Eph. 4:30; 5:18; I Thess. 5:19; Acts 7:51)
- The baptism of the Spirit is a work of the Holy Spirit whereby He places a believer into union with the body of Christ. This takes place at the moment of salvation, and is not accompanied by external evidences such as speaking in tongues or being “slain in the Spirit.” (I Cor. 12:13)
- The Holy Spirit gives at least one special, spiritual gift to every believer for the purpose of edifying the church. (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12-14; I Pet. 4:10-11)
- The “sign gifts” of the apostolic age were for the purpose of validating the gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelieving Israel. These supernatural gifts were temporary in nature and are no longer operative in this present age. This does not preclude God’s ability to perform miracles if and when He so chooses. (Mark 16:20; Acts 2:4-11; I Cor. 1:21-23, 13:8-12; 14:22; Heb. 2:4)
- Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.; true genuine faith includes repentance. (Luke 24:47; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; Rom. 3:22; 5:1; 6:23; Acts 17:30; II Cor. 7:10; 26:18; Gal. 3:26)
- Salvation is not achieved by works or attained by religion or birth. (Rom. 4:5; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:5)
- Salvation is attainable only on the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His subsequent resurrection. (Acts 20:28; Rom. 3:25; 4:25; 5:9; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14, 20; I Pet. 1:3, 18-19; 2:24)
- The blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses from all sin was shed for all mankind. Although this atonement was intended for and is sufficient to save all people, only those who receive Christ by faith will be saved. (Acts 17:30; I John 2:2; Rom. 3:22; 5:18; I Tim. 2:4-6)
- Genuine salvation cannot be lost or forfeited; once a person receives Christ, his salvation is secure unto the day of redemption. (John 10:28; Eph. 4:30; Rom. 8:1, 38; I Pet. 1:3-5)
About the Church
- The church was founded and built by Jesus Christ, who is its living Head, and to whom belongs all preeminence. (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23-32; 2:20; Col. 1:18; I Pet. 2:6-7; I Cor. 10:4)
- The local church is the institution through which God is currently preserving, practicing, and proclaiming His Word. The church is not another name for Israel, nor did the church replace Israel with regard to its national and prophetic promises. (I Tim. 3:14; Heb. 10:23-25; Jude 1:3)
- The local church is an assembly of born-again, baptized believers in Christ. This is not to be confused with the universal family of God. (Acts 2:41; I Cor. 12:4-31)
- There are two church ordinances, set forth by the Lord Jesus Christ to be observed and practiced in the church: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Table. (Matt. 3:13-17; 26;21-30; 28:18-20; Luke 22:19; Acts 2:41; 8:36-38; 9:18; 16:14-15, 31-33; Rom. 6:1-5; I Cor. 11:24-26; I Peter 3:21; I Cor. 11:17-34)
- There are two church offices recognized in the New Testament: pastor and deacon. The office of a pastor is synonymous with that of a bishop or elder. (Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28; Phil. 1:1; I Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11; I Pet. 5:2-4)
- The church will cease to exist on earth at the moment of the Rapture. From that point on, the church will forever be with the Lord. (Rom. 5:9; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-17; 5:4, 9; Rev. 3:10; 6:17)
About World Evangelism
- World evangelism (missions) is the mandate from the Lord Jesus Christ to His church to make disciples of every nation; this is commonly called the Great Commission. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:20)
- The Great Commission is the primary mission of the church. It involves preaching the gospel to every creature, baptizing those who receive Christ, and teaching those baptized believers to observe all of Christ’s commands. (Matt. 28:29-20)
- Each local church should be actively and aggressively striving to make disciples both locally and globally. The church should be regularly sending out and supporting foreign missionaries, as well as encouraging personal evangelism at home. (Acts 13:2-3)
- The chief objective of a missionary is to plant local, New Testament churches on his field, whether domestic or international.
About the Return of Christ and the End of the World
- The Bible should be interpreted in its normal, literal, historical, grammatical context. I reject an allegorical approach to interpretation.
- The Second Coming of Christ will be in two phases: the Rapture and the Revelation. (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-21)
- The Rapture is when Jesus will come down from heaven for His church. The church will be snatched away in a moment, and will be taken to Heaven to stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Chronologically, this is the next event on God’s prophetic timetable. The time of the Rapture is imminent, as it may happen at any time without warning. (John 14:3; I Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:13-18; 5:2, 9; II Pet. 3:10)
- The Revelation is when Jesus will come down from heaven to the Mount of Olives and will establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth, its capital being the city of Jerusalem. (Zech. 14:1-4; Matt. 24:30-31; Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16)
- The two phases of Christ’s second coming will be separated by a duration of time, in which there will be a seven-year Tribulation period upon the earth. This time of tribulation will be an outpouring of God’s wrath upon all the unbelievers of the world. The church will not be present for this time of trouble. (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:24-27; 12:1-2; Matt. 24:3-22; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 3:10; ch. 3-19)
- Following the Millennial Kingdom on earth, there will be a Great White Throne Judgment, in which all of the unregenerate sinners of all time will be cast into the eternal Lake of Fire. The redeemed of all the ages will then enjoy eternity in Heaven. (Rev. 20:11-14)
About Christian Conduct
- God’s ultimate standard for believers is that of holiness and Christlikeness. (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 5:1; I Pet. 1:15-16; I John 2:6)
- Standards commonly refer to man-made rules to be observed and followed by those under the authority of a particular institution (e.g., the home or the church).
- Standards are a tool to be used in love for fostering Biblical disciplines, protecting weak brethren, and preventing spiritual and moral decline.
- Living in a culture that is rapidly degenerating in morals and decency, standards in the home and in the church are an important part of maintaining purity and holiness. It is not legalism to require personal standards within an institution. Standards should not, however, be the basis of determining another person’s spirituality or standing with God.
- Standards should always be based on Biblical principles, but should never be equated with such. God’s commands are universally and infallibly authoritative. Man’s rules may vary. (Matt. 15:2-6)
- There are three Biblical aspects of separation for the church: ecclesiastical separation, personal separation, and the separation of church and state.
- Ecclesiastical separation means that Bible-believing churches should not jointly cooperate with apostate churches, false teachers, or adherents of false doctrine. This would include ecumenism. (Rom. 16:17; II Thess. 3:14-15; II Tim. 3:1-5; II John 1:9-11)
- Personal separation means that born-again believers should not conform to the sinful lifestyles and trends of this world. This would include such aspects of lifestyle such as appearance, entertainment, and associations. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; I Cor. 6:19-20; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; I John 2:15-17)
- Separation of church and state means that neither the church nor the civil government should overstep the bounds of their respective authority. Neither should control the other, nor should there be an alliance between the two. This does not preclude the spiritual influence of the church upon its community. (Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-3; 14:5-12; Acts 5:29)