We believe in the Divine inspiration of the Bible. The entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are God’s Word. Chosen men who were verbally inspired and operating under a special influence of the Holy Spirit wrote it. The sixty-six books comprising the Bible are free from human error in the form in which they were originally given to the writers.
We believe in the total sufficiency of the Bible. It is the primary instrument by which God reveals Himself to us and should be held in the highest esteem by those who worship Him. It is an adequate guide for all Christian living, practice, and doctrine.
We believe in the authority of the Bible. Inasmuch as it is inspired by God and reveals itself to us as a sufficient revelation, it thereby establishes its own authority. It is the final authority regarding all matters of faith and practice and is not superseded by any other source. This means that we do not accept any spiritual experience as having its source in the Holy Spirit that contradicts Scripture or cannot be verified by it.
We believe in the finality of the Bible. This means that the present sixty-six books comprise one, complete revelation. We rely upon the Holy Spirit to give the Church greater understanding of what has already been written. However, we reject the idea of any additions to the present Canon of Scripture.
We believe that the God revealed in the Bible is the only true God. He alone is an eternal and sovereign Being. He alone possesses all power. God alone exists independently of all else in the universe. He is Creator of all things, and by Him all things exist and are sustained. This means that He not only initiated every created thing, but that everything is made to be dependent upon Him.
This one and only God is revealed as a triune Godhead. In the mystery of the Divine oneness, there are three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These Three are co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. This means that all Three possess equally all the attributes of God. In addition, the Bible reveals the three Persons as relating to each other by a descending order and performing particular roles in the Divine plan.
God the Father
He is referred to as the One who is always enthroned. He rules over all creation. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted.
God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He is full of both holy love and holy justice. God is all-powerful and all-knowing; His perfect knowledge extends to all things—past, present, and future—including the future decisions of His creatures. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God the Son
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is referred to as the eternal Word, the One who was with God from the beginning. It was through Him that all things have come into being and are presently held together. This One, who is the eternal Word, became a man at the right time in history.
The Holy Spirit supernaturally conceived Him. He was born of a Jewish virgin. He came into this world as the God-Man, perfect in nature and in obedience. He lived a sinless life, demonstrating beautifully the image of His Father.
He died on the cross to fulfill the Divine plan for redemption. This means that His death was substitutionary, inasmuch as we are the sinners who deserved to receive the punishment. It also means that His death was efficacious, inasmuch as God placed our sins on Christ in order to give us His righteousness.
On the third day after dying for our sins, He bodily arose from the dead. In His glorified body, He fully demonstrated to chosen witnesses His triumph over death.
After forty days, He bodily ascended to heaven in the presence of eyewitnesses. He assumed a position in heaven at the right hand of the Father, where He continually advocates on behalf of God’s people. In this ascended posture, He awaits the appointed time when He will return in glory and triumph to finally establish God’s Kingdom on the earth.
God the Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the blessed Trinity and is fully God. He is described as One who proceeds from the throne of God. He was sent to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He assists the Church in its evangelistic mission by calling sinners to respond to the Gospel. He works in those who respond, joining them to Christ by the regenerating work of the new birth. He continues to work in the life of the believer, enabling them through His sanctifying work to live a holy life.
In general, we can say that the Holy Spirit is at work in the earth today to bring to completion all that the Father planned and all that the Son died to provide.
We believe that both men and women were made in the image and likeness of the Creator and as such are the crown of creation. This means that He made us for a purpose and that our lives should bring glory to Him.
We believe that while mankind was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker, by voluntary transgression he fell from that holy and happy state. As a result, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
The Gospel is the message of God’s plan of salvation. In it, God’s righteousness is revealed in two ways. First, it exalts God in His rightful place as the Supreme Judge. His righteous indignation and wrath toward sinners are clearly set forth. Second, it reveals His gracious plan to make His righteousness available to those who believe in His Son. Christ’s crucifixion is the substitutionary sacrifice for sin that made it possible for God to be both a holy Judge and accomplish this marvelous grace to sinners.
The Gospel extends to all humanity an invitation to receive forgiveness for sin. This is experienced by repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. This repentance and faith should be regarded as inseparable gifts from God and not as meritorious acts initiated in man’s determination.
We believe that responding to the invitation of the gospel is God’s only appointed means of salvation from sin. Other than the name of Jesus, there is no other name given today whereby we may be saved. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples and includes the redeemed of all the ages—believers from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. According to His commandment and the example of the apostles, Christians are to unite in local bodies under the Lordship of Christ for the purposes of gospel instruction and proclamation, encouragement, accountability, worship, and the celebration of the ordinances.
The ultimate goal of the Church is to glorify God by making disciples of all the nations and serving others in Jesus’ name. Under godly pastoral leadership, each autonomous, local church is to be governed through democratic processes in which each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.
The Second Coming of Christ
Jesus has promised to return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all people in righteousness. God has not revealed the exact time of Christ’s coming. Therefore, believers are commanded, “Prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
When Christ returns, He will establish His Kingdom on earth; believers will be priests of God, and they will reign with Christ forever.
There will certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. Those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for righteousness have a living hope because of His resurrection. At Jesus’ return, believers’ bodies will be resurrected and glorified, and we will live forever with the Lord on a restored earth, enjoying complete freedom from the penalty, power, and even the presence of sin.
Though the unrighteous will not live with God, they too will be resurrected. Because of their rebellion, they will be raised to face judgment and will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.