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.
(Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, and rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men(1), that He hears and answers prayer (2), and that He saves from sin and eternal damnation all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (3). We believe He has a paternal relationship to believers only(4).
2:21; 4:17 (2) John 15:16 (3) John 6:44; 3:16,18 (4) Rom. 8:15; John 8:41-44
GOD THE SON
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son(1), born of a virgin (2), sinless in His life (3), who atoned for the sins of the world by His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (4). We believe in His ascension into Heaven (5), His perpetual intercession for His people (6), His personal coming in the air for His church (1), and His return to earth at the close of the tribulation to establish his millennial kingdom (8).
(1) John 3:16 (2) Matt. 1:23 (3) I Pet. 2:21-22 (4) I Cor. 15:3-4 (5) Acts 1:9 (6) Heb. 7:25 (7) I Thess. 4:1318 (8) Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 3:10
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit (l) who convicts (2), regenerates (3), baptizes (4), indwells (5), seals (6) and fills (7). We believe Spirit baptism takes place at the time of regeneration (8) and that the filling of the Spirit is manifested by the fruits of the Spirit rather than by any specific spiritual gift(9).
(1) Acts 5:3-4 (2) John 16:8-11, 14:26 (3) Titus 3:5 (4) I Cor. 12:12-13 (5) I Cor. 6:19-20 (6) Eph. 1:13 (7) Acts 4:31; Eph. 5 (8) Acts 10:44-47, 11:16 (9) Gal. 5:16; Acts 4:31
We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead; there is one God(1) eternally existing in three equal but distinct persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2).
(1) Deut. 6:4 (2) Matt. 28:18-19; II Cor. 13:14
Matt. 26:16-20 (10) Eph. 4:7, 11-16; Jude 3
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God in the original autographs (1), that it was written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit (2), and therefore without error. It is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (1)
II Tim. 3:16-17 (2) II Pet. 1:20-21
We believe that all men are sinners by nature (l) and under the condemnation of God (2) . The only remedy for this condition is Holy Spirit regeneration through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as payment for one’s sins (3). We believe regeneration is the irrevocable act of God, thus securing the believer for all eternity (4). We believe the Bible does not teach that God created any person for the purpose of condemnation (5)
2:3; Rom. 3:9-20; 5:12 (2) John 3:18, 36 (3) I Pet. 1:18-22; John 3:8, 14; Heb. 9:22 Rom. 8:35-39; John 10:28-29 (5) John 3:16; II Pet. 3:9
We believe in the Church (1), a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head (2) and of which all regenerated people are members (3). We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ (4), baptized by immersion after an acceptable confession of faith (5) associated for worship, work and fellowship (6), and having two offices, pastor and deacon (1). We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for observance throughout the church age, the ordinances of baptism by immersion, the Lord’s Supper (8), and that God has laid upon these churches the task of witnessing to a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior (9), and of building up the saints in the faith once for all delivered (10).
(1) Matt. 16:18 (2) Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:16; Eph. 4:15. 5:23 (3) I Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 5:30 (4) Acts 2:41-42; (5) Acts 10:47-48 (6) Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:25; (7) Phil. 1:1; (8) Matt. 26:16-20; Rom. 11:23-26 (9) Acts 1:6; Matt. 26:16-20 (10) Eph. 4:7, 11-16; Jude 3.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that scriptural baptism is the immersion of a born-again believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to new life; that it is a prerequisite to church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death until He comes to be participated in by baptized believers, and should always be preceded by a period of self-examination.
(Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6: 35; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; I Cor. 11:23-28).