1. The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Holy Scriptures, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, to be the one written Word of God. These Scriptures are God-breathed, inerrant in the original writings and infallible, authoritative, and sufficient for all God requires us to believe and to do.
(Psalm 19:7-10; Psalm 119:11, 89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; Romans 10:17; 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
2. The Triune God. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in infinite power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. In six days He created all things visible and invisible. He is the righteous Sovereign, who rules over and does all things according to the counsel of His will for the glory of His name and the good of His people.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 31, 2:1-2; Exodus 34:6-7; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:4; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 19:1; 90:2; 115:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:1-4, 18; 4:24; 17:1-5; Acts 17:24-31; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 1:1-3)
3. Humanity. We believe that God created human beings on the sixth day of creation in His image, male and female, to be in perfect fellowship with Him and to care for His creation as His stewards. Every living person, born and unborn, regardless of their capacity or attainments, is worthy of respect and Christian love as a bearer of the image of God.
(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7-8; Psalm 8:3-9; 139:13-16)
We believe that God created Adam and Eve to complement one another in a one-flesh union that established the exclusive order of marriage and sexual relations for all, to be the foundation of human civilization. On the grounds of the Creation order, therefore, we deny that homosexual unions constitute legitimate marriage. God designed the marriage union of a man and woman to picture the gospel, the union between Christ and His church. In this union, God has ordained the husband to model to his wife the self-sacrificing leadership of Christ to his church, and the wife to model to her husband the submissiveness of the church to her Lord.
(Genesis 1:27; 2: 18, 21-25; Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:4-9; Ephesians 5:22-33)
4. The Fall. We believe that when he was tempted of Satan, the first man Adam sinned against God, and as humankind’s representative, the race sinned in him. Every descendant of Adam still bears the image of God with all of its dignity and worth, but each is also born with Adam’s guilt, is fallen and at enmity with God. Although still capable of civil and social good, man is affected by sin in every part of his being and is utterly unable to do any God-glorifying good, let alone remedy his lost condition.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-24; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 1:18-31; 3:9-20; 5:12-14; 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:3)
5. The person and work of Christ. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and Creator, became man without ceasing to be God in fulfillment of God’s promises, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might by the revelation of God redeem sinful man.
(Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:2-7; 42:1-9; 49:1-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Daniel 7:13-14; Micah 5:2-5; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1-5, 14, 18; 5:39; Luke 24:44-47).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ both lived and died as our representative substitute. He lived in perfect, sinless obedience to God His Father, fulfilling all righteousness, and in obedience accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross where He propitiated God’s wrath for all who will believe. Our justification is declared sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead. He who knew no sin became our sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
(Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12; John 8:28-29; Romans 3:21-26; 4:22-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 3:8-9; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; 1 John 2:2)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministries of intercession and advocacy for the saved. He will return to judge the living and the dead.
(John 5:24-29; 6:37-40; Acts 1:9-11; 17:30-31; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2)
6. Salvation. We believe that no one can enter heaven unless born again by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through the gospel, that the sinner cannot take a single step toward God through reformation, morality, culture, or ordinances. We believe that salvation from the penalty of sin is a gift of God brought to man by grace, received by repentance of sin and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for the forgiveness of our sins, to whose sacrifice nothing more can or need be added. At the moment of faith in Christ, the individual is united to Christ and Christ's righteousness is credited to the individual as his own, and though in his being he is yet a sinner, God declares him righteous.
(John 3:3-7, 16-18; 6:29, 37; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3:20-26; 4:5; 5:1, 6-8, 19-21; Romans 8:1-4; 10:6-13; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5-7)
We believe those who are saved from the penalty of sin are also saved from its power, and by the transformational work of God through His Spirit will grow in faith working itself out in obedient love. Those who are saved from sin’s penalty and its power will also be gloriously saved from its presence at the last day, when believers, both living and dead, are raised to meet Christ at His return. This salvation cannot be lost. Although believers will struggle with and fall to sin, God’s elect will persevere to the end, kept by God’s power and secure in Christ forever.
(John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:10; Romans 5:9-10; Romans 6:1-23; 7:14-25; 8:8-14, 16-17, 8:28-39; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 5:23-24; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 14-19; 1 John 3:1-10)
7. The person and work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. By His working through the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit grants new, spiritual life to spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to the glory of Christ and His sufficiency to save, granting repentance of sin toward God and faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit, upon all believers’ faith for salvation, baptizes them into the body of Christ, indwells them, and seals them unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth and graciously gifts each for ministry in the church as He wills. It is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit in order to live in conformity to the will of God for His glory.
(Genesis 1:2; Ezekiel 36:25-27; 37:1-14; John 3:3-8; John 14:16-17; 16:8-14; Acts 1:8; 4:29-31; Romans 5:3-5; 8:9-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:9-14; 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:4-13; 2 Corinthians 3:6, 17-18; Galatians 4:6; 5:16-18, 22-23, 25; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 2:20, 27).
8. The Church. We believe that all God’s new covenant people, born again by the Holy Spirit, constitute the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every person born again to God is born into His family, reconciled to Him and to His people, and thus every member of the church universal is required to participate in a local church, assembling, supporting, and serving regularly. The church is distinguished by its holiness of life, proclamation of the truth of the gospel, and by its members’ love both for one another as God’s household and for the world of which we were all members before.
(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 6:9-11; 12:12-14; Galatians 6:1-10; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:1-16; 5:25-27; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25).
We believe that in the service of the church both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ in the manifold ministries needed to build up and equip God’s people. We believe that the leadership ministry of pastors and elders is reserved for spiritually qualified men. We believe that God has given women complementary, meaningful ministry in the church which is vital to our health, which includes but is not restricted to the leadership and teaching of other women and of children.
(Romans 12:3-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-13; 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s supper, and that they are the only ordinances of the church. By participation in the ordinances believers give visible, public witness of God’s prior, spiritual, saving work in their lives through the gospel of Christ.
(Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-26)
9. The personality of Satan. We believe that the being Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He is a fallen being himself, finite, not God’s equal. He was the originator of sin and by the permission of God, he led man, in Adam, into sin by the power of his temptation. He is now the prince of the power of the air, the god of this present, evil age. He has been judged at the cross, though not executed, and will be sentenced to the lake of fire.
(Genesis 3:1-15; Job 1:6-12; Matthew 4:2-11; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:10-12; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 20:1-3, 10)
10. The eternal destiny of man, the return of Christ, and restoration of all things. We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall dwell forever with Him in His glory. The souls of the unrepentant unbelieving remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction, separated from the joys of the Lord, eternally subject to His wrath.
(Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-26; 23:39-43; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:21, 23; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:11-15)
We believe in the personal, glorious, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones in the air, and His orderly return to earth, with His saints, to establish His kingdom. All people, saved and lost alike, will stand before Christ’s seat of judgment to give account of their lives. In the end, God will make all things new. There will be the new heavens and the new earth where the righteous will dwell in the immediate presence of the glorious God, where no evil will touch, let alone harm, where all will be blessed. Christ will reign over all things and His people with Him forever.
(Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Mark 13:24-33; John 5:25-29; 6:38-40; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 2:5-11; 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-27; 3:5, 12, 21; Revelation 19:11-22:21)
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