Our beliefs are our core, and they direct everything we, as a church body, do. They inform what we teach, how minister to others, and how we serve. The foundation of those beliefs is found in Scripture. At the end of each segment of our belief statements, you’ll find Bible verses to support those beliefs.
We believe that the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired and without error in their original writings, and are therefore our final authority in faith and life. We believe in the literal, historical and grammatical interpretation of the scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21.
The Holy Trinity
We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ, who was God from eternity, was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and thus is true man and true God. Jesus performed miracles while here on earth as proof to the children of Israel that He was the Son of God, their Messiah, but they rejected and crucified him. But the grave could not hold him and in three days He arose from the dead and in forty days went up into heaven to prepare a place for His children. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 1:20-23; Matthew 28:5-8; John 1:14; John 14:2-3; John 20:30-31; Hebrews 1:1-3.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is given to believers as our comforter and as the guarantee or pledge of our faith. Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit shortly after his conversion on the road to Damascus. New Gentile believers received the Holy Spirit as they believed. We believe that God has given all His children certain gifts and it is our responsibility to make use of them in building up the body of Christ. John 16:7; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:44-48; Romans 12:5-8; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 4:12; John 14:26.
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners of their need of Christ as Savior, and regenerates those who place faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers. As believers yield to His control He enables them to obey the will of God for them, and to lead godly lives, separate from the sins of the world. John 7:37-39; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:1-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 1:9; 2:1.
We Are Sinners
Jesus' Death, Resurrection and Return
We believe that Christ died for our sins and rose bodily from the grave. We believe in His bodily ascension, in His present work for believers as High Priest and Advocate in heaven, and in the "blessed hope" of His personal, bodily return to receive His saints unto himself and establish His Millennial reign on earth. We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church. Luke 23:46-49; Luke 24:1-53; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10; Hebrews 1:2-7:25; Revelation 3:10.
SALVATION THROUGH JESUS ALONE
We believe that men can be saved from sin and come into possession of eternal life by realizing they are sinners, believing that the Lord Jesus Christ loves them and has provided salvation through His own shed blood upon Calvary. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as personal Savior and Sin-bearer and is entirely a free gift of God. Salvation cannot possibly be achieved by man's works. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. John 1:12-13; John 3:14-18; John 5:24; John 10:28-29; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:18-19.
We believe that at death the saved enter into the presence of God immediately, to spend eternity with him. At death the unsaved go immediately into eternal conscious punishment. We believe in the future bodily resurrection of the dead. Daniel 12:2-3; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:4-6; Revelation 20:10-15.