What We Believe Concerning God
The Holy Trinity
There is but one living and true God everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness. This Triune God has chosen to manifest Himself in three persons of one substance, power and eternity—The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Each of the three is distinguished from the others; each possesses all the divine attributes; yet the three are one.
The Creator of All Things
God is the Maker and Preserver of all things visible and invisible.
What We Believe Concerning Christ
Jesus Christ was God in human flesh.
His Virgin Birth
The Son, who is the Word of the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the virgin Mary; hence, two whole perfect natures – God and man – were joined together in one person, Jesus Christ.
His Atoning Death
Because Christ became the sacrifice not only for original guilt but for the actual sins of men, His death on the cross reconciled God to mankind.
His Bodily Resurrection and Ascension
Christ arose from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion and took again His human appearance, yet glorified body, and ascended into heaven forty days later.
His Bodily Return
At the last day Christ will return in bodily form to judge all men.
The Source of Everlasting Life
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament reveal that everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man.
What We Believe Concerning the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, equal with the Father and the Son.
Imparter of Spiritual Life
Spiritual life is imparted to the human soul by the Holy Ghost in an experience of grace called regeneration or the new birth in which God forgives the sinner and declares him to be justified.
In a second definite work of grace subsequent to regeneration the heart of a justified person is cleansed from original or indwelling sin, and is filled with the Holy Ghost, an experience called Entire Sanctification.
- Matthew 3:11
- Acts 1:4-5
- Acts 2:1-4
- Acts 15:8-9
What We Believe Concerning The Bible
Those sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority there was never any question in the church, compose “the Holy Scriptures” – God’s Written Word. God directed those human authors so that they composed and recorded without error God’s Word to man.
- II Timothy 3:16-17
- II Peter 1:20-21
- Matthew 5:18
All Things Necessary To Salvation Included
The Holy Scriptures contain all that is necessary to salvation; nothing additional is needed.
- Revelation 22:18
Both Testaments Needed
The Old Testament is as needful as the New Testament because the Old Testament ceremonies and rites are symbolic of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, and because the moral laws of the Old Testament demand Christian obedience.
- Matthew 5:17
- Hebrews 10:1
What We Believe Concerning Salvation
Man’s Natural Inclination to Evil
Because every person is born with a sin nature, he is inclined to evil continually.
- Romans 5:12
- Psalms 51:5
By Grace Alone
The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he cannot by his own natural strength have faith in God and do good works acceptable to Him; therefore, the grace of God by Christ must work in one’s heart before he has the will to call upon the Lord for salvation.
- John 6:44
- Philippians 2:13
- Ephesians 2:8
Justification by Faith
A person is justified (accounted righteous by God) only by faith in the atoning death of Christ, not because of good works.
- Romans 3:24
- Romans 3:28
The Place of Good Works
Good works are the fruit of faith in Christ and give evidence of salvation just as a tree is known by its fruit.
- Ephesians 2:10
- Matthew 5:16
- James 2:26
Sin After Justification
Because conversion does not destroy a person’s moral freedom, it is possible for one who has been justified to fall into sin and depart from grace, but God will help the backslider who truly repents to rise again and amend his life.
- I John 2:1; 1:9
The Separated Christian Life
A believer is expected to live a separated Christian life for which God will give power and strength to have victory over the devil, the world, and the flesh; therefore, when a new Christian joins our church and is baptized, he promises to “renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all the covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh” and “to not follow or be led by them.”
- I John 2:15
- II Corinthians 6:17-18
- I Corinthians 10:13
- Jude 24-25
- I John 5:4
What We Believe Concerning The Church
The only requirement for church membership is repentance and faith in Christ as Savior.
- Matthew 16:16-18
Two Sacraments Only
Christ ordained only two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the purpose of which are not to save anyone but to serve as a badge of one’s Christian profession and to strengthen and confirm a person’s faith in Christ, the Lord’s Supper being open to all Christians, but an unworthy participant will bring condemnation on himself.
- Matthew 28:19
- Acts 8:12, 36-38
- I Corinthians 11:23-26
- 1 Corinthians 28-29
Tithes and Offerings
The church is to be supported by tithes and offerings.
- Malachi 3:10
- I Corinthians 16:2
- II Corinthians 9:7
Evangelists to the World
Jesus’ last commission to His followers was to evangelize all nations.
- Mark 16:15
- Acts 1:8-9
Rites or Ceremonies
“It is not necessary that rites and ceremonies should in all places be the same or exactly alike, for they have been always different, and may be changed according to the diversities of countries, times and men’s manners, so that nothing be ordained against God’s Word…Every church may ordain, change or abolish rites and ceremonies, so that all things be done to edification.”
- I Corinthians 14:40
- Colossians 3:15-17
What We Believe Concerning Marriage
Marriage, designed to be a lifelong commitment, is an honorable estate, ordained by God to meet the needs of all His children, whether laymen or ministers.
- Matthew 19:5-6
- Hebrews 13:4
- I Timothy 3:2
- I Corinthians 7:39
Divorce is permitted under limited conditions: adultery, desertion or apostasy of spouse.
- Matthew 19:9
- I Corinthians 7:15
- Ezra 10:1-9
Only when a marriage is unalterably broken by adultery, desertion, or apostasy may the offended party in a divorce consider remarriage, and then only after having sought competent Christian counseling.
- Matthew 19:9
- I Corinthians 7:15
What We Believe Concerning Civil Matters
Prayer and Respect for Rulers
Christians are commanded to respect and pray for the rulers of their nations.
- Romans 13:1-5
- I Timothy 2:1-2
Right to Own Private Property
Christians may own private property, but should share with the poor, according to their ability.
- Acts 5:1-4
- Romans 13:7
- Ephesians 4:28
The Word of God forbids rash and vain swearing, but not the taking of an oath in a court of law.
A. Concerning the Devil
The devil is an evil spiritual person who must be resisted and whose works must be renounced. Matthew 4:8-11; James 4:7.
B. Concerning Eternal Punishment
The wicked will suffer forever in the lake of fire. Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-44; Revelation 20:10.
C. Concerning Immortality
Physical Death of the body is only God’s doorway to eternity where everyone will continue to live forever; therefore, a Christian must affirm his belief in “everlasting life after death.” John 3:36; 11:25.
D. Concerning Resurrection of the Body
The Bible teaches two resurrections of the dead: “The first shall be at the premillennial second coming of Jesus Christ in which the saved dead shall be resurrected and living saints raptured. The second shall be after the millennium when the unsaved dead shall be resurrected at the “Great White Throne Judgment”. John 5:28-29; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelations 20:4-6; 11-13.