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Statement of Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

(A) The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures areinerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and NewTestament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normalgrammatical-historical mean­ ing. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church (2 Tim. 3:16-17 ; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; ).

 

(B)  Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispen­ sations or rules of lifewhich define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.  Three of these dispensations-the law, the church,and the kingdom-are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph.1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6).

 

(C)    The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each coeternal in being,coidentical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections  (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19: 2Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).

 

(D)    The Person and Work of Christ

(1)    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having beenconceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa.7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4- 5; Phil. 2:5-8).

(2) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative,vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from thedead (Acts 2: 18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

(3) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as ourHigh Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom.8:34; 1 John 2: 1-2).

 

(E)    The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

(1)    We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, thatHe is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing themunto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph . 1:13-14).

(2)    We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that itis the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5: 18; 1 John 2:20, 27).

(3) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists,pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12).

(4) We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary.  Webelieve that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit andthat ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection ,though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).

 

(F)     The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature,and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself , utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen.·1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23 ; 5: 12; 6:23; Eph . 2: 1-3;4:17-19) .

 

(G)     Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whoseprecious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).

 

(H)     The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

(1)   We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40;10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5).

(2) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word,which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occa­ sion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

 

(I)     The Church

(1)     We believe that the church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons (1 Cor.12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27).

(2)     We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New TestamentScriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

(3)     We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1- 4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom.16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

(4)     We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age (Matt.28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

 

(J) Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separationfrom all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and asso­ ciations is commanded of God ( Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3: 1-5; 1 John 2: 15-17; 2 John 9-11) .

 

(K)    The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establishHis earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; IThess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4;13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20: 1-6).

 

(L)   The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy ofGod and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev.20:10).

 

(M) Creation

We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory, andTheistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20: 11).

 

(O)  Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and awoman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestial­ ity, incest, fornication, adultery andpornography are sinful perversions of God ‘s gift of  sex (Gen. 2:24; Gen.  19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev.  18:1-30; Rom  1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).

 

(P) Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abor­ tion constitutes theunjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due torape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or popula­ tion control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job3: 16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16: Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

 

(Q)  Missions

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a greatmultitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors ofChrist 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; Mark16:15; Luke 24:46-48 ; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Car. 5:20).

 

(R)    Giving

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local churchfinancially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give otherofferings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believethat a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-1O;Acts 4:34-37 ; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).