What we believe . . .

 

About God -- There is one God who is infinitely perfect and exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 28:19)

 

About Jesus -- Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  Jesus died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.  Jesus rose from the dead according to the Scriptures, and He is now seated at the right hand of the Father as our great High Priest.  Jesus will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace. 

(Philippians 2:6–11, Luke 1:34–38, I Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9, Romans 5:9, Acts 2:23–24, Hebrews 8:1, Matthew 26:64)

 

About the Holy Spirit -- The Holy Spirit is a divine person sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer.  The Holy Spirit was also sent to convince the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  (John 14:15–18, John 16:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:7–11)

 

About the Bible -- The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. The Bible constitutes the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. 

(2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Timothy 3:15–16)

 

About People -- People were originally created in the image and likeness of God: they sinned through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death.  Everyone is born with a sinful nature, are separated from God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The destiny for the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment.  The destiny for the Christian is everlasting joy and fellowship with God. 

(Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, 1 Corinthians15:20–23, Revelation 21:8,

Revelation 21:1–4)

 

About Salvation -- Salvation has been provided solely through Jesus Christ for all humans, and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. 

(Titus 3:4–7)

 

About Sanctification -- It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.  Sanctification is a progressive experience in the life of the Christian that begins subsequent to conversion.  (1 Thessalonians 5:23, Acts 1:8, Romans 6:1–14)

 

About Healing -- Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.  Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age. 

(Matthew 8:16–17, James 5:13–16)

 

About the Church -- The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.  The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for -- the worship of God, edification through the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. 

(Ephesians 1:22–23, Matthew 28:19–20, Acts 2:41–47)

 

About the Resurrection --There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. 

(1 Corinthians 15:20–23, John 5:28–29)

 

About Jesus Coming Again -- The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.  This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. 

(Hebrews 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11–14)