Core Beliefs

The Word

The Scriptures Inspired – The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-35; Hebrews 4:12

The One True Godhead
The triune Godhead is comprised of three separate and distinct personalities
, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Bible declares:

  • His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)
  • His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22)
  • His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
  • His substitution work on the cross (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21)
  • His bodily resurrection from the dead Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4)
  • His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; 2:33; Philippines 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)

The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).

The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind, (Psalms 103:3) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).

The Evidence of Salvation The inward evidence, to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (I John 3:23).

Faith and Works
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Acts 16:3; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:12-20; and 2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Ordinances of the Church

Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).

The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)
“And when He had given thanks He broke it, and said, This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also the cup, after supper saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (I Corinthians 11:24, 25, 28).

Sanctification
Sanctification is a progressive act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of holiness “without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy for I am holy” (I Peter 1:15-16).

The Church
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

The Ministry
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose:
(1) The evangelization of the world (Getting the word out)
(2) The edifying of the body of Christ through the maturing and training of believers for ministry (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-12). (Living the word out)

The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51, 52).

The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the Devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15; 21:8)