I. Bibliology - The Doctrine of Scripture

We believe in the verbal and complete inspiration of Scripture by God. Therefore, the Bible may rightly be referred to as the divinely inspired Word of God. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are equally inspired and without error in the original autographs.  They have been preserved by God to be the only infallible and authoritative guide for faith and conduct. Not only is the Bible inerrant in matters of faith and conduct but also in matters of science, history or any other area it discusses. We believe that the Bible represents the complete written revelation from God to man in the form of the present 66 books that we now possess.

(Exodus 4:12; Numbers 22:38; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:89,105; Matt.5:17-18; John 10:35; John 17:17; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21)


II. Theology Proper - The Doctrine of God

We believe in the one true and living God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In spite of the three persons, God has only one essence or nature.  Therefore, each person of the trinity is fully God. We believe that God is the creator of all things, and that He created ex nilho (out of nothing) in 6 literal 24 hour days as described in Genesis 1. God is presently the sustainer of all His creation and is sovereign over all. There are many attributes of God that reveal His essential being. These attributes include the fact that He is a Spirit (John 4:24), infinite (Psalm 145:3), immutable (Malachi 3:6),  omnipresent (Psalm 139:8), omnipotent, (Matthew 19:26), and omniscient (Psalm 147:4-5). He is also perfectly holy (I Peter 1:16), righteous (Psalm 145:17), good (Psalm 84:11), loving (I John 4:8) merciful (Psalm 103:8) and gracious (Eph. 2:7).

(Deuteronomy. 6:4; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 104; Isaiah 44:6,24; Matthew 28:19; John 17:3; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 11:3)


III. Christology - The Doctrine of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the trinity and the eternal Son of God. He possesses both a divine and human nature so that he may properly be identified as the God-man. He is co-equal with the Father in essence (John 10:30, Phil. 2:6), and therefore is truly God (John 1:1). He became a man at His incarnation when He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Mt. 1:20-25). Therefore, He is also truly man. We believe He was born without sin and lived a sinless life on the earth (Heb. 4:15). His death was a vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind (Rom. 5:6-10; II Cor: 5:21). Only through His substitutionary death and shed blood can we have redemption from sin (I Peter 1:18-19; Heb. 9:22,26). After His death, He was buried, and arose bodily from the grave on the third day (I Cor. 15:4). After forty days He ascended bodily into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God acting as our high priest (Heb. 4:15), mediator (I Tim. 2:5), and advocate (I John 2:1). He is also the head of His body (Eph. 5:23), the church, and has promised to return imminently to receive His people unto Himself so that they might live forever with Him in glory (John 14:3).

(Isaiah 53; John 20:28; Phil. 2:7-11; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:6,8; I Peter 3:18; I John 2:1-2)


IV. Pneumatology - The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the eternal third person of the trinity. He is one in essence with the Father and Son and, therefore, is truly God (Acts   5:3-4). At the same time He is distinct from them both (Mt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).  He does not glorify himself but rather glorifies Christ and points men to Him (Jn 15:26; 16:13-14).  He has an active role in salvation.  First, He convicts men of sin (John 16:8).  He also regenerates (the new birth) men at the time of their salvation (Titus 3:5) and baptizes them into the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13).  After salvation He indwells believers (Rom. 8:11) and intercedes for them (Rom. 8:26). The Bible also commands us to be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). We believe this is a day by day and moment by moment responsibility to yield control of our lives to the Holy Spirit. In other words, being filled with the Spirit is not getting more of the Holy Spirit, but Him getting more of us. In addition, we believe the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers in order to edify the body of Christ (Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12; Eph. 4:11-12).

(Isaiah 6:8-9 compared with Acts 28:25-26; Jeremiah. 31:31-34 compared with Heb. 10:15-17)


V. Anthropology - The Doctrine of Man

We believe that man was created directly and supernaturally by God for His glory (Is. 43:7; Col. 1:16). Man was created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27). He was initially created without sin but with the possibility of sin. As a result of Adam’s disobedience, sin and death entered into the world and all of mankind has inherited a sin nature (Rom. 5:12). All men (unless they are regenerated) are spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1); sinners both by nature and by choice. As a result, all men are subject to both physical death and the second death (eternal separation from God in the lake of fire) which are the consequences of sin (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8). We believe that mankind is totally depraved and that man has no hope of saving himself or meriting salvation (Eph. 2:8-9; Is. 64:6).  His only hope is to accept Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice for his sins (I Pet. 3:18). At this point he is regenerated by the Holy Spirit (the new birth) and receives God’s gift of eternal life (Jn. 3:3,16).


VI. Soteriology - The Doctrine of Salvation

We believe that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be merited or earned. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved, through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). The only means of salvation is through the Lord Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death for our sins (Acts 4:12). From the divine perspective, no man can be saved unless the Holy Spirit first convicts and draws him (Jn. 16:8). It is also the Holy Spirit that regenerates a man at the point of salvation (Titus 3:5). From the human perspective, salvation is given to those who receive the Lord Jesus as personal Lord and Savior (John 1:12) by repenting of their sins (Lk. 24:47; Acts 3:19), and placing their faith in Christ and his atoning work (Jn 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10). At this point they are justified (Romans 3:28), or declared righteous, by God. These two acts (repentance and faith) are inseparable. Like two sides of the same coin, you can’t have one without the other. Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of direction. It involves turning from sin to God. Faith involves more than an intellectual consent to the facts about Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (James 2:19). Rather, it is a total and complete trust in Christ alone for our salvation. Although good works are not a prerequisite to salvation, they will be a natural consequence of salvation (Mt. 7:17-20; James 2:17), because every man that is in Christ is a “new creature” (II Cor. 5:17). That does not mean all believers will immediately evidence phenomenal change, but it does mean that all will at least evidence some change in time. Any professing believer that produces no fruits of salvation, should “examine himself to see whether he be in the faith” (II Cor. 13:5). We also believe in the eternal security of the believer (Jn. 10:28-29; Phil. 1:6; I Jn. 5:13).  At the time of salvation, the Holy Spirit seals the believer unto the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30). Although the believer will sin subsequent to salvation, God will not take back his promise of eternal life (Jn. 3:16, Jn. 5:24).


VII.   Ecclesiology - The Doctrine of the Church

We believe that the Church consists of all born-again believers; each having been baptized into the body of Christ. We believe that Christ is the head of the Church (Eph. 5:23). The local church (as opposed to the universal church) is an assembly of believers that meet together in a specific geographic location. The purpose of the local church is primarily two-fold; the evangelization of the lost, and the edification of the saints (Mt. 28:19-20; Eph 4:11-12). The Bible must be the final authority of faith and practice for the local church, not ecclesiastical hierarchies or the decrees of men. The ordinances of the Church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism should be by immersion and is necessary to fulfill Christ’s command (Mt. 28:19). Baptism is not an option for the true believer but should be a natural consequence of salvation, serving as a public confession of the believer’s faith in Christ (Acts 2:41; I Jn. 4:15). The Lord’s Supper commemorates the broken body and shed blood of our Lord (I Cor. 11:23-26). The church should participate in the Lord’s Supper regularly “in remembrance of Christ.” The two offices of the local church are pastor and deacon. The term “pastor” is used interchangeably in the New Testament with the terms “bishop” and “elder” (I Pet 5:1-2). There may be a plurality of pastors/elders in a local body but Scripture seems to imply the existence of one senior pastor. Both pastors and deacons must meet the qualifications set forth in God’s Word (I Tim. 3; Titus 1). If they do not they should not be allowed to fulfill the office of pastor or deacon.


VIII.   Eschatology - The Doctrine of Things to Come

We hold to a pre-millennial, pre-tribulational view of eschatology. We believe the next major prophetic event is Christ’s imminent return for His Church, often referred to as the rapture (II Thess. 4: 13-18, I Cor. 15: 51-52). At this time, all believers, both alive and dead will be given a resurrected body and will be caught up together with the Lord in the air. Following the rapture, when the church is removed, the earth will experience a seven year period of God’s wrath often referred to as the tribulation period or Daniel’s seventieth week (Dan. 9:27). During this time Satan will form a one-world political, economic and religious system under the antichrist and the false prophet. At the end of this 7 year period Christ will return with all the saints (Zech 14:4; Rev. 19:11-21), destroy the armies of the world at the Battle of Armageddon, cast Satan into a bottomless pit, and begin his literal 1000 year reign on the earth (the millennium; Rev. 20:1-6). At the end of the millennium, Satan will be loosed for a short season, and he will lead the unbelieving world in a final rebellion against God. At this time he will be defeated and permanently cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:7-10). Also at this time, Christ will judge all unbelievers from all ages at the Great White Throne judgment. They will be given a resurrected body and will be cast into the lake of fire. Believers, however, will dwell forever with God in a new heaven and a new earth which includes the heavenly city of New Jerusalem (Rev. 21-22).