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I. Revelation and the Bible

We teach that the Holy Scriptures (both the thirty-nine Old Testament books and the twenty-seven New Testament books) are the verbally, plenarily inspired Word of God, complete and without error in the original writings. The Bible is the sole, supreme, authoritative guide for faith and practice, and the sufficient, authoritative testimony concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Psa. 119:105; Jhn. 5:39; 8:31-32; Act. 20:32; 2Ti. 2:15; 3:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2; 2Pe. 1:3, 21)

 

II. God

We teach that there is one God, eternally existing in three Persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-coequal in essence, power, and glory. God is a Spirit who is holy and is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His Being, wisdom, power, and character. God has an eternal, sovereign, foreordained purpose that all things work together to the praise of His glory. Out of nothing, God created all things, by the word of His power and called His creation good. God continues to be immanently active with regards to His creation, sustaining and governing all things by His providence. (Gen. 2:1-2; Deu. 6:4; Psa. 90:2; 103:19; Isa. 45:5; Mat. 28:19; Jhn. 4:24; Acts 15:18; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:11)

 

III. Christ

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became fully man (yet without sin) without ceasing to be fully God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and executes the offices of Prophet (who reveals God and delivers from ignorance), Priest (who reconciles God and man and delivers from guilt), and King (who delivers from bondage). (Luk. 1:35; Jhn. 1:1-2, 14; 14:9-10; 2Co. 5:18-19; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 1:8; 4:14; 7:24-28)

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His perfectly obedient, sinless life and through His sacrificial, substitutionary death on the cross. Our justification is made sure by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead and His ascension to heaven to be exalted at the right hand of God. As our High Priest, Christ continually ministers on our behalf as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Mar. 16:19; Rom. 1:3-4; 3:24-26; 5:15-17; Eph. 1:7; Php. 2:5-11; 1Ti. 3:16; Heb. 4:15; 9:24; 1Jn. 2:1)

 

IV. Holy Spirit

We teach that the Holy Spirit is, eternally and unchangeably, the third Person of the Trinity. The Spirit of God convicts the world of sin, particularly of rejecting the righteousness of Christ, and He lays out the just case for judgment. He illumines the hearts and minds of unbelievers and brings about the regeneration of the individual by granting the gifts of repentance and faith and by enabling those gifts to be exercised. (Psa. 139:7; Jhn. 3:5-6; 16:7-11; 1Co. 2:4-5, 10-13; 2Co. 3:6; Tit. 3:5)

 

V. Man and Sin

We teach that man and woman are created by God and in his image. When Adam sinned as our representative by breaking God’s law, the entire human race fell under sin and its consequences of alienation from God, judgment, and death. Particularly, all men are totally depraved from birth and are incapable of pleasing God, even by their best actions. Man's nature consists of both material and immaterial aspects. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 2:5-8; 3:10-12, 23; 5:12-21; 1Co. 15:21-22, 42-53; Eph. 2:1-2)

 

VI. Salvation

We teach that salvation is based solely upon the sovereign election of God carried out before the foundation of the world. This choice of God, without respect of persons, ensures that those chosen will be regenerated, justified, and will persevere until the end. Salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance from sin and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death as sufficient alone. (Isa. 53:5-6; Jhn. 1:12; 6:37, 39, 44; 8:31; 15:16; Rom. 3:24-26; 8:29-30; Eph. 1:4; 2:8-10; Col. 1:23; 1Pe. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5; 5:9)

 

VII. The Church

We teach that the Church is made up of all regenerate persons who belong to one spiritual body of which Christ is the Head. Local churches are responsible in this age for carrying out God's purposes in the world through worship of God, edification of the saints, evangelism to unbelievers, and the administration of baptism and the Lord's Table. (Mat. 28:19-20; Act. 2:41-47; 1Co. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:12-16; 5:25-27; Col. 1:18)

 

VIII. Future Things

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ will visibly return to earth at an hour known only to God. Christ will defeat every enemy and gather believers to be forever with the Lord. (Mat. 24:4-31; Jhn. 14:3; 1Th. 4:13-17; 5:1-10; 2Th. 2:1-10; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 19:11-20:6)

We teach that every person will be bodily resurrected - the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to eternal punishment. All believers who die before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ are immediately present with the Lord. After the resurrection, the eternal state of every believer is life in the presence of God in a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness reigns. All unbelievers are immediately subject to conscious judgment at death. After the resurrection, all unbelievers will face the final judgment, and will be cast into the lake of fire, where their eternal state is conscious torment. (Luk. 16:19-31; 23:43; Jhn. 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:1-22:5)

 

IX. Responsibilities of Believers

We teach that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed with the unsaved. Every believer is a vital part of the ministry of making and maturing disciples of Christ through prayer, the exercise of spiritual gifts, deeds of mercy, personal witness through redemptive relationships, teaching and admonishing other believers, and giving as God has prospered the believer. (Mat. 28:19-20; Act. 1:8; 1Co. 16:1-2; 2Co. 5:18-20; 8:2-5; 9:6-15; Jam. 2:15-17)

We teach that the saved should live in a manner that is worthy of the Lord who has called them to faith. Grace teaches the believer to deny ungodly, fleshly, worldly desires, and to live instead as Christ lived. There is liberty in Christ but that liberty is never to be used as an occasion to the flesh, but rather to love and serve others. God has called believers to remain set apart from worldliness - whether it appears in the world, in religion, or in other professing believers. (Rom. 13:13-14; 2Co. 6:14-7:1; Gal. 5:13-14; Eph. 4:1; Php. 2:5, 12-13; Tit. 2:11-15; 1Jn. 2:15-17; 3Jn. 11)