WHAT WE BELIEVE
WHAT WE BELIEVE AND TEACH
God: We believe in one true and living God, infinitely perfect and immutable, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Bible: We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God." Thus, the Bible is the Word of God, verbally inspired and without error in the original writings. We accept it as the supreme and authoritative standard for faith and practice.
The Virgin birth of Jesus Christ: We believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit as recorded in the Scriptures. This supernatural birth was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy in which God promised to send Israel a Messiah-King and Redeemer. Being rejected by his own people, he offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Thus he became the divinely provided sacrificial lamb, whose death was substitutionary — the just dying for the unjust. By his death he became the Savior of all who believe in him.
The Deity and Humanity of Jesus: We believe that while on earth, Jesus Christ retained his absolute deity, being at the same time, God and man.
The Resurrection of Jesus: We believe that, according to the Scriptures, Christ arose from the dead and that His resurrection body is the pattern of the resurrection body that every believer shall ultimately receive (Philippians 3:21).
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who glorifies Jesus Christ, convicts the sinner, regenerates the believing sinner and indwells the Christian to guide, instruct and empower for Godly living and service.
Sin and Satan: We believe that Satan was the originator of sin who led a great host of angels in rebellion. He succeeded in leading Adam and Eve, our first parents, into sin. This resulted in their estrangement from God and their reception of a sin nature with a natural desire for sin. We believe that Satan was judged at the cross. Though indicted, he has not yet been incarcerated, but is temporarily permitted to carry on guerilla warfare against Christians and against the purposes of God. At the second coming of Christ, he will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years. After the thousand years he will be loosed for a season and then "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone" where he "shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that he fell through sin. As a consequence of his sin, he became spiritually dead, separated from God and totally depraved, as recorded in Genesis. This totally depraved nature was passed to all men, so that every child is born with a sin nature, separated and alienated from God.
Salvation: We believe that salvation of the sinner takes place when he exercises a personal faith in the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believing sinners are thus "justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).
The Resurrection: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men — the believers to eternal joy with the Lord and the lost to eternal punishment.