What We Believe

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, “as it is in truth, the Word of God…” (I Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16Psalms 12:6-8). We believe that the Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed. The Bible is our sole and final authority for faith and practice.

 

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God,  existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections, although in Time being revealed as separate entities, with roles relative to each other.

 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-214Luke 1:35Isaiah 9:67:14Philippians 2:5-8Galatians 4:4-5).We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25I Peter 2:24Ephesians 1:7I Peter 1:3-5).We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was raised bodily and that He ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10Hebrews 9:247:25Romans 8:34I John 2:1-2).

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person of the Godhead who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Divine Agent in regeneration, indwelling all believers and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11II Corinthians 3:6Romans 8:9Ephesians 1:13-14). ).

 

Satan

We believe in the reality of the person of Satan and that he and the fallen angels wage a spiritual warfare against the plan and purposes of God (John 13:2Acts 5:3Ephesians 6:11-12). We believe that satan is a created angelic being who rebelled and who tempted man to join him in rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-17Ezekiel 28:11-19Genesis 3:1-5). We believe his power is supernatural, yet limited; and that he cannot act without the permission of God (Job 1:6-12I John 4:4). Satan’s eternal end is everlasting torment in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10).

 

Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and therefore man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26- 27Romans 3:22-23Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Psalm 8:4-9Colossians 3:9-11).

 

The Way of Salvation

We believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that Jesus Christ died for every man, We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His work at Calvary. (Ephesians 2:8-10John 1:12I Peter 1:18-19) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-4010:27-30Romans 8:138-39I Corinthians 1:4-8I Peter 1:4-5Jude 12).

 

The Church

We believe that the New Testament church is an assembly composed of all true believers who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Lord Himself can only see the whole. The Lord is doing His work in this world through local bodies of believers. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:2720:1728-32I Timothy 3:1-13Titus 1:5-11). Christ is the only head of the church (Acts 13:1-415:19-3120:28Romans 16:14I Corinthians 3:9,165:4-7,13I Peter 5:1-4).We recognize the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for local churches in this age (Matthew. 28:19-20Acts 2:41-4218:18I Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

Biblical Separation                                                                                                                                                                                     

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5Romans 12:1214:13I John 2:15-17II John 9-11II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

 

The Return of Christ

We believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. Believers will be caught up to be with the Lord prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth (I Thessalonians 4:13-18Titus 2:13I Thessalonians 1:10Revelation 3:10Zechariah 14:4-11Revelation 19:11-1620:1-6Psalm 89:3-4).

 

Our Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46John 5:282911:25-26Revelation 20:5-612-13). We believe that the spirits of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43Revelation 20:4-6II Corinthians 5:8Philippians 1:233:21I Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26Matthew 25:41-46II Thessalonians 1:7-9Jude 6-7Mark 9:43-48Revelation 20:11-15).

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