What We Believe
The Inspiration Of The Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scriptures as contained in the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, inerrant, infallible, powerful and God breathed. Psalm 19:7-11; II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:16-21. The Bible has sole authority in all matters of faith, conduct and practices.
The Trinity: We believe in the Triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. I John 5:7; II Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 3:16, 17
The Person and Work Of Jesus Christ: We believe in the incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; His identification as the Son of God; His vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross; the resurrection of His body from the tomb; His ascension to heaven, now acting as our advocate, and His power to save men from sin. Matthew 1:18-23; I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:22; II Corinthians 5:21
The Depravity of Man: We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God, the fall of Adam and Eve by yielding to temptation; and the inherited sinful nature of man, totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. We believe that Satan, a real person, is the author of sin and the cause of the fall. Romans 3:22, 23; Romans 5:12
The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that His is the supernatural agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. John 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13
Salvation: We believe that salvation is a free gift of God brought to all men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and thus are secure in Christ forever. We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; Titus 2:11-14
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 pleasure, practices and associations is commanded of God. Romans 12:1,2
The Second Coming of Christ: We believe in the personal, premillenial, imminent, return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Revelation 20:1-6
The Eternal State: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls 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. We believe that the souls of the 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. Matthew 25:46; Luke 23:43; II Thessalonians 1:7-9
The Church: We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. I Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts: We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. I John 5:14-15; Ephesians 4:11-12
The Two Natures of the Believers: We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Galatians 5:17-25; Romans 6:12-13
The Lord's Supper: Everyone who is born again is invited to the Lord's Table to partake of the bread and the cup on remembrance of what Christ has done for them. The bread and unfermented wine or grape juice are merely symbols of Christ's body and blood and are not, nor are they at any time changed into, the real body and blood of Christ. Mark 11:25, 26
Baptism: We believe that water baptism is a Scriptural command by Christ to Believers and should be administered by immersion only after salvation. We firmly believe that according to the Word of God, baptism neither helps, procures, or assures salvation. We do not practice infant baptism.