Serve and Equip
We believe that:
- The Bible, consisting of all of the books of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired Word of God, absolutely true and God-breathed, with no errors in the original writings. It is the sole authority for faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13)
- There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17, 26)
- Our Lord Jesus Christ was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived and taught and worked mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as is recorded in the four Gospels. He was put to death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate. God raised from the dead the body that had been nailed to the cross. The Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, and the Father caused Him to sit at His right hand, and put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the Church. (Luke 1:35; Acts 2:22-24; Matthew 27:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 3:22)
- The Lord Jesus Christ, before His incarnation, was with God and was God, and of His own choice laid aside His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. He is a divine Person possessed with all the attributes of Deity, and should be worshipped as God by angels and men.
(Philippians 2:6-8; John 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:16)
- The Lord Jesus Christ became in every respect a real man, possessed of all the essential characteristics of human nature.
(Hebrews 2:14-16; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 2:18)
- By His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect atonement for sin, by which the wrath of God against sinners is appeased and a ground furnished upon which God can deal in mercy with sinners. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to this earth, personally, bodily and visibly. The return of our Lord is the blessed hope of the believer, and in it God’s purposes of grace toward mankind will find their consummation. (Romans 5:8-11; Isaiah 53:11; 1 Peter 2:24; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13)
- The Holy Spirit is a Person, and is possessed of all the distinctively divine attributes. He is the supernatural Agent in the New Birth, who reproves the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and seals the believer unto the day of redemption. He indwells all believers, having baptized them into the body of Christ at the time of regeneration, and although there may be many fillings, there is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit. He testifies of the Lord Jesus Christ and is the divine Teacher who guides all believers into all truth. (John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:8-14)
- Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He can exert vast power only so far as God allows him to do so. He shall be punished eternally in the Lake of Fire.
(Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
- All men are sinful by nature and all those who persistently reject Jesus Christ in the present life shall remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection when their bodies shall be raised from the dead and shall exist throughout eternity in a state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment and anguish. (John 16:8; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:10, 15; Revelation 21:8)
- Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Lord and who confess Him as such before their fellow men, become children of God and receive eternal life. They become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
(John 1:12; John 3:3, 16; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9;
- Men are justified on the simple and single ground of the shed blood of Christ and upon the simple and single condition of faith in Him who shed the blood, and are born again by the quickening, renewing, cleansing work of the Holy Spirit, through the instrumentality of the Word of God.
(Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Romans 5:1)
- The redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Jesus Christ forever. 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 live in the flesh. (John 6:37-40; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38-39;
Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:7)
- At death, the spirits of the redeemed depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness, and at the second coming of Christ their bodies shall be raised and transformed into the likeness of the body of His glory. (Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:8;
1 Thessalonians 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 John 3:2)
- 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 all claims of the blotting out of the old nature in this life are unscriptural.
(Romans 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- The saved should live in such a manner as not to bring dishonor upon their Savior and Lord. The saved should live a life of separation from all false religious teachers, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations as commanded by God, and should surrender their lives unto the Lord and unto His good works.
(Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:12, 14-15; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:1-5)
- It is the duty of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.
(Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 20)
- God hears and answers the prayer of faith in accordance with His own will for the sick and needy. (John 15:7; James 5:14-16)
- The Church consists of all those who truly believe in Jesus Christ. It is the body and bride of Christ, which Christ loves and for which He has given Himself.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27)