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I. The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible constitute the Word of God, His only written special revelation to man, which He has faithfully preserved throughout time. The Scriptures are divinely inspired and God-breathed in origin which means that they must be inerrant in their original writings and infallible. Such inspiration must also be verbal (every word inspired) and plenary (all parts equally inspired) because God is its Source (Psalm 119:151,160; 2 Tim. 3:16).
We believe that there is only one true and living God who is infinite, eternal, perfect in all His attributes and ways, and is eternally manifest in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These Members form the triune Godhead, or Trinity, and are one in essential nature, yet possess distinct personalities. Each Member equally possesses all the attributes of deity and is equally worthy of worship and obedience (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 44:6-7; 1 Tim. 2:5).
• God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity who created all things and causes all things to work together according to His sovereign plan, a plan designed to bring Him ultimate glory. As the supreme Ruler of the universe, His sovereignty extends over all things including creation and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Rom.11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6).
• God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God and second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the attributes of deity and is co-equal, co-existent, co-eternal with, and of the same nature as the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 14:9-10; Col. 1:19, 2:9). Although sharing equality with the Father, the Son is submissive to Him in the execution of the Father’s will. The Father created all things through the Son, by whom all things continue in existence and operation (Col. 1:15-17). In His incarnation, Jesus Christ was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:26-35) for the purpose of glorifying God by revealing Him to man, redeeming lost men, and ruling over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9; Isa. 9:6-7; Mat. 11:27; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:3, 7:25).
• God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, possesses all the attributes of deity and is co-equal, co-existent, co-eternal with, and of the same nature as the Father and the Son (Mat. 28:19; Jer. 31:31-34 with Heb. 10:15-17). The work of the Holy Spirit is to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. This includes His sovereign activity in creation (Gen. 1:2), the incarnation of the Son (Luke 1:35), the written revelation of God (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-8). In this present age, the Holy Spirit was sent forth from the Father and the Son to initiate and complete the building of the church, to speak of and glorify the Son, and to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11).
We believe that the triune Godhead created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
We believe that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God (Gen. 2:7,15-25; James 3:9). God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify Him, enjoy His fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (Isa. 43:7; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11). In Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:36; Rom. 3:23, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3)
We believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works whatsoever (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10).
We believe that regeneration is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation (John 5:24, 6:37,44).
We believe that election is the sovereign act of God by which, before the foundation of the world and without regard to the future choices of man, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4-11). God’s sovereign election does not negate man’s responsibility to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Eze. 18:23,32, 33:11; John 3:18-19,36). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, God’s election will result in what He determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40,44).
We believe that justification before God is an act of God (Rom. 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith alone in Christ, repent of sin and place their trust in Him as their Savior, confessing Him as sovereign Lord (Isa. 55:6-7; Rom. 2:4, 3:24-25, 10:9-10). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Rom. 3:20, 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Col. 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Cor. 1:30, 2 Cor. 5:21). By this means God is enabled to "be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Rom. 3:26).
We believe that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (1 Cor. 1:2,30, 6:11; Heb. 2:11, 3:1, 10:10). There is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing he positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:1-22; 2 Cor. 3:18).
V. The Church
We believe that all those who believe in Christ are commanded to become a part of a local church. The church is a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of born-again believers in this present age (Eph. 2:11-3:6). The establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:23, 27, 20:17, 28) and members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies (1 Cor. 11:18-20; Heb. 10:24-25). Further, we believe that the biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are the elders, who lead and rule as servants of Christ (Eph. 4:11, 1 Tim. 5:17-22) and have His authority in directing the church. The local church is to be the center of discipleship, emphasizing the importance of spiritual growth (Mat. 28:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:2), mutual accountability of all believers to each other (Mat. 18:5-14), as well as the need for discipline of those engaged in unrepentant sin in accord with the standards of Scripture (Mat. 18:15-22). The purpose of the church is to glorify God (Eph. 3:21) by building itself up in the faith (Eph. 4:11-16), by instruction of the Word (2 Tim. 2:2, 15; 3:16-17), by fellowship (Acts 2:47; 1 John 1:3), by keeping the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42) and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Mat. 28:19; Acts 1:8, 2:42).
VI. Last Things (Eschatology)
We believe that the study of eschatology should give hope and comfort to believers and challenge them to live for the glory of God as they look forward to the consummation of His eternal plan and spending eternity with Him (Luke 21:28; 1 Thes. 5:4-11; Titus 2:13; Rev. 1:3).