ABOUT THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Scriptures to be the verbally-inspired Word of God to us. The Bible is the supreme source of truth and the final authority for faith and life. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and is truth without any mixture of error.
There is only one, living and true God, who exists eternally in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). While existing in three persons, each has distinct personal attributes without division in nature, essence, or being.
GOD, THE FATHER
God, the Father, sovereignly rules with providential care over His universe. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
GOD, THE SON, JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, and as such, is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit and yet He has submitted His will to that of the Father. He came to be our Savior and our Lord He saved us by living a sinless life and suffering a substitutionary death. His life showed us who God the Father created us to be. His death showed us how we must die to self in order to be saved. His power was further demonstrated in His resurrection from the dead. He ascended to heaven where He is now exalted and serves as our High Priest.
GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son and yet only does what the Father says to do and only says what the Father says to say. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. His presence is also within every believer from the moment of salvation enabling them to overcome the desires of the flesh. He always exalts Christ and guides the believer in worship, evangelism, discipleship, service, and fellowship.
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
Mankind was created by the special act of God, in the spiritual image of God, and is the supreme work of His creation. We were created to be like God in character and to enjoy a love relationship with God. By his own free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. This attitude of selfishness is present in all people. It separates us from God and creates the problems that we have in this world.
We believe that salvation is the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In its broadest sense, salvation includes justification, sanctification, and glorification.
Lucifer was one of God’s chief angels, who fell into transgression. Since that time, he has become the open and declared enemy of God and man. He is called Satan, the Devil, Lucifer, the Deceiver, the Destroyer, and other names that describe his work and character. His failure is assured, and he will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY OR THE ASSURANCE OF THE BELIEVERS
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ at the moment we trust in Him, the true
believer is secure in that salvation for all eternity. Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not through self-effort or good deeds. We are not saved in that manner, and we cannot keep our salvation in that manner.
People are created to exist forever. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. We will either exist eternally separated from God by our sin, or with God because we have humbled ourselves before Him, asked for His forgiveness, and received a new life in Christ.
ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Every Christian should live in such a manner that would honor the Lord Jesus Christ and not bring reproach upon Him. The Christian should oppose, in the power of the Holy Spirit, every form of evil, whether in the form of greed, selfishness, or lust.
ABOUT THE CHURCH
On rare occasions, the Scripture speaks of the church as all of the born-again believers of the New Testament era, but it is primarily described as a local group of baptized believers held together by a shared faith in the Lord Jesus.
ABOUT LAST THINGS
God, in his own time and in his own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end.