Teaching

That Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings; the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men; and, the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

 

That God is the creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and have precisely the same attributes and perfection (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

 

That Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and is now at the right hand of God fulfilling His ministry as our High Priest and Advocate. (Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

 

That the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, in the present age, indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the body of Christ, and seals them until the final day of redemption. We teach that every believer is commanded of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:39; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-20)

 

That man was created in the image and likeness of God but fell into sin. Man is therefore lost and under the judicial sentence of death (Gen. 1:25-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3,12)

 

That salvation is the gift of God offered to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This faith is made known in works pleasing to God (Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:11-14); and all true believers once saved shall be kept saved forever. (Romans 8:1,38,39; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 1:12)

 

That the church is a spiritual organism made up of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been born of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, only those who are members of the true church are eligible to be members of the local church (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

 

The bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:15, 22:3-5,11)

 

That church members, including elders and deacons, are subject to discipline in accordance with the guidelines set forth in Scripture (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Timothy 5:19,20). All church discipline is to be exercised in the spirit of Galatians 6:1.