What We Believe

 

Understanding Statements:

Regarding Faith, Practice and/or Conduct

 

Creeds, statements of faith, doctrinal statements, confessions of faith, catechisms, etc., of various individuals, groups, denominations or religions must be placed and kept in proper perspective. To do so we must keep before us several important points:

A. These professions are never to be taken and held as Scripture.

B. They are to be examined for scriptural accuracy by the revealing light of God’s word as are any teachings regarding faith, practice or conduct.

C. None are inspired works of God through revelation. Such professions are nothing more than an individual’s or group’s understanding (right or wrong) regarding faith, practice or conduct given in the Scriptures . . . regardless of tradition that may be applied to them by man.

Creeds, statements of faith, doctrinal statements, confessions of faith, catechisms, etc., are beneficial in that they are likely indicators that reveal the spiritual foundation and spiritual condition of those with such statements. Give them due consideration whenever they are available.

 

Bible

 

1) We believe the 66 books of the Bible, in their original manuscripts, to be the divinely inspired, written revelation of God to man, and the only inerrant, infallible Word of God (1).

(1) 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21

2) We believe and teach the Bible is the only authoritative rule, given to mankind, in all matters of faith, practice and conduct. This includes not only salvation (1) from the penalty of sin, but instruction in righteousness for present sanctification and victorious living, to the glory of God and for the edification of the church (2). Its authority is not limited to spiritual, religious or redemptive themes, but is inclusive in its assertions in such areas as history, science, marriage, rearing and education of children, culture responsibilities, etc (3).

(1) 1Peter 1:23; (2) John 15:3; (3) Romans 15:4; 1 Peter 4:1; Deuteronomy 32:46-47

3) We believe the final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself (1).

(1) Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

 

God

 

4) We believe that there is one God (1) eternally existent in three Persons (the Godhead being triune) – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (2). He is omnipotent (3), He is omnipresent (4), He is omniscient (5) and immutable (6).

(1) Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; (2) Genesis 1:26; Genesis 11:7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; (3) Genesis 17:1; Exodus 6:3; Jeremiah 32:17, 27; (4) Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23-24; 2 Chronicles 6:18; Revelation 1:4; Revelation 1:8; (5) Psalm 139:1-6; 1 John 3:20; Proverbs 5:21; (6) Numbers 23:19; Psalm 102:26-27; James 1:17

5) We believe the God we serve is holy (1), righteous (2), good (3), just (4), loving (5), and full of mercy (6). He is the Creator of everything that has been created, both visible and invisible (7).

(1) Psalm 99:5, 9; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; (2) Psalm 145:17; John 17:25; (3) Psalm 25:8; Psalm 119:68; Luke 18:19; (4) Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 89:14; Isaiah 45:21; (5) 1 John 4:8, 16; (6) Psalm 145:8; 1 Peter 1:3; (7) 1 Chronicles 29:11

 

 

Christ

 

6) We believe in the true deity (1) and full humanity (2) of our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, being both wholly God and wholly man (3), conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin (4).

(1) John 10:30; John 14:10-11; (2) John 1:14; (3) Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:9-18; (4) Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35

7) We believe in the sinless life (1) of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His miracles, in His atoning death (2) through His shed blood—bearing the judgment demanded by God’s holy justice against sin for all of mankind (3), thus making it possible for God to remain just and at the same time to justify those who believe in Christ Jesus (4).

(1) 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5; (2) John 10:15; (3) Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter:2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; (4) Romans 3:21-22; Romans 3:26

8) We believe in the bodily resurrection (1) of the Lord Jesus Christ, never to die again; and in His ascension (2) to the right hand of the Father (3).

(1) Matthew 20:19; John 2:19-22; Acts 1:3; Acts 2:32-33; 1 Corinthians 15:4; (2) Acts 1:2; (3) Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 10:12; 1 Peter 3:22

 

 

Holy Spirit

 

9) We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit (1), acknowledging Him together with the Father and the Son as Creator and Redeemer (2).

(1) Acts 5:3-4; (2) Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

10) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit (1), baptizing all true believers (2) into the one true church, the body of Christ (3), and that He indwells them eternally, bestowing spiritual gifts upon them (4), teaching all things necessary, and empowering and helping them as the Helper, to produce fruits of righteousness through service and holy living (5).

(1) John 14:16-17, 26; (2) 1 Corinthians 12:13; (3) 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27; (4) Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-30; (5) John 16:13; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:12; Revelation 22:12

 

 

Sin

 

11) We believe that because of Adam’s sin, all mankind is in rebellion (1)—inherently from Adam and individually through choice (2), and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation (3). And that there was no sin, suffering or death prior to the event of Adam’s sin (4) but entered the world after the sin of Adam (5) and is the basis for the necessity of salvation for all of mankind.

(1) Romans 5:12; (2) Matthew 15:18-19; James 1:14-15; (3) Romans 1:18; Romans 2:5-8; Romans 5:18; (4) Genesis 1:31; (5) Romans 5:12

12) Death (both physical and spiritual) entered into this world subsequent to, and is a direct consequence of, man’s sin (1).

(1) Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23

 

 

Salvation

 

13) Freedom and being saved from the penalty and power of sin is available to all of man only through the sacrificial death and shed blood of Jesus Christ (1), and His complete and bodily resurrection from the dead (2). We believe the sacrifice of Christ and the substitutive covering of sin by His shed blood is for all of man (3).

(1) Romans 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 9:11-22; 1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 2:21-24; (2) Luke 24:46; Acts 26:23; Romans 4:23-25; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-20; (3) John 3:15-17; John 12:47; 1 John 2:2;

14) We believe that salvation is a free gift to all of men received by faith alone, in Christ alone (1), and through no merit of their own (2), receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Those who believe in Christ (3) are miraculously born again of the Holy Spirit (4) becoming children of God (5) and partakers of His divine nature having escaped the corruption that is the world (6), and are eternally secure in Him (7). This faith will be and is expressed in the individual’s repentance, recognition of the death of Christ as full payment for sin, and acceptance of the risen Christ as Savior, Lord, and God.

(1) Romans 6:23; (2) Ephesians 2:8;(3) John 3:36; (4) John 3:5-7; Titus 3:5; (5) 1 John 5:1-2; (6) 2 Peter 1:4; (7) 1 John 5:20; John 6:47; John 17:2-3

 

 

Physical Death

 

15) We believe that at death the soul and spirit of the redeemed pass immediately into Christ’s presence (1) to remain there until the resurrection of the body (2) at Christ’s return for the church (3). We also believe that at death the soul and spirit of the lost go to hell (4), where they remain until they are brought before Christ at the Great White Throne (5) final judgment to be judged (6) according to their works (7) and cast into the lake of fire (8), there to remain eternally, being subjected to everlasting punishment (9), called the second death (10).

(1) 2 Corinthians 5:6, 8; (2) Acts 24:15; (3) 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16; (4) Revelation 2:11; Revelation 20:6; Revelation 20:14; Revelation 21:8; (5) Revelation 20:11; (6) John 5:29; (7) Revelation 20:12-13; (8) Revelation 20:14-15; (9) Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; (10) Revelation 2:11; Revelation 20:6; Revelation 20:14; Revelation 21:8

 

 

Future Times

 

16) We believe in the bodily resurrection of the redeemed (1) at the premillennial, pre-tribulational return of Christ for His one true church when the soul and spirit of those who have died (now immortal), will be reunited with their bodies (2). The bodies of believers who are alive at that time will likewise be transformed into immortality, being caught up together (3) with those that have died in Christ, to meet Christ in the air and to be forever with Him (4).

(1) 1 Corinthians 15:42-49; (2) 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52; (3) 1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 4:15, 17; (4) Revelation 22:3-5

17) We believe in the bodily return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (His return being personal, in power and glory) at the close of the Tribulation, to rescue Israel at Armageddon (1) and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will reign over this earth, from His father David’s (2) throne (3) in Jerusalem; and that His redeemed will reign with Him in resurrected bodies for 1,000 years (4).

(1) Revelation 16:16; (2) 2 Samuel 7:13; Matthew 9:27; (3) Psalm 89:26-29; Luke 1:32; (4) 1 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 20:4

 

 

Satan

 

18) We believe that Satan is real, and is the personal, spiritual adversary of both God and man(1).

(1) Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-10

19) We believe Satan does not have the attributes of omnipotence, omnipresence, nor of omniscience, as he will be judged (1), bound (2), restrained (3), and cast into hell (4).

(1) John 16:11; (2) Revelation 20:2; (3) Revelation 20:3,7; (4) Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10, 14

 

 

Creation

 

20) We believe the Genesis account of creation to be actual, literal and historical, with creation to have taken place over a literal six day period of time, and that the entirety of creation is recent in its origin (1).

(1) Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9

21) We believe the cataclysmic flood of Genesis was an actual historical event, was global in its extent and effect, being evidenced by the fossil record (1).

(1) Genesis 6:13, 17; Genesis 7:4, 10-12, 19-24; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5; 2 Peter 3:5-6

 

 

Church

 

22) We believe that the church is not a building, a religion, or a denomination. The church is made up of whomever believes in Jesus Christ (1) being born again and a child of God (2), immediately being placed by the Holy Spirit into the one unified spiritual body in Christ through faith (3), with Christ alone as its head (4).

(1) John 3:16; (2) John 3:3; (3) Galatians 3:26-28; (4) Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23

23) The church is one united spiritual body, the body of Christ, yet with many members (1). Denominationalism and ecumenicalism are foreign and contrary to the Scriptural design of the body (2); and are evidences of division within the body. The true church is to be like-minded (3), of one faith (4), one body (5), being in genuine biblical fellowship (6), together, under the headship of Christ

(1) Ephesians 2:11–3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; (2) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; (3) 1 Peter 3:8; (4) Ephesians 4:3-6; (5) Ephesians 4:3-6; (6) Acts 2:42-47

24) We believe the specific purpose of the church meeting is mutual exhortation (1), discipleship (2), and edification (3) of the saints; where every believer is to strive for maturation (4), functioning in the exercise of his or her spiritual gifts (5).

(1) Hebrews 10:24-25; (2) Matthew 28:19; Proverbs 27:17; John 8:31-32; John 13:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:1-8; (3) 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:12; (4) Ephesians 4:13-15; Hebrews 6:1; (5) 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:16

25) We believe that each local gathering of the visible church is to be shepherded and served by a plurality of older men called elders, each of whom must meet the requirements for church leadership (1).

(1) 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4

26) Someone cannot be called by God to such leadership when his life or family is not in order. Seminary training, long experience, and gifts of leadership or communication are not a substitute for obedience (1).

(1) 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Proverbs 1:28; Isaiah 1:10-17; Jeremiah 11:7-14; Romans 6:16-18; 1 Timothy 3:1-10; Titus 1:5-9; Titus 1:10-16; James 4:1-17

27) We believe that the gifts of leadership within the body are functional, and are not positional or hierarchical. All authority given to man, to lead within the body of Christ, comes only from the Word of God, as taught by the Word of God. Man has no authority within the church except that which is given by God in His written word (1).

(1)Matthew 20:25-28; Matthew 23:10-12; Mark 9:35; 1 Corinthians 12:22-27; 1 Peter 5:1-3

 

 

Separation

 

28) We believe that Scripture clearly mandates separation from sin (1), and that Scripture clearly teaches that heresy, apostasy and worldliness will increase (2) through the last days (3) (last hour); the last days being from the time of Christ’s first coming (4) to that of His second coming (5).

(1) Matthew 25:32; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 4:17-19, 25, 29-32, 5:11; 2 Timothy 3:5; Hebrews 7:26; Revelation 18:4; (2) Romans 13:11; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:1-7; Philippians 3:19; 1 John 2:18; (3) Matthew 24:36-39; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1; Hebrews 4:1-2; 2 Peter 3:3-4; (4) Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 9:26; (5) Matthew 24:3; Matthew 28:20; Revelation 19:11-16

29) We believe the Scriptures clearly teach and warn that the greatest dangers of heresy (1), apostasy (2), and worldliness (3) will come from within the church; secretly infiltrating, and will grow and are growing within the assembly of the church (4), yet appearing as part of the body of Christ (5).

(1) 2 Peter 2:1; 1 Corinthians 11:19; Galatians 5:20; Titus 3:10; (2) 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Timothy 3:2-5; Acts 28:25-27; (3) John 7:7; James 1:27; Colossians 2:8; 1 John 2:15-17; 1 John 4:5; 1 John 5:19; Jude 10-13, 16-19; (4) Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Corinthians 11:12-15; Galatians 2:4; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 John 7; Jude 4; (5) 2 Timothy 4:2-3

30) We believe that members of the body of Christ are to live unto the Lord Christ Jesus (1), living a life that reflects our genuine love (2), devotion (3), and obedience (4) to our God. We are to do this by self examination (5) through Scripture examination (6) and study (7).

(1) Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10; Ephesians 4:1; (2) Mark 12:30; (3) John 4:22-24; 1 Chronicles 16:29-30; (4) John 14:15; 1 John 2:3-5; Romans 6:16-18; (5) 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Corinthians 11:28; (6) Acts 17:11; (7) 2 Timothy 3:15-17

31) Separation from any association with religious apostasy, worldliness, and sinful practice is commanded by God for each member of His church (1).

(1) Matthew 7:6; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Ephesians 5:6-12; Titus 2:12; Titus 3:10-11; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11

 

 

Obedience and Persecution

 

32) We believe the genuine members of His church, those truly born again, will be distinguished in nature and character from those that are not His, being a peculiar people, chosen for God’s own possession (1). His people, those who abide in Him, ought to strive to walk as He walked (2); and He always does the things that are pleasing to Him (3) (God the Father) and out of love, strive to obey and keep His commands (4).

(1) Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9; (2) 1 John 2:6; (3) John 8:29; (4) 1 John 5:2-3, John 14:15

33) We believe that with being distinguished in nature and character, seeking to genuinely abide in Him in faith and practice, the believer will be persecuted (1) and hated (2). For Christ came to grant division on earth (3) (even to the point of it being among family members (4)) separating His chosen for His own possession (5).

(1) Matthew 5:10-11; John 15:20; Galatians 4:29; 2 Timothy 3:12; (2) Luke 6:22; Luke 21:16-17; John 15:18-19; (3) Matthew 10:34; Luke 12:51; (4) Matthew 10:35-37; Luke 12:52-53; (5) Exodus 34:12; John 3:19-21; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 John 1:6; John 8:12; John 12:46; Luke 6:24-26

34) We believe that while being separate, we are to forgive (1), love and pray for those those that persecute, hate and mistreat those of biblical faith and practice (2).

(1) Matthew 6:12-14; (2) Matthew 5:43-45; Luke 6:27-36; Luke 23:34


They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42


. . . for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to Christ.” Ephesians 4:12-13


 “. . . speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16


. . . I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together . . . but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.“ Hebrews 10:23-25


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