What We Teach

The Scriptures

The 66 books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God, spoken through men moved by the Holy Spirit, and thus free from error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our guide and authority in all matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:20-21Matthew 5:18Hebrews 4:12-13).


The meaning of Scripture is known through literal, grammatical and historical interpretation under the direction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). It is the responsibility of every believer to know and obey the Scriptures (Acts 17:10-121 Thessalonians 2:13James 1:22). The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.

The Trinity

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each possessing the same power, perfection, attributes, glory, and nature (Deuteronomy 6:4Matthew 28:192 Corinthians 13:14Matthew 3:16-17John 10:30Philippians 2:5-6Acts 5:3-4).

Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is the eternal Son of God, born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23), sent into this world to make atonement for sin (Hebrews 9:26-28Romans 5:6-10). He was crucified, buried, then literally and bodily rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father.


Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5John 14:6), is the Head of the church (Ephesians 5:23Colossians 1:18), and will one day judge those who do not believe in Him as Lord and Savior (Revelation 20:11-15John 5:22);


He is truly Man and truly God, preserving both human and divine natures, which are inseparably united together in one person. (John 1:11418Colossians 2:9Hebrews 1:1-4Philippians 2:6-11John 10:30John 20:28).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son (Matthew 28:19), was active in creation (Genesis 1:1-3), inspired the Scriptures (Acts 1:16Hebrews 3:7-11), and convicts the world of sin (John 16:8-11).


The Holy Spirit is active in all the processes of conviction, salvation and sanctification; He bears witness to the truth, regenerates, baptizes believers into the body of Christ, indwells, provides spiritual resources for service, leads into truth, seals believers until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13), and controls believers (John 15:26John 16:7-16Romans 8:9141626Ephesians 4:30Ephesians 5:18).

Man

Man was created to bring God glory, to bear His image in the world (Genesis 1:26) and is capable of having a personal relationship with God and responding to Him. Man can know and understand what God desires of him. Man also has an eternal future, either eternal life or eternal damnation. All mankind are sinners, by nature from Adam and in practice individually, and are therefore subject to God's wrath and condemnation unless they are saved (Genesis 3:1-241 Corinthians 15:22).

Salvation

Salvation of lost men is possible only by the grace of God through faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Psalms 14:1-3Isaiah 64:6Ephesians 2:8-101 Peter 1:18-19). God chose before the foundation of the earth those whom He saves and sanctifies (Ephesians 1:4-111 Peter 1:1-2).


The Holy Spirit regenerates those chosen by the Father (Acts 13:48Romans 8:28-30), who in turn respond in conversion (faith and repentance), and are justified by the Father on the basis of the completed work of Christ (Ephesians 1:4-142 Timothy 1:91 Peter 1:1-2).


Those thus born again are eternally secure (Ephesians 1:13-14Ephesians 2:8-10John 1:11-13John 3:1-21John 6:37-40John 10:27-29Romans 3-8).

Sanctification

Believers are divinely enabled to live apart from the world in obedience to the will of God. This sanctification progresses as the believer obeys God's word and lives under the control of His Spirit (John 17:172 Corinthians 3:18Galatians 5:16). Sanctification is completed when a believer is in heaven (Philippians 1:6).

The Church

The church is the body of Christ in the world, comprised of all who have placed their faith in Him in this present age. It exists to glorify God before men and to submit to Him in worship; in the process, the true church will grow in Christlikeness, in her ability to meet the needs of the body, and in her ability to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to the world (Ephesians 1:22-24Ephesians 4:11-13Acts 2:41-42Colossians 3:21Romans 12:3-161 Corinthians 12:1227).


The purpose of the church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:211 Corinthians 10:31) by growing in the faith (Ephesians 4:13-16), instructing in the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17), by fellowship (Acts 2:471 John 1:3); by observing the ordinances (Luke 22:19Matthew 28:19), and by proclaiming the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:19Acts 1:8).

The Ordinances

Scripture commands two ordinances for the church: baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19Acts 8:36-39) and the Lord's Supper (Luke 22:19).


Baptism is a picture and testimony of belief in Jesus' atoning death, burial, and resurrection, and a public identification with the body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42Romans 6:3-4).


The Lord's Supper is a reminder and a witness of the Lord's death for sin. Neither ordinance possesses saving power (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Christ's Return

We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead (Acts 1:10-11; Acts 10:42; 2 Timothy 4:1). At the second coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, He will assign the unbeliever to the resurrection of condemnation and eternal conscious punishment (Mark 13:32; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15). He will assign the believer to the resurrection of eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace (Revelation 21:1-3).


Until His return, believers are to live lives that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. The Church is to be busy doing the work of evangelism and discipleship, proclaiming the pure, uncompromised Gospel of Christ by teaching the Word of God (Matthew 28:18-20).

 

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