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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible in its entirety is the inspired Word of God and “God-breathed,” i.e. verbal-plenary inspiration. We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God “profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.” We believe that the Bible in the original manuscripts is inerrant. (John 5:39; Rom 15:4; 1 Cor 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

THE GODHEAD

We believe in one triune God, existing in three Persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—co-equal and co-eternal. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God, sharing the exact same attributes, power, glory and are of the same essence. We believe that God exercises sovereign rule over all creation as part of and consistent with the characteristics of Deity. (Deut 6:4; 1 Chron 29:11-12; Psalm 24:1; 110:1; Dan 4:35; John 1:1, 14; Acts 5:3, 4; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Tim 6:15)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that the eternal Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, became fully man yet never ceased to be fully God, having been born of the virgin Mary; that He became man to fulfill prophecy, reveal God, and redeem the human race; that He was born in, remained in, and arrived at the Cross in a state of impeccability having never sinned (Lk 1:30-35; Jn 1:1,2, 14, 18; Heb 4:15). We believe that His spiritual death on the Cross was substitutionary and accomplished redemption for man; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead and that He is now in heaven and exalted at the right hand of God the Father; that His resurrection and acceptance in the presence of the Father is the assurance of His redeeming work (Jn 1:29; 20:24-29; Rom 3:24-25; 4:24-25; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 18-22). We believe that He is currently the Head of the Church, which is His Body, and that He intercedes for those who are saved functioning as their High Priest and Advocate (Rom 8:34; Eph 1:22-23; Heb.7:25; 9:24-26; 1 John 2:1).

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead who began an unprecedented ministry during this age upon His advent on the day of Pentecost; that this special ministry encompasses convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ; permanently indwelling believers and sealing believers unto the day of redemption; empowering believers to execute the spiritual life through filling and teaching (Acts 2:1-4; Jn 14:26; 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph 1:13,14; 5:18).

MAN

We believe that Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, spiritually alive, and that through one act of personal sin, he died spiritually and acquired a sin nature (Gen. 1:26; 2:17). Since Adam’s sin, every member of the human race, excluding Jesus Christ, is born physically alive yet spiritually dead, in a state of total depravity (Isa 64:6; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10-17; 5:12; 6:23). This state of depravity leaves man totally helpless to produce an eternal relationship with God apart from the saving work of Christ on the Cross and God’s policy of grace (Rom 3:22-24; John 3:16, 18,36; Eph 2:8-10).

SALVATION

We believe that salvation comes to the sinner only by faith alone in Christ alone and that there is no other means of salvation afforded to the human race. Salvation is based solely on the substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the Cross and can only be received through personal faith in Jesus Christ (Isa 64:6; John 1:12; 3: 16, 18, 36; Acts 4:12; Rom 3:10-17; Eph 2:8-10).

ETERNAL SECURITY OF BELIEVERS IN CHRIST

We believe that there is no sin that a believer can commit or creature powerful enough to cancel the salvation that God has accomplished. We believe that believers are eternally secure in their salvation (John 10:28, 29; Rom 8:1, 37-39; 1 John 5:13).

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the Body and Bride of Christ of whom He is the Head; that this universal Church is only composed of Church Age believers. Believers are united to the body through the baptism of the Holy Spirit regardless of gender, race, national origin, or denominational membership (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph 1:22, 23; Col 1:18).

SATAN and HIS FALLEN ANGELS

We believe that prior to the origin of mankind, God created supernatural beings called angels, and that Satan through his pride committed the first sin (Job 38:4-6; Ezek 28:11-19; Is 14:12-4; Rev 12:4). We believe that God rendered a judgment of eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire in eternity past on Satan and those angels that followed him in rebellion against God (Matt 25:41: Zech 3:1-2). We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and the open and declared enemy of God and enemy of man; that he has access to God for accusing His saints, and is currently ruler of the world (Job 1:6, 7; 1 Peter 5:8; John 12:31). We believe that Satan will be defeated at the return of Christ and thrown forever into the Lake of Fire at the end of history (Isa. 14:12; Rev 12:7-9; 20:1-3, 10).

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSIBILITY

We believe the Christian’s responsibility is to “grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ,” make decisions conducive to growth and spiritual good works, to the end that his life is consistent with the Lord’s plan, thus bringing both blessing to the believer and glory to the Lord. Areas of service will be fulfilled as a result of the believer’s positive volition toward God’s Word and subsequent spiritual growth (Eph 2:8-10, 2 Peter 3:18).

SPIRITUALITY

We believe that spirituality is an absolute state for the believer in which he is controlled by the Holy Spirit, walking in love and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This status quo is tantamount to the filling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). The filling of the Holy Spirit is the sole means by which the spiritual life is executed. We believe that spirituality is distinct from maturity; that the believer loses the filling of the Holy Spirit through committing any act of mental, verbal or overt personal sin; that the believer recovers this filling through grace by confessing known personal sin directly to God the Father (Gal 5:16, 17; 1 Thess 5:19; 1 John 1:9).

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

We believe that spiritual gifts are given to believers in order for the Church to properly function. God the Holy Spirit distributes these gifts to the Church Age believer at the moment of salvation. The spiritual gifts include, but are not limited to: administration, giving, helps, pastor-teacher, and evangelism. We believe that certain spiritual gifts terminated at the completion of the Canon and others ceased to function over time or coterminously with the death of the last apostle. We believe that the gifts of healing, working of miracles, tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophesy and apostleship are no longer legitimately functioning today. (1 Cor 12, 13; Eph 4:7-12; Rom 12:4-8).

ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matt 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16: 31-34)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ mandated the observance of the Lord’s Supper for every believer throughout the Church Age (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26).

We believe that baptism is a witness to the community of a change that has already occurred inside the believer, expressing an individual’s desire to overtly participate in God’s plan for his life.

DISPENSATIONS

We believe that the Bible is accurately interpreted through the recognition that God accomplishes His purpose with man through distinct economies or stewardships; that dispensationalism is the system that recognizes the required biblical distinctions between the Church and Israel. We believe that although man’s responsibilities are changed or modified under each successive economy, salvation has and will always be the same, by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone as He is revealed. The basis for this salvation is the substitutionary spiritual death of Christ on the Cross (Gen 3:15; 15:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Eph 1:9-10; 2:8-9).

THE BLESSED HOPE

We believe that the next prophetical event to occur after Pentecost is the Resurrection of the Church, which is the believer’s blessed hope; that this blessed hope is just as imminent now as it was during the Apostolic Era (1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Titus 2:13).

THE TRIBULATION

We believe that the Tribulation is Daniel’s seventieth week and the time of Jacob’s trouble in which God primarily deals with the nation Israel for seven years (Dan 9:24; Jer 30:7); that this period of time will begin after the Resurrection of the Church upon the signing of a treaty between Israel and “the man of sin”; that this covenant will be broken in the middle of the week (3.5 years) which initiates the Great Tribulation where unprecedented wrath will be poured out on mankind (Dan 9:27; 12:11; Matt 24:15-21; Rev 6-19); that this period will terminate at the Second Coming of the Lord (Matt 24:29-30).

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth in His resurrected body with His saints to establish the millennial kingdom for 1000 years in which the unconditional biblical covenants will be fulfilled as promised to Israel (Zech 14:4-11; Acts 15:16-17; 2 Thess 1:7-10; Rev 20:4, 6).

THE ETERNAL STATE

We believe that those who are saved upon physical death, go to be with the Lord and there they shall forever remain (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Rev 21:4); that the saved receive a resurrection body respective to the completion of the dispensation in which they lived (Dan 12:13; 1 Cor. 15:20-23; 50-57; Rev 20:4). We believe that unbelievers upon physical death reside in Hades until the end of human history, at which time they will be resurrected, judged on the basis of their deeds, and sentenced to an eternal Lake of Fire where they will forever be in pain (Luke 16:19-31; Heb 9:27; Jude 6, 7; Rev 20:11-15).