The church must uphold sound doctrine. Scripture says, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Timothy 4:2-3). By the command of God, we earnestly strive to preach the Word and uphold sound doctrine in our church. Below is a twelve part summary of what we believe regarding major areas of doctrine.
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant (without error) and infallible (incapable of teaching error) and wholly trustworthy in the autographs (2 Tim. 3:16). Therefore, we diligently strive to understand and appropriate its meaning and uphold what it says in all that we do as a church and as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:20), who both confirmed the Old Testament Scriptures and authorized the New (Matt. 5:18; John 14:26). We believe that the main message of Scripture is Jesus Christ (John 5:39, 46; Luke 24:27, 44; 1 Tim. 4:6-10) and that sound doctrine must issue forth in godly living in Christ-likeness (2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Tim. 6:3-4). We believe the Bible was given by the Spirit of truth, God the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16). The New Testament, in particular, was given through the apostles and prophets of the first church (Eph. 2:20; Matt. 10:40; 1 John 4:6). We believe that Scripture alone is sufficient for faith and practice for all generations (2 Pet. 1:15; 3:1-2; 3:15-16).
We believe the one triune God (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; James 2:19) who forever exists in three persons of the Father, the Son and the Spirit (Matt. 28:19). Therefore, we worship God and live this life according to the Father’s self-revelation to us in His incarnate Son (John 1:18; Heb. 1:2), who with the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to indwell all those who believe (Rom. 8:9, 11; 1 Cor. 6:19) and reveal divine truth (John 14:26; 16:13).
We believe God the Father, who is sovereign over all things (Eph. 1:11), whose purposes can never be thwarted (Job 42:2), who knows all things (Isaiah 46:10), and who is actively working all things in perfect concert with His supreme will (Rom. 8:28-30). Therefore, we live and do ministry fully confident that God is in control and that true wisdom is to trust in Him and to faithfully carry out His Word in all things (Prov. 3:5-6).
We believe God the Son, the eternally begotten from the Father (John 1:18), the Lord Jesus Christ, who took on human flesh (John 1:14; 1 John 4:2), who died in the place of sinners to pay the penalty for their sins (1 Cor. 15:3; 1 John 2:2), who rose bodily from the dead (1 Cor. 15:4; Matt. 28:5-7) and is coming again just as He promised (Rev. 22:20; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). Therefore, we live and worship as sinners redeemed by grace who have peace with God through Christ (Eph. 2:18; 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 10:19). We see life as a brief opportunity (James 4:14; Psalm 90:12) to serve and honor Christ and live in eager anticipation of His soon return (Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 1:10).
We believe God the Spirit who revealed divine truth (John 14:17; 1 Cor. 2:10-13), whose words were inscripturated in the Bible, who regenerates sinners (John 3:5-8) and indwells them (Rom. 8:9-11) and conforms them to the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). Therefore, we honor God the Spirit who is in us and strive to be holy as God is holy (Eph. 4:30; Rom. 15:16; 1 Cor. 6:18-20) and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ with the confidence that the Spirit will convict, convert and transform sinners (John 16:8) according to the Father's sovereign election (John 6:44; 1 Pet. 1:1-2).
We believe God created all things (Eph. 3:9) out of nothing (Heb. 11:3) in six literal days (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:11) exactly as it is recorded in Genesis 1:1-31 (days 1 through 6) and Genesis 2:5-25 (day 6 detailed), just as the apostles also taught (2 Pet. 3:5; Acts 17:26). The God of the Bible claims authorship over every created thing (Isaiah 45:12), including angelic beings (Col. 1:16). We believe that creation was the work of the triune God in all three persons of the Father (Heb. 1:1-2) and the Son (John 1:3) and the Spirit (Gen. 1:2), and that all things exist for the glory of God for the carrying out of His purpose and will (Rev. 4:11).
We believe all human beings, since the fall, are sinners in desperate need of God's forgiveness (Rom. 3:10-18; 23) and the Spirit's regeneration and transformation (John 3:5-6; Titus 3:5). Therefore, we offer the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone (Matt. 28:19), even down to children (Matt. 19:14; Eph. 6:1-3), confident that God is able to make the spiritually dead alive (Eph. 2:1-5) and cause them to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:10-13), repent from their sins (Acts 3:19; 17:30-31), be justified by faith (Rom. 3:21-26), become His disciples (John 8:31-36) and receive the free gift of eternal life (Rom. 6:23).
We believe that salvation is entirely the work of God (Eph. 2:1-10) which He planned from eternity past (Eph. 1:4; 3:8-11; 1 Pet. 1:18-20) and is the demonstration of His sovereign power over all things (Rom. 8:28-30). We also believe that sinners are saved by God's grace alone (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 3:24), on the basis of Christ's finished work on the cross (Col. 1:19-23) and through faith in the person of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-26; Acts 4:12). The purpose of this salvation is the glory of God (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14; 3:10), specifically, that we would be sanctified unto Christ-likeness (Rom. 8:29; Col. 3:10; 1 John 2:6; 3:3; 4:17), that we would be a people zealous for good works (Titus 2:11-14), that we would do all things to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), and that we would be His blessed people and possession forever and ever (Eph. 1:14, 18; Rev. 21:3).
We believe the church is comprised of the regenerate (1 Cor. 12:3, 13), hence, we minister to the members of this church body as new covenant believers (1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 12:22-24) in whom dwell the Spirit of God (Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:12-14). We believe the church exists to glorify God through the proclamation of Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 3:15; 2 Tim. 4:1-5) and by being the living demonstration of who Christ is in all His fullness (Eph. 4:13). Furthermore, we practice church discipline as the Lord commanded us (Matt. 18:15-20) for the honor of Christ (1 Cor. 5:7), the purity of the church (1 Cor. 5:6-8) and the salvation of the unrepentant (1 Cor. 5:5).
We believe angels and demons are real (Rev. 20:10; Luke 1:11-17, 26-38) and that we do not live in a purely naturalistic world (Eph. 3:10; 1 Cor. 11:10; 1 Tim. 5:21; Matt. 16:27). We believe that we have Satan and his demons opposing us in the spiritual realm (Eph. 6:12; 1 Pet. 5:8; 2 Cor. 2:11; 4:3-4; 11:13-15) and that our calling in this spiritual warfare is to stand firm by putting on the full armor of God, which consists of truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation and God’s Word (Eph. 6:10-17).
XI. End Times
We believe Jesus will remove His church from the world before the seven year period of tribulation (1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 2:1-3). After that period of judgment, the Lord will return to earth to establish His millennial kingdom on earth, during which time Satan will be bound (Rev. 20:1-6) and all of God’s promises to the remnant of national Israel will be fulfilled (Isaiah 11:1-10; Ezek. 36:24-38; Rom. 11:28-29). The church will participate in the millennium as those who return to earth with the Lord, who have been grafted into true Israel (Rom. 11:17-24), who will share in the blessings of the kingdom of God on earth (Eph. 2:11-13, 17-19). After the millennial kingdom, Satan and his demons will be released then vanquished and eternally judged. At this time, Christ will raise all the dead (John 5:28-29) for the final judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).
XII. Heaven and Hell
We believe that physical death is not the end for any human being (John 5:28-29; Acts 10:42), but that each will enter either into eternal bliss in the new heavens and the new earth in the presence of God (Rev. 21:1-22:5) or into eternal damnation in hell separated from God forever (Rev. 20:11-15). Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will enter into eternal life (John 10:27-30), and all else will perish in hell forever to pay eternally for their sins (Rev. 20:15).