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 (66 books of the Old and New Testament Scriptures) 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 apply 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) and that sound doctrine must issue forth in godly living in Christ-likeness (1 Tim. 6:3-4; 2 Cor. 3:18). We believe the Bible was given by the Spirit of truth, God the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21) and that Scripture alone is sufficient for faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We believe the Creator God is the one and only true God who is revealed in the Scriptures, who is triune, one being (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; James 2:19), eternally existing in the three persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy 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 the Spirit to reveal divine truth (John 14:26; 16:13) and to indwell all those who believe (Rom. 8:9, 11; 1 Cor. 6:19).
We believe God the Father 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 is eternally begotten from the Father (John 1:18; 1 John 5:18), and that He took on human flesh (John 1:14; 1 John 4:2) two thousand years ago in the person of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the incarnation of the Eternal Son of God, who only did what was pleasing to the Father (John 8:29), who was sinless and innocent (1 Pet. 1:19; Heb. 7:26), who died in the place of sinners on the cross to pay the penalty for their sins (1 Cor. 15:3; 1 John 2:2; 1 Pet. 2:24), who rose bodily from the dead (1 Cor. 15:4; Matt. 28:5-7; Luke 24:39), who is coming again just as He promised (Rev. 22:20; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). Therefore, because of Christ and His finished work on the cross, we live and worship God as sinners redeemed by grace, as those who have peace with Him 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 Jesus Christ our Lord and live in eager anticipation of His soon return (Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 1:10).
We believe God the Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17), the great revelator of divine truth (1 Cor. 2:10-13), whose words were inscripturated in the Bible. We further believe that the Spirit glorifies Christ (John 16:14), regenerates sinners (John 3:5-8), indwells those who belong to Christ (Rom. 8:9-11), leads them in a life of love and righteousness (Gal. 5:18-24), enables ministry (1 Cor. 12:7-11) 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 (1 Pet. 1:14-16; 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 sinners (John 16:8) and transform them (Ezek. 36:26-27) according to the Father's sovereign election (Eph. 1:4; 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 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 (except the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ), 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 (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9), even down to children (Luke 18:16-17; 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), be justified by faith (Rom. 3:21-26), repent from their sins (Acts 3:19; 17:30-31), become His disciples (Matt. 28:19-20; John 8:31-36) and receive the free gift of eternal life (Rom. 6:21-23).
We believe 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) and the expression of His grace (Eph. 2:7-8). We further believe that sinners are justified (declared righteous) as a free gift by the grace of God (Rom. 3:24) and that this justification is solely based on Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the cross that paid in full (once for all) the penalty for their sins (Rom. 3:25; Col. 1:19-23; Heb. 10:10; 1 John 2:2), and that the only way to obtain this justification (and therefore, peace with God and salvation) is faith in the person of Jesus (Rom. 3:21-26; 5:1; Acts 4:12) as the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31), the Savior (1 John 4:14) and the Lord (Rom. 10:9, 13; Acts 2:36; 1 Cor. 8:6; 12:3). The purpose of this salvation is the glory of God (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14; 3:10; 1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31), the sanctification of believers unto Christ-likeness (Rom. 8:29; Col. 3:10; 1 John 2:6; 3:3; 4:17), and their future glorification wherein they will dwell with God as His blessed people and possession forever and ever (Eph. 1:14, 18; Rev. 21:3). We also believe that sanctification is a necessary part of salvation and that all who truly believe in Christ turn away from sin from the moment of their conversion and that they immediately begin a new life marked by an imitation to God's holiness and righteousness (Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:24) and that it is impossible for those who are saved to revert to a life of sin (1 John 3:7-10).
We believe the church is a unique institution created by God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:13-22). The church is comprised of those who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who are regenerate (Tit. 3:5; 1 Cor. 12:3, 13), who are new covenant believers (1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 12:22-24) who have the Holy Spirit of God in them (Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:12-14). We believe that the church is distinct from Israel and that Christ will remove the church through rapture when God resumes His plan for national Israel (Rom. 11:25-27; Dan. 9:24-27). We believe that the purpose of the church is to glorify God through the proclamation of Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 3:15; 2 Tim. 4:1-5), through obedience to Him, and through a growing likeness to Him in all His fullness (Eph. 4:13) so as to be prepared in holiness for Him as a bride for her groom (Eph. 5:27; 2 Cor. 11:2; Rev. 19:7-8). We also believe that every member has been given by God the Spirit a unique ability to minister to and help mature the church (Eph. 4:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:7, 11; 1 Pet. 4:10-11) and that a healthy, Spirit-filled church community is where all her members are actively giving of themselves for the edification of others (1 Cor. 15:58; Eph. 4:15-16; 5:18-19; Col. 3:16-17). Lastly, we practice church discipline as the Lord commanded (Matt. 18:15-20) for His honor (1 Cor. 5:7), for the purity of His church (1 Cor. 5:6-8) and with the hope that this will lead to the salvation of the one disciplined (1 Cor. 5:5).
We believe angels and demons are real (Eph. 6:12; 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. 6:11-12; 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, the Word of God and prayer (Eph. 6:10-18).
XI. End Times
We believe the rapture of the church is the next biblical prophecy to be fulfilled and that the Lord at that time will remove His church from the world before the seven year of tribulation (1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 2:1-3). After this judgment period, the Lord will return to earth to establish His millennial (literal 1,000 years) kingdom on earth, during which time Satan will be bound (Rev. 20:1-6) and all of God’s promises to 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 (Rev. 19:7-8; 14; 20:4), 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 will be released then vanquished and eternally judged (Rev. 20:7-10). At this time, Christ will raise all the dead (John 5:28-29) for the final great white throne 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).