Core Beliefs

  • THE SCRIPTURES: The Holy Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, were given by verbal inspiration of God in all their parts. They are therefore inerrant in the original writings. They have been kept pure in all ages by God’s singular care and providence, and are infallible in their authority for faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
  • THE TRINITY: In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons, of one essence, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • GOD THE FATHER: God the Father is in infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, justice and love. He works all things after the counsel of His own will. He is awesome in His judgments, hating all sin, is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Psalm 145:3; Deuteronomy 32:3-4; John 4:24; Isaiah 6:3; 1 Timothy 1:15, 17; 2:3-6; 1 John 3:20; Ephesians 1:11; Exodus 34:6-7; Hebrews 11:6)
  • GOD THE SON: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is true God and true Man in one Person. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary and atoning death on the cross, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven, where He now intercedes as High Priest on behalf of His people. He will return personally and visibly to the earth to establish His millennial Kingdom. (John 1:1,14; 20:31; Matthew 1:18,23; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Luke 24:1-8; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24-25; Revelation 19:20)
  • GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is a Person and is fully God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates and indwells all Believers, and baptizes them into the body of Christ. He guides and empowers Believers and gives gifts to be used for ministry to each one, so that the church functions properly. (Acts 5:3-4; John 16:8; 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:4-13; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • MAN: God created man, male and female, in His own image and free from sin. Man fell in Adam, and is a sinner by nature and by choice. He is therefore spiritually dead and in need of salvation. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; 3:19; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23)
  • SALVATION: Salvation comes by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God and was purchased by Christ on the cross. Men are justified by faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. Salvation results in righteous living, good works, and the fruit of the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1:1-13; Romans 3:28; 5:1; Galatians 5:22-23)
  • ETERNAL SECURITY: Those whom God has justified and accepted in Christ can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but are kept by the power of God through faith for eternal salvation. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2; Colossians 1:21-23; John 5:24, 6:37-39; 10:28-29; 1 Peter 1:5)
  • SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: Each local church is self-governing in function and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. Every human life is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-6)
  • CHRISTIAN CONDUCT: The supreme task of every Believer is to glorify God in his life. The Believer should live blamelessly before the world, be a faithful steward of his possessions, and seek to realize for himself the full stature of maturity in Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 1:28; 1 Timothy 6:6-9; 1 Peter 1:14-15)
  • SATAN: Satan exists as a personal being. He is the prince of this world system, the deceiver of the nations, and the adversary of God and God’s people. Satan’s destiny is one of judgment and eternal punishment. (John 16:11; Revelation 12:9; 20:10)
  • LAST THINGS: All Believers shall live eternally with God in a new heaven and earth. Upon physical death they go immediately to be with Christ in their spirit, and await the resurrection of their body at the coming of the Lord. They shall enjoy conscious eternal bliss with Him. All the unbelieving dead go immediately to the abode of the dead, called Hades, to await the bodily resurrection of the unsaved at the Great White Throne Judgment. After this, they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, and shall endure conscious eternal punishment in hell. (Revelation 21:1-3; 20:5, 11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8;1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Luke 16:23-26)