WE BELIEVE in the great doctrines of the evangelical Christian faith.

 

WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired and without error in their original writings and are therefore our final authority in faith and life (Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16, 28:25; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:18, 19).

 

WE BELIEVE in God, who exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ, who was God from eternity, was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and thus is true man and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 1:20-23; 28:18, 19; Mark 12:29; Luke 1:26-38; 2:7; John 1:14; Acts 5:3, 4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6).’

 

WE BELIEVE that God created a host of angels who were sinless and spiritual beings. Some of them, led by Satan, fell into sin and now oppose God and those whom God blesses. The holy angels continue to minister as servants of God (Genesis 3:1-19; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Luke 15:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4; 11:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-12; Hebrews 1:13, 14; 2:6-10; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:9; 20:1-3, 10).

 

WE BELIEVE that Adam was created without sin, but through his transgression fell from his original innocence. Descendants of Adam are born in sin and subject to death and judgment, apart from divine grace (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23-26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-24, 51-58; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:3 – 7:25; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:1; Revelation 1:5; 19:11 – 20:15).

 

WE BELIEVE that men and women can be saved from sin and come into possession of eternal life by realizing they are sinners, believing that the Lord Jesus Christ loves them and has provided salvation through His own shed blood upon Calvary. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as personal Savior and Sin-bearer and is entirely a free gift of God. Salvation cannot possibly be achieved by humanity’s works (John 3:14-18, 36; 5:25; 6:47; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16, 17; 3:20-26; 5:1; 8:1; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; Revelation 1:5).

 

WE BELIEVE that at death the saved enter into the presence of God immediately to spend eternity with Him. At death, the unsaved go immediately into eternal conscious punishment. We believe in the future bodily resurrection of all the dead (Daniel 12:2, 3; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 51-54; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:4-6, 10-15).

 

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners of their need of Christ as Savior and regenerates those who place faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers. As believers yield to His control He enables them to obey the will of God for them and to lead godly lives, separate from the sins of the world (John 7:37-39; 14:16, 17; 16:7-15; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:1-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18).

 

WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of true believers in Christ and that all believers are members of the Church, which is Christ’s body and of which He is the Head (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:13-27; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:13-22; 5:23-32).

 

WE BELIEVE that all Christians are called and commissioned by the Lord to live to the glory of God and to win others to Christ (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 15:16; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Philippians 1:20, 21).

 

WE BELIEVE those who profess faith in Christ are called upon to demonstrate and validate their commitment by acts of love to God and to people of all races and stations in life. The Scriptures repudiate all forms of racism and paternalism in human relationships (Luke 10:25-37; James 2:8, 9; 1 John 2:10, 11; 3:14-18; 4:7-21).