Doctrine Regarding Scripture
- This church accepts the scriptures as its soleauthority in matters of faith and practice.
- We accept the scriptures as our sole authority because it is the Word of God (2 Peter
1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16). As such, we hold the scriptures to be free from error.
- We accept as our rule of interpreting the Scripture to be the Scripture itself. As a
result, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture, it must be searched out in other passages of Scripture that speak more clearly.
- We look to the Holy Spirit as our guide and teacher to illuminate and apply Scripture’s content to our individual lives and for the life of our Church (John 16:12-15).
Doctrine Regarding the Nature of God and Man
- We believe there is but one true living God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4 & 6) who is infinite in being (Job 11:7, 8, 9); is a Spirit (John 4:24); is Holy (Isaiah 6:3); who is wise and powerful (Daniel 2:20); full of love (Psalm 145:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 4:8); abundant in goodness and truth; forgiving sin, iniquity, and transgressions (Exodus 34:6 & 7); but also hating all sin and justified in his judgment (Psalm 5:5 & 6; Nahum 1:2 & 3; Romans 1:18).
- We believe God exists eternally as one in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
- We believe man to be created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6). Man, when tempted by Satan, fell from his sinless state through disobedience (Genesis 3). This fall plunged man into a state of sin and separation from God (Ecclesiastes 7:29, Romans 3:23, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10 & 11), and brought upon the entire race the sentence of eternal death (Romans 5:12, 18). Man can be savedfrom this condition only by the grace of God, through faith in the completed work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8, 3:16; Romans 8:1 & 2).
- We believe Jesus Christ to be the eternal and pre-existent son (John 1:1 & 2) who became a man without human father (John 1:14), being born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34 & 35). In the Lord Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one person; both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct (Colossians 2:9) to effect salvation. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute, shedding his blood for the remission of sins (Romans 8:3 & 4, Galatians 3:13, Hebrews 9:11 & 12). On the third day He rose bodilyfrom the dead (Matthew 28:1-7). He ascended to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34) where He performs the ministry of intercession (Hebrews 9:24, Hebrews 7:25). He is head and Lord over all things for His Church (Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 2:10). He shall come again bodily and visibly to complete His saving work, and to consummate the eternal plan of God (Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17).
- We believe in the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Triune God (1 John 5:7, Matthew 8:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14). He convicts the world of sin (John 16:8 & 11). He is the agent ofsalvation(Titus 3:5-6). He ministers the things of Christ to the believers (John 16:14, 7:15). He guides believers in all truth (John 16:13). He leads the believer in the will of God (Galatians 5:22 & 23, Romans 8:9). He ministers the work of Christ to a lost world by empowering believers for witness (Acts 1:8; Romans 1:14 & 15). He gifts empowered believers with diverse capacities to serve. (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7, 12, 13, 14)