Doctrinal Statement

The Holy Scriptures

The Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired Word of God in the original manuscripts (Matthew 5:17-18; II Timothy 3:16-17) and, therefore, is authoritative, infallible, inerrant, and complete (II Peter 1:20-21), being the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Jude 3).

The Godhead

There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17), being identical in essence and equal in power and glory (John 6:27; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:3-4).

Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:30-35) and, therefore, is true God and true man (John 1:18, 3:16; Philippians 2:5-11; I Timothy 3:16).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, who convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-15). In this present age, He regenerates believers in Christ (John 3:5-6; Titus 3:5), baptizes them into the church (I Corinthians 12:1-13), indwells them permanently (I Corinthians 6:19), seals them unto the Day of Redemption (Ephesians 4:30), bestows spiritual gifts upon each one, and controls those yielded to God (Ephesians 5:18).

Man

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27); but in Adam’s sin the race fell (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6-19), resulting in both spiritual and physical death (Romans 3:10-23; 5:12). Thus, man is totally depraved in the sight of God (Ephesians 2:1-3), inheriting a sinful nature at birth and personally displaying his alienation from God by his thoughts, words, and deeds (John 5:42; Romans 8:7; Ephesians 4:18; Titus 3:3-6). This does not mean that a person cannot perform actions that are good in the sight of men, or that he will indulge in every form of sin, or that he has no consciousness concerning God. It does mean that man has nothing to commend himself to God, having no ability to know, love, or serve God apart from the work of divine grace in his life (Romans 7:18).

Grace

The grace of God is the kindness and love of God exercised toward fallen man (Genesis 3:21). The ultimate manifestation of grace occurred at the appearing of Christ (John 1:17; Titus 2:11, 3:4). God’s provision of this unmerited favor forms the basis for man’s justification (Romans 3:24; Titus 3:7) and salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). Thus, God’s righteousness can be bestowed upon unrighteous man, making him acceptable in Christ (Romans 3:26; 8:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9).

Salvation

Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ (Romans 3:24-28; Ephesians 2:8-9), who died as a substitutionary and complete sacrifice for the sins of the whole world (Romans 5:8-10; II Corinthians 5:15-21; I Timothy 2:5-6; I John 2:1-2), by shedding His blood on Calvary’s cross (Hebrews 9:26-28, 10:12), and rose again the third day (I Corinthians 15:3-4), ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:10-11), and is now seated at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3).

Security

All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ (Romans 5:1, 8:28-30; John 10:28-29; I John 5:11-13).

Sanctification

Sanctification, which is separation unto God, is threefold: (1) Positionally, the believer was sanctified at his conversion by virtue of his union with Christ (Hebrews 10:14); (2) Progressively, he is continually being sanctified by the Word as he walks in the Spirit (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26); and, (3) Ultimately, he will be completely conformed to the image of Christ when he sees his Savior face to face (I John 3:1-3). Progressive sanctification includes the doctrine of separation which is turning from the things contrary to the mind of God and unto God Himself (Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 1:9). This is not withdrawing from contact with evil in the world or the church, but from the complicity with and the conformity to it (II Corinthians 6:14-18). The results are intimate worship of God (Hebrews 13:15) and fruitful service for God (II Timothy 2:19-21).

The Church

The church is an elect company of believers (Ephesians 1:3-4) baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body (I Corinthians 12:13), Christ being the Head (Ephesians 1:22-23). This church began at Pentecost and will terminate at Christ’s coming for His saints, commonly called the Rapture (Acts 2:1-47; I Thessalonians 4:13-18). The Body universal is to gather as local churches (Hebrews 10:25) which are to reflect this living organism based on New Testament doctrine and practices which include sharing Christ with all people (Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-17; I Timothy 3:15-16).

The Ordinances

The church has only two ordinances which were instituted by our Lord: (1) Water Baptism, which is a symbol of the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection and is vividly pictured by the mode of immersion (Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 8:37-39, 10:47, 16:32-33); and (2) The Lord’s Table, which is a commemoration of Christ’s death by the use of bread and the fruit of the vine, representing His body broken in death and His shed blood, respectively (I Corinthians 11:23-28).

Angels

Angels, including Satan, were originally created holy (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19), but now exist as unfallen (Hebrews 1:6) and fallen (Ephesians 6:11-12; Jude 6), the latter under Satan’s control (Revelation 12:9).

Satan

Satan is the originator of sin who led our first parents into transgression (Genesis 3:1-19), thereby accomplishing their moral fall (Romans 5:12-14) and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 11:13-15). He is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above both God and His people (Ephesians 6:10-12). He was judged at the cross (Colossians 2:15), though not then executed, and as usurper, now rules as the “God of this world.” His eventual punishment begins at the second coming of Christ (Revelation 20:1-3). After being in the abyss for the thousand years, he will be loosed for a little season and then be cast into the lake of fire, where he shall be tormented forever (Revelation 20:7-10).

Dispensations

God has revealed different dispensations or stewardships with corresponding rules of life, of which the present dispensation is the Church Age (Ephesians 3:2-6; Colossians 1:25-27). These do not represent different ways of salvation since the requirement for salvation is always FAITH (Romans 4:1-8), the object of faith always being God (James 2:23), and the basis being the death of Christ (Romans 3:25).

The Lord’s Return

The imminent return of the Lord, which is the blessed hope (also called the Rapture) of the church (Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10) is followed in order by: (1) the seven year-tribulation (Matthew 24:15-31); (2) the return of Christ to the earth, the establishment of the thousand-year reign (known as the Millennium), and then the eternal state (Revelation 19:11-20:15).

The Resurrections

Christ is the Firstfruit of the Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-50), yet He proclaimed that eventually the bodies of all ever born would be resurrected (John 5:25-29), the saved unto everlasting bliss and the lost unto everlasting and conscious punishment (Revelation 20:4-15).

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