We teach that the scriptures, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. They are accurate, reliable, and faithful in everything they address. We believe the Bible is our absolute authority in all to which it speaks. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 5:18).
We teach that there is only one God, infinite, eternally existing in three persons, the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are identical in essence, substance, equal in power and glory, equal and perfect in every divine attribute. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:3; Isa. 48:16; Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts. 5:3-4).
We teach that God the Father is the Creator and master planner of all things (Gen. 1:1-31; Eph. 3:9). He is the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe. He is neither the author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47).
We teach that Jesus Christ is completely God and completely man in every sense (Rom. 1:2-4; Phil. 2:5-7; 1 John 4:2-3). He existed prior to being conceived (see John 1:15 and compare Luke 1:57-59 with Luke 2:6-7), in the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit (Matt.1:25). He lived a sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15). The scriptures accurately describe His life, His death on the cross, which provided a sacrifice for our sins, His bodily resurrection from the dead, and His ascension into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father. He is now our High Priest and Advocate (Acts 7:56; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Col. 3:1; Heb. 7:25).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is completely God. He is not a force but a person who possesses intellect (1 Cor. 2:10-13), emotions (Eph. 4:30), and will (1 Cor. 12:11). We teach that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:26), and during this age, to convict men of sin (John 16:7-11), to regenerate the believing sinner (Titus 3:5), and to guide, to instruct and to empower the believer for godly living and service (1 Cor. 2:11-14; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 3:16; 5:18).
We teach that humanity, male and female, was created in the image of God but sinned by disobedience (Gen. 1:26; 2:22-25; 3:1-21). Not only is every person a sinner, but also every person sins proving that they are sinners (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; James 1:12-15). Therefore, they are completely lost, being totally spiritually dead (Gal. 3:2; James 2:10). Only through faith in Jesus Christ can a person be forgiven of his or her sins (John 3:16; Col. 1:13-14).
We teach that God has clearly taught in the Word of God that marriage is between one male and one female. In Genesis 2:18-25 God created one male and female and in verses 23-24 clearly said that they, the first male and female were to be joined together. In Genesis 1:27-28 God stated that the male and female were to be fruitful, multiple and fill the earth. Two males or two females cannot accomplish satisfy God’s command. Further, the Word of God expressly prohibits the marriage between males with males and females with females calling such an act an abomination (Lev.18:22) and detestable (Lev. 20:13). Romans 1:26-27 calls homosexual and lesbian activity indecent acts. Consequently, God intended for marriage to occur between only one male and one female. Therefore, we recognize that the only legitimate sexual relationship is between a man and a woman within marriage.
We teach that only those who believe they are sinners, repentant and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be saved (Rom. 3:10; 10:8-9; 2 Cor. 7:10). Such persons are called believers. Believers are born spiritually of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God (John 1:12, 3:5) and children of light (Eph. 5:8). Salvation is sovereignly and freely given by God’s grace through the gift of faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 13:48; Eph. 1:4; 2:8-9). A person is eternally saved and is saved only once (John 6:37; Heb. 6:4-6; 1 Pet. 1:5). Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation (Acts 4:12). That is, there is no other God by which a man can be saved.
We teach that the true Church is composed of all persons who believe in Jesus Christ. (1Cor. 12:13) We teach that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right to govern its own affairs (Eph. 5:23-24). We teach that church leadership should be a plurality of spiritually qualified males called Elders, who are supported by Deacons (Acts 6:1-6; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:1-12). We teach that all believers in a local church are also subject to the Elders in spiritual matters (1 Thess. 5:12-13; 1 Tim. 5:17; Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Pet. 5:1-6). The ordinances of the local church are believers’ baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 11:23-30).
We teach the premillennial and imminent, personal coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to establish His earthly kingdom (Matt. 24:15-21, 30-31; Acts 1:6-7; Rev. 19:11-20:4). The second coming of the Lord Jesus will occur at the close of the tribulation period (Rev. 19:11-21) which occurs prior to the literal, earthly 1,000 year kingdom (Rev. 20:1-4). We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead (Rev. 20:4-5, 11-15). The believer in Jesus Christ will go to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord in a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1-2). The unbeliever will be judged and sent to an everlasting, literal, conscious punishment (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15).