1. The Word of God We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 24:35)
2. The Trinity We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in work of creation, providence, and redemption.
(1 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 3:16-17)
- God the Father We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He is merciful, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10)
- Jesus Christ We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teaching. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:23; John 1:14, 29; Luke 1:26-35; Revelation 1:8)
- The Holy Spirit We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 16:7; Romans 8 )
3. Regeneration We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:27, 31; Romans 5:1-11)
4. The Church We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 2:19-21 & 5:27; 1 Corinthians 12:27)
5. Christian Conduct We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity of Christ. Due to the divisive and controversial nature of “speaking in tongues,” this shall not be promoted among our fellowship in order to maintain the unity of the church.
(2 Timothy 2:15; Luke 16:1-13)
6. The Ordinances We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to• the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:4-11; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
7. Religious Liberty We believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, Church and state must be kept separate as having different functions and each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
(Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:20-21; Acts 5:29; 4:18 & 20; Titus 3:1)
8. Church Cooperation We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization and the program. Such an organization and program exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in such programs is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.
9. The Last Things We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
(Matthew 24:25-51; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8; Revelation 20)