Doctrinal Statement

Article 1. Concerning the Holy Scriptures

We believe that the Bible, consisting of a total of sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments, is without error in the original manuscripts (1). The author of the Bible was God the Holy Spirit (2) who guided the human authors without distorting their person or character (3) so that the writings they produced were verbally and plenarily inspired (4). By His singular care and providence they have been kept pure in all ages and are therefore the authentic Word of God today. (5). We believe that the Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice (6). We believe in the dispensational method of interpreting the scriptures (7).

Some places where taught: (1) Prov. 30:5-6; Jn. 17:17. (2) II Pet. 1:19-21; Heb. 1:1-2. (3) II Sam. 23:2 with Acts 1:16; II Thess. 3:17. (4) Matt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; II Tim. 3:16. (5) Matt. 5:18; I Peter 1:23; Ps. 119:89, 152, 160. (6) Acts 17:11; I Cor. 10:6-12; Eph. 6:17; II Tim. 3:15-17; I Jn 4:1. (7) II Tim. 2:15; Eph. 3:2-10.

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Article 2. Concerning the True God

We believe that there is only one living and true God (1) who is an eternal, self-existing, perfect Spirit (2). He is a personal Being and the Creator and Upholder of the universe (3). Though one God, He exists in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (4). These Persons are equal in essence and in every divine perfection (5), but each has His own distinct work to perform (6).

Some places where taught: (1) Deut. 6:4-5; Jer 10:10. (2) Hab. 1:12; Jn 4:24; James 1:17. (3) Gen. 1:1-25; Heb. 1:10; Col. 1:15-17. (4) Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19-20; II Cor. 13:14. (5) Jn. 10:30; 14:10; 17:5; I Cor. 8:6; Phil. 2:5-6. (6) Jn. 14:26; 15:26; Eph. 1:3-4, 6-7, 13-14.

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Article 3. Concerning Creation

We believe that the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not figuratively (1). We believe that the six days of creation mentioned in Genesis chapter one were solar hour days (2). We believe that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and that they follow God’s law in multiplying “after their kind” (3). We believe that the entire human race sprang from one man, Adam, and one woman, Eve, literal people, who were created directly in God’s image and after His likeness and did not evolve from any lower form of life (4).

Some places where taught: (1) Gen. 1:1-2:25; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 33:6-9; Jn. 1:3; Heb. 11:3; Col. 1:16-17. (2) Exod. 20:11; 31:17. (3) Gen. 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25. (4) Gen. 1:26-27; 5:2.

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Article 4. Concerning the Fall of Man and Sin

We believe that man was originally created a sinless being (1). By voluntary transgression he fell from that sinless state (2), and, as a result, all mankind are now sinners by nature and by conduct (3) and are justly under divine condemnation (4).

Some places where taught: (1) Gen. 1:27, 31; 2:16-17; Eccles. 7:29. (2) Gen. 3:6-7; Rom. 5:12, 19. (3) Ps. 51:5; Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; 5:15-19; James 2:10. (4) John 3:36; Rom. 1:20.

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Article 5. Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God (1) who is today both truly God and truly man (2). His literal human body was miraculously conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and He was born of a human mother who was a virgin (3). At conception He became the God-Man with two natures, divine and human (4). After His birth He lived a sinless life on earth, died on the cross as a substitute for sinners, bore the judgement of their sins, and was raised bodily from the tomb as a testimony to the sufficiency of His sacrifice and as a guarantee of His people’s future and resurrections (5). He now is in heaven as the great High Priest of His people (6). He will return at the rapture for His church, and later to the earth to reign following the tribulation period (7).

Some places where taught: (1) Heb. 1:1-2; Ps. 2. (2) Phil. 2:5-8. (3) Is. 7:14; Lk. 1:26-38. (4) Jn. 1:1-2; 8:58; Phil. 2:7-8. (5) Lk. 24:1-6; I Pet. 2:21-24; Ro. 4:25; I Cor. 15:1-7, 23-26. (6) Heb. 4:14. (7)I Thess. 4:16-17; I Cor. 15:51-52; Matt. 24:30-31; 25:31.

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Article 6. Concerning the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is an eternal and divine Person, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son (1). He was active in creation (2). He convicts men of sin (3). He indwells each believer (4). He performs various ministries such as regenerating, sealing, guiding, teaching, sanctifying and strengthening (5).

Each believer has been sanctified positionally in Christ, is being sanctified by the continuing work of the Spirit, and ultimately at Christ’s coming will be completely sanctified (6). While the believer can have victory over sin through the power of the Spirit, his sin nature will not be eradicated in this life (7).

The Holy Spirit bestows a spiritual gift(s) upon every believer, this gift(s) is a special ability for service. Some gifts, such as tongues, prophecy and healing, were temporary signs or revelatory gifts and have ceased (8).

It is the believer’s privilege and responsibility to be filled with the Holy Spirit and thus to produce fruit unto God and to live a joyous and productive Christian life (9).

Some places where taught: (1) II Cor. 13:14. (2) Gen. 1:1-2. (3) Jn. 16:8-11. (4) I Cor. 6:19-20; 12:13. (5) Jn. 3:3; Rom. 8:14; Eph. 1:13, 17; 3:16. (6) I Cor. 1:2; 12:4-7, 11; II Cor. 3:18. (7) I Jn. 1:8. (8) II Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:4; I Cor. 13:8. (9) Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:22, 23.

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Article 7. Concerning Personal Godliness

We believe that the result of being filled with the Spirit is a life of personal godliness (1). The believer is to repudiate the world and its patterns of life and thought (2), and to present himself as a living sacrifice to God (3). Christians must guard against the notion that holiness is produced by obedience to rules and regulations as well as the concept that life under grace permits us to indulge in the sins of the flesh. Life under grace does not allow the believer to live as he wishes (4). He is under a divine mandate to be holy (5). The teaching of Scripture regarding the Christian life is not merely positive in nature, but is also negative, warning the believer against sin. A fruitful Christian life is produced through daily fellowship with the Lord and the control of the Holy Spirit (6).

We stand against immorality as is so often condemned in God’s Word. We believe that the marriage bond is holy and that there should be no sexual relationships between persons who are not married to one another as husband and wife (7). We believe that any sexual relationship outside the bounds of a biblical marriage is contrary to the explicit teachings of Scripture and is to be condemned (8).

Some places where taught: (1) Titus 1:1; 2:11-12. (2) Jn. 2:15-17. (3) Rom. 12:1-2. (4) Rom. 6:1-2, 12-13; Titus 2:11-14. (5) I Pet. 1:16. (6) Gal. 5:22-24; II Cor 3:18. (7) Exod. 20:14; I Cor. 6:18; Prov. 5:1-21; Heb. 13:4. (8) Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:26-27.

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Article 8. Concerning Angels

We believe in the existence of angels who are mighty spiritual beings that were created by God. They serve Him in various ways and are specially appointed to watch over and minister to God’s people (1).

We believe that at some time in the past a large number of angels, under the leadership of the one called Satan, rebelled against God and were removed from His presence (2). They now roam the universe and are especially active on the earth, opposing God and his purposes and ruling over the spiritual darkness of this world (3). Satan, also called the Devil, is a real person who has tremendous power and is the enemy of God’s people. He is destined to be judged by Christ at His return, and finally to be eternally incarcerated in the lake of fire (4).

Some places where taught: (1) Heb. 1:6, 14. (2) Matt. 25:41. (3) Eph. 6:12. (4) Rev. 20:1-3, 10.

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Article 9. Concerning Salvation

Salvation is made free to all by the gospel (1). It is initiated by God, and is accomplished by grace apart from any human works (2). It is the duty of all persons to accept it by personal faith (3). All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are forgiven, regenerated, and justified (4). The perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed to them (5). They are given spiritual life which is manifested in their growth in grace (6). True believers are saved forever and can never be lost (7).

Some places where taught: (1) Rom. 3:24; I Tim. 2:4; 4:10. (2) Eph. 2:8-9. (3) Jn. 3:16; Acts 16:31. (4) Rom. 5:1; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 1:23. (5) II Cor. 5:21. (6) I Pet. 3:18. (7) Jn. 10:27-30; Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:35-39.

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Article 10. Concerning the Church

We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is composed of all true believers who are placed into the Body by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (1). The Church is distinct from Israel (2).

We believe that a local, visible church is an organized congregation of immersed believers (3), associated together by a common faith and fellowship in the Gospel. Such a church is to be governed by the Word of God (4), and to observe the ordinances of baptism (the immersion of true believers only) and Lord’s table (5). Its Scriptural officers are male believers referred to in Scripture as bishops and deacons. The qualifications of the church officers are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

A local church is autonomous, is not to be subject to the control of any outside persons or organizations, and has the power and right to confess its own faith and conduct its own affairs in accordance with the teachings of the New Testament. On all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline, and benevolence the will of the local church is final (7).

We believe that both Christian baptism and the Lord’s Supper are each a symbolic memorial service and a prophecy (8). We believe that Christian baptism is a single immersion of the believer in water (9), in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (10). It shows forth in solemn and beautiful figure, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (11). Baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (12). At the Lord’s Supper, which is not optional for the church member, the members of the Church, by the use of bread and the fruit of the vine, commemorate together the death of Christ (13). This commemoration should always be preceded by careful self-examination (14).

The church and its members should have as primary goals the evangelization of their own area, the extension of the gospel to the ends of the earth through Biblical missionary methods, and the edification of believers (15).

Some places where taught: (1) Matt. 16:18; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23. (2) Eph. 3:3-6; Col. 1:18-24; John 16:12-13; Acts 2:1-47. (3) Acts 2:41-42. (4) II Tim. 3:16-17. (5) Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-24. (6) I Tim. 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-9. (7) Matt. 18:15-18; Acts 6:3-5; I Cor. 5:4-5, 13; I Tim. 3:15. (8) Rom. 6:3-4; I Cor. 11:26. (9) Acts 8:36-39. (10) Matt. 28:19. (11) Rom. 6:3-4. (12) Acts 2:41-42. (13) I Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:29. (14) I Cor. 11:28. (15) Acts 8:4; 11:20-21.