March 20, 2017

Statement of Faith

Section 1

The Bible, with its 66 book, is the very Word of God.  The Bible is verbally and plenarily inspired as originally given, and it is divinely preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Received Text.  The Bible is our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice.  The King James Version in English is an example of an accurate translation of the preserved Hebrew and Greek texts; we believe it can be used with confidence. (2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 12:6-7; Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; John 17:17; Acts 1:16; Acts 3:21; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 2:7-16; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Section 2

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – one in essence, and glory. He is spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.  He has revealed Himself by means of creation, the written word, and the living Word, Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

Section 3

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He lived a sinless life, shed His blood as man’s substitutionary sacrifice, rose bodily, and ascended to heaven where He is presently exalted at the Father’s right hand as the only mediator between God and man.  We also believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord, Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1:8; John 1:14; Luke 24:38-43; John 21:13-14).

Section 4

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same essence and nature.  He is the agent of conviction, regeneration, sanctification, and baptism into the one Body of which Christ is the Head. (John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

Section 5

We believe that Adam was directly and perfectly created by God in His own image and did not originate by any process of evolution. We further believe that through the temptation of Satan, Adam transgressed the command of God and fell from his original state of holiness and righteousness. As a result of Adam’s transgression, all men have guilt imputed, are sinners by nature, choice and deed, are totally unable to save themselves, and need to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit for salvation. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1—3, 12; Romans 5:12).

Section 6

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from human merit, or religious ceremonies. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Section 7

We believe that the scriptures teach a life of holiness “without which no man shall see the Lord.” By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the Will of God for all believers, and should be pursued by walking in obedience to God’s word. (Hebrews 12:14; Leviticus 19:2).

Section 8.

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, “an habitation of God through the Spirit,” with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of “the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven.” (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 12:23; Ephesians 2:22).

Section 9

We believe that all the saved shall live “in a manner such as not to bring reproach on their Savior and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, is commanded by God; that each person shall be separated from the world and should show this in action and dress. Therefore, the dress of men and women should be consistent with scriptural prerequisites; that any man or woman in leadership capacity shall be in the manner also as set forth in the Scripture (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Timothy 2: 9; 1 Peter 3:3). No one shall serve on the Board of Directors or in any leadership capacity who partakes of alcoholic beverages, or uses tobacco or any drugs. Each person shall dress appropriately and modestly, as befits one who walks in the image of God. “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I follow after if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14).