The Holy Scriptures
- We teach the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, consisting of 66 books which constitute the Old and New Testaments. It is the Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, the complete and unalterable special revelation of God. The Bible is our final authority (Matt 5:18; 2 Tim 3:16, 17).
- We teach the normal, literal, consistent interpretation of the Scriptures, and a dispensational understanding of God’s progressive revelation ( John 16:12, 13; 2 Pet 1:20, 21).
- We teach there is one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut 6:4; 2 Cor 13:14).
- We teach that God is spirit, from everlasting to everlasting the same. He is the direct creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (John 4:24; Luke 24:39; Ps 90:2; Mali 3:6; Jas 1:17; Is 44:24; Rev 19:6; 1 John 3:20; Ps 147:5; 139:7-10; Jer 23:24; John 1:3; Ex 20:8-11; Gen 1:1; Col 1:16-17).
The Person and Work of Christ
- We teach the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He lived a sinless life. He came that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18).
- We teach the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. In doing so He provided atonement for the sins of the whole world. Our justification is verified by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom 3:24,25; Eph 1:7; Heb 2:9; 1 Pet 1:3 5; 2:24; 1 John 2:2).
- We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. As our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Rom 8:34; Heb 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1, 2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
- We teach that the Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who in this present age convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates and baptizes into the body of Christ those who believe, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8 11; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:12 14; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13, 14).
- We teach the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth. It is the privilege of believers to be filled with, and their duty to walk in, the Holy Spirit (John 16:13; Gal 5:16; Eph 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
The Total Depravity of Man
- We teach that man was created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Because of this, man is totally depraved and unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen 1:26,27; Rom 3:22,23; 5:12; Eph 2:1 3,12).
Salvation and Security
- We teach the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all people. All who trust Him are saved by grace through faith on the ground of His shed blood. Those who believe are also accepted in the beloved, kept by God’s power, and thus secure in Christ forever (John 1:12; 6:37 40; 10:27 30; Rom 8:1,38,39; 1 Cor 1:4 8; Eph 1:7; 2:8 10; 1 Pet 1:5,18,19).
- We teach that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. All claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom 6:13; 8:12, 13; Gal 5:16 25; Eph 4:22 24; Col 3:10; 1 Pet 1:14 16; 1 John 3:5 9).
- We teach it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom 13:13,14; Gal 5:13; Tit 2:11 15; 1 Pet 2:13 20).
- We teach that the Church, which began with the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, is the body and bride of Christ. It is the spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of the present age (Acts 2:1 13, 47; Eph 1:22, 23; 5:25 27; 1 Cor 12:13 14; 2 Cor 11:2).
- We teach that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28 32; 1 Tim 3:1 13; Tit 1:5 11).
- We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances for the Church in this present age. These are believer’s water baptism, practiced by immersion, and the Lord’s supper, observed as a memorial of His death (1 Cor 11:23 34; Acts 8:12, 35 39; 10:47, 48; 1 Cor 1:14).
- We teach that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture. They are to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind and to make disciples from among all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things whatsoever He has commanded (Matt 28:18 20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:19, 20).
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
- We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ gives the Church evangelists and pastor teachers. These gifted men are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:7 14).
- We teach that the Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts upon believers for Christian service and the edification of the Church (Rom 12:3 8; 1 Cor 12:4 11; 1 Pet 4:10, 11).
- We teach that the church age was initiated through the ministry of the apostles and prophets accompanied by sign gifts to confirm their message. These sign gifts gradually ceased by the time of the completion of the New Testament (1 Cor 12:28 31; 13:8 10; 14:1 28; 2 Cor 12:12; Eph 2:19-22; Heb 2:3, 4).
- We teach that God hears and answers prayer in accord with His own will for healing of the sick and afflicted (John 14:13, 14; 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15).
- We teach the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations which define man’s responsibility in successive ages. A dispensation is not a way of salvation, but a divinely ordered stewardship by which God directs man according to His purpose (John 1:17; 1 Cor 9:17; 2 Cor 3:9 18; Gal 3:13 25; Eph 1:10; 3:2 10; Col 1:24, 25; Heb 7:19; Rev 20:2 6).
- We teach salvation is always by grace through faith regardless of the dispensation in which the believer may have lived. God’s purpose of salvation by grace through faith alone has always been based upon the substitutionary atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross (Eph 2:8 10; Heb 11:6; 1 Pet 1:10 12).
The Personality of Satan
- We teach that Satan is a created being, the author of sin, the tempter in the fall, the declared enemy of God and man, and the god of this age. He shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6, 7; Isa 14:12 17; Matt 4:2 11; 25:41; Rev 20:10).
The Second Advent of Christ
- We teach the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones.
- We teach that at the end of the seven year tribulation He will return to earth with the saints in power and glory to reign for a thousand years (Zech 14:4 11; 1 Thess 1:10; 4:13 18; 5:9; Tit 2:13; Rev 3:10; 19:11 16; 20:1 6).
The Eternal State
- We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26; Rev 20:5, 6, 12, 13).
- We teach that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord. In conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Rev 20:4-6; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16,17).
- We teach that the souls of unbelievers are, at death, absent from the body and in conscious misery until the second resurrection. With soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matt 25:41-46; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mk 9:43-48; Rev 20:11-15).
- We teach that the triune God, by a free act and for His own glory, without the use of existing materials or secondary causes, brought into being the whole universe, immediately and instantaneously in six literal days, by the word of His mouth (Gen 1:1-27; Ex 20:8-11; Neh 9:6; Ps 104:25,26; Is 40:21-31; John 1:1-5; Col 1:16,17).
Biblical Unity and Separation
- We teach that those who are saved should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ, necessitating holy living in all personal and ecclesiastical associations and relationships.
- It is the believer’s responsibility to endeavor to maintain the unity of the faith while separating from apostasy and those who have deviated from biblical doctrine and behavior. Every proposed alliance must be considered in the light of our commitment to biblical separation (Rom 12:1,2; 14:13; 1 Cor 6:19,20; Tit 2:14; Jas 4:4,5; 1 Pet 2:9-11; 1 John 2:15 17; Matt 18:15 17; Rom 16:17; 1 Cor 5:7 11; 2 Cor 6:14 18; Eph 4:1 6; 2 Thess 3:11 14; 2 Tim 3:1 5; Tit 3:10; 2 John 9 11).