We Believe That:

Scripture is God-Breathed and Without Error

  • All Scripture is God-breathed, is often first-hand testimony, and has its origin in the will and mind of God.[1]
  • God designated certain people to be His prophets and authoritative spokesmen.[2]
  • All biblical revelation is consistent with the Scriptures that came before.[3]
  • Numerous prophecies from much of the Old Testament were fulfilled in the Person and life of Jesus Christ.[4]
  • Through the Prophets and in the Psalms, God asserts the authority, efficacy, and truth of His Word.[5]
  • Jesus Christ, as God’s only Son, affirmed the divine authority and truth of the Old Testament Scriptures.[6]

One God Exists in Three Persons

  • God is one (that is, there is only one God).[7]
  • In the Godhead, there are “three personal agents, working together as a team to bring about our salvation.” (J.I. Packer)[8]
  • The New Testament unites the three persons of the Godhead — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — together in one invocation.[9]
  • Unqualified deity is ascribed to Jesus Christ in the New Testament.[10]
  • The Holy Spirit or “Paraclete” is considered as God and as one who is comparable to Christ.[11]

God Created Angels, Some of Whom Rebelled Against Him

  • There are many of them.[12]
  • There are elect angels,[13] and fallen angels.[14]
  • They may appear in physical form.[15]
  • Their primary residence is Heaven where they continually worship God.[16]
  • Besides serving as God’s messengers,[17] they gave strength to Jesus during His earthly life.[18]
  • They are tasked with helping God’s people.[19]
  • Satan is the “adversary” of God’s people[20] and the deceiver of nations.[21]
  • He is the prince of demons or of fallen angels,[22] and the “original sinner.”[23]

All Humans Have Been Broken By Sin

  • The Bible affirms that Adam, the first representative of humankind, forfeited a right relationship with God because he rejected God’s authority and chose to go his own way.
  • Thus, all of Adam’s descendants inherit a condition of moral corruption, rebellion, and guilt. This condition separates us from God, who is faultless and who judges the world in righteousness.[24]

Salvation is Through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

  • Jesus Christ died on the cross, thereby taking the full penalty for our sins on Himself. Whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life. In short, His righteousness covers us in God’s sight. This eternal life is a gift, and not something we could ever earn.[25]

God Keeps His Children Secure

  • Believers in Christ have been reborn spiritually and adopted as God’s sons and daughters.[26]
  • Believers in Christ are secure in their sonship and cannot be snatched out of God’s loving hand.[27]
  • Believers in Christ continue in faith. The one who started a good work in them will not stop working until their life on earth is done.[28]

Christ Physically Rose From the Dead

  • After His crucifixion, Jesus was dead and buried, but He rose from the dead on the third day. This demonstrated that He had conquered death once and for all.[29]

Christ is Coming Back

  • The Lord Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. When He comes, He will gather His Church to Himself.[30]
  • He will subsequently establish a kingdom on earth and reign for 1,000 years.[31]

All of Humanity Will Be Raised From the Dead on the Last Day

  • All humans will be physically raised from the dead for either an eternity of blessedness in Christ or one of painful separation from God.[32]
  • Those who trust in Christ will be raised to a life of Eternal Blessedness in Christ.[33]
  • Those who have not placed their trust in Christ will be raised for a day of judgement. Because of their unrepentant rebellion against God, they will be punished with eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire.[34]

Sharing the Good News is a Vital Command

  • The Primary Mission (responsibility or mandate) of the Church in this world is concisely expressed in the words of the “Great Commission” of the Risen Lord Jesus: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations … and When the Holy Spirit comes on you, will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.[35]

God Chooses to Work in Different Ways at Different Times

  • We believe that God still heals in miraculous ways, but the gift of healing was for the purpose of establishing the early church and is no longer operative.[36]
  • Likewise, we believe that the gift of tongues has passed away from the church, but we associate freely with those who disagree.[37]

 

References:

[1] 2 Tim. 3.16, 2 Pet. 1.16, 19-21.

[2] Deut. 18.18-22, Job 42.7; Moses, Ex. 3.11-15, 4.15-16; Samuel, 1 Samuel 3.20-4.1; David, Acts 2.29-31; Isa. 6.1-9; Jeremiah 1.7-10; Ezra 2.3-8; Dan. 2.30, 45; John, Mark 1.2-4; John 1.6-8; Jesus Christ, Matt. 7.28-29, Mark 1.11, 22; Luke 4.14-21; John 3.31-35, 6.68-69, 7.16-18; The Apostles, Acts 13.46-47

[3] Deut. 13.1-5; Isa. 8.18-20; Gal. 1.8-9; Heb. 13.7-9

[4] Psm. 22; Isa. 9.1-7, 53; Jer. 23.5-6; Luke 24.25, 44; John 1.45

[5] Isa. 40.5-8, 55.11; Psm. 12.6, 19.7-9, 119.9-13, 43, 86-88

[6] Matt. 5.17-18; John 5.46, 10.34-35, 17.17b

[7] Deut. 6.4-5; Isa. 44.6-45.25; Mark 12.29-30; 1 Cor. 8.4; Eph. 4.6; 1 Tim. 2.5

[8] John 1.29-34, 5.21-27, 6.44, 14.16-17, 26; Rom. 8; Eph. 1.3-14; 2 Thess. 2.13-14; 1 Pet. 1.2

[9] Matt. 28.19; Mark 1.9-11; 2 Cor. 13.14; Rev. 1.4-5

[10] John 1.1, 14,18, 20.28-31; Acts 7.59; Rom. 1.4, 9.5, 10.9-13; 2 Cor. 12.7-9; Phil. 2.5-6; Col. 1.15-17; Heb. 1.1-12; 1 Pet. 1.23, 2.9, 3.15

[11] Mark 3.29; John 14.16-17, 26, 15.26-27, 16.7-15; Acts 5.3-5; 1 Cor. 6.19; Eph 4.30

[12] 2 Kings 6.16-17; Matt. 26.53; Heb. 12.22; Dan 7.10; Rev. 5.11

[13] Gen. 32,1; Matt. 25.31; Mark 8.38; Luke 9.26; Acts 10.22; 1 Tim. 5.21; Rev. 14.10b

[14] Mark 1.24-25, 3.11-12, 5.1-15, 9.17-27; Luke 11.14; 2 Pet. 2.4; Jude 6; Rev. 12.7-9

[15] Gen. 18.2-19.16; John 20.10-13; Acts 12.7-10

[16] Matt. 18.10, 22.30; Neh. 9.6; Psa. 103.20-21; 148.2; Rev. 5.11-12

[17] Dan. 10.10-14; Matt. 1.20; Luke 1.19, 26-38; Gal. 1.8

[18] Matt. 4.11; Luke 22.43; John 1.51

[19] Gen. 19.10-16; 1 Kings 19.5; 2 Kings 6.16-17; Dan. 6.22; Psa. 91.11; Acts 12.7-10; Heb. 1.14

[20] 1 Chr. 21.1; Job 1-2; Zech. 3.1-2; 2 Cor. 2.11, 12.7; 1 Pet. 5.8-9, 1 John 5.18

[21] 2 Cor. 4.4; Eph. 2.2; Rev. 12.9, 20.3, 8

[22] Matt. 12.24-29; Luke 10.17-18; Rev. 12.7

[23] Ezek. 28.15-17; John 8.44; 1 John 3.8

[24] Gen. 3.6-17, 6.5, 20.11; Hos. 4.1-2, 6.6-7, 8.1; John 16.8-9; Rom. 1.18-23, 3.9-20; 5.12-19, 6.6-12, 17-20, 7.14-24; Gal. 3.22, 4.3, 5.17-21; Eph. 2.1-5; 1 John 2.16, 5.19

[25] Psa. 40.6; Isa. 53.5-6, 10-11; Acts 2.22-36, 13.32-39; Rom. 3.21-26; 1 Cor. 5.7; Gal. 1.4, 2.20, 4.3-7; Eph. 1.7, 2.4-8; Col. 1.13-14, 19-20; 1 Tim. 2.5-6; Heb. 2.14-17, 7.23-27, 9.11-15, 26-28, 10.5-10, 14, 19-22, 13.12, 20; 1 Pet. 1.10, 18, 2.24, 3.18, 21; 1 John 2.1-2, 3.16; Rev. 1.5

[26] John 1.12; Rom. 8.14-21, 23; 2 Cor. 6.15-18; Gal. 3.26-27, 4.4-7; Eph. 1.5, 5.1, 8; Heb. 2.13; James 1.18; 1 Pet. 1.23, 2.2, 10; 1 John 3.1, 5.1-2

[27] John 5.24, 6.37-40, 8.34-36, 10.27-30, 14.2-3, 17.2-3, 9-12, 24; Rom. 8.28-39, 14.4; 1 Cor. 1.7-9, 26-31; 2 Cor. 5.5-10; Phil. 1.6, 3.20-4.1; I Thess. 5.23-24; 2 Thess. 3.3-4; 2 Tim. 1.12, 4.7-8, 18

[28] Heb. 3.14, 4.9-11, 6.9-12, 7.25, 10.14-17, 39, 12.7-10; 1 Pet. 1.3-5; 1 John 2.28-3.3, 18-24, 4.15-18, 5.18; Jude 24; Rev. 2.10-11, 3.5-6, 8-12

[29] Matt. 27.50, 62-66, 28.8-10; Mark 15.37, 16.6, 9-14; Luke 23.46, 24.1-7, 31-36; John 19.30-35, 20.14-18, 26-29; Acts 2.22-32; Rom. 1.3-4; 1 Cor. 15.13-23; Eph. 1.7, 19-20, 2.5-7; Phil. 3.20-21; Heb. 2.9-10, 14-17, 7.24-27, 13.20; 1 Pet. 1.3, 3.18-22; Rev. 1.5, 18

[30] Matt. 24.27-31; Mark 13.26-37; Luke 21.24-36; John 14.3; Acts 3.20-21; Phil. 1.6, 3.20-21; Col. 3.4; 1 Thess 4.14-17; 2 Thess. 1.7-10; 1 Tim. 6.14-15; 2 Tim. 1.12, 18, 4.7-8; Titus 2.13; Heb. 10.23-39; 1 John 2.28-3.3; Rev. 22.12-20

[31] Job 19.25; Psa. 2.6-12, 72, 86.8-10, 97, 98, 110.1-6; Isa. 40.1-11, 41.8-20, 42.1-17, 45.14-17, 22-25, 49.8-26, 51.3-5, 56.1-8, 61.2-7, 62; Jer. 31.36-40, 32.36-41, 33.10-22; Ezek. 37.11-14, 24-28, 39.7-29, 43.1-10; Matt. 19.28, 24.27-31, 25.31-34; Luke 21.20-36; Rev. 20.1-7

[32] Job 19.25; Psa. 16.9-11; Isa. 25.7; Hos. 13.14; Dan. 12.2; John 5.28-29; Acts 24.15; 2 Cor. 5.1-10; Rev. 20.11-13

[33] Psa. 16.9-11; Isa. 25.6-9, 60.11-21, 65.13-25; Ezra 37.11-14; Dan. 12.2-3; Matt. 5.3-12, 25.34-36; Luke 16.20-25; 1 Cor. 15.51-57; Eph. 1.3-14, 2.4-7; Phil. 1.23, 3.20-21; 1 Thess. 4.16-5.10; 1 Tim. 6.17-19; 2 Tim. 4.18; Heb. 2.10, 8.6-12, 10.34, 11.13-16, 12.22-28; 1 Pet. 1.3-9; Rev. 2.7, 10, 17, 28, 3.5, 12, 21, 5.10, 7.9-17, 21.1-7, 22.1-5

[34] Psa. 1.5, 3.7-8, 5.8-12, 7.10-16, 9.3-10, 17-20, 10.15-18, 11.5-7, 14.6-7, 17.13-15, 18.17-27, Psa. 20, 21.8-10; Prov. 10.16, 27-30, 11.3-8, 21, 23, 12.7, 14.11-14, 19, 32, 15.29, 18.10, 21.12, 15-18, 24.19-20; Isa. 25.10-15, 49.25-26, 63.1-6, 66.24; Ezek. 3.18, 33.14; Matt. 5.27-30, 7.15-23, 10.28, 12.30-37, 25.41, 46; Luke 16.19-31; John 5.28-29; Rom. 1.29-32, 2.5, 15-16; Phil. 1.28-30; 2 Thess. 1.6-10; Rev. 20.15, 21.8

[35] Matt. 28.18-20; Acts 1.8

[36] How the Scriptures address the problem of sickness in the present time: Matt. 25.36; Phil. 2.26-27; James 5.14-16

[37] Regarding the use of “tongues” in the present time: 1 Cor. 13.8 and 14.1-25. Paul was arguing in Chapter 14 that prophecy was superior to tongues because a prophet uttered words from God in a manner that was clearly understood by all. In this way one who prophesied (preached, taught, or shared biblical insights) edified the church in all times and places. But Paul de-emphasized the importance of tongues since, while they afforded a striking sign of the Spirit’s presence, they did not provide clear and immediate communication of the will of God. Hence the apostle asserted that: “In the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others (prophecy) than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Cor. 14.19).