Beliefs

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17).

THE GODHEAD

We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1,14,18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where as High Priest He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; I John 2:1-2).

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sin. We believe that believers are justified by grace through faith apart from works (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10). We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30).

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive, and ultimate. Positionally it is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God. Since he retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby the Christian grows in grace by the power of the Spirit. Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart from sin in his practice as he is now in his position in Christ when he is taken to be with Christ and shall be like Him (John 17:17; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10,14).

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe that the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Church is distinct from Israel (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12-13;10:32).

THE ORDINANCES OF BAPTISM AND THE LORDS SUPPER

We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper which are to be observed by believers until He returns {Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

We believe that by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with her/his Savior.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We believe that every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper but that participation must always be proceeded by solemn self-examination.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church to be followed by the tribulation on earth which will culminate in the return of Christ to earth to set up His millennial kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20; Matthew 24:15-31; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 20:1-6).

CREATION

We believe all things in heaven and earth were created by God and exist by His power (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17).

We believe that man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, and is in need of salvation (Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3).

THE ETERNAL STATE

We believe that the souls of believers in Jesus Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church, when soul and body reunited shall be in holy communion with Him forever in glory. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in constant punishment, apart from the comforting presence of God” (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43;11 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 11 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

THE GOSPEL

“The Gospel is the good news of what God accomplished in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, to secure the forgiveness of sins to all who will repent and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We do not earn, or deserve eternal life, but God provides His Spirit to regenerate us through His Son. Faith and repentance (genuine turning from sin to Jesus) are the effects of being born again. At the moment of true saving faith, the believer’s sins are removed, and sanctification begins, whereby the life of Christ shapes and forms each person to the glory of God” (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Mark 1:15, Romans 10:9).

CRU (aka Campus Crusade for Christ) presents the gospel in a simple way. Here is their sample prayer for salvation:

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.