On This We Stand
We believe the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We believe that God has, and will preserve, His inspired Word that it might be available to all generations. II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21, Psalm 12:6-7, 119:89.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that They are equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Matthew 3:16-17, I John 5:7.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature and essence. It is He who convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Restrainer of the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel and is the agent in the new birth, baptizing all true believers into the Body of Christ. I John 5:7, John 14:16f, Ephesians 1:1f, v.13.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. John 1:29, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12, I Cor.15:1
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith, and that Jesus is the only way of salvation. We believe that the Gospel makes the blessings of salvation free, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel. John 3:16, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:13, Revelation 22:17.
We believe that those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior are eternally secure. Our security rests in the finished work of Jesus Christ. We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power, and are thus secure in Christ forever. John 10:28, 17:12; We Peter 1:3-5.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate. Matthew 28:1-9, Acts 1:9, Hebrews 4:15, I John 2:1.
We believe in “The Blessed Hope,” the personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when the Church will be gathered together unto Him. Titus 2:13, I Thessalonians 4:14-18, Revelation 3:10, 19:1f.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost. We believe that these represent two separate resurrections. II Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:11-15.
We believe that the Scriptural ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that they are to be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and as a testimony to the world of that belief. We believe the ordinances are to be administered by the local church. Acts 2:41, Romans 6:3-4, I Corinthians 11:13f.
We believe that the church is a congregation of baptized believers practicing New Testament principles, believing its doctrines, observing its ordinances and exercising its autonomy. We believe it is the responsibility of the church to propagate the Gospel to the world, baptize her converts and train them in the doctrines of Christ. Matthew 28:18-20.