What We Believe

ABOUT THE BIBLE

THE BIBLE IS GODS WORD TO MAN.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – The Bible is Gods inerrant Word to us, infallible as originally given by God through human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, and is absolutely true and trustworthy. It is our only standard of faith and practice. – Hebrews 4:12 – 2 Peter 1:20-21 – Matthew 5:18 – Psalm 119

 

ABOUT GOD

THERE IS ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD.

…one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all… Ephesians 4:6 …In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Matthew 28:19

There is one true and living God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and is revealed to us as the Godhead existent in three co-equal, co-eternal, and co-substantial persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. – Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22 – Ephesians 1:3-6; 13-14 – Matthew 28:19 – Philippians 2:5-6 – John 1:1,3,14,18 * Isaiah 9:6

  • HE IS THE FATHER

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – James 1:17 – The first person of the Trinity who orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace, and who continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events for His own glory. Fatherhood denotes spiritual relationship, first within the Trinity, second within mankind, creatively in relation to all men, but spiritually only in relation to those who have been saved by grace from their sin and come to Him through Jesus Christ.

  • HE IS THE SON

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross, rose from the dead to provide justification for every believer, ascended to the right hand of God where He presently intercedes for all believers, and will again, in the fullness of the Fathers time, return in visible, triumphant, personal form to overthrow sin, judge the world, and establish His Kingdom on earth.

  • HE IS THE SPIRIT

…and He will give you another Helper…even the Spirit of truth…He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, and righteousness, and  judgment…He will guide you into all truth… – John 14:16-17; 16:8,13

The Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, cleanse, and secure from sin. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

 

ABOUT MAN, SIN, AND SATAN

MANS CONDITION IS ONE OF SIN AND SEPARATION FROM GOD.

So God created man in His own image…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Genesis 1:26; 2:17

For the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23

Man was created in innocence directly and immediately by God, in His spiritual image, for the purpose of fellowship with God and glory for God. Man was tempted by Satan and sinned, and because of this all men have been born in sin since that time. Every person has tremendous potential for good, but all are marred by a nature of rebellion and disobedience toward God which the Bible calls sin. Sin separates us from God, others, and all good things, ultimately and eternally in hell. All persons need to be saved from their sin. – Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-19 – Romans 5:12; 6:23 – Revelation 20:10 – Isaiah 14:12-17

 

ABOUT SALVATION

GOD HAS ACTED IN JESUS CHRIST TO DELIVER US FROM SIN.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all… I Timothy 2:5 …he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life…And I give them eternal life, and they never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand… John 5:24; 10:28

Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He provided forgiveness and atonement for our sins on the cross, and rose again to provide life and justification. Apart from Christ, there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and deliverance from personal condemnation comes only by the righteousness of Christ and not human merit.  This  righteousness is credited to the believer by grace through faith. The Spirit regenerates or gives new life to the one who makes this life commitment to Jesus, and he is kept by Gods power forever, never to be lost. – Acts 4:12 – Ephesians 2:8-9 – John 3:16-19 – John 5:24; 6:47; 10:28-30 – I John 3:2-3