What We Believe
What We Believe
This is pretty much a standard Christian statement of belief.
We believe in the authority and inerrancy of Scripture: We believe that all "Scripture is given by inspiration of God" and extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings, as they appear in the original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is without error. We also believe God has faithfully preserved the Bible and that we have many good translations from the original languages.
We believe in the Trinity: We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons. A simple definition is as follows: Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
We believe in the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, and received a human body and a sinless human nature. He became and remained a perfect man, and was sinless throughout His life. He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man.
We believe in the depravity of the human race: We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We believe that this spiritual death, or depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably sinful apart from divine grace.
We believe in the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ: We believe that according to the Scriptures Jesus Christ died for our sin and arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers.
We believe in salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone: We believe that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again and that no degree of merit can be gained or earned to help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation. The new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe in the assurance of salvation: We believe it is the privilege of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior and that this assurance is based wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word.
We believe in the Christian walk: We believe that we are called with a holy calling, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
We believe in the pre-millennial, physical return of Christ:
We believe that the present age will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God's covenant promises and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God.