“For a man speaks more or less wisely to the extent that he has become more or less proficient in the Holy Scriptures. I do not speak of the man who has read widely and memorized much, but of the man who has well understood and has diligently sought out the sense of the Scriptures.” ~St. Augustine
Doctrine of God:
We believe that God exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Spirit.
- They are eternal persons who equally share one infinite undivided divine nature, which CANNOT be fully comprehended. All three persons are coeternal (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1). They are distinct in personhood (Isaiah 9:6), but not in nature.
- The three distinct persons carry out specific functions, where the Father initiates salvation, the Son works out salvation, and the Spirit is the seal of salvation (Ephesians 1:5-13), yet they are still one in nature.
We believe that God has incommunicable attributes, which he alone possesses.
- He is an omnipotent God, all-powerful and bound by nothing. In him all things are possible (Luke 1:37).
- God is also all-knowing. He knows the thoughts and intentions of all creation and he knows all things that can ever be known. His understanding knows no limits (Hebrew 4:13).
- He is also an omnipresent God, existing in all places and at all times. God is also self-existent, dependent on absolutely nothing (John 8:58). He is above all things and is separate from creation. He is perfect in every way and sovereign over all creation.
We believe that God’s communicable attributes are those in which his limited creation partially shares. He desires his creation to reflect these attributes.
- God is perfect in His love (1 John 4:7), longsuffering, patient, and benevolent.
- He is gracious and merciful, compassionate (Joel 2:12-13) and kind.
- He is holy (1 Peter 1:13-14), upright, and just in all his ways.
- He is a creative God (Genesis 1:2).
- He is truthful and pure (1 John 1:5-7), and there is no hint of deceit in him (Numbers 23:19).
- He is faithful to all that he has spoken and carries out all of his promises.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the physical incarnation of the second person of the Trinity (Phil 2:5-8; John 1:14).
- He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matt 1:18).
- The incarnation has occurred in a specific time in history according to the apostolic witness found in Scripture (1 John 1:1-3)
- We believe that Jesus is the exact representation, being one in essence with the Father (Heb 1:3). He proclaimed His own deity and equality with the Father (John 10:30). He is the living eternal Word by which all things were created and are sustained (Col 1:15-19).
We believe that Jesus is fully God and fully man.
- He performed miraculous wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:11).
- His humanity was in perfect submission to the will of the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 5:30).
- Like us, he was tempted in all things, but without sin (Heb 4:15).
We believe that by His perfect obedience to God (Rom 5:18-19) and by His suffering and death as the immaculate Lamb of God, Jesus Christ obtained forgiveness of sins (Col 1:14) and the gift of perfect righteousness for all who trusted in God prior to the cross and all who would trust in Christ thereafter (Phil 3:9).
- Through living a perfect life and dying in our place, the just for the unjust, Christ absorbed our punishment, appeased the wrath of God against us, vindicated the righteousness of God in our justification, and removed the condemnation of the law against us. (Gal 3:13)
- We believe because of His Deity he is the proper object of faith for salvation. Because of His humanity makes him the perfect mediator and model who can sympathize with man’s struggle of sin and temptation. (Rev 5:9)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God, eternally existing in perfect relationship with the Father and the Son as one person in the Trinity (Gen 1:26, Matt 20:19).
- The Spirit was in the beginning with the Father and the Son, and was active with them in creation (Gen 1:2) and will be in the recreation of the world in the last days (Rev 21).
- He communicates the truth of God through the inspiring of the prophets in the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21), both of which testify to the person of Christ (John 15:26).
- The Spirit was active in the life of Christ at his incarnation (Matt 1:18), baptism (Matt 3:16) and temptation (Mark 1:12). He empowered Jesus’ ministry and miracles (Matt 12:28), and brought about Jesus’ resurrection (1 Pet 3:18)
We believe the Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to indwell, lead, and empower all believers (Acts 1:8).
- The Spirit is the seal that assures the believer of God’s promise of salvation (Eph 1:13).
- The Spirit sanctifies believers (2 Thess 2:13) by conforming them into the image of Christ (Rom 15:16), and will glory them in the last days at the second coming (Rom 8:11).
- In the life of an unbeliever the Spirit convicts concerning, sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
- We believe he empowers ministry in the body by giving each believer a spiritual gift or gifts for God’s purposes for the edification of the church (1 Cor 12:7, 11).
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God, verbally inspired by God, (2 Tim. 3:16) and without error (Num. 23:19) in the original manuscripts.
- We believe the bible is inspired in a verbal, plenary sense. It is inerrant in the original manuscripts and it is the absolute and sole authority for Christian faith and practice (Psalm 119:12)
- The need for the Bible comes from man’s inability to know God in a personal, saving way apart from the divine revelation in Scripture (1 Cor 1:21). God has met this spiritual need by revealing Himself to humanity in personal redemptive way through Scripture (1 Cor. 2 12-16).
- We believe the author of the bible is the Holy Spirit speaking through human hands. Through human individual personalities and different styles, the Holy Spirit led man to record God’s words, without any error (2 Peter 1:20-21)
Creation and Man:
We believe that God created the universe, and everything in it, out of nothing, (Gen 1:1; John 1:1-3) by the Word of His power. Having no deficiency in Himself, nor moved by any incompleteness in His joyful self-sufficiency, God was pleased in creation to display His glory for the everlasting joy of the redeemed, from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Rev 5:9)
We believe that God directly created Adam from the dust of the ground and Eve from his side (Gen 2:7). We believe that Adam and Eve were the historical parents of the entire human race
- That they were created male and female equally in the image of God, without sin; (Gen 1:31)
- That they were created to glorify their Maker, Ruler, Provider, and Friend by trusting His all-sufficient goodness, admiring His infinite beauty, enjoying His personal fellowship, and obeying His all-wise counsel (Rev. 7:9-10)
- That, in God’s love and wisdom, they were appointed differing and complementary roles in marriage as a type of Christ and the church. (Eph 5:22-23)
We believe that, although God created man morally upright, he was led astray from God’s Word and wisdom by the subtlety of Satan’s deceit, and chose to take what was forbidden (Gen 2:17), and thus declare his independence from, distrust for, and disobedience toward his all-good and gracious Creator. Thus, our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original innocence and communion with God (Gen 3:7-8)
- We believe that, as the head of the human race, Adam’s fall became the fall of his posterity, in such a way that corruption, guilt, death, and condemnation belong properly to every person (Rom 5:12-19).
- All persons are thus corrupt by nature, enslaved to sin, and morally unable to delight in God and overcome their own proud preference for the fleeting pleasures of self-rule (1 Cor 2:14)
- We believe God has subjected the creation to futility (Rom 8:20), and the entire human family is made justly liable to untold miseries of sickness, decay, calamity, and loss.
- Thus all the adversity and suffering in the world is an echo and a witness of the exceedingly great evil of moral depravity in the heart of mankind; and every new day of life is a God-given, merciful reprieve from imminent judgment, pointing to repentance (Romans 2:4).
We believe that through Christ’s completed work on Calvary, through His substitutionary death (Rom 3:25), man was reconciled to God through the death of His Son of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:10)—for the praise of His glorious grace (Eph 1:6).
- We believe that God’s wrath against sinful man was satisfied in Christ’s substitutionary death (1 John 4:10), allowing for His perfect righteousness to be imputed to sinful man, and now man has been justified and declared righteous before God, and adopted and ransomed through the blood of Christ.
- We believe that His death and resurrection and thus resulting salvation is made possible to all men. However, only those who actually put faith in Christ receives the salvation.
- Salvation comes only by grace alone and not by works. It cannot be earned or merited (Eph 2:8-10). Man is totally depraved in his nature and does not have the ability to seek God on his own (Rom 3:10-12). By his fallen nature, all of his works are unrighteous (Is 64:6). Therefore, faith is a gift from God.
- We believe the righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. And through God’s provision of His Spirit, man’s degenerated nature is made new and he is made a new creation and good works are a result of this genuine, saving faith.
We believe the church is the culmination of all believers united as a spiritual body (1 Cor 12:12), called the bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2).
- The church is made up of all born again believers, gathered together and associate themselves in local assemblies (1 Cor 11:18).
- We believe that all leadership within the body are appointed through his sovereignty as found in scriptures.
- Leadership roles include pastors, teachers, elders, and deacons. All of whom must meet biblical qualifications (1 Tim 3).
- Leaders are to be servants with the authority to direct the church, with the congregation submitting to their leadership.
We believe the purpose of the church is to glorify God by building itself in faith and by advancing the gospel to the entire world (Matt 28:18-20).
- The ultimate aim of world missions is that God would create, by His Word, worshippers who glorify His name through glad-hearted faith and obedience (John 4:23)
- We are called to make disciples of all nations binding them to His Church to the end of the age. (Matt. 28:18-20)
Death, Resurrection, and the Coming of Jesus
We believe that when Christians die they are made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise, and are taken consciously into the presence of Christ, which is more glorious and more satisfying than any experience on earth (Heb. 12:22-23)
We believe in the blessed hope that at the end of the age Jesus Christ will return to this earth personally, visibly, physically, and suddenly in power and great glory; and that He will gather His elect, raise the dead, judge the nations, and establish His kingdom. (1 Cor. 15:22-24)
We believe that the righteous will enter into the everlasting joy of their Master, (Matt. 25:46) and those who suppressed the truth in unrighteousness will be consigned to everlasting conscious misery. (Rev. 14:11)
We believe that the end of all things in this age will be the beginning of a never-ending, ever-increasing happiness in the hearts of the redeemed, as God displays more and more of His infinite and inexhaustible greatness and glory for the enjoyment of His people. (1 Cor. 13:12)