We recognize that The Bible contains many types and styles of writing (various forms of communication) which include literal, moral, allegorical, songs, poetic, etc. We believe the only guide to interpreting Scripture is Scripture itself.
As such, the book of Genesis is confirmed as not being allegorical but literal and historical, “the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created.” (Gen 2:4 NKJV).
Creation is described as transpiring over a six-day duration as also confirmed in Scripture within the ten commandments regarding the Sabbath day of rest. Here, God commands us to work six days and rest on the seventh day: in remembrance of God’s creation. (Exodus 20:11 NKJV).
God created the Heavens and Earth and everything in them in six days and rested on the seventh day.
Likewise, we believe that Adam was the first human (directly created by God) from literal dust. The global flood of Noah cannot be divorced from Scriptural doctrine as allegorical but are historical and literal. We believe that such literal historical events are foundational to the Christian faith because interpreting the text otherwise causes a major disunity in Scripture.
Despite the importance we place on literal events recorded in The Bible such as Creation, we fully recognize and emphasize that these are secondary issues and are not salvation related matters. One can only be saved by grace, through faith, by giving their life to Jesus Christ as Savior– regardless of any other particular belief regarding history or the age of the earth.
We believe that the 66 books (as original autographs) of The Bible are the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God and The Bible is the final authority. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35).
We believe that The Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:3-4, 21).
We believe that the genealogies of The Bible (Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38) may be used to roughly calculate the lifespans of the patriarch’s which can be also used to approximate the age of the earth (and the universe created on the same 1st day).
Which such genealogical calculation find the universe and the earth to be approximately 6,000 years young.
We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three separate persons as The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16).
We believe that God the Father is an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2, 102:27; John 3:16, 4:24; I Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).
We believe that God the Son condescended Himself and became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead on Sunday after being in the tomb three days and three nights (likely a midday Thursday crucifixion), ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, possessing two distinct natures which are co-joined in one person; was physically resurrected in the same body that was buried in the tomb by the power of the Holy Spirit; that Jesus Christ physically ascended back to the right hand of God the Father in heaven. (John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 10:12-13).
We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit always testifies of Jesus and never Himself. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers them to live as His witnesses. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11).
We believe that God created all human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them originally sinless. He created males and females different as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and as the basic structure of human society. He created males and females equal in value, dignity, and worth. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11,18-20, 7:1-3,8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 5:22-6:4 ; I Timothy 1:9-11;3:1-7).
We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. Salvation is found through Him by grace and faith alone. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally. (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:18-19, Matthew 1:21, 1 John 4:14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9).
We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Revelation 5:9, Acts 2:42-47).
We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Believers will be raised to life, and unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt in hell. (Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22:5).
We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are available and active in His church today. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11).
We believe in the second coming of Jesus as not yet occurred, when Jesus will sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever. (Revelation 20:1-6, Luke 1:31-33, Isaiah 9:6-7).
We believe the church shall be “Raptured” or delivered from the “hour of trial” which has not yet occurred and may happen at any moment. At the Rapture all believers who dwell on the earth will be “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 3:10).
We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is His personal, visible return to Earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15).
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments – and therefore are under God’s righteous judgment.
One does not go to hell because of sin but because of rejecting the gift of salvation found only in Jesus.
Because Jesus died for the sins of the world, the invitation to believe is open to all, and whoever desires may come unto Jesus for new life and the forgiveness of sins. We believe that salvation is initiated, attained, and procured by God through the death of Christ on the Cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead. The salvation Christ offers is available to all and is received freely by grace alone and through faith in Christ alone, apart from good works, thereby justifying and indwelling the believer. (Matthew 11:28; John 3:16; Acts 3:19, 20:21; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9; I John 2:2; Revelation 22:17).
We believe in the ordinances of Baptism & Communion as the Lord Jesus Christ instituted for the church as water baptism of believers and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe in a literal Heaven & Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord. Those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15).
We believe that the universal Church is an organic body composed of all believers, both living and dead, who have been sealed by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Water baptism is not necessary for salvation and cannot remove sins, but is a picture of the salvation already received by the believer. We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s sacrificial agape love, which is greater than any secondary differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe Satan is real. He is cunning and powerful enough to deceive, tempt, kill, steal and destroy. However, his power is limited by God to only that which God permits. We believe Satan was defeated positionally at the Cross of Christ and will be defeated practically at Christ’s Second Coming.
We believe those who reject and do not personally trust in and receive the saving work of Christ by faith will be forever separated from God in an everlasting torment called hell.
By contrast, those that accept and trust in the saving work of Christ shall be with God forever in an everlasting blessedness, reward, and satisfaction called heaven.