"It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God."

George Whitefield

We Believe

The Bible is the inspired word of God therefore the original autographs are infallible and inherent. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

God has supernaturally preserved the Bible through a history of persecution and will continue to preserve it forever. Matthew 5:17–18, Luke 16:17, 1 Peter 1:23-25 

It is complete in its current form and is the sum total of God’s special revelation to man. There shall be no addition to or subtraction from its words. Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18

It is the source text of the Christian faith and the only authoritative book for doctrine, correction, and instruction in life. Romans 3:3, 2 Timothy 3:16 

It is the only special revelation of God given to mankind and is therefore to be revered as supernatural having no equal or rival. Hebrews 4:12, John 4:22, Matthew 7:24–27, John 6:63

*We affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inherency

God is beyond the scope of human comprehension but has revealed Himself to humanity through the natural revelation of creation and the special revelation of the Bible. There is one God who exists in three distinct persons being of the same substance and acting in different means of operation. The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit are all equally God, unique and individual in person, diverse in function, equal in power, eternal in existence, and unified in being. God, being self-existent, transcends His creation, having no need. The essence of His divine nature is love. He is equitable in all His dealings with His creation. There is no other god but Him.   

God is the creator and sustainer of all things. Time, space, and matter were all created by God. God created all living beings such as men, angels, and animals. God created the Heavens and the Earth in six literal days. He created all things after their own kind, fully functioning with functional maturity. God is the supreme intelligence behind all creation. God created by divine “fiat” (His own authoritative decree) “ex nihilo” (out of nothing). God owns and upholds all creation by His power. He created all things for His pleasure.  

Man (male and female) has been created in the image and likeness of God. God created both males and females to bear His image. Man has been created as a representative of God without divine prerogatives or power. Man never has nor ever will possess the divine qualities of deity. Man is dualistic in the sense that they are both material and non-material. Man is a tripartite being in that they are composed of three distinct parts being; spirit, soul, and body. Man has a spirit, man has a soul, and man has a body. No one of these parts is complete apart from the others, and man’s true self is contained within a symbiotic relationship of all three parts. The life of man begins at conception and has no prior existence back behind this point. The life of man is sacred and belongs to his Creator God.

Marriage is the divinely ordained special union of one man and one woman for one lifetime. It is the first institution created by God for humanity and is the lifelong expression of committed love between a man and woman. Marriage is a partnership wherein both parties agree to walk through life together but with differing roles. The husband is to cherish his wife by lovingly sacrificing his own life for her highest good. The wife is to respect her husband by submitting to his leadership in all things. When upheld as God decreed, marriage provides stability for family and society, emotional and sexual intimacy, testimony to the character and wisdom of the Creator, and a picture of the relationship between Christ and His Church.

Sin is disobedience to God. It has its origins in the rebellious angel Lucifer, and he is the father of it. Humanity became infected with sin by the choice of our father Adam when he disobeyed God. All people are born with a propensity to sin, also known as a sin nature. All people have sinned and missed the mark of perfect obedience to God. Sin is self-destructive and has separated man from his Creator. Humanity is unable to generate a remedy for sin. God will judge all sin.

God will judge all men for their sins. The penalty of sin is death and that being eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. All judgment by God is final and irreversible. Upon the return of Christ as King over all the earth, He will sit in judgment of the nations of the world. This is known as the judgment seat of Christ. Standing before Him will be all those who have received Him as Lord and Savior since the completion of His redemptive work as well as all those found living at His coming. He will separate the just, who will reign with Him on the Earth, from the unjust who will be sent into the lake of fire. God has determined a certain day in which He will judge all people who ever lived on the Earth. This second Day of Judgment is known as the Great White Throne judgment. On this day, the sins of all who have ever lived shall be made known, and the guilty shall be thrown living into the lake of fire to be tormented there for all eternity.

Salvation from sin and its resulting judgment in the lake of fire cannot be obtained at all by human efforts. Man is a sinner and unable to save himself. God has made provision for the salvation of man through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Salvation can only be obtained as a gift of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is both God and man. He is God, the eternal Son that has come into this world for the express purpose of seeking and saving lost humanity. He is a man that has experienced all the hardships and temptations of humanity without yielding at all to sin. He was incarnated through the miracle of the virgin birth. He lived the life of a man without sin. He demonstrated His power over sin, sickness, death, and the material world, proving Himself to be God. He was unjustly condemned to die by crucifixion, as the scriptures foretold. He was buried in a tomb. On the third day after His death, He arose from the dead by His own power, defeating death and granting eternal life to all who put their trust in Him. He ascended again to Heaven, where He will remain until all things are fulfilled. He will return to rule the nations as the King of Kings.   

The Church of Jesus Christ consists of all people who have been called out of darkness into the light of God by the good news of Jesus Christ. The universal church consists of those who have heard the good news of Christ and have put their faith in Christ alone to give them eternal life being born again. The local church consists of a group of believers who have put their faith in Christ and having followed Him in believer’s baptism making a public profession of their faith and living, with an individual commitment to God and one another, as a community of saints fulfilling the mission of the church both locally and globally.

Christ will return in bodily form to the Earth. The time of His coming will not be predicted by man. He will come suddenly and visibly in flaming fire, like lightning flashing from East to West, executing judgment on those rejecting His gospel and persecuting His people. He will simultaneously give His people rest from their enemies. He will return to the Mount of Olives, from where He ascended, and establish His Kingdom. The Christian dead will be resurrected in bodily form at His coming, as was Christ the third day after His death. Living Christians shall be changed, their perishable bodies becoming imperishable as did the physical body of Christ at His resurrection, and all Christians, whether dead or alive, will be gathered together from their respective places throughout Heaven and Earth to meet Him in the air to descend with Him as His New Jerusalem, His holy habitation, His bride. From this day forward, Christians shall never be separated from the Lord.

Christ will rule and reign over the kingdoms of this world for one thousand years. During His Earthly reign, there shall be peace throughout the entire world. Satan shall be bound in chains for this millennial reign, and he shall be loosed at the end of it to deceive the nations again. At which time God will cast him into the Lake of Fire to be tormented for all eternity, thus permanently abolishing all influence of sin and death. Christ will reign forever.

Heaven is the eternal abode of God where those persons who die, having their full trust in Christ alone for their salvation, go to await the resurrection of their bodies as they return to Earth with Christ.

Hell is a place of temporary judgment and torment for all those who do not receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and savior, taking advantage of the gift of eternal life which He offers to all people. All who go there will one day be resurrected from the dead and stand before the Great White Throne judgment, at which time they shall all be officially and irrevocably sentenced, spirit, soul, and body, to the Lake of Fire for all eternity.

Every Christian is a priest to God, having access to His Throne of Grace in prayer. A Christian doesn't need to approach God through other people than Jesus Christ, but all Christians have been given equal access to God in His name. God has invited all His people to approach Him in prayer and ask Him whatsoever they desire, promising that if it is according to His will that He will grant their request in His own time and at His own sovereign discretion.

Angels are living beings created by God for His service. Two classes of angels exist today, the first being loyal and obedient to God, also known as His holy angels. The second being those who have left their positions of service to God by obeying a rebellious angel called the devil, satan, or Lucifer; these are called evil spirits or demons. The latter are malevolent spirits who seek to draw men and women away from God through various means of influence and control and are awaiting eternal judgment for their actions. The former continue to attend to God and carry out His commands, which include ministry to His children in this world. 

The local church is supported by the tithes and offerings of its members. The tithe is 10% of the gross income of each Christian and is holy to the Lord being His by right. The tithe is not a gift but an obligation of Christian stewardship given to recognize the Lordship of Christ over one’s life production. It is to be the first payment released from all personal increases to honor the Lord. Offerings are not compulsory but should be given with joy and enthusiasm at the impression of the Lord upon the individual’s heart. God promises to bless a person’s obedience in tithes and offerings.

The Holy Spirit of God comes to dwell in the hearts of those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He is released into the lives of believers, flowing forth like a mighty river from their innermost being or spirit to fill or baptize them in His presence and power. This baptism or filling of the Spirit is for the empowerment of the believer to represent the Lord Jesus Christ as He is, and thus continue His ministry on the Earth.

Water baptism, as a sign of the inward death to self and resurrection of new life to God, is performed after conversion to demonstrate publicly what Christ has done in a believer’s life. It is an act of identification with and submission to Christ, Who modeled it Himself and commanded it for all disciples.

Miracles, signs, and supernatural wonders, as well as spiritual, emotional, and physical healing, are accomplished by God according to His own will and most often in response to the prayers of His people. Christians should seek God concerning all good and proper solutions to the impossible difficulties and dilemmas of life in an attitude of confidence and submission. Nothing is too small, great, improbable, or impossible for God to intervene should requests be made in sincere faith and according to His will.

Distinctives

*God created all people in His image, gives them life, and forbids their murder. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 9:16, Acts 17:25, Exodus 20:13, Exodus 23:7, Deuteronomy 5:17

*Children are a blessing from God that He forms in the womb. Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 127:3-4

*Children are particularly special to God. Matthew 18:10, Matthew 19:13–14

*Harming children is an abominable offense to God. Deuteronomy 12:31, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Ezekiel 16:20-21, Matthew 18:6

*God-fearing people protect children from death. Exodus 1:16-17, Proverbs 24:11, 12, Proverbs 31:8

*We believe that men and women have uniquely designed and divergent roles in marriage and sexuality. Genesis 5:1–2, Matthew 19:4–5, Ephesians 5:22–33

*We believe that men and women are of equal value and spiritual standing in Christ and His church. Galatians 3:26-29

*We believe that women can preach, teach, lead, and serve God in every capacity that men can in the church. Acts 2:17–18, Acts 21:8–9, 1 Corinthians 11:5, Romans 16:1-4  

*We believe that the prejudice against women in ministry is based almost entirely on the misinterpretations of the 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 instructions silencing church disruptions and the 1 Timothy 2:11-12 instructions related specifically to husbands and wives. 

*All three persons of the Trinity have been revealed as being masculine. John 1:26–34

*Jesus is identified as the Son of God and the Son of Man. Luke 1:35, Mark 1:1, Mark 9:7, Matthew 26:24 

*Jesus identified God as the Father. Matthew 6:9, Mark 8:38, Luke 10:21–22

*Jesus only used masculine pronouns when refering to the Holy Spirit. John 14:16–17

*God never refers to Himself using feminine pronouns or feminine titles such as mother, daughter, sister, bride or queen.

*We believe that those with homosexual tendencies and those who are practicing homosexuals should be treated with the same love and respect as any other human being created in the image of God. Galatians 5:14, James 3:8–10

*We believe that the act of homosexual sex is a perversion of God's created design and as such has been clealy designated by Him as sin. Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Timothy 1:8–11

*We believe homosexuality is an immoral practice that should be lovingly warned against because it leads to eternal destruction. 1 Corinthians 6:9–10

*We believe that it is impossible to live as a practicing homosexual and simultaneously walk in a right relationship with God. 1 John 3:4–10

*We believe that God loves all sinners, including those practicing homosexuality, and wants them to repent of their sins and live by the biblical standards He has given us. 2 Peter 3:9, Luke 15:10

*We believe that people who struggle with homosexual attractions can live in a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ if they repent and refrain from indulging their same-sex desires. Ezekiel 18:20–32

*We believe that God wants Christians to strive to live holy lives that please the Lord, and encourage others to do the same. 1 Peter 1:14–19, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Galatians 6:1

*We believe that speaking in tongues is one of the nine spiritual graces given by God to the church for its edification. 1 Corinthians 12:1–11

*We believe that speaking in tongue often accompanies being filled with the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:4,  Acts 10:44–47, Acts 19:6 and that Christians are commanded to continually seek His filling. Ephesians 5:18–20

*We believe that speaking in tongues is accomplished by supernatural unction, not the intellectual acquisition of learned languages. 1 Corinthians 14:2,1 Corinthians 14:14

*We believe that speaking in tongues is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit for both personal (1 Corinthians 14:4, 1 Corinthians 14:15–19, ) and public (1 Corinthians 14:26–28, 1 Corinthians 14:40) prayer and worship.

*We believe that speaking in tongues is a spiritual gift that should be sought (1 Corinthians 14:1), encouraged (1 Corinthians 14:5),  exercised in an orderly manner (1 Corinthians 14:27–33), and must not be forbidden. 1 Corinthians 14:39