BELIEFS

God

There is one God Deuteronomy 6:4, who is infinitely perfect Matthew 5:48, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19.

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man Philippians 2:6-11. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary Luke 1:36-38. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust 1 Peter 3:18, as a substitutionary sacrifice Hebrews 2:9, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood Romans 5:9. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures Acts 2:23–24. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest Hebrews 8:1. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace Matthew 26:64.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person John 14:15–18, sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer John 16:13, Acts 1:9 and convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment John 16:7–11.

The Scriptures

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice 2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Timothy 3:15–16.

Man

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God Genesis 1:27: he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature Romans 3:23, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians15: 20–23. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment Revelation 21:8; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss Revelation 21:1–4.

Salvation

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God Titus 3:4–7.

Sanctification

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly 1 Thessalonians 5:23, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service Acts 1:8. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion Romans 6:1–14.

Healing

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body Matthew 8:16–17. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age James 5:13–16.

The Church

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church Ephesians 1:22–23, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations Matthew 28:19–20. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Acts 2:41–47.

Life After Death

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life 1 Corinthians 15:20–23; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment John 5:28–29.

The Return of Jesus

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent Hebrews 10:37 and will be personal, visible, and premillennial Luke 21:27. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service Titus 2:11–14.