What we Teach
We teach the Bible to be the infallible inspired Word of God. Those who wrote it did so “as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). We teach that all Scripture originated from God and was written by men as the Spirit lead. Furthermore, We teach Gods Word is used for the purpose of teaching, rebuking, correcting, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). There is no other book that is equal to it nor any truth that supersedes it. You can neither add to it nor take away from it. It is the final authority.
We teach God to be the eternal being who created all things. He Himself was never created and is in control of everything in existence. There is nothing out of His control, power, or sovereign will. He is the King of kings and LORD of lords. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. An everlasting deity that holds all the wealth of the world, all wisdom, and all glory. There is no equal to the God of Scripture; He is the self-existing great “I AM.”
We teach the Trinity to be the perfect holy union between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is His own person, yet together make up one God (Deut. 6:4). We teach each person of the Trinity is equally God in all their divine attributes. Primarily, the work of the Father is selective, the work of the Son is redemptive, and the work of the Spirit is restorative (1 Peter 1:2).
We teach the Father to be the first member of the Trinity. He is the sovereign Ruler of the universe who orchestrates everything according to His will. His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. He is Creator and sovereign over all men (Ephesians 4:6) and is the spiritual Father to believers (Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11) and saves anyone who comes to Him through Jesus Christ.
We teach Jesus Christ to be the second member of the Trinity. He is the one who was sent by the Father to die on the cross taking the penalty for our sin. We teach Jesus is the only one who can save us from our sins. It is only through Him that we can be justified, sanctified, and one day glorified (John 14:6). We teach He was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23), lived a perfect sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), was both God and man (Phil. 2:5-8), rose after His death three days later (Mark 16:6), and is equally God along with the Father and Spirit (Heb.1:3). We teach that one day Christ will come back and receive His church (rapture) and establish his millennial kingdom on earth (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20). He is the focal point of Scripture and the supreme display of the glory of God (Hebrews 1:1-3).
The Holy Spirit
We teach the Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. He is equal with the Father and the Son and is of the same nature. His relation to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement. He is the agent of the new birth, and His work among believers includes his sealing, indwelling, guiding, convicting, and teaching (Eph.1:13,4:30; Rom. 8:9-11; Jn. 14:16-17,16:12-14). He works through the process of sanctification to make believers more like Christ (2 Cor. 3:18) while also convicting the heart of unbelievers calling them to repentance and faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). We also believe the Holy Spirit gives all believers spiritual gifts to be used for His glory (1 Cor 12:8-13).
Man and Salvation
We teach all men to be sinners in need of a Savior. No one is righteous, no one seeks after God, and all men are eternally separated from God (Rom. 3:10-12). Because of this, we have fallen short of God’s perfect standard which leads to death (Romans 3:23, 6:23). But God chose to send His Son to die for mankind providing the only way for salvation (John 3:16). This salvation is displayed through the Gospel, which encompasses the life, death, and eyewitness resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:3-5). It is only through Christ and His gift of salvation that man can be saved from eternal damnation (John 14.6). We cannot earn heaven on our own; it is by grace alone, through faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9). Those who are made righteous by God are those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:11). He must be Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:18) (Romans 10:9) (Luke 9:23). We also teach salvation to be the work of the Trinity: having been predestined by the Father (Eph. 1:5), justified by the Son (Col. 2:14), and sanctified by the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18) (1 Peter 1:2).
We teach that man is totally lost in his sin and unable to turn to Christ in saving faith apart from the work of God (John 6:44; Ephesians 2:1-3). Only those who have been chosen from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and whose names are written in the book of life will be saved (Revelation 21:27). We teach that God sovereignly predestined whom He will save (Ephesians 1:5) and all whom He predestined will turn to Him in genuine saving faith (John 6:37).
We teach the church to be one body in Christ made up of all believers since Pentecost (Eph. 4:4) (Rom. 12:5). The local church is made up of a body of believers who are joined together under Scriptural leadership. Her role is to be the hands, mouth, and feet of Christ in a lost and dying world. This can be accomplished through missions, reaching out to the community, loving others, and so forth, but her primary mission is to preach the gospel and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; James 1:27; Acts 1:8). When believers meet, they do so to worship God together, study the Word, fellowship, observe the sacraments (baptism / Lord's supper) and pray (Acts 2:42; Eph. 4:11-12). We teach the church should not become like nor think like the lost culture around it, but is to hold fast to the standards, principles, and truth found within Scripture (1 Timothy 3:15). It should not “evolve” to fit cultural expectations or beliefs. It is to be a beacon of light in a dark world that counters evil, not conforms to it (Matthew 5:14-16).
We teach baptism to be the full immersion of a believer, under water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to demonstrate his identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism symbolizes the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a new life in Christ. Baptism does not save anyone, nor is it required to enter heaven. However, we teach that it is something every believer is commanded to do (as Christ did) and is the pattern seen in the early church in the book of Acts (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38, 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5).
We teach that communion is the commemoration of Christ's death until He comes again and should be preceded by solemn self-examination and confession of known sin. Observance of communion is for born-again believers. The ordinances of baptism and communion must be observed under the authority of the local church. (Luke 22:14-23; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
We teach the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct and immediate creative acts of the Trinity without any evolutionary process. We firmly hold fast to the Word of God and its teaching that the universe, and all that is within it, was created in 6 - 24 hour days. (Gen.1 and 2, Exo 20:11, Ps 33:9, Job 38:4, Psalm 104:5)
We teach that the home was the first institution God provided for man and that marriage is a sacred relationship between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18-24). “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Marriage is also used in the New Testament as a picture of the union between Christ and His Church (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7-8).
We teach that the church is to be subject and submissive to the governing bodies (Romans 13:1; Titus 3:1), with all respect and honor (1 Peter 2:17), and paying taxes (Matthew 22:17-21, Romans 13:7)). God instituted the office of government for the primary purpose of punishing evil and rewarding good (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Peter 2:14). We teach that the church must not submit to, approve of, or conform to any decrees that go against God's Word and/or His design for government (Acts 4:19, 5:29). The church is be faithful in praying for those in authority; especially for their salvation (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
· The Righteous & the Wicked
We teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 14:21; Malachi 3:18; John 8:21; Matthew 25:34-41; Romans 6:17,18; 1 John 5:19)
The Rapture of the Church
We teach in the “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent pretribulation and premillennial appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His redeemed ones of the church. (1 Corinthians 15:51,52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1,2; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:2)
The Judgment Seat of Christ
We teach that every saved person of the Church Age will appear before the “Judgment Seat” to be judged by the Lord in regard to his service and receive rewards according to his works. (Matthew 6:2; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
The Millennial Kingdom
We teach that Christ will return to earth after the tribulation with His saints to establish the Millennial Kingdom which literally will be on earth and will be ruled by Christ from the throne of David in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 11; Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29,30; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-12; Revelation 20:1-6, 12-14)
The Eternal State
We teach in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. The souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and new body are reunited to be forever glorified with the Lord. The souls of the unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when the spirit, soul and body reunited they shall appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast in the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28,29; 2 Corinthians 5:8,10; Philippians 1:23)
We teach in the personal existence of angels who were created by God to bring honor and glory to His name and to serve Him. Those angels who kept their first estate minister for them who are the heirs of salvation. There were among the hosts those who fell with Satan, the angels who kept not their first estate (now demons), who are presently functioning in Satan’s counterfeit system as rulers of darkness, to be resisted by the believer through the armor of God. (Eph.6:10-18; Matthew 25:41; Hebrews 1:6-7; Rev. 5:11-14; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19)