Doctrine

Doctrinal Statement

“Theology can be summed up in three words: Creation, Fall, Redemption”
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THE TRIUNE GOD

God alone is eternal from everlasting to everlasting and the one God exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is holy, righteous, just, loving, and full of grace and mercy. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. (Matt. 28:18–19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3–4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6)

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father is the First Person of the Triune God, who is best understood in His nature and relationships as the perfect Heavenly Father who loves and cares for His creation, is in unity with Jesus Christ, and is the One who sent Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world. (2 Cor. 1:3; Eph. 4:4–6; John 14:6–7; 3:16; Gal. 3:26)

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Triune. Through the miracle of the virgin birth, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus became fully human without ceasing to be fully God in order to bring salvation to the human race through his death and resurrection. As such, He is the one mediator between God and humanity. (Matt. 1:23; John 1:1; 1:14; Titus 2:13; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 2:5–6)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune God. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, regenerates those who believe, and indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, guides, teaches, and sanctifies all who become children of God through Christ; and He bestows spiritual gifts upon each believer for the common good. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3–4; Gen. 1:2; Psalm 104:30; 1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Cor. 3:18; John 16:8–14; John 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:19; 12:13; Eph. 4:30; 3:16; Rom. 8:14; John 14:26; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Cor. 12:7–11)

THE BIBLE

God has revealed Himself through the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and the Bible is our only infallible guide for faith and practice. (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35; 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)

THE EXISTENCE OF SPIRIT BEINGS

Angels are created beings whom God uses as ministering servants. Satan is an angel who rebelled against God and became the author of sin. Demons are angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. (Heb. 1:6, 14; Ezek. 28:13–17; Isa. 14:13–14; 1 Tim. 3:7; Matt. 4:1–11; Matt. 25:41; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6)

THE CREATION AND FALL OF HUMANITY

Humans were created in the image of God and through their disobedience Adam and Eve became the parents of a sinful human race. As a result, all have sinned and are guilty. The penalty for sin is death, which is ultimately separation from God. (Gen. 1:26–29; Gen. 3:1–24; Gen. 5:3; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:3; Rom. 1:18; 3:19)

SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

The Lord Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, He rose from the dead, and He ascended into heaven to appear before God the Father as our Advocate and Intercessor. Salvation is the free gift of God that is received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation sets an individual free from the penalty of sin when Jesus is received as Savior, provides the power for living a godly life in the present world, and will ultimately deliver the believer from the presence of sin. (Isa. 53:5–6; Matt. 20:28; Gal. 3:13; John 1:29; Luke 24:36–43; John 20:25–28; Heb. 4:14; 9:24; 1 John 2:1; Rom. 3:24; 6:23; John 3:16; 6:28–29; Acts 16:30–31; Eph. 2:8–9)

RIGHTEOUS LIVING AND GOOD WORKS

Righteous living and good works are the expected way of life for a believer, not a way of salvation. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers for the purpose of ministry. Assurance of salvation is known through the fruit of the Spirit in the life of a believer. Prayer is important as a means of fellowship with God and as a sincere desire to be open to God’s divine will and power. Works of mercy are important in order to bring relief to those who are suffering. (1 John 3:9–11; 4:19; 5:4; Eph. 2:8–10; Titus 2:14; Matt. 7:16–18; 1 Cor. 15:10; Rom. 12:1–2; 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:1–11; 1 Pet. 4:10–11; Eph. 4:11–13; Matt. 6:5–15; Gal. 6:9–10; Luke 10:25–37)

THE CHURCH

The family of God is made up of all true believers and the local church is a visible representation of this family that gathers together to fulfill the Great Commandment through worship, instruction in the Word of God, and fellowship, sharing in the ordinances of baptism and communion. Together the church is called to fulfill the Great Commission through evangelism and discipleship. (Eph. 4:4; 5:25–32; Matt. 16:16–18; Acts 2:42–47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12–27; Gal. 3:26–29; Eph. 1:20–23; 4:3–10; Col. 3:14–15; Matt. 28:19–20; 1 Cor. 11:23–26)

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

Jesus Christ will visibly return to earth and will establish His Kingdom in power and great glory. (Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Mark 13:33–37; Titus 2:11–13; Rev. 22:20)

FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION, AND FUTURE JUDGMENT

Those who have died after receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior will go immediately at death to be with Christ in heaven until His Second Coming, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body. Those who never receive Jesus Christ as their Savior will be judged according to their works and receive everlasting punishment. The present heaven and earth will pass away and God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Phil. 1:21–23; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 3:20–21; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 1 John 3:2; Luke 16:19–31; 2 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:11–15; 21:8; Mark 9:43–48; Jude 13; Isa. 65:17; Rev. 21:1–2)