ARTICLE I: The Scriptures
We believe that all “Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” By this we understand that both the Old and New Testaments are the very word of God and without error in the original writings. The Scriptures are the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men and the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
ARTICLE II: The Godhead
We believe in one God, creator of all things and eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is very God and very man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He voluntarily submitted to dying on the cross as a substitute for the sins of mankind after which he bodily arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where he is now our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. During this age, certain ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, among people, it is the Holy Spirit’s ministry to convict the world with respect to sin, righteousness, and judgment; to regenerate all believers in Jesus Christ and baptize them into the one body of Christ; to indwell and anoint all who are saved; to continually fill and empower for service those who believe and faithfully yield to his will.
ARTICLE III: Angels
We believe that God created a vast number of sinless spirit-beings called angels. Their functions range from worshippers of God to messengers, to helpers. As they are spirit-beings, they do not die nor do they procreate. Angels are a “higher” creature than man.
We believe that the devil was once a glorious angel who sinned through pride thereby becoming Satan (“adversary”). Also a great company of angels followed him in his sinful fall, biblically referred to as demons.
ARTICLE IV: Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God but that he fell through sin and as a consequence lost his spiritual life and became separated relationally from his Creator. Spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire human race so that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.
ARTICLE V: Salvation
We believe that the blood of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection provide the only means for the justification and salvation of man. This salvation is applied personally when an individual accepts, by faith, the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Upon doing so, a person is born again of the Holy Spirit and thus becomes a child of God.
We believe that the relationship that one enters into with God upon salvation is eternally secure. This is based upon God’s promise and power to keep all who believe and to lose none. This also is based upon the substitutionary death of Christ for all sins as well as the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Jesus Christ in heaven for all believers. Also the Holy Spirit’s abiding presence and sealing of all believers unto the day of redemption clearly demonstrates that those who have been saved shall be kept safe forever. This does not, however, deny the fact that God will correct and discipline his children who persist in sin, but salvation is eternal and completely secure to all who believe.
We believe that all who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ can be assured of their salvation from the very moment that they trust him as Savior. This assurance is not founded upon any specific works but entirely upon the testimony of God in his written word.
ARTICLE VI: The Church
We believe that all who have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ are members of the true church and are united together in the body of Christ of which he is the head. The Church began at the Day of Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel.
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. However, they are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
We believe in the local church, an assembly of believers gathered together for the purpose of edification, fellowship, and evangelism. The local church has the authority to call and recognize spiritual leaders to lead the church and to oversee the partaking of the ordinances. All the endeavors of the local church are to be supported by its members financially or otherwise.
We believe that the Great Commission is the duty of the church and of every believer therein. It is the primary purpose of the church and every believer to proclaim the gospel and make Jesus Christ known to the whole world.
ARTICLE VII: Future Things
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This return is imminent—that is Christ could return at any moment. This return is also pre-millennial which means that Jesus will come prior to his setting up of his earthly kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. The believer will be raised to everlasting blessedness and joy in heaven with the Lord; the unbeliever will be raised to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment apart from the presence of the Lord.