- We believe that the Bible is the infallible,
verbally inspired Word of God and that it, therefore, our final authority in
matters of faith, practice, and conduct. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet.
1:19-21; Acts 1:16.
- We believe that there is one, and only one, living and
true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of
heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible
honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three
persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine
perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of
redemption. Ex. 20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; I Cor. 8:6.
- We believe in Jesus
Christ's virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious
and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, and in
His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He now acts as Mediator and
Advocate. Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35.
- We believe that the Holy
Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the
same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the
unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled;
that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears
witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the
agent in the New Birth: that He seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses,
sanctifies, and helps the believer. John 14:16-17; Matt. 29:19; Heb.
- We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his
Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in
consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of
choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:10-19.
- We believe that the salvation
of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediator offices of the Son of God,
who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without
sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His
death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement
consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the
voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the
unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that,
having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His
wonderful person the tenders sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way
qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient
Savior. Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; John 3:16
- We believe that "the
same Jesus which is taken up from you into Heaven shall so come in like manner
as ye have seen Him go into Heaven" - bodily, personally, and visible;
that the "dead in Christ shall rise first"; that the living saints
"shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump"; that "the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His
Father David"; that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in
righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet." Matt.
28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27.