A STATEMENT OF OUR FAITH AND BELIEF
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their original, literal sense show God’s plan and purpose of the ages, His way of dealing with mankind in divinely planned successive dispensations or time periods which define man’s responsibilities to God.
1. The Bible, in its original documents, is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content, and without any errors in its contextual statements. II Timothy. 3:16; John 10:35; Psalm 8:3,4; Hebrews 6:18; II Peter 3:16.
2. There is one God, eternally existent, creator of the heaven and earth. He is manifested in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; John 14:9; I Timothy. 3:16; I John 5:7; Genesis 1:2.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who took on flesh and dwelt on earth. He was sinlessly perfect and voluntarily gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for every person by shedding His blood and dying on the cross, He was buried and then came back from the dead. This was to pay for all sin (past, present, and future) for everyone in the world. Such substitutionary payment becomes effective the moment one believes in Jesus Christ as his/her Savior. Romans 3:26; Romans 4:23-25; I Corinthians 15:1-5; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 10:10-14; Hebrews 9:12-28; Acts 13:38 41, I Peter 2:24; I John 2:2 and 3:5.
4. The Bible describes God as absolutely all powerful and in His absolute power, gave man a free will to reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God’s will that all would be saved and that none should perish. God foreknows, but does not predetermine any man to be condemned or saved. God permits man’s destiny to depend completely upon man’s choice. I Timothy 2:4; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2; II Peter 3 9, John 6:64,65; Acts 10:34; I Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:5-14; Romans 8:29-30; Romans 9:30-32.
5. Each member of the human race is fallen, sinful and lost. By Grace alone through Faith alone in Jesus Christ alone is the only provision God has made for the salvation of mankind. The moment a person believes in Christ as his Savior, he is immediately regenerated and indwelt eternally by God’s Holy Spirit. There is no regeneration for anyone until he has believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. We reject the Reformed teaching that regeneration happens before a person trusts in Christ as Savior. The believer is eternally sealed with God’s Holy Spirit and secure until the day of redemption. Romans 3:23; John 3:7; Ephesians 1:13-14; Luke 24:49; Titus 3:5.
6. Man is saved by undeserved mercy (Grace) through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation; it is a free gift. Man’s efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it. Salvation is accomplished by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to or taken away from it. Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 11;6; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5; Romans 3:22.
7. The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all believers in Christ. By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into the one body of Christ. Water baptism has no part in salvation but is a testimony to the world of one’s faith and identification with his Savior Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 6:19,20; Acts 2:1-4; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5; Acts 10:47.
8. Anyone who has believed in Jesus as Savior is a child of God. As such, he possesses eternal life, having been justified by faith, forgiven for all of his sins (past, present, and future), sanctified by God, and sealed with the Holy Spirit. His eternal life is safe and secure for all eternity, and can never be lost or forfeited, even if his faith in Christ does not endure. John 5:24, 6:37-39, 10:28, Ephesians 1:13-14; II timothy 2:13. Christians are exhorted to walk in the Spirit to avoid fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. Galatians 5:16. The work done by Christians during this lifetime will be evaluated as to what sort it is – of lasting value or not. Everyone who trusts Christ as Savior has eternal life that can never be lost or forfeited. Eternal reward, if any, is granted based on the extent to which a Christian serves God with the proper motive. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.
9. A child of God has two births; one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature. The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual Man does not commit any sin. This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord. The flesh nature of the man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man as the believer is obedient to the Lord through His Word. John 3:3-7; Romans 7:15-25; Romans 8:8; Galatians 5:17; I John 3:9; I Peter 1:23; I John 5:18.
10. There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost; of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment. These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:5-15; Matthew 25:41.
11. We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial return of our Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ. This return of Christ at the Rapture (taking away) for His Church (every believer in Jesus Christ) occurs just prior to the Tribulation Period on earth. I Thessalonians 5:9-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; II Thessalonians 2:1-8; Revelation 3:10; Luke 21:36; Titus 2:13; Isaiah 26:17-21; Isaiah 27-1; Revelation 4:4.
12. Satan is a person, the author of sin, and he and his angels shall be eternally punished. Ezekiel 28:15,17; Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41.
13. God has the ability to heal any sickness, but we cannot determine whether He will choose to heal someone or allow their sickness to go unhealed. It is completely appropriate to pray for healing, but healing cannot be claimed through the guarantee of the atonement. God promises eternal life to anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior. But, our physical death is also assured, unless we are raptured while still living.
14. The gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit’s power solely for the demonstration of God’s wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church, and always was in a language that was in use. The Church is established and this gift has ceased. Acts 2:6; I Corinthians 14:22.
15. The child of God is not under the Law but under grace: Saved by grace and disciplined by grace. Romans 6:14,15; Romans 11:6; II Corinthians 3:17.
16. Lordship or Commitment salvation, or “making Jesus Lord of your Life for salvation” is un-scriptural. God’s Word says we as believers should determine to allow Jesus be the Lord of our lives in obedience to our Savior; but it should NEVER be intimated or taught that it is a requirement for gaining or keeping our salvation. John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12:1-2.
17. Repent (metanoeo) means a change of mind. Repentance is absolutely essential in salvation and the word “repent” in the Greek means a change of mind — from any idea of religion that man may have, to an acceptance of God’s way of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance does not in any sense include a demand for a change of conduct or “turning from sin” to gain or keep, before or after salvation as that would entail a works salvation message. Acts 20:21; Matthew. 21:32.
18. It is every Christian’s privilege and duty to make clear God’s plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be. Mark 16:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:4, Philippians 1:27
19. This is a general outline of God’s plan of salvation in His Word. We give it here as a brief outline which we use when we speak to others about Jesus Christ:
- Establish the fact that all men are sinners. Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 1:8.
- Establish the fact that the penalty of sin is death. Romans 6:23.
- Establish the fact that you must be perfect to enter heaven. Revelation 21:27.
- Establish the fact that man can do nothing of himself to obtain this perfection. Ephesians 2:8,9; Galatians 2:16; Romans 4:5.
- Show how God provided a sin-bearer, Jesus Christ [God in the flesh], and imputes to man His righteousness. II Corinthians 5:21; Phil. 3:9; Isaiah 53:6; I Peter 3:18.
- Establish the fact that man needs only believe/trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior for salvation. John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31.
- Establish the fact that man can be absolutely certain of his salvation now, and that his salvation cannot be lost because eternal life is eternal, a guarantee from God. John 5:24; John 6:37-39; John 10:28; I Peter 1:5; Hebrews 10:10-14; I John 5:13.
Friend, if you are not sure of Heaven or Eternal Life, I urge you right now, just as you are; simply trust Jesus Christ for who He is – God, who came to earth, died on the cross for you – to pay for all your sins. He was buried, arose from the grave proving He is God.. and pleads with you to receive (believe on) Jesus Christ as your Savior. He paid the price for your eternity to be with Him in Heaven. Please trust Him alone as YOUR Savior..