Doctrinal Statement of Faith

 

1. Holy Bible

We believe all Scripture, Old and New Testament, is inspired by God. This refers to the original languages of scripture written by the prophets and apostles. God inhaled to the writers all that He wanted mankind to know. (2TI 3:16-17). This means that God inhaled the scriptures by the agent of the Holy Spirit to the original writers, who without putting in their own ideas (2PE 1:20-21), accurately recorded (exhaled) all that God inhaled to them. Thus, the Bible is without mistakes in the original words.

 

2. Trinity

We believe in one God who exists in three persons: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Who is fully and equally God, possesses all of the divine nature and attributes, and is totally worthy of our worship and service. (DEU 6:4; MAT 28:19; JOH 1:14; JOH 10:30; 2CO 13:14)

We also believe the attributes of God include the following: sovereignty, absolute righteousness, justice, love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, immutability, and truth. The Trinity therefore shares the same attributes, but has distinct personalities and functions. God the Father designed the eternal plan, God the Son fulfilled it, and God the Holy Spirit revealed it to mankind. JOH 6:38; HEB 10:7; JOH 16:13; DEU 6:4, MAT 28:19

 

3. God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the first person of the trinity, and in His master’s grace initiated a plan for redemption and reconciliation of mankind through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. JOH 6:38; HEB 10:7; EPH 1:11; 1CO 8:6. God the Father is the eternal, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, completely just and perfectly holy, sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. He is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Father of all true believers. (GEN 1:1; EPH 4:6; JOH 1:12-13; JOH 5:19-21; JOH 17:1-5; ISA 40:21-28; ISA 43:10-13; ISA 46:8-11; ROM 8:14-16)

 

4. God the Son - Jesus Christ

We believe that the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, is the only begotten eternal Son of God, and became a true man miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary. In becoming man Jesus did not cease in any way to be God so that He is fully God and fully man inseparably united in one person forever.

He came to reveal God to man, to fulfill prophecy, and to become the Savior of the lost world. He lived a sinless life. He humbled himself and died on the cross as the substitutionary, all-sufficient atoning sacrifice for all of the sins of all men of all time, so that He might provide salvation to everyone who comes to the Father through Him. PHI 2:5-7; JOH 3:16; JOH 3:36; JOH 14:6; ACT 4:12

He was buried; bodily rose from the dead; physically ascended into heaven in His glorified, resurrected body; is seated at the right hand of the Father performing His ministry of intercession; will return in the air to claim His bride the church; and will come again to earth in bodily form, personally and visibly, to conclude human history and consummate God’s eternal plan by executing judgment and ushering in His Millennial Kingdom reign to be followed by the eternal state.  JOH 1:1; JOH 1:14; JOH 1:18; JOH 3:16; LUK 1:30-35; PHI 2:5-8; COL 2:3; COL 2:9; MAR 10:45; ACT 2:22-24; JOH 1:29; ROM 3:25-26; HEB 10:5-14; 1PE 2:24; 1PE 3:18; JOH 20:20; PHI 3:20-21; HEB 1:3; ROM 8:34; 1JO 2:1; ACT 1:11; HEB 9:28; 1TH 4:13-18; 2TH 2:7; MAT 24:44; REV 19:11-21; Rev 21-22)

 

5. God the Holy Spirit

 We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity Who specially came into the world on the day of Pentecost to glorify Christ and to enable men to appropriate the salvation wrought by Christ. He is the primary agent for the conviction of sin and for regener­ation. Simultaneously with salvation, the Holy Spirit imparts new life, baptizes the believer into the body of Christ (His church), permanently indwells the believer, and securely seals (stamps for security) the believer unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit fills (directs and controls) those believers who are yielded to Him in obedience, enables believers to bear fruit, and empowers believers to live a life free from sin’s dominion. He teaches the believer the things of Christ. We also believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers for the purpose of edifying the church in accordance with the teachings of scripture. (1CO 13:8; 1CO 14:22; JOH 16:7-15; 1CO 6:19; 1CO 12:13; EPH 1:13-14; EPH 4:30; GAL 5:16-17, 22-23; ROM 8:5-13; 1PE 4:10-11; ROM 12:3-8)

 

6. Satan

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; but one, “Lucifer, son of the morning”- the highest in rank - sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan. Satan is a real created being, not simply the personification of evil. He is a fallen angel and a general in command of all other fallen angels (demons). His main objective is to distract mankind from obeying and following the plan of God. His goal is to disprove God as a faithful, truthful, and just one. He is described as being crafty (GEN 3:1) and cunning (2CO 11:3; 2CO 11:14). He masquerades himself and attacks the truth in every conceivable form. False teachings are his craftsmanship. Gal 1,3; ACT 15:1-17; JOB 1:6-7; EZE 28:14-18.

Satan, under the sovereign permission of God, has been given temporary rulership of the earth. He was utterly defeated at the cross, but the exe­cution of his judgment has been postponed by God until after the Millennial Kingdom when he will be cast into the eternal lake of fire. In the meantime, he deceives the world and seeks to establish his counterfeit kingdom on earth to discredit and blaspheme God and to tempt, accuse, attack and destroy believers. He can be resisted by the believer through faith and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. (GEN 3:1-5; ISA 14:12-17; EZE 28:11-19; Job 1-2; 1JO 5:19; 2CO 11:14; 1TI 3:6; 1PE 5:8-9; JAM 4:7; REV 12:9; REV 20:1-3, 7-10

 

7. Free Will of Man

We believe that man is created to function with a free will. 2PE 3:9; JOH 3:16; JOH 3:18; DEU 30:19-20; Num 22

 

8. The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that Adam was originally created in the image and likeness of God by God and not as the result of evolution. Thus, he was created perfect without sin. Man was created to glorify God, worship and serve Him, and have fellowship with Him. Adam sinned through disobedience to the known will of God and as a consequence of His sin, incurrred both physical and spiritual death, which alienated him from God. Man’s nature was thus cor­rupted and he is utterly lost, “dead in trespasses and sins,” and totally incapable of saving himself and coming back into right relationship with God by his own merit or effort. (GEN 1:26; GEN 2:6; GEN 2:17; GEN 3:17-24; ISA 59:1-2ROM 3:9-19; ROM 3:23; ROM 5:6-8; LUK 18:26-27; EPH 2:1-3)

Through him sin entered the human race causing the entire race to be separated from God. Therefore all mankind is under the death sentence and penalty of sin. GEN 1:26-27; GEN 3:6-15; PSA 51:5; ROM 3:23; ROM 5:12

 

9. Salvation

We believe that mankind, owing God universal death through sin, needs to be saved. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation, which is the free gift of God’s grace. Salvation is effected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and cannot be secured by man’s works or per­sonal merit. Salvation is only appropriated by a person placing his faith in the finished work of Christ. We believe that at the moment of faith alone in Christ alone God the Father credits His perfect righteousness to the individual resulting in acquittal of all condemnation; causing justification and reconciliation forever on the basis of grace. The believer also receives a new nature implanted by the Holy Spirit at the moment of faith in Christ. ACT 16:31; JOH 1:12; JOH 3:16; JOH 3:18; JOH 5:24; EPH 2:8-9; ROM 3:22; ROM 3:24; ROM 3:26; ROM 3:28; GEN 15:6

 

10. The Eternal Security of Believers

We believe that all believers are eternally secured, i.e., salvation cannot be lost when once received. JUD 1:24; ROM 8:31-39; JOH 6:37-40; JOH 6:44; JOH 6:47; JOH 10:27-30; 1PE 1:5; 1CO 1:4-9

 

11. The Christian Life

We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself and should, by the power of the indwelling Spirit, allow Christ to manifest His life through him to God’s glory. By ever increasing obedience to the Word of God, each believer should mature and progressively become more like Jesus Christ. In the power of the Spirit, each believer should live a holy life; not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; exercise his spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ; witness for Christ; be personally involved in making disciples to fulfill the great com­mission; perform good works and bear fruit to the glory of God. (GAL 2:20; 1PE 1:15-16; 1PE 2:11; 2CO 5:14-15; ROM 6:11-13; EPH 2:10; EPH 4:11-12; EPH 4:22-24; 1PE 4:10-11; ACT 1:8; MAT 28:18-20; COL 1:10; JOH 15:8, 16)

We also believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them. (1CO 16:2; 2CO 9:7)

 

12.  Divine Discipline

We believe that God administers divine discipline to every believer who fails to maintain closeness with Him and execute His plan for their lives revealed in scripture. Even though the believer is permanently secured and loved by God, the believer becomes the object of discipline in three categories when He is walking in rebellion.

1.Warning discipline: This type of discipline is not severe. 1CO 11:30  God ministers a warning-like discipline to alert the believer of His carnal state. REV 3:19-20

2.Intense discipline: When the believer does not heed the warning and acknowledge his sins, God intensifies the suffering. HEB 12:6-11; 1CO 11:30b.

3.Dying discipline: God in His master’s grace removes this individual from the face of the earth (1CO 5:8) without the person fulfilling the eternal plan of God. PRO 29:1; 1JO 5:16; 1CO 11:30c.

 

13. The Church

We believe that all believers regardless of race, color, location, or affiliation constitute the body of Christ, which is the church. 1CO 12:12-14; COL 1:18; EPH 1:22-23; EPH 5:25-27

 

14. The Local Church

We believe the local church is a tangible expression of the universal body of Christ in a particular location. Since all members of the body of Christ are united in Christ by the same Spirit, they should live in love, harmony and unity, being intent on the same purpose. The purpose of the church is to glorify God on the earth by making disciples out of lost men through evangelism and teaching believers the word of God. (ACT 1:8; 1CO 12:12-27; EPH 1:20-23; EPH 4:1-6; EPH 4:12-16; MAT 28:18-20; Joh 17; COL 1:24-29)

 

15. The Rapture of the Church

We believe the next prophetic event will be the rapture of the Church when the Lord Jesus Christ will return in the air to receive unto Himself all Church Age believers (JOH 14:1-3; TIT 2:11-14; 1CO 15:51-52; 1TH 4:13-18; PHI 3:20-21)

 

16.  The Great Tribulation

We believe that the rapture of the Church will be followed by the seven-year Great Tribulation period in fulfillment of DAN 9:24-27 and as described in REV 6:1-19:21 during which Israel will be purified, the whole world tested, and the wrath of God poured out against sin and the Christ rejecting world. (JER 30:7; Mat 24; REV 3:10; 1TH 5:9-11)

We believe that during this time Satan will inflict the greatest suffering that mankind has ever experienced. ZEC 14:4-11; MAT 24:27-31; 2TH 1:7-10; REV 20:6

17. The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that at the end of the Great Tribulation the Lord Jesus Christ in His second coming will personally and physically return to the earth just as He ascended with great power and glory to execute judgment and usher in the Millennial Kingdom, during which He will reign on earth for 1000 years with righteousness, justice and peace to fulfill God’s covenant promises to Israel. (ACT 1:8-11; REV 19:11-21; EZE 37:21-28; ISA 11:9; REV 20:1-6)

18. The Eternal State

We believe that the 1000-year reign of Christ on earth will be followed by the final judg­ment of Satan when he is cast into the lake of fire forever. We believe that “the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence (2CO 5:8; LUK 23:43; PHI 1:23) and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited, shall be associated with Him forever (1TH 4:17). But the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery (LUK 16:19-26) until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited, shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence and the glory of the Lord” 2TH 1:7-9; JUD 1:6-7; REV 20:11-15. We believe in the creation of a new heaven and new earth; and the eternal state. (Rev. 20-22; 2PE 3:1-14)