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Full Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures

We believe that "all scripture is inspired by God" in the sense that "men moved by the Holy Spirit" wrote the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Old and New Testaments. We believe the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error. Consequently, the Bible is the only infallible and authoritative guide for faith and conduct. (Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:44; John 5:39; 10:35; 16:12–13; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Timothy 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:21)

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in a normal literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations. These are not ways of salvation but distinguishable economies in the outworking of God's purpose which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. (Ephesians 1:10; 3:2; Colossians 1:25–26)

The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three district persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfection worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3–4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal the Father and redeem sinful man (Luke 1:27, 35; John 1:1–2, 14, 18)

We believe that He did not possess a sinful nature nor commit any act of personal sin. (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15)

We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary satisfaction of the wrath of God against sin and that our justification is assured because of His bodily resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24–26; 4:25; Ephesians 1:7, 20; 1 Peter 1:3; 2:24; 1 John 2:2)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our high priest, He fulfills the ministries of intercession and advocacy. (Acts 1:9– 10; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20–21; Philippians 2:9–10; Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:25; 9:24; 12:2; 1 John 2:1)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that since the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has had the special ministries of indwelling every believer and baptizing every believer into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation. At the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit also imparts eternal life and seals the believer until the day of redemption. (John 3:5–6; 14:16–17; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30)

We believe that the gift of tongues was, like the gifts of apostleship and prophecy, given during the founding of the Church (Ephesians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 13:8; 14:21–22). While we recognize that God may give any gift to the Church at any time, we believe that the current resurgence of the practice of tongues which is not scripturally regulated is not the biblical gift of tongues.

We believe that God heals in answer to prayer and in accordance with His sovereign will. Healing cannot be claimed on the same basis as salvation and it is not always His will to heal. Deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection. (Acts 28:8; 1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:20; Romans 8:23)

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, a fallen angel, "the father of lies," the god of the present world system, and the cause of the fall; that he is the enemy of God and man though he "disguises himself as an angel of light" and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Genesis 3:1–6; Job 1:6–7; Isaiah 14:12–17; Matthew 4:2–11; 25:41; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:11–12; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10)

Salvation

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is thus totally depraved. This means that man is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26–27; 6:5; Psalms 14:1–3; 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3)

We believe that man's salvation from his lost condition is God's gift of eternal life brought to man by grace and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, we believe that salvation is by grace through faith and that no other acts such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service are to be added to believing as a condition of salvation. At salvation a person is in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ, therefore that person is not required by God to seek a so-called "second blessing," or a "second work of grace." (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; John 1:12; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Romans 1:16–17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 5:1, 6–9; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 1:3, 7; 2:8–9; Philippians 3:4–9; Colossians 2:10; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 John 2:2; 4:17; 5:11–12)

We believe that from the moment of salvation all believers are secure forever. (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 31–39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:24)

We believe that assurance of salvation is the privilege of every true believer and that it is based upon the written Word of God rather than upon feelings. (2 Corinthians 5:1, 6–8; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 John 5:13)

The Church

We believe that all believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ and thus are members of the universal Church which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from the nation of Israel. (Matthew 16:16–18; Acts 2:42 –47; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12–27; Ephesians 1:20–23; 2:11–22; 4:3–10; Colossians 3:14–15)

We believe, however, that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. It is the responsibility of the local church to observe the ordinances, edify itself, and evangelize the world. (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 2:42; 14:27; 20:17–28; Ephesians 4:11–16; Philippians 2:3–4: 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Timothy 3:5; Hebrews 10:23–24)

The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only ordinances of the church. We believe that water baptism was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ to symbolize the work of the Holy Spirit in identifying the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. We practice the ordinance of baptism by immersion in water after conversion and believe that it is the solemn responsibility of every believer to bear this testimony of trust in Jesus Christ by being baptized. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the remembrance of His death until He comes, and should always be preceded by careful self-examination. (Matt 28:19; Luke 22:19–20; Acts 2:38–42; 10:47–48; 16:31–33; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–34)

Future Things

We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period which will be concluded at Christ's return to earth in power and glory to establish His millennial kingdom. (Isaiah 9:2–7, 11; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:24–27; Zechariah 14:4–11; Matthew 24:3–31; John 14:1–3; 1 Corinthians 15:50–54; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:9–10; 4:13–18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 6:1–18, 24; 19:11–21; 20:6)

We believe that at death believers immediately pass into the Lord's presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be with Him forever in glory. We believe that unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the great white throne judgment at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire. Thus we believe in the eternal life and blessedness of all believers in heaven and the eternal existence and punishment of all unbelievers in hell. (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19–26; 23:43; John 3:36; 5:28–29; 11:25–26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:6–10; Jude 1:6–7; Revelation 20:5–6, 11–15; 21:1–22:5)