BELIEFS

 

BIBLIOLOGY – THE STUDY OF THE BIBLE

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17), and inerrant in the original 66 writings (2 Peter 1:19-21), and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life (Matt. 5:18).

THEOLOGY PROPER – THE STUDY OF GOD

We believe that there is one true and living God (Is. 45:5-7), who is infinite (Ps. 90:2), eternal (Is. 57:15) and unchangeable (Heb. 13:8) in His being (Ex. 3:15), wisdom (Job 9:4), power (Is. 40), holiness (Is. 6:3), justice (Ecc. 12:14), goodness (Matt. 5:48), and truth (John 7:28).  God is the Creator (John 1:3) who freely created all things and sustains all things (Heb. 1:3).

We believe that God has absolute control over every element of reality at all times (Eph. 1:11), so that everything that happens takes place according to the eternal plan of God (Acts 4:27, 28).   We further believe that God is one in essence (Dt. 6:4), but eternally existent in three persons (Matt. 28:19), Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God without blending or dividing of substance; each having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and each worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Eph. 5:20; Heb. 1:6; Acts 5:3,4).

CHRISTOLOGY – THE STUDY OF CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and the second person of the Godhead, became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:1, 2, 14; Phil. 2:5-11), having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:20, 21; Luke 1:35), in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:12,18).

We believe in His sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15), in His miracles (Acts 2:22), in His vicarious (in our place) and atoning death through His shed blood (Heb. 2:9; 1 Pet. 3:18), His burial (1 Cor. 15:4), in His bodily resurrection (Acts 2:23,24; 4:33; 1 Cor. 15:4), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Eph. 1:20), and in His personal, bodily return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; John 14:3).

We believe that Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25); the Head of His body, the Church (Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18), into which He baptizes every believer in (with or by) the Holy Spirit at conversion (Acts 1:5; 1 Cor. 12:13); the coming universal King who shall reign on the throne of David (Luke 1:31-33); and the final judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as their Savior from sin (John 5:27-29; Rev. 20:11-15).

SOTERIOLOGY – THE STUDY OF SALVATION

We believe that salvation is a sovereign act of God who saves undeserving man individually through faith in Christ’s atoning work (Eph. 1:4-11; Rom 9:18; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pe 3:18). Believing in Christ’s Person and work is what saves us (John 3:16; John 14:6). By such faith we become the children of God (John 1:12) and are thereafter indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) who makes possible a life of personal holiness and a walk of obedience to the will of God (Gal. 5:16).