The Holy Scriptures.
We believe that 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 error in its statement. The Bible is truth. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 10:35; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Luke 24:25-27, 44, 45; 2 Peter 3:16.
We believe there is one God who eternally exists in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, co-equal in power and glory, having precisely the same nature, and attributes, and worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience. Matt. 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1, 14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14;Heb. 1:1-3, Rev. 1:4-6.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became a Man, without ceasing to be God, and was born of a Virgin that He might redeem sinful men (John 1:2,14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as our substitute and assured us of our justification through His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24-25: 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24). His death provided a payment for the sins (past, present, and future) of all men and, therefore, made eternal life available as a gift to all those who believe.
The Total Depravity of Man.
We believe that each member of the human race is fallen, sinful, and lost; and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of man. The moment a person receives Christ as Savior, he is immediately regenerated, the Holy Spirit enters him, and sealed until the day of redemption. Rom. 3:23; John 3:7; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 1:13-14; Luke 24:49; Titus 3:5.
We believe that salvation is on the basis of God’s grace and is received through faith. There is nothing man can do to merit salvation; it is a free gift. Man’s efforts, before or after salvation, regardless of how good or well intended, have nothing to do with gaining eternal life. Our salvation is accomplished by the finished work of Christ, and nothing can be added to it. Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16; Rom. 11:6; Col. 2:13; Titus 3:5; Rom. 3:22.
The Christian Life.
We believe that children of God who have accepted Jesus into their heart have the privilege of walking in fellowship with God (1 John 1:6-7). Sin in the Christian’s life interferes with his fellowship with God. 1 John 1:9, which promises forgiveness and cleansing when we confess our sins, does not deal with salvation, but with the restoration of a child of God to that position where he may again walk in fellowship with God. 1 John 1:6-9;2 Pet. 1:5-8; Col. 1:10; John 15:8; Gal. 5:22; 1 Cor. 11:31-31.