Verbal Inspiration of the Bible
We believe the Holy Scriptures, both the Old
and New Testaments, to be verbally inspired of God in the original manuscripts;
infallible, inerrant and God-breathed, a perfect rule of faith and practice.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:7).
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that God, the Son, who has always existed, became a man (without diminishing His deity) by virgin birth through Mary. He lived a sinless life and as the infinite God-Man took upon Himself the sins of all men, died in their place and satisfied God concerning their sins.
We further believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He was then ascended and exalted to the right hand of God as the Great High Priest of all believers.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. His present ministry to believers also includes empowering, teaching, and leading into all truth.
We believe the creation of mankind, out of the dust of the earth, by God in His own image and likeness, which results in man being both material and immaterial, consisting of spirit, soul and body. That in Adam's sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Apart from faith in Jesus Christ each person remains in Adam.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace (apart from any works) and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Upon receiving salvation, the person receives eternal life, and becomes a partaker of Christ's life. At the moment of faith Christ begins to indwell that person and that person begins to be in Christ. He becomes a new creation and obtains a new identity as a child of God.
We believe that all who have come to reliance upon the work of Christ for their salvation will never lose this relationship.
Devil and Demons
We believe that Satan is a person who is aided by a host of evil spirit beings called demons. Their design is to destroy believers, their homes and their churches blinding the lost to the gospel. Every believer is subject to their attack but may be made victorious through Jesus Christ.
Each believer partaking of eternal life (Christ's life) was united with Christ and thus was spiritually crucified, buried, raised and enthroned with Christ. The old man died at that point in time. The results of co-crucifixion are enjoyed by each believer as he or she chooses to walk by the Spirit and not after the flesh. Sanctification of our behavior, then, is Christ living His life through the believer. This involves active choices to deny ungodliness and to live upright lives in Jesus Christ.