Teachings

1. The Scriptures

The Bible as originally written was verbally and plenarily inspired by God. It is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and, therefore, is truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is the center of true Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

2. The Triune God

There is one and only one living and true God, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Exodus 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11

3. Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, is the uncreated Second Person of the Trinity. He came into this world as foretold in the Scriptures to manifest God to mankind and to be the Redeemer of the sinful world. He took upon Himself human flesh and a sinless human nature through the supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit in a virgin, Mary. Jesus was both fully God and fully man, and His earthly life sometimes functioned in the realm of the humanly and at other times in the realm of the divine. He came to die for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ alone is the complete propitiation for sin--the full satisfaction of the Father's justice regarding sin. He rose from the dead, according to the Scriptures, retaining the same body, though glorified. His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, where He now serves as the High Priest for the redeemed of God and head over the church, gives proof to the fact that His sacrificial death was fully acceptable to the Father for sin.

Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 53:1ff; Micah 5:2; Luke 1:30-35, 24:34-39; John 1:1-2, 20:20; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 3:25-26; Hebrews 1:3, 2:17, 4:14-15, 7:25, 10:1-14

4. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. He was active in the creation. In His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the agent in the new birth, and He seals, bestows gifts, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.

Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; John 14:16, 17, 26; 16:8-11; Hebrews 9:14

5. The Devil

Satan is a personal being, the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness. He is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 20:10

6. Man

Man was created in innocence under the laws of his Maker. But, by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless and happy estate. All men sinned in him, in consequence of which, all men are totally depraved, all partakers of Adam's fallen nature and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and, therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. The image of God is fully present in every person of every race and gender, from the moment of conception.

Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-6, 24; Psalm 51:5; 139:13-14; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-19; 5:12,19

7. Faith and Salvation

Faith alone in Jesus Christ is the only condition for salvation. Justification is the judicial act of God, whereby He declares us to be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God's righteousness. It is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer. Repentance is a change of mind and affection toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit. True repentance is inseparably related to true faith.

Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Luke 12:1-3; 15:7; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Romans 2:4; 5:1, 9; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

8. The Righteous and the Wicked

There is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting joy in heaven for the saved and the everlasting suffering of the lost in the lake of fire.

Genesis 18:23; Malachi 3:18; John 8:21; Romans 6:17, 18, 23; 7:6; 1 John 5:19

9. Creation

The Genesis account of creation is neither allegory nor myth but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate, creative acts of God over six literal days without any evolutionary process. Man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life. All men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race.

Genesis 1-2; John 1:3; Acts 17:26; Colossians 1:16, 17

10. Sanctification and Perseverance

Sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner. First, it is an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior. Second, it is a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life. Third, it is the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord's return. All who are truly born again are kept secure by God the Father for the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 10:28-29; John 17:17; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25, 26; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,4; Hebrews 3:1; 1 John 2:19

11. The Family

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are given the responsibility and privilege of teaching their children biblical truth, through explicit instruction, consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 51:5; 139:13-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7

12. Ordinances

Biblical baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to demonstrate the believer's identity with the crucified, buried and risen Savior, through whom we died to sin and rose to a new life. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. The elements themselves represent the body and blood of the Savior in symbol only. There is neither common nor efficacious grace extended to the recipient of these ordinances.

Matthew 3:16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-44; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12