Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doctrinal Statement

1. We believe that the Bible in the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek is the infallible, and inerrant Word of God.  The Bible is the final authority for truth in all matters about which It speaks and is the exclusive and sufficient guide for the life of the believer. (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. We believe that the Bible is to be interpreted literally according to the author's original intent.  This includes the creation account of Genesis 1-3 in which God spoke all things into existence in a literal six day period.

3. We believe in one God, Who is sovereign, righteous, just, eternal, love, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, veracious, merciful, good, infinite, and gracious in His essence.  He exists in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  All three persons in the Godhead are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-infinite (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-5; John 10:30; Psalm 22:1; Matthew 3:16; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 48:15-16; 2 Samuel 23:2-3; Genesis 1:26)

4. We believe in the total depravity of man as a result of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden.  Adam's sin caused man to be instantly separated from God and unable to fellowship with Him.  All human beings inherit a sin nature through physical birth and therefore are born separated from God.  God's justice required that a penalty be paid for man's sin in order to enable man to fellowship with Him and God's love provided His Son as a sacrifice in order to pay that penalty on our behalf.(Romans 5:12,19)

5. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the second person of the Trinity, the Son, was conceived by God the Holy Spirit, Who enabled the virgin Mary to conceive a child apart from procreation (Luke 1:35).  Therefore, Jesus did not have a human father and as a result did not receive Adam's Sin Nature or the imputation of Adam's original sin. The nature of the Son was such that He was true, sinless humanity and undiminished deity in one person forever (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Col. 2:9; Philippians 2:5-9).

6. We believe in salvation by grace through faith (John 3:16,36; 2 Corinthians.5:21; Ephesians.2:8). Jesus Christ was judged for our sins at the Cross, thus paying the penalty that we could not pay ourselves.  Jesus was qualified to pay this penalty for He Who knew no sin was made sin on our behalf.  At the moment we accept what Jesus Christ did on the cross on our behalf we enter into a personal and eternal relationship with God. We believe in the eternal security of anyone who accepts the free grace gift of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. 

7. We believe in the bodily, physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the grave; his bodily and physical ascension into heaven and His session which means He is seated at the right hand of God the Father during the present Church Age. He is currently the interceding High Priest and Advocate for all Church Age believers. (1 Peter 3:18; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1–2; Romans 8:34)

8. We believe that God administers differently throughout history.  These different administrations are called dispensations and each have distinct characteristics, functions, and authorities.  God has designated an authority in each Dispensation through whom He works in order to spread the truth of His Word to the rest of the world (Romans 3:2; Ephesians 3:2).  In the period of history recorded in the Old Testament (the Age of Israel)God worked through the nation Israel.  In the current period (the Church Age) He works through the individual believer.  God's plan for Israel, which includes un-fulfilled prophecy is separate and distinct from God's plan for the Church. The overriding purpose for all of history is the glory of God.

9. We believe in the literal fulfillment of all Biblical prophecy.  This is true for that which has already been fulfilled and that which is yet to be fulfilled.  This incluedes the Rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-15); the seven year Tribulation (Revelation 5-19); and the One Thousand year millenium in which Church Age believers will rule and reign with Jesus Christ (Rev. 20:4)

10. We believe in the separate, bodily, physical, resurrection of the dead. The justified ones (believers) will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ at the Rapture to receive their rewards (Romans 14:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18, 1 Corinthians 3:11–16). They will spend eternity with the Lord with no more tears, no more sorrow, and no pain (Revelation 21:4—22:9) in a state of rejoicing and peace.

On the other hand, the unbelievers will be gathered at the end of the Millennium at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11–15). Since their names do not appear in the Book of Life, they will have to stand on their own works. Their works will not be an adequate substitute for faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His imputed righteousness so they will be condemned and cast into the lake of fire where they will spend eternity in agony. (Revelation 19:20; 20:15).

11. We believe that Satan is real and a literal enemy of God. At the conclusion of human history He will be judged and cast into the lake of fire to suffer for all eternity (Revelation 20:1–10)

12. We believe that believers are to assemble together in a local church for the purpose of learning the Word of God and engaging in fellowship with one another (Hebrews 10:25). The local church is to focus on sound Bible teaching as taught by a prepared pastor-teacher for the purpose of equipping believers for a life of service to God and therefore to one another.

13. We believe that Spirituality is a status quo (1 Corinthians. 2:9-3:4; Ephesians 5:18). At any given moment a believer is either in status quo Spirituality or status quo carnality.  While there is nothing the believer can do to break his personal relationship with God, when he commits personal sin he does break temporary fellowship with God (carnality).  When a believer confesses his sin(s) to God the Father then he is forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  This restores the believer to status quo Spirituality.

14. We believe that God the Holy Spirit assigns a Spiritual gift to the believer at the moment of salvation (1 Corinthians 12:13).  There are certain Spiritual gifts that were assigned in prior Dispensations that ceased at the moment the canon of Scripture was completed in 96 AD (1 Corinthians 13:8).  These gifts include apostle, prophecy, miracles, healings, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. Spiritual gifts that continue to exist today include (but are not limited to) pastor-teacher, evangelist, administration, helps, mercy,and giving.

15. We believe that all believers are responsible to live a life that overtly manifests their relationship with Jesus Christ.  At the moment of salvation the believer is not just saved from something but also saved to something which is a life of good works which God prepared beforehand so that the believer will walk in them (Ephesians. 2:10)