Our Faith

(1) 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 any errors in its statements. (Psalms 89:34, John 10:35, 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 6:18, 2 Peter 3:16) Although we do not believe the translators of the Authorized King James Bible were inspired, we do believe that the Authorized King James Version, based largely upon the Textus Receptus, is the best translation. 

 (2) There is one God, eternally existent, Creator of Heaven and Earth.  He is manifested in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
(Genesis 1:2, Isaiah 7:14 & 9:6, John 14:9, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 4:7)
 
(3) The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who took on flesh and dwelt on earth.  He was sinless, lived perfectly, and gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice by shedding His blood and dying on the cross.  He then came back from the dead.  His death paid the penalty for all the sins, (past, present and future) for all who believe. (Acts 13:38-41, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 9:2-28 & 10:10-14, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 3:5)
 
(4) God is absolutely sovereign and in His sovereignty gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided.  It is God’s will that all would be saved and that none would perish, though not all will be.  God permits man’s destiny to depend upon man’s choice. (John 6:64-65, Acts 10:34, Romans 9:30- 32, 1 Corinthians 1:21, Ephesians 1:5-14, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Timothy 2:4, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 3:9)
 
(5) Each member of the human race is fallen, sinful, and lost. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation of man.  The moment a person receives Christ as his Saviour, the Holy Spirit immediately indwells the believer who is then sealed until the day of redemption.  (Luke 24:49, John 7:39, Romans 3:23, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 1:13, Titus 3:5)
 
(6) Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation.  It is a free gift.  Man’s efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it.   Salvation is by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it. (Romans 11:6, Galatians 2:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 2:13, Titus 3:5)
 
(7) The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and is composed of all true believers.  By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into the one body of Christ.  Water baptism is not essential for salvation, but it is a testimony to the world of one's faith in Christ. Water baptism is to be done by immersion to show the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:38, Acts 10:47, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:5)
 
(8) Every child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and he or she cannot lose their salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his or her fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward and incur the Father’s chastisement.  Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth.  Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience. (1 Corinthians 3:11-17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 1 Corinthians 11:30-32, Hebrews 12:5-11)
 
(9) A true child of God has two births: one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving every believer both a flesh and a Spirit nature.  The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous.  The Spiritual man does not commit any sin.  This results in warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord.  The flesh nature of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. (John 3:3-7, Romans 7:15-25, Romans 8:8, Galatians 5:17, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 1:8, 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:18)
 
(10) There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost: of the saved unto eternal life and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment.  These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years. (Daniel 12:2, Matthew 25:41, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:1-5)
 
(11) We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 26:17-21 & 27:1, Luke 21:36, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Titus 2:13, Revelation 3:10, Revelation 4:4)
 
(12) Satan is a real being, the author of sin, and he and his angels shall be eternally punished. (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:15 & 17, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10)
 
(13) God can miraculously heal but physical healing is not guaranteed in the atonement.  God heals miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so.  At times it is God’s will for sickness not to be removed. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, James 5:4-16)
 
(14) The gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit’s power solely for the demonstration of God’s wisdom, purpose, and power in the establishment of the early church and always was in a spoken language that was in use at that time.  We believe that tongues fulfilled its purpose in the first century and ceased to be used before the completion of the New Testament. (Acts 2:16- 18, 1 Corinthians 14:22)
 
(15) The true child of God is not under the law but under grace - saved by grace and disciplined by grace. (Romans 6:14, Romans 11:6, 2 Corinthians 3:17)
 
(16) Repent (metanoeo) means a change of mind.  Repentance in salvation means a change of mind in your way of thinking apart from any idea of religion aiding in God’s way of salvation.  Repentance does not, in any sense, include a demand for a change of conduct before or after salvation. To insist upon repentance that includes a demand for a change of conduct either toward God or man is to add an element of works or human merit to faith. Works add something of self in turning from sin.  But true repentance means a change of mind or to think differently.  Repentance in salvation means a change of mind from any idea of religion that man might have and accepting God’s way of salvation which is faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. (Matthew 21:32, Acts 20:21, 2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
 
(17) It is every Christian’s privilege and duty to make clear God’s plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be. (Mark 16:15, 1Thessalonians 2:4)
 
(18) The general plan of salvation in God’s Word in a brief outline is as follows:
 
     (a) Establish the fact that all men are sinners. (Isaiah 64:6, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, James 2:10)
     (b) Establish the fact that the penalty of sin is death. (Ezekiel 18:20, Romans 6:23)
     (c) Establish the fact that you must be perfect to enter heaven. (Habakkuk 1:13, Revelation 21:27)
     (d) Establish the fact that man can do nothing to obtain this perfection. (Romans 4:5, Galatians 2:16, Ephesians 2:8-9)
     (e) Show how God provided a sin-bearer and imputes to man His righteousness. (Isaiah 53:6, Philippians 3:9, 1 Peter 3:18)
     (f) Establish the fact that man needs only belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour for salvation.
         (John 1:12, John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9)
     (g) Establish the fact that man can be certain of his salvation now and that his salvation cannot be lost: eternal life is eternal.
         (John 6:37 & 39, John 10:28, Hebrews 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:5)