What We Teach

As a church we unite in our basic beliefs of what the Scriptures teach. Such teachings, or doctrines, are valid only as they are based on the Word of God. No other source is an acceptable authority--no individual, no tradition, no religious writings or church dogma. This section lists the topics of our shared doctrine, and the short summary accompanying each topic contains the scripture on which we base that statement.

#1 God, The Father

A. God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity God as the Trinity consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is three distinct personalities, yet one God, often referred to as God, the Three in One (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19). Note that whatever the Bible teaches about God applies to the Godhead and God the Father equally.

B. God is the creator of the entire universe. He is the creator of man, all creatures, and of the universe itself (Genesis 1).

C. God is omnipotent. He is all-powerful; He is Almighty (Genesis 17:1; Jeremiah 32:17-18,27).

D. God is omnipresent He is present everywhere at once (Psalm 139: 7-10).

E. God is omniscient. He knows all things, and nothing is hidden from Him (Psalm 139: 1-6; Hebrews 4:13).

F. God is eternal. He has neither beginning or ending. He is the first cause of all things, and all things derive from Him (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Habakkuk 1:12).

G. God is holy and just. In the Old Testament alone He is called the Holy One of Israel over 30 times (Psalm 89:18; Isaiah 1:4). He is the just God (Deuteronomy 32:4;
Psalm 89:14). His holiness is just, and His justice is holy (Genesis 18:25; Exodus 32:5-7).

H. God is loving and merciful. His love and mercy extends to all His creatures (John 3:16; I John 4:8,12).

I. God is worthy of our total trust and submission. Because he is all wise and loving, we should submit our wills to Him and trust Him implicitly (Job 13:15; Psalm 37:3,5; Proverbs 3:5; II Corinthians 1:9; II Timothy 1:12).

#2 God the Son, Jesus Christ

A. Jesus Christ is God. He is one with the father and the Holy Spirit. All that has been said of the Father may be said of the Son (John 1:12).

B. Jesus Christ was man. For the redemption of humanity He became man. He was born of the virgin Mary, having conceived by the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:18-21; Luke 1:26-35. He lived a sinless life, having been born without sin though in all things He shared humanity (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26-28).

C. Jesus Christ is our Savior Of his own free will and volition He laid down His life and was crucified for our salvation. He as our substitute went to the cross. He actually died for us (Romans 5:6-8; I Peter 2:24; 3:18)

D. Jesus Christ is alive. The third day He rose from the grave and showed himself to more than 500 witnesses (Matthew 28: 5-6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:5-6; John 20; Acts 2:22-24; I Corinthians 15: 1-9). Forty days later He ascended to heaven in the presence of many believers and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16).

E. Jesus Christ will return to earth. At the ending of this age the coming of Jesus will be in two phases (Acts 1:11). First, He will come to translate the Church to heaven and to himself (John 14:1-31; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; I John 3:1-3). Second, He will come to judge the existing nations and set up His millennial kingdom of 1,000 years; therefore , His second coming will be premillennial (Matthew 25: 31-46; Revelation 20:1-6).

F. Jesus Christ will be our judge. He will finally judge mankind and all fallen spirits at the end of time (John 5:22-29; Revelation 20:7-15).

#3 God, The Holy Sprit

A. The Holy Spirit is God. He is one with the Father and with the Son, and all that has been said of the Father may be said of the Holy Ghost.  

B. The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not a mere influence (John 16:13-14).

C. The Holy Spirit is the source of conviction. He is the agent of the Godhead in the convicting of sin (John 16:7-11).

D. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of God’s grace. He is active in converting and regenerating those who repent (John 3:5-6) and in sanctifying the lives of the believers (Acts 15:8-9).

E. The Holy Spirit is the indwelling sustainer. He dwells within believers giving them comfort, aid, council, and ability to live victoriously in this life (John 14:16-17; Acts 9:31).

F. The Holy Spirit is the source of our understanding about Christ. He magnifies Christ within the vision and life of the Christian (John 16: 13-15).

#4 The Bible

A. The Bible is God’s inspired Word. Holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write God’s message for us. The Bible is inspired in a sense distinctly different than any other book. The Word which He inspired has also been preserved by Him, and that preservation is in itself a verification of the claim of inspiration (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

B. The Bible is infallible. God has provided a totally accurate and dependable record of His message (Deuteronomy 32:4; II Samuel 7:28). It is infallible in every detail, especially in the original languages, Hebrew and Greek.

C. The Bible is the only rule of faith and practice. As the only rule, the Bible is a sufficient authority on which to base our faith and behavior (Galatians 1:8). The practice of imposing on believers any rules or regulations, other than those contained in the Bible, is to be rejected and shunned.

D. The Bible is the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). If this gospel is faithfully and dynamically proclaimed with simplicity and prayer, the Spirit of God will use it to draw unbelievers to God and to give direction and light to Christians for their daily lives.

#5 Man