We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as verbally and plenarily inspired by God and without error in the original writings; that the Bible is reliable in science, history, and every other matter it discusses; and that the Bible is of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
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.
Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power; that he concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that he hears and answers prayer, and that he saves from eternal death and from hell all who come to him through Jesus Christ.
Psalm 22:3; John 17:11; Psalm 147:5; 1 John 3:20; Matthew 19:26; John 3:16; Matthew 6:26, 28-30; Psalm 65:2; Hebrews 11:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6.
We believe in the absolute deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; his eternal existence as God, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit; his incarnation by means of the virgin birth; his sinlessness; his vicarious death through the shedding of his blood as an atonement for the remission of our sins; his literal bodily resurrection from the dead; his ascension; his present high priestly ministry in heaven for believers; and his personal return to earth.
1 John 5:20; John 1:16; John 14:9; Hebrews 1:8; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; 1 Peter 2:22; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:14; Luke 24:36-43; Acts 10:40, 41; Acts 1:9; Luke 24:51; Hebrews 8:1, 2; 1 John 2:1; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature; that he convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that he bears witness to the truth; that he is the agent of the new birth; that he baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sanctifying all of them, sealing and thus securing them unto the day of redemption; that he endues, guides, teaches, and helps believers; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit, the evidence being soulwinning power, and not speaking in tongues.
Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 5:3, 4.
We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in the image of God, in innocence under the law of his maker, but by reason of his voluntary sin, fell from his high and holy state; that as a result the whole race plunged into condemnation and death, so that now all human beings are born with a sinful nature; and that all who reach the age of moral responsibility become willful sinners in thought, word, and deed, and so are without excuse before God.
Genesis 1:26, 27; Genesis 3; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23; 5:10-19; Psalm 51:5.
We believe that the justification of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; that all who receive him are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become children of God; that no rite, ceremony, or work can avail one whit for the sinner’s salvation or make the believer’s salvation more secure; that Christ is the only and all sufficient Savior; and that all who are truly saved are kept forever.
Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5-7; John 5:24; John 1:12; Romans 10:9-13; Acts 16:31; Acts 4:12, 2 Timothy 1:12; John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6.
We believe that sanctification for the believer is immediate, upon acceptance of Christ as Savior, and progressive, continuing to the end of earthly life; and that the progressive phase of sanctification is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means, especially study of God’s word, self-denial, faithfulness in and through a fundamental local church, prayer, and soulwinning.
1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:11; Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12–4:12; 2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:25.