The Doctrine of the Scriptures
We believe in the inspiration of the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) as being plenarily and verbally inspired without any admixture of human error in the original writings; The Bible is the complete written record of God’s supernatural revelation of Himself to man. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters in faith and practice.
Ps. 19:7-11; 119:89,105; Mk. 13:31; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pt. 1:20,21; Rev. 22:18,19
The Doctrine of God
We believe in the one true 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.
Mt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14
The Doctrine of Jesus Christ
We believe in the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His eternal existence as God; His incarnation by means of the virgin birth; His sinlessness; His vicarious death by the shedding of his blood as an atonement to redeem all who would believe on Him; His literal bodily resurrection from the dead; His ascension; His present high-priestly ministry in heaven for believers; and His personal, visible return to earth.
Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 24:51; Jn. 1:1,14,18; Acts 10:40,41; 1 Thess. 4:16; Heb. 9:14; 1 Jn. 2:1; 5:20
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal and of the same nature to the father and son, and 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 restrains the evil one; that He baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, sanctifying, sealing and securing them unto the day of redemption; that He endures, guides, teaches, and helps believers; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit, the evidences being love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; not speaking in tongues.
Eph. 2:18; Jn. 3:5-7; 14:16,17,21; 16:7-15; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Pt. 1:23
The Doctrine of Creation
We believe the Genesis record account of creation as a literal, historical account of the direct , immediate creative acts of God, without the involvement of any evolutionary process
Gen.1:1-2:25; Col.1:16; Jn.1:3-10
The Doctrine of Mankind
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness 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 are totally depraved; and that all who reach the age of moral responsibility become wilful sinners in thought, word, and deed, and are so without defence or excuse before God, and must be born from above to be accepted of God.
Gen.1:26,27; Gen.3; Rom.1:18-23; 3:10-23; 5:10-19; Ps.51:5; Jn.3:1-21
The Doctrine of Sin
We believe that sin is the transgression of the law of God; we believe in the universality of sin; that it separates man from God; that there is no remission of sin apart from the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and man’s repentance.
Ezk.14:1; Lk.24:46,47; Rom.3:10-26; 6:23; 7:23,24; 1 Jn.3:4
The Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ; that it is received individually by the repentant sinner who places his personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that all who receive Him are regenerated instantaneously by the Holy Spirit and become children of God; thus the child of God cannot perish, but is kept by the power of God, safe and secure for all eternity; that it is neither acquired, kept or made more secure by rites, ceremonies or words.
Eph.2:8,9; Rom.6:23; 8:35-39; 10:9-13; Jn.1:12; 5:24; 10:28,29; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Titus 3:5-7; Phil.1:6
We believe that regeneration is the instantaneous act of God at the time of conversion when God gives to the repentant and believing sinner a new nature and makes him a new creature in Christ Jesus; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that its genuine evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and newness of life.
2 Cor.5:17-19; Titus 3:5; Eph.2:1,5; Jn.3:3,6-8; Col.2:13; 2 Pt.1:4; 1 Jn.5:1
We believe that Justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares the repentant sinner to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus; and that the blessings include peace and forgiveness of sin.
Rom.5:19; 8:17; Acts 13:39; Isa.53:11;
We believe that sanctification is an act and a process of God whereby He sets apart all believers unto holiness and then conforms them to the image of Christ; that it takes place positionally at the time of conversion; that it takes place practically during the believer’s life by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God; and that it will be perfected only when the believer sees Christ at the time of death or at the rapture.
Jn.17:17; 1 Cor.1:2,30; 6:11; Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Thess.3:12,13; 4:1-12; 2 Pt.3:18; Eph.4:11-16; Rom.8:29; 1 Jn.3:2
We believe that glorification is the final state of the redeemed; that it involves the total abolishing of the sinful nature and the effects thereof; and when Christ comes for the church, all believers will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and will become like Christ at His appearing; that our mortal bodies will become immortal; that our corruptible bodies will become incorruptible.
1 Cor.15:51-54; 1 Jn.3:2; Jn.14:1-4; 1 Thess.4:13
Preservation – Eternal Security
We believe that all who truly by faith receive Christ as Lord and Saviour are eternally secure. Those whom God saves are kept by His power. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word. Scripture gives no assurance to those who profess salvation, yet whose lives are characterized by continual sin.
Jn.1:12; 6:3,39; 10:27-39; Rom.8:38,39; 2 Pt.1:10; 1 Cor.1:4-8; 1 Jn.3:7,10
Believer’s Two Natures
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures; that he has the old nature for the duration of his earthly life; but that provision is made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Rom.7:15-25; 6:11-24; Phil.3:7-14; 4:7-14; 2 Cor.12:7-10
The Doctrine of Church Ordinances
We believe that there are two Christian ordinances and that they are both symbolical, not sacramental.
We believe that scriptural baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, setting forth, in symbol, his union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection; that the new birth, which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only prerequisite to baptism; that every believer should be baptized because of the example and command of our Lord; that it has no saving power, but is an act of obedience to walk in newness of life with Jesus Christ. We reject infant baptism for it is unscriptural; therefore, only those who are old enough to believe for themselves should be baptized.
Acts 2:38; Rom.6:3-5; Mt.3:13,17; 28:19,20; Acts 8:36-39; Eph.2:8,9; Jn.5:24
The Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the members of the particular church as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ until He comes. Only those who are walking in obedient fellowship with Him ought to partake of it.
lk.22:14-20; 1 Cor.11:23-32
The Doctrine of Satan
We believe that Satan, a fallen angel, is a distinct and real personality, the god of this age, the adversary of Christ and all believers. He was created perfect, but sinned and became the arch enemy of God and His creation. He seeks to weaken the testimony of believers and the church. He is not omnipotent and can be overcome by the power of God; and that his destiny is eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
Ezk.28:1-9; Job 1:6-9; Isa.14:12-14; 1 Pt.5:8; Mt.4:1-11; 1 Tim.3:7; James 4:7; 2 Cor.4:4; Rev.12:10; 20:10
The Doctrine of Future Things
We believe in the literal, bodily, personal, premillennial and immanent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ into the air to catch away all believers unto Himself before the Tribulation period; also, in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth, with believers, at the close of the Tribulation period to judge the living nations and to set up His millennial Kingdom on earth, where all His saints will reign with Him. We believe that after the Millennium and the loss of Satan’s temporary freedom, the lost shall be judged before the Great White Throne and shall incur eternal damnation as the sentence of their rejection of Christ. The saved shall be forever with Christ in eternal joy and peace.
Jn.14:1-3; Acts 1:9,11; 24:15; 1 Cor.15:3-20; Phil.3:20; 1 Thess.4:13-18; Heb.7:25; 1 Jn.2:1,2; Rev. 21:1-8; 4:1; Mt. 24:42-44; Heb.12:22-24
The Doctrine of Missions
We believe that the policy of the church should be to proclaim the Gospel and to support only missions engaged in evangelization and in establishing New Testament churches throughout the world. They shall be in hearty agreement with our confession of faith, both in doctrine and in practice; that no missionary or mission board that is a member of any convention, union, council churches, or any group connected with the ecumenical movement shall be supported by this church; and that any mission or missionary to receive support shall be approved by the church.
Mt.28:18-20; Mk.16:15,16; Lk.24:46-48; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor.9:1-5; 1 Tim.2:3-6; 2 Pt.3:9
The Doctrine of Stewardship
We believe that the believer’s resources belong to God; that God has entrusted these temporal benefits to the believer for proper stewardship; that He blesses the faithful steward. We are encouraged by the scriptures to abound in the grace of giving. We believe that scriptural principles encourage the tithe as the starting point for giving, and that offerings in excess of the tithe are in keeping with New Testament teachings. We are instructed to give as God has prospered us. Stewardship is a matter of the heart, for God loveth a cheerful giver. His blessing is on sacrificial giving. We believe the Lord is honoured by consistent giving to His work through His church. This is a means of worship.
Lev.27:30; Mal.3:10; Mt.6:35; Mk.12:4-44; 1 Cor.6:2; 2 Cor.8:2-9
The Doctrine of Separation
We believe that the saved are called into a life of separation from religious apostasy, and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations. This separation is in at least three areas: Church/State, ecclesiastical, and personal.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured, and obeyed except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom.13:1-7; Gen.9:5,6; Ex.18:21; 1 Tim.2:2,3; Acts 4:19,20; 5:27-29
While recognizing the unity of all believers, it is also evident that unbelief and error in many organized fellowships have developed to the point where recognized and indisputable apostasy exists. Therefore, we believe that we must stand up against and reject the position of the World Council of Churches and any other association or fellowship that would be in sympathy with them. We stand in opposition to the Ecumenical and Charismatic Movement; Liberalism, Modernism, Neo-Orthodoxy, New-Evangelicalism, and cooperative evangelistic programs between churches and people not of like precious faith.
2 Cor.6:14-18; Eph.5:11,12; Lk.12:51
We believe that every believer has the right to exercise Christian liberty, but that an individual must deny various worldly practices, dress, sin, and attitudes to enjoy the freedom of the Christian life, and to raise a proper standard and example of purity to the lost world and weaker Christians. Romans chapter 14 explains that there are going to be areas where believers are going to disagree on matters which they call sin. The stronger brother will be able to do things that the weaker cannot. The weaker will do things that the stronger will not. In such matters, every Christian should be persuaded in his own mind.
Rom.14:5,6; 16:17; Acts 20:26-31; 1 Cor.5:9-13; 8:4-13; 2 Cor.6:14-18; Eph.5:11; Titus 3:10; 2 Thess.3:14,15; 2 Jn.7-11; Jude 3
The Doctrine of the Lord’s Day
We believe that.in this age of Grace, the Lord’s day, which is the first day of the week, the day of our Lord’s resurrection, is the proper day for Christian worship; and that it ought to be kept as sacred as possible for spiritual purposes, by avoiding all unnecessary secular labour and other activities unbecoming to such a day, without becoming legalistic.
Acts 20:7; 1 Cor.16:1,2; Col.2:13-17; Heb.10:25; Jn.20:1,19,26
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God has ordained spiritual gifts for the purposes of edifying the church. We believe that the healing and tongues movement of today is unscriptural and contrary to sound doctrine and those who believe and practice these are in error. The gift of Tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit’s power needed for the establishment and accrediting of the early church and the scriptures, thus it was temporal. The gift was always in a language known to earth (Acts 2:6).
Physical Healing is not guaranteed because we are saved. God can heal and does heal miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so. At times it is God’s will for sickness not to be removed. Physical healing will be realized in the redemption and glorification of our bodies.
Rom.8:23; 2 Cor.12:7-19; 1 Jn.3:2