We believe it is our responsibility as a church to hold fast the word of God in sound doctrine. As commitment to the Word of God we’ve outlined what we believe born out of the scriptures. You can click on each doctrinal section to better understand our position with supporting Bible references.
We teach that there is but one living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (1), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2) each equally deserving worship and obedience.
(1) Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:4, (2) Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
God the Father
We teach that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own sovereign will, divine purpose and grace (1). He is the Creator of all things (2). As the only absolute and omnipotent ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (3). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (4), but He is Spiritual Father only to believers (5). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (6). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (7). In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (8), nor does He diminish the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (9). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (10); He saves from sin all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (11).
(1) Psalms 145:8,9; 1 Corinthians 8:6, (2) Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9, (3) Psalms 103:19; Romans 11:36, (4) Ephesians 4:6, (5) Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18, (6) Ephesians 1:11 , (7) 1 Chronicles 29:11, (8) Hebrews 1:13 , (9) 1 Peter 1:17 , (10) Ephesians 1:4-6 , (11) John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9
God the Son
We teach that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal (equal in person, authority and power), consubstantial (of the same substance), and coeternal (equally eternal) with the Father (1). We teach that God the Father created “the heavens and the earth and all that is in them” according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation (2). We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind. In His incarnation, the eternally existing second person of the Trinity accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became the God-man (3). We teach that Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in indivisible oneness (4). We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (5); that He was God incarnate (6); and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (7). We teach that, in the incarnation, the second person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of coexistence with God, and took on an existence appropriate to a servant while never divesting Himself of His divine attributes (8). We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious (on our behalf), substitutionary (in our place), propitiatory (appeased God’s wrath for our sin), and redemptive (paid the debt of our sin) (9). We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (10). We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High-Priest (11). We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (12). We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His body, unto Himself at the Rapture and, returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth (13). We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one through whom God will judge all mankind (14). As the mediator between God and man, the head of His body the church (18), and the coming universal King who will reign on the throne of David (19), He is the final judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior (20).
(1) John 10:30; John 14:9, (2) John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2, (3) Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9, (4) Micah 5:2; John 5:23; John 14:9-10; Colossians 2:9, (5) Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23-25; Luke 1:26-35, (6) John 1:1,14, (7) Psalms 2:7-9; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:29; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1Peter 1:18-19, (8) Philippians 2:5-8, (9) John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:19; 1Peter 2:24, (10) Romans 3:25; Romans 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1Peter 2:24; 1Peter 3:18, (11) Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31; Romans 4:25; Romans 8: 34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; 1John 2:1, (12) John 5:26-29; John 14:19; Romans 4:25; Romans 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, (13) Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20, (14) John 5:22-23, (15) 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10, (16) Matthew 25:31-46, (17) Revelation 20:11-15, (18) Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 1Tim. 2:5, (19) Isaiah 9:6-7; Ezek. 37:24-28; Luke 1:31-33, (20) Matthew25: 14-46; Acts 17:30-31
God the Holy Spirit
We teach that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is divine, eternal, non-derived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect, emotions, will, eternality, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and truthfulness (1). In all the divine attributes He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father and the Son (2). We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in the creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and the work of salvation (3). We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (4) to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ. His activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and transforming believers into the image of Christ (5). We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (6). We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (7). We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (8). We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers (9).
(1) Psalms 139:7-10; Isaiah 40:13-14; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 1 Corinthians 12:11; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 9:14 , (2) Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5: 3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 10:15-17, (3) Genesis 1:2; Matthew 1:18; John 3:5-7; 2 Peter 1:20-21, (4) John 14:16-17; John 15:26, (5) John 16:7-9; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:20-22, (6) Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13, (7) 2 Peter 1:19-21; Romans 8: 9-11; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:9-11; 1 John 2:20,27, (8) John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2Cor 3:18, (9) 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4
We teach that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end,(2) and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be judged (6).
(1) 2Sam. 23:2; Psalm 119:111; Luke 16:29-31; Acts 1:16; Acts 3:21; John 10:35; Romans 3:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21, (2) Mark 16:15-16; John 5:38-39; Acts 11:14; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1Peter 1:10-12, (3) Proverbs 30:5-6; John 17:17; Romans 3:3-4; Rev 22:18, (4) Luke 10:10-16; Luke 12:47-48; John 12: 47-48; Romans 2:12, (5) 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:3-6; Philippians 2:1-2; Philippians 3:16; 1Peter 4:11, (6) Psalm 119:59-60; Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 6:17; Philippians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1John 4:6; Jude 3
Cessation of the Gifts
We teach that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer empowering them for God glorifying life and service (1). The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost not to glorify Himself, nor to endow the church with flesh exciting power for all time, but to glorify and authenticate the person and message of Christ with accompanying signs (2). In the early church, under the ministry of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit gifted believers in a miraculous way in order to nurture the infant church to maturity in faith and practice (3). Gifts of prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, and healing were given in order to effectively deliver and authenticate the New Testament Scriptures and establish Christ’s Church. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and Ephesians 4:11-15 the Apostle Paul foretells a time when the miraculous ministry of the Apostles will cease, the New Testament Revelation will be complete, the church will be mature, and there will no longer be miraculous giftings, but faith, hope, and love remain as the enduring fruit of the Holy Spirit for all time (4). Later New Testament writings and post-apostolic history record the cessation of the miraculous gifts. The apostolic era and its gifts passed away with the completion of the New Testament and the establishment of the church as the mature body of Christ. Today, elders faithfully preach the Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures that are able to make us “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (5).
(1) John 14:16-18; Romans 8:9-11; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-25, (2) John 14:25-26; John 15:26-27; John 16:7-15, (3) 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; Romans 12:6-8, (4) Mark 16:20; Acts 14:1-28; 1 Corinthians 13:8-13; 1 Corinthians 14:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:5; Ephesians 4:11-15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 2:1-4, (5) Acts 14:23;1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Timothy 5:23; Timothy 6:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:2-3, 2 Timothy 2:15-17, 2 Timothy 3:10, 2 Timothy 3:13-4:5, 2 Timothy 4:6-7, Titus 1:5; Titus 1:9-13, Titus 2:1, Titus 2:15; James 5:14-16
We teach that, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and that He created all things in six twenty-four hour days as described in the first and second chapters of Genesis. In the Bible, there is no basis for an evolutionary process being the cause of the origin or the significant alteration of life or life forms (1).
(1) Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:17; Psalms 33:9
We teach that God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not to destroy the will and responsibility of intelligent creatures (1).
(1) Josh 7:14; Job 37:9-13; Psalms 36:6; Psalms 37:28; Psalms 91:4; Psalms 140:7; Psalms 145:9; Matthew 6:26,
33-34; Matthew 10:29; Acts 1:26
We teach that election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life — not because of foreseen merit in them, but of his mere grace and mercy in Christ — in consequence of God’s eternal choice they are called, justified and glorified (1).
(1) John 6:37-40,44, 65; John 10:14, 26-27; John 15:16; Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9:11; Ephesians 1:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1, 2; Titus 1:1
The Fall of Man
J. The Fall of Man
We teach that God originally created man in His own image and free from sin, but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness. His posterity thereby inherited a corrupt nature wholly opposed to God and His law. Man is therefore under condemnation, and as soon as he is capable of moral action, becomes an actual transgressor (1).
(1) Genesis 2:16,17; Genesis 3:1-9; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1Tim 2:13,14; 1 John 1:8
K. The Mediator
We teach that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the only divinely appointed mediator between God and man (1). Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin (2), He perfectly fulfilled the Law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners (3). He was buried, and rose again on the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people (4).
(1) John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Hebrews 4:14, Heb 12:24, (2) Philippians 2:6-7; Hebrews 2:9,14, (3) Philippians 2:8; Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 3:21, (4) Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 8:1; Colossians 3:1-4
We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, who convicts the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness (1). Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit (2). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone (3).
(1) John 3:3-8; John 5:24; Titus 3:5, (2) 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12; Colossians 3:12-17; 2 Peter 1:4-11, (3) Romans 8:16,17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:2-3
We teach that repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit (1), made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things (2).
(1) Mark 1:15; 18; John 16:8; Acts 11, (2) Psalms 51; Luke 15:18-21; Luke 18:13; Acts 2:38-40; 2Cor 7:11; James 4:7-10
We teach that saving faith is the gift of God and is belief of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness (1).
(1) Ephesians 2:8-9; Isaiah 53:11; Mark 16:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:1-2, 19; Romans 10:9; 1John 2:12
We teach that justification before God is an act of God by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins, and confess Him as sovereign Lord (1). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man and involves the placing of our sins on Christ and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (2).
(1) Isaiah 55:6-7; Acts 3:19; Romans 5:1-22; Romans 8:30,33; Romans 10: 9; 2 Corinthians 7:10, (2) Romans 3:20, 26; Romans 4:6; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5: 21; Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24
We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (1). We teach that there is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the likeness of Christ through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (2). In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict-the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh – but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin (3).
(1) Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; Hebrews 3:1,12; Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1Peter 1:2, (2) John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, (3) Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9
Security of the Believer
Q. Security of the Believer
We teach that those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (1).
(1) John 5:24; John 6: 37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; Romans 6:15-22; Romans 8:1, 31-39; Romans 13:13-14; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Galatians 5:13, 16-17, 25-26; Ephesians 1:6-11; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 13:5; 1Peter 1:4-5; Jude 24
R. The Family
We teach that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church, and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression according to Biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them through consistent lifestyle, example and loving discipline, to make choices based on Biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents (1). We teach that Biblical youth ministry is parental- based, church-assisted, and elder-led. The goal of our youth ministry is godly offspring who love the Lord and are actively engaged in His service. The segregation of church youth from mature adult believers is contrary to the above stated goals, therefore we have an integrated ministry where adults benefit from the energy and zeal of the youth and the youth learn to worship, delight in the Law of the Lord, and serve with maturity alongside of the adults. God’s youth ministers are fathers, mothers, elders, and the mature godly men and women of the church as a whole. Youth ministry is through fathers, mothers, elders, and the mature godly men and women of the church teaching, preaching, training, and exemplifying the truth of Scripture with much prayer and unity in the context of regular fellowship week by week in the local church and its ministries (2).
(1) Genesis 2:21-25; Genesis 3:16; Malachi 2:13-17; Mark 10:1-12; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-32; 1Peter 3:1-7; Colossians 3:19, (2) Malachi 2:15; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Proverbs 1:8-9; Ephesians 6:1-4
S. The Church
We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Sprit into one united spiritual body, the Church, the Bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head. The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all his true disciples, and in Him is, invested supremely all power for its government. According to his commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular assemblies or churches. To each of these churches, He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed (1). There are two Biblically designated offices serving under Christ in the church. Elders (males, who are also called bishops, overseers, and pastor-teachers) and deacons (males), both of whom must meet Biblical qualifications (2). We teach that members are to support the local assembly with their attendance, prayers, service, tithes, and offerings. We teach that it is our responsibility as Christians to return a portion of what God has given to us back to Him. We teach that a starting point for our financial giving is the tithe, or one tenth of our income. As in every other grace, a believer should be growing in their giving as well. When we give the tithe, we acknowledge God’s ownership of all that we possess. (3).
(1) 1 Cor 12:12-13; 2Cor 11:2; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 19:7-8, (2) Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1Peter 5:1-5, (3) Genesis 14:18; 1Samual 12:23; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Hebrews 10:24-25
We teach that Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer. Taking the Scriptures literally, we baptize believers that can articulate a sincere saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ by triune immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of the believer’s fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of the remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. While this is our fellowship’s mode of baptism, we do not negate the legitimacy of believer’s baptism by single immersion. Baptism is prerequisite to church membership, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper (1).
(1) Matthew 3:5-6; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; John 3:22-23; John 4:1-2; Acts 2:36-42; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 10:47- 48; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:27-28;1Peter 3:20-21
We teach that Communion is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, consisting of the bread and the cup, the washing of the saints’ feet, and the Lord’s Supper, to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. In this threefold Communion service the upper room experience and doctrines taught therein are intact. The bread and the cup commemorate the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and celebrate the Justification that He provides for individual believer’s and the Church corporately. Washing the saints’ feet is a picture of the washing of the water of the Word of God in the believer’s life and celebrates the ongoing process of Sanctification. The Lord’s Supper or Love Feast celebrates Christian fellowship in Christ and looks ahead to Glorification, when the Church is gathered unto the Lord forever in heaven (1).
(1) Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; John 13:1-17; Ephesians 5:25-27;
1 Corinthians 11:20-22 & 33-34; Jude 12
The Lord’s Day
We teach that the Lord’s Day (the first day of the week, Sunday) has been and is set aside by the Lord Jesus for His church to worship the Lord our God (1). And let us not forsake our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but come together to encourage love and good works (2). The Sabbath is Saturday and the law of Sabbath rest is fulfilled in Christ, not the observance of a day (3).
(1) Acts 20:5-12; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Revelation 1:10, (2) Hebrews 10:23-25 (3) Col. 2:16-17; Heb. 4
We teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society, and that government officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, unless opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings on earth (1).
(1) Daniel 3:15-18; Daniel 6:7-10; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; 1Tim. 2: 1-3; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13
Death and Eternity
We teach that physical death involves no loss of our consciousness (1), that there is a separation of soul and body (2), that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (3), and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue until the Rapture (4) which initiates the first resurrection (5), when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord (6). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ (7). We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (8). We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection, when the soul and the resurrected body will be united. They shall then appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into hell, the lake of fire, under the wrath of God forever (9).
(1) Revelation 6:9-11, (2) James 2:26, (3) Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1: 23, (4) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, (5) Revelation 20:4-6, (6) 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 50-54; Philippians 3:21, (7) 2 Corinthians 5:8, (8) Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Revelation 20:13-15 , (9) Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28, 29; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Psalm 139:7-8; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:13-15;
We teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator, by taking numerous angels with him in his fall, and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (1). We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man, the prince of this world, who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (2).
(1) Genesis 3:1-15; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14, (2) Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 25:41; Romans 16:20; Revelation12: 9-10; Revelation 20:10
The Rapture of the Church
Z. The Rapture of the Church
We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation to remove His church from this earth and, between this event and His glorious return with His saints, to reward believers according to their works. (1).
(1) John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
The Tribulation Period
We teach that immediately following the removal of the church from the earth (1) the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world (2), and that these judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth (3). At that time the Old Testament and tribulation saints will be raised and the living will be judged (4). This period includes the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy (5).
(1) John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, (2) Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; Daniel 12:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16, (3) Matthew 24:27-31; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, (4) Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation 20:4-6, (5) Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-31; Matthew 25:31-46
The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign
We teach that after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David and establish His messianic kingdom for a thousand years on the earth (1). During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth. This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world (2). We teach that the kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel to restore them to the land which they forfeited through their disobedience (3). The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside but will again be awakened through repentance to enter into the land of blessing. We teach that this time of our Lord’s reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life (5).
(1) Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:32,33; Acts 1:10-11; Acts 2:29-30; Revelation 20:1-7, (2) Ezek. 37:21-28; Daniel 7:17-27; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6, (3) Deuteronomy28:15-68; Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezek.37:21-28; Zech. 8:1-17, (4) Isaiah 11; Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezek. 36:33-38; Revelation 20:7
The Judgment of the Lost
We teach that following the release of Satan after the one thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city (Jerusalem), at which time Satan’s army will be devoured by fire from heaven. Following this, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone whereupon Christ, who is the judge of all men, will resurrect and judge the great and small at the Great White Throne judgment (1). We teach that this resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (2).
(1) Rev 20:4-10; Matthew 25:41; John 5:22, (2) John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15
We teach that after the closing of the Millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of the unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved and replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells (1). Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another. Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (2).
(1) Ephesians 5:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:7-15, 21-22, (2) John 17:3; Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21-22; 1 Corinthians 15:23-28