I believe that God has miraculously recorded His unique revelation of Scripture through providentially prepared men by verbal plenary inspiration, thus guaranteeing its inerrancy and trustworthiness. God providentially preserved this completed canonical record throughout history to enable believers of every generation to understand and apply His Word to life and doctrine by dependence upon the Holy Spirit and careful study by a normal exegetical process.
I believe that Jesus is the pre-existent and eternal Second Person of the Godhead, Who took on flesh and, in one person, was entirely divine and completely human. I believe that His entire sinless life, from virgin birth to death on the cross, authenticated His claims. His death on the cross fulfills prophecy, is essential to the Gospel message, satisfies the demands of the Law, and removes all barriers to a right relationship with God and man. I believe that His bodily resurrection from the grave is also necessary to the Gospel, that it authenticates Jesus’ Deity and ministry, and it assures our present and eternal victory from all our enemies. I believe that the exaltation of Jesus confirms the satisfactory nature of His sacrifice, emphasizes His authority, and provides for our joint exaltation in and with Him. I believe that Jesus is actively involved in both the oversight of the Church and the lives of each Believer, and that He will one day call both the living and dead to judgment or reward as the Eternal King.
I believe that angels are spiritual beings, possessing all the attributes of personality, created by God for His service and glory, and that they are actively involved in the life of believers. I believe that Satan and demons are fallen angels that are actively involved in opposing God and His work in this world. I believe that God has provided the believer with everything needed to discern and withstand their evil work now, and that He will judge both Satan and the fallen angels for their pride and rebellion in the future.
I believe that sin is anything that is in opposition to the character of God. It is primarily a part of man’s nature and manifested in actions of commission and omission done both willfully and in ignorance, and that men are universally sinners from birth. I believe that sin originated in Satan but was not a part of humanity until Adam’s intentional rebellion, which subsequently polluted and made guilty the entire race. I believe that the remedy for sin is found only in the blood of Christ, and for redemption belief is necessary and for restored fellowship with God after salvation confession is necessary. I believe that the Christian has the ability to resist this sin nature and walk in obedience to God in light of the Word and under submission to the Spirit.
I believe the church is the called together assembly of all believers. I believe that Christians should meet together in local assemblies, also referred to in Scripture as church/es for the primary purposes of obedience to the Scripture, mutual edification and growth. I believe that God began this unique entity at Pentecost, and that its Biblical administration is by two offices, the pastor and the deacon. I believe that the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, while not part of salvation, are to be ordinances of every local assembly in obedience to Christ.
I believe there is one God, unified in essence. In the unity of the Godhead there are three coeternal and coequal persons, the same in substance but distinct in subsistence and referred to as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This Triune God has revealed Himself, both generally to all men (via creation, history, and conscience) and specifically in various ways at various times, so that all would come to an understanding of His supreme and unchanging spiritual nature that is unlimited, infinite, and perfectly moral. This loving God desires such knowledge to bring all men to a saving relationship with Himself.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is a distinct Person of the Triune Godhead, having all the characteristics of deity and personality, and that He has been actively involved in all the works of God since the beginning. Before the establishment of the New Testament Church, The Holy Spirit was involved in the work of creation, in enabling those in the Old Testament, and active in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. He is essential to the salvation of men, is the source of our sanctification, and builds the Church both by joining believers to it and by providing all things necessary for the mutual edification and maturing of the Body of Christ.
I believe that God created man by a direct act on the sixth day of creation. I believe that man bears the image of God in some degree in both the physical and psychical aspects, and that man is a unified whole and reproduces after his kind. I believe that both the material and immaterial aspects of man will either spend an eternity with God or be separated from God, and that man, while defiled with sin, has both the ability and responsibility to choose either life or death. I believe that God established marriage between one man and one woman until death and desires it to be a complete union benefiting the couple both physically and spiritually.
I believe that man is in a just state of condemnation and punishment for his sin nature and rejection of God. I believe that God, in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ His Son, provided the necessary satisfaction for the complete redemption of every person. I believe that God is the initiator and sustainer of our salvation, and that man is responsible to trust in the finished work of Christ alone for salvation. I believe that the work of reconciling man to God by salvation forgives man’s sins completely, gives victory over the sin nature, promises resurrection, and provides eternal life. I believe that salvation provides the believer perfect standing before God, and that this standing is to become an increasing part of the daily reality of one’s life. I believe that salvation is complete and unchanging, and that whether a believer feels saved or not because of sin or doubt, they are forever sealed into God’s family.
I believe in a literal, normal, interpretation of prophecy that exalts Jesus Christ. I believe that believers in Christ, both dead and living, will be gathered together to Jesus Christ and that there is a time of great tribulation on this Earth in which God demonstrates once again His justice and longsuffering. I believe at the end of this time of tribulation, Jesus will return and establish a literal kingdom, and the first one thousand years (i.e. the Millennial Kingdom) will have several unique aspects. By the end of this first thousand years, unbelievers will be resurrected and evaluated before God and punished. I believe in a literal Heaven and Hell, and that every person will either go to be in the presence of God or be in a place of torment forever beginning from the moment of physical death.