We believe that:
Is inspired of God, inerrant and infallible – a manifest of the mind of God, a roadmap to heaven, a blueprint for building character, and a textbook for the final exam. John 10:35b; Rom 4:3a; 2Ti 3:16a; John 12:48b
One God in Three Persons
There is one God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – unexplainable but true. 1Tim 2:5a; Mat 28:19; John 16:26b; Act 13:2b
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the grand theme of the Bible (Luke 24:27; John 5:39) and that He, being deity (Heb 1:8), was lovingly sent by God the Father from heaven (John 3:16; John 6:38), miraculously became a man (Matt 1:18; 1Tim 2:5), perfectly lived His brief life (2Cor 5:21), died as a substitute for sinners headed for hell (Gal 1:4), powerfully rose again (Acts 2:24), sovereignly rules over all (Matt 28:18), and is coming again to raise the dead, to judge the world (Act 17:31), to burn up the universe and bring in a new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells (2Pet 3:13).
The Fall of Man
Mankind fell with Adam and Eve and all are under judgment, sinners by nature, needing to be saved from the wrath of God and hell’s consuming flame (Rom 5:19).
The Chief Purpose of Man
The chief purpose of man is to glorify God, to love Him and enjoy Him for time and eternity (1Cor 10:31).
Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of the Lord – God the Father graciously elected a people for His name (Eph 1:4), the Son lovingly purchased their redemption (Rev 5:9b), and the Holy Spirit applies that redemption by miraculously calling them out of the darkness and into God’s marvelous light (John 3:8b). This new birth is a sovereign work of God producing repentance and faith (Rom 8:30) and a changed life, thereafter daily progressively conformed to Christ (Rom 6:14; 2Co 4:16b; Rom 8:29; Heb 12:14.
The Responsibility of Man
All are responsible to repent and believe (Luke 13:3). Repentance is a turning to God from a life of sin and all known sin. Faith is trusting that Jesus died to pay my sin-debt and that through His gracious work on the cross I have full, free, forgiveness forever and a title to heaven (Luk 24:47). Faith is a life of trusting the Lord in everything (Heb 11:6).
Baptism is for believers (Acts 2:41). It is an outward symbol of what is believed to have happened inwardly upon union with Christ, that is, the burial of the old sinful self and the raising up of a new life in Christ.
The Gifts of the Spirit
The gifts of the Spirit are still valid (Eph 4:11-13), though we ourselves are not Pentecostal, nor Charismatic.
The Church Meeting
The church meeting is to be an open, interactive meeting (1Cor 14:26b). The Lord’s Day meeting regularly includes the Lord’s Supper, that is, the symbols of the Lord’s broken body and shed blood.