What do we believe?

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James Version is the most reliable English Translation of the “Textus Receptus” (the manuscript copies of Scripture, maintained and passed down throughout history by the church, and supernaturally preserved by God).

Psalm 12:6–7; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Peter 1:23–⁠25; 2 Peter 1:19⁠–⁠21.

There Is One God

We believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; 1 John 4:4.

Jesus Christ Is God’s Son

We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind, to be eternally God, and to possess all the attributes of Deity. And He never lost the attributes of His Deity when He came to earth; He merely veiled them.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom.

We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He offered himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for all mankind’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the Cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection.

We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection and sat at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the Rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years.

Psalm 2:7–9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26–35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19–25; Romans 5:6–15; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10–15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24–28; 1 Peter 1:19, 2:2; 1 John 1:3; Revelation 20:1–6.

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, we believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the Rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.

John 3:5–6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 Corinthians 12:13.

Everyone Is a Sinner in Need of Repentance

We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the Cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Genesis 5:1–5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10–23; Romans 5:6–12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9–10; Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5–6; Revelation 20:11–14.

The New Testament Church

We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God’s only institution to carry out His work today. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord’s Table. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the Rapture, just prior to the Tribulation.

Matthew 16:16–18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41–43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 15:51–58; Ephesians 1:12–14; Ephesians 5:25–30; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 1 Timothy 3:4–15.

Jesus Christ’s Return

We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulation Rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation.

We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth.

1 Corinthians 15:51–58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–9; Revelation 19–22.


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