Statement of Faith
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written
Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it
was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that
it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It
is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically,
there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of
the specialized calling of our movement, we desire to allow for freedom
of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any
interpretation is based upon the Bible alone, and that no such
interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to
which God has called us.
- There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons --
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- each of whom possesses equally all the
attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. Jesus
Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous
conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is
perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
- He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men
by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine
justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
- He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which
He lived and died. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the
right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God
and man, continually makes intercession for His own.
- Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by
disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic
fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
- Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please
God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy
- The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is
not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or
religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put
their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified
them in His sight.
- It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be
assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust
Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of
human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who
confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word.
- The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify
Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and
draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells
them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of
redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the
believer's life by faith.
- Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling
Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear
fruit to the glory of God.
- Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed
of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving
faith. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for
worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the
Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.
- At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal,
conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his
body to everlasting glory and blessing.
- At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal,
conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his
body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth -- personally, visibly
and bodily -- to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the
Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The
fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and
personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who
loved us and gave Himself for us."