We believe that the goal of the Biblical interpreter is to discover what the text of Scripture meant in the mind of its original author for his intended audience by applying a grammatical-historical approach to interpretation. The Bible uses figurative and poetic language, and these portions should be interpreted accordingly.
The Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe that God has provided us, in the Scripture, everything necessary to nurture and sustain spiritual life. That means we are committed to teaching and to counseling directly and exclusively from the Word of God.
Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3
Ps. 19:7; 119:9,11; John 15:3; 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 5:14; 2 Tim. 4:2; James 1:21
A Changed Life
We believe that all those whom God has genuinely saved by grace through faith alone are new creatures in Christ, and will demonstrate that new life by submission to Christ and obedience to God's Word; All Christians still sin and sometimes horribly, but a decreasing pattern of sin and an increasing pattern of holiness will characterize every Christian's life.
John 3:3; Rom. 6:4; 2 Cor. 5:17
Matt. 7:21; Luke 6:46-49; Rom. 10:9-10
James 3:2; 1 John 1:8-10
2 Sam. 11:26-12:15
John 15:1-11; Gal. 5:19-25; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:4-10
Miraculous Spiritual Gifts
We believe that the miraculous sign gifts, including the gift of tongues (always the ability to speak in a previously unlearned, known language), along with the gift of healings, were temporary gifts, given by the Holy Spirit to validate both the apostles and their message before the close of the canon of Scripture and to establish the early church. We do not believe that these are active gifts today.
Acts 2:4-12; 8:15-17; 10:44-46; 19:1-7; 1 Cor. 13:8-10.
Acts 14:3; 1 Cor. 14:22; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3-4
Acts 2:4-12; 1 Cor. 14:5, 13, 27
The Role of Men and Women
We believe that both men and women bear the image of God and that those in Christ enjoy equal spiritual standing before God. Scripture also teaches that God has assigned different roles and responsibilities to men and women. In the home, the husband is to be the gracious, loving head, and the wife is to submit to her husband's leadership. The relationship between God and man sets the tone for the relationship between spouses. A husband is to lovingly lead his family as Christ leads believers through life. A husband is to be gentle in his leadership and an example of Christ in the home. He is to serve and be supportive of his family. As the husband is to submit to a loving Christ, so then should a wife submit to her loving husband (the model of Christ in the home), out of love for Christ. This is the dynamic which Christ has designed for His bride (all believers in Christ both male and female) and for the family. This design for the family when lived out accordingly provides harmony and joy in the family, support for the wife, love for the children, a stable environment for the whole household and a model for society.
Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Cor. 14:34-35; 1 Tim. 2:9-12; 3:1-2, 5
We believe Genesis is a straightforward, literal presentation of the historical events it describes. We teach, therefore, that God created everything in six literal twenty-four hour days.
Gen. 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; Ex. 31:17
Isaiah 44:24; 45:18; John 1:3; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16
We believe that God created mankind in His own image. In two separate acts, He created only two distinct genders: male and female. The genders of Adam and Eve were established by God and defined by their physiological sex at creation. All attempts to redefine human sexuality beyond the physiological male-female distinction (whether framed biologically or culturally) and all attempts to change one’s birth gender are sinful rebellion against our Creator. As our Creator, God stipulates in His Word that the only legitimate and acceptable sexual desires and sexual acts are those between a man and a woman within the context of marriage. We also believe that every person should be treated with love, compassion, kindness and dignity. We embrace God's design for man, woman and sexuality, and lovingly share this with those who may disagree with us, as Jesus commands us.
Gen. 1:27; 5:1; 9:6; James 3:9
Gen. 1:27; 5.1-2; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6
Gen. 1:27; 2:7, 22
Gen. 18:10; Lev. 12:2, 5, 7
Gen. 2:24; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Matt. 5:28; 19:4-6; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 7:1-5; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; 1 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 13:4
We believe marriage is a gift of God’s common grace to all mankind as a fundamental building block of society. In accordance with Scripture, we teach that God’s design for marriage is a public, formal, and official life-long covenant between one male and one female. God intends that the union between two believers be a loving illustration of the relationship between Christ and His church, when carried out in obedience to the Bible and through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. Marriage is the remarkable outward display between two people of the love that God has for Christ, and that Christ has for His bride. This can only be displayed by the marital relationship of a man and a woman.
Gen. 1:28; 2:18, 24; Ps. 127:3; Prov. 18:22; 31:10-11; Heb. 13:4