The Holy Scriptures
We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God.1

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation,2 verbally inspired in every word,3 absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days.4 We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice without error in whole or in part.5

  1. 1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13
  3. 2 Timothy 3:16
  4. Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17
  5. Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Peter 1:20-21;2 Timothy 3:16

 

God
We teach that there is but one living and true God,1 an infinite, all-knowing Spirit,2 perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit3—each equally deserving worship and obedience.

  1. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4
  2. John 4:24
  3. Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

God the Father. We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace.1 He is the Creator of all things.2 As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption.3

  1. Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6
  2. Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9
  3. Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 4:6; Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47; 1 Peter 1:17; Ephesians 1:4-6; John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9

God the Son. We teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father.1

We teach that God the Father created according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation.2

We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind.3

We teach that Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in indivisible oneness.4

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born;5 that He was God incarnate;6 and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom.7

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive,8 and through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the sinner is freed from the penalty of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God.9

We teach that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures10 validating God’s acceptance of His sacrifice for sin and justification for the believer.11 In His resurrection, Jesus also proved His power over sin and death12 and His deity as the second Person of the Trinity.13 The believer is united with Christ in His resurrection so that he might walk in newness of life.14 Because of Christ’s resurrection, there is a guarantee of the believer’s future resurrection when He returns.15

We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the rapture, and returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth.16

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One through whom God will judge all mankind.17 

  1. John 10:30; 14:9
  2. John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2
  3. Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9
  4. Micah 5:2; John 5:23; 14:9-10; Colossians 2:9
  5. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26-35
  6. John 1:1, 14
  7. Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:29; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:18 19; Philippians 2:5-8
  8. John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24
  9. Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31; Romans 4:25; 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1; John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23
  10. 1 Corinthians 15:4
  11. Romans 4:25
  12. Acts 2:24, 31-32; Romans 6:5-10
  13. Romans 1:4
  14. 6:3-6; 2 Cor. 5:15
  15. 1 Corinthians 15:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
  16. Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20
  17. John 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15;1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:31-33; Matthew 25:14-46; Acts 17:30-31

God the Holy Spirit. We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect,1 emotions,2 will,3 eternality,4 omnipresence,5 omniscience,6 omnipotence,7 and truthfulness.8 In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son.9

We teach that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost, when He came from the Father as promised by Christ10 to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church.11 The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ.12

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible.13

  1. 1 Corinthians 2:10-13
  2. Ephesians 4:30
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:11
  4. Hebrews 9:14
  5. Psalm 139:7-10
  6. Isaiah 40:13-14
  7. Romans 15:13
  8. John 16:13
  9. Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 10:15-17; Genesis 1:2; Matthew 1:18; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 3:5-7
  10. John 14:16-17; 15:26
  11. 1 Corinthians 12:13
  12. John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22;1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13
  13. 2 Peter 1:19-2; John 16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 2; John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:1; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4

 

Man
We teach that man was created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God.1

We teach that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God.  Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ.2

We teach that, because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration.3

  1. Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9; Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11
  2. Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8
  3. Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12

 

Salvation
We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.1

  1. John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Regeneration. We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which a renewed nature and spiritual life are given. This act of regeneration is a work of God alone by which the sinner plays no active role.1 This is an instantaneous act solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God.2

  1. John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5
  2. John 5:24; Jas 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23

Election. We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies.1

We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord.2 All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive.3 God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love.4

  1. Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1-2
  2. Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17
  3. John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8; Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2
  4. Romans 9:11-16; Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy 1:9

Justification. We teach that justification before God is an act of God1 by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins2 and confess Him as sovereign Lord,3 thus receiving the imputation of our sins to Christ4 and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us.5

  1. Romans 8:33
  2. Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7
  3. Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:1; Romans 3:20; 4:6
  4. Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24
  5. 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:26

Sanctification. We teach that every believer is sanctified unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification.1

We teach that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin.3

  1. Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2
  2. John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23
  3. Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9

Security. We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.1

We teach that God’s Word clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality.2

  1. John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24
  2. Romans 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14

 Separation. We teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ1 and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes2 and a continual pursuit of holiness.3

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Hebrews 12:1-2
  2. Matthew 5:2-12
  3. Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10;2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11

 

The Church
We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church,1 the bride of Christ,2 of which Christ is the Head3 and which began on the Day of Pentecost4 and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.5

We teach that the church is distinct from Israel,6 a mystery not revealed until this age.7
We teach that the members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies.8

We teach that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ9 and that church leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and worship are all appointed through His sovereignty as found in the Scriptures.10  

We teach that these leaders lead or rule as servants of Christ11 and have His authority in directing the church. The congregation is to submit to their leadership.12

We teach the importance of discipleship,13 mutual accountability of all believers to each other,14 as well as the need for discipline of sinning members of the congregation in accord with the standards of Scripture.15

We teach that the purpose of the church is to glorify God16 by building itself up in the faith,17 by instruction of the Word,18 by fellowship,19 by keeping the ordinances20 and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world.21

We teach the calling of all saints to the work of service.22

We teach that there were two kinds of gifts given the early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the apostles’ message;23 and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another.24

We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing today, but that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering, and afflicted.25

We teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: Christian baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.26

We teach that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination.27 We also teach that, whereas the elements of Communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, participation in the Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ, who indwells every believer, and so is present, fellowshipping with His people.28

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  2. 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8
  3. Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18
  4. Acts 2:1-21, 38-47
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  6. 1 Corinthians 10:32
  7. Ephesians 3:1-6; 5:32; Ephesians 2:11-3:6
  8. 1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1
  9. 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18
  10. Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11;1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5
  11. 1 Timothy 5:17-22
  12. Hebrews 13:7, 17
  13. Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2
  14. Matthew 18:5-14
  15. Matthew 18:15-22; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; Titus 1:10-16; Titus 1:5; Acts 15:19-31; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4
  16. Ephesians 3:21
  17. Ephesians 4:13-16
  18. 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17
  19. Acts 2:47; 1 John 1:3
  20. Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42
  21. Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:42
  22. 1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:12; Revelation 22:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11
  23. Hebrews 2:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12
  24. 1 Corinthians 13:13-14:12; Revelation 13:13-14; Romans 12:6-8
  25. Luke 18:1-6; John 5:7-9; 2 Corinthians 12:6-10; James 5:13-16; 1 John 5:14-15
  26. Acts 2:38-42; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-11; Acts 2:41-42
  27. 1 Corinthians 11:28-32
  28. 1 Corinthians 10:16

 

Angels
We teach that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him.1

  1. Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11-14; 19:10; 22:9; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19;Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14; Genesis 3:1-15; Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:9-10; Romans 16:20; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10

 

Last Things
Death. We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life,1 and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.2

  1. John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14
  2. Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15; Revelation 6:9-11;Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 20:4-6; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 50-54;2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:13-15; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:41-46; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

The Rapture of the Church. We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation1 to translate His church from this earth.2

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:13
  2. John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11;1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10

The Tribulation Period. We teach that immediately following the removal of the church from the earth1 the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world.2

  1. John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  2. Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; 12:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16; Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation 20:4-6; Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-31; 25:31-46

The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign. We teach that, after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David1 and establish His messianic kingdom for 1,000 years on the earth.2 During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth.3 This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world.4

  1. Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-11; 2:29-30
  2. Revelation 20:1-7
  3. Ezekiel 37:21-28; Daniel 7:17-22; Revelation 19:11-16
  4. Daniel 7:17-27; Revelation 20:1-7; Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 8:1-17; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Matthew 21:43; Romans 11:1-26; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:22-32; Romans 11:25-29; Isaiah 11; Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezekiel 36:33-38; Revelation 20:7

The Judgment of the Lost. We teach that following the release of Satan after the 1,000-year reign of Christ,1 Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city, at which time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven.2

  1. Revelation 20:7
  2. Revelation 20:9; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10; John 5:22; John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15

Eternity. We teach that after the closing of the millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers,1 the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved2 and replaced with a new earth, wherein only righteousness dwells.3 Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven4 and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another.5 Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father,6 that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever.7

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:7-15
  2. 2 Peter 3:10
  3. Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 20:15; 21:1-27; 22:1-21
  4. Revelation 21:2
  5. John 17:3; Revelation 21-22
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:28