There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exod. 15:11; Isa. 45:11; Jer. 27:5). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Matt 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; I Jn 5:7).
A. God the Father is the only God and supreme ruler of the universe. (Gen 1; Matt 23:9; Ex 6:2-3; I Tim 1:17; Is 45:22; Is 46:9) He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace (Gen. 1; Ps. 104; Heb. 1:1-3; Is 46:9-11; II Timothy 1:9; Romans 16:25; Titus 1:2; Matthew 6:9-15; Rev 1:8,11,17-18).
B. God the Son is the Savior of the world. (Luke 2:11; Matt 20:28; Luke 19:10) Born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:26-35), He declared His deity among men (John 1:1-14, Matt. 9:6; John 14:9; John 10:30), died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin (Phil. 2:6-11; I Peter 3:18), arose bodily from the grave (Luke 24:6-7; 24-26; 1 Cor. 15:3-6), and ascended back to the Father (Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19). He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25) until He returns to rapture them from the world (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Rev 1:7).
C. God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. (Acts 5:3-4) He convicts of sin (John 16:8-11), teaches spiritual truths according to the written Word (John 16:12-15; John 14:26), permanently indwells believers (Acts 5:32; John 14:16-17, 20, 23), intercedes for the believer (Romans 8:26-27), and confers on every believer at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
II. THE SCRIPTURES
A. The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (Exodus 24:4; Deut 4:2; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Cor. 2:13).
B. God promised that His Word will never perish and will be for all generations. We believe that the KJV is God’s preserved Word for the English speaking people. (Matt 5:18; Ps 12:6-7; Ps 33:11; Ps 100:5; Matt 24:35; Luke 16:17; I Peter 1:23,25)
C. The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 5:39; John 7:16-17; John 8:31-32;Romans 15:4; Heb 4:12; Ps 119:9), reveal the principles by which God will judge all (Heb. 4:12; John 12:48), and express the true basis of Christian fellowship (Gal. 1:8-9; 2 John 9-11; II Tim 2:15-16; I Jn 1:3,7; II Cor 6:14; Eph 5:11; Ph 1:5).
A. The World—God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Gen. 1; Rev. 4:11; John 1:2-3; Col. 1:16).
B. The Angels—God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes (Col. 1:16; Luke 20:35-36; Matt. 22:29-30; Ps. 103:20; Jude 6).
C. Man—God created man in His own image. As the crowning work of creation, every person is of dignity and worth. (Ps. 8; Gen. 1:27; 2:7; Matt. 10:28-31).
Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44), and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (2 Cor. 4:3-4), tempting saints to do evil (Eph. 6:11; 1 Peter 5:8), and warring against the Son of God (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 20:1-10).
Although man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; James 3:9), he fell through sin and that image was marred (Rom. 5:12; Isaiah 64:6). In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil, and lacks any power to save himself (Eph. 2:1-3; John 1:12-13; Titus 3:5). The sin nature has been transmitted to every member of the human race, the man Jesus Christ alone being excepted (Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23; 1 Pet. 2:22). Because of the sin nature, man possesses no divine life and is essentially and unchangeably depraved apart from divine grace (Rom. 3:10-19; Jer. 17:9).
A. The Meaning of Salvation—Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matt. 1:21; Eph. 2:8-9). In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior (Rom. 3:20-25; Rom 5:1), giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification (Rom. 3:24-26; John 8:36; Rom 6:18; Gal 5:1).
B. The Way of Salvation—Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17).
C. The Provision of Salvation—Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29; 3:16; 1 John 2:1-2). Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (1 Tim. 2:4-6). All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Heb. 2:9; John 3:18).
D. Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom—God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience. The two Bible truths are in no way contradictory in the great salvation so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty purposed, planned, and executed salvation in eternity while man’s freedom enables him to make a personal choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved, or to reject it and be damned (Eph. 1:9-12; 1:13-14; John 1:12-13; Eph 2:4-6).
All believers are set apart unto God (Heb. 10:12-14) at the time of their regeneration (1 Cor. 6:11). They should grow in grace (2 Pet. 1:5-8) by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word to their lives (1 Pet. 2:2), conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:3-7) and making them partakers of the holiness of God (2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Pet. 1:15-16).
All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30; Rom. 8:35-39; I John 5:13). They are born again (John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:1; 1 Pet. 1:23), made new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Pet. 1:4), and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9; 1 John 4:4), enabling their perseverance in good works (Eph. 2:10). A special providence watches over them (Rom. 8:28; 1 Cor. 10:13), and they are kept by the power of God (Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Heb. 13:5).
A. The Nature of the Church—A New Testament Church is a local congregation of baptized believers in Jesus Christ who are united by Scripture in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 16:4-5; 1 Cor. 4:17; Acts 2:41-42).
B. The Autonomy of the Church—She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18) and the Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isa. 8:20; 2 Tim. 3:16-17), governing herself by democratic principles (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Cor. 5:1-5) under the oversight of her pastors (Acts 20:28-31; Heb. 13:7, 17, 24).
C. The Perpetuity of the Church—Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matt. 16:18; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51), the church has continued to the present and will continue until Jesus returns (Matt. 16:18; 28:19-20).
D. The Ordinances of the Church—Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:36-39; Mark 1:9-10) and is prerequisite to membership in the local body of believers (Acts 2:41-42). The Lord’s Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church (Acts 20:7; I Cor 10:16-17) as a memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26). Both ordinances were given to the church (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
E. The Officers of the Church—Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church (Phil. 1:1; Titus 1:1-5; Acts 6:1-6).
Elders (pastor, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:7, 17, 24; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). Each church is responsible to follow them as they follow Christ (1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Thess. 1:6; Heb. 13:17) and to provide a livelihood for them that they might fulfill their ministries (1 Tim. 5:17-18; Phil. 4:15-18). An Elder must meet the Biblical qualifications in the Bible (Titus 1:6-9; I Tim 3:1-7).
Deacons (ministers, servants) are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries. Each church may select her own deacons according to her needs, and no church is bound by the act of another church in that selection (Acts 6:1-6). Deacons must meet the Biblical qualifications in the Bible (I Tim 3:8-13)
F. The Ministry of the Church—Her mission is evangelizing sinners by preaching the gospel (Matt. 28:19; Luke 24:45-47), baptizing those who believe (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 35-38), and maturing them by instruction (Matt. 28:20; Acts 2:42) and discipline (Matt. 18:17-18; 1 Cor. 5:1-5).
G. The Fellowship of the Church—She is free to associate with other believers in furthering the faith (I Cor 6:14-16; Romans 8:9) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture (Gal. 1:8-9; 1 John 2:19).
X. CIVIL AUTHORITY
Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society. Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders. Civil authority is not to interfere in matters of conscience or disturb the body of Christ. As the body of Christ, we should vote, hold office, and exercise influence to direct the nation after the principles of Holy Scripture.
Churches should receive no subsidy from the government, but they should be exempt from taxation on property and money used for the common good through worship, education, or benevolence. (Rom. 13:1-7; Matt. 22:21; 1 Pet. 2:13, 17; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:29)
XI. LAST THINGS
A. Return—Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself. His return is imminent (1 Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 22:20).
B. Resurrections—After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the first of the righteous at Christ’s coming in “the resurrection of life” and the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-year reign in “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:24-29; 1 Cor. 15:20-28; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:6; 12-15).
C. Judgments—Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).
D. Eternal States—Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3), who, in their glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:51-58), will live in the presence of God forever (1 Thess. 4:17) in ultimate blessing (Rev. 21, 22). Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering (Luke 16:19-31) for the devil, his angels (Matt. 25:41), and the unredeemed (Rev. 20:10-15).
X. Marriage and Sexuality
Marriage - Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, essentially ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33)
Sexual Immorality — Sexual acts outside marriage are prohibited as sinful. Consequently, We must resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside marriage (Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:7-23, Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5)
Sexual Identity — God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, we must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Sexual Orientation — God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman, to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. Consequently, We must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, II Cor 14:33, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2)