But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. ~ Titus 2:1
We believe that the Canon of Scriptures regarding the Old and New Testaments are the inspired words of God, inerrant in the original writings, and of supreme and final authority for our faith and conduct. It started with God Himself as He wrote on the tablets of stone. Then Moses, Joshua, and others who filled the office of prophet closed out the Old Testament. The New Testament writers consist of the apostles or those who walked closely with them such as Mark, Luke, and Jude. The collection of absolute authoritative words grew in size through the time of Israel’s history. We can rest in knowing that God has faithfully given us 66 books penned by 40 authors. There are no missing books that should be included or worthy considerations to add.
In accordance with these Scriptures, we believe that:
1. The Triune God is the only God that exists. He is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is deserving of honor, praise, and worship. The three Persons of the Trinity have distinct, but complimentary, roles in the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan. (Isaiah 44:6, Colossians 1:15-17, Luke 3:22):
God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is infinite (having no beginning or end) and knows all things (past, present, and future). God is holy, righteous, immutable, patient, loving and forgiving. (Psalm 90:2; Daniel 9:14; Psalm 103:8).
Jesus Christ – the Son of God who always existed with the Father and Holy Spirit. He stepped into human history. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life that we could not live, and paid sacrificial atonement for those who put their trust in Him. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, and to those who receive him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:1,2; 1:12-14; Matthew 1:18).
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity - one with the Father and the Son. He indwells every believer whereby each one is sealed until the day of redemption. He is the one that reveals the wisdom of the Scriptures, the one that convicts our hearts of indwelling sin, gives strength and abilities for service to the kingdom. (John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19).
2. From the spiritual world, God created this material world in which we exist by the power of His Word. There is one spiritual being who opposed and exalted himself against God. He is a created being who led a rebellion of fallen angels and tempted the first man and woman – the evil one called Satan or the Devil. He was a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies. (Genesis 1-2; John 8:44; John 10:10; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:7-9).
3. Influenced by Satan, we have been in rebellion against God since our forefather Adam, whereby we, his posterity, inherited a corrupt nature being born in sin and under condemnation. Every person that lived has broken God’s standard of perfection. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The consequence of sin is physical and spiritual death; therefore, in His infinite wisdom, God prepared a way to restore our relationship with Him and to give us life through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:15; Romans 1:18-22).
4. We believe that salvation is the free gift of God (neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man) to be received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him, all true believers have the gift of eternal life, are clothed in perfect righteousness, and have been adopted into the family of God. As such, God’s children have been delivered from all condemnation, have received every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness and can rest in the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. (Isaiah 42:1; John 1:12; Romans 3:22-26; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
5. These believers are the Church. We come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and languages. The true Church is comprised of all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and, thereby, constitutes a spiritual unity of believers. As the Body of Christ, we are called to fellowship with one another and to walk in love with one another. (Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Colossians 3:12-14).
6. We believe there will be a second coming of Jesus Christ. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: those who are saved unto eternal life and those who are lost unto eternal damnation. (John 6:39; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11).
7. There will be a new heaven and a new earth where God will dwell with man forever. (Revelation 21: 1-3).