Articles of Faith

Article I. THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible, composed of the Old and the New Testaments, is the Word of God, a divine, supernatural revelation. We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the original writings of the Scriptures, and that as thus given they were wholly without error of any kind.


Article II. THE GODHEAD

We believe in one Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (I Pet. 1:2, Matt. 28:19). We believe that they are co-equal in power and glory, identical in their essential nature, attributes, and perfections, and that they are co-eternal (Gen. 1:2, John 17:5). In His essential nature, God is spirit as opposed to material (John 4:24); as to His essential attribute, God is absolutely holy, embracing the sum of all moral perfections (I Pet. 1:16); as to His essential character, God is love (I John 4:16, John 3:16.)


Article III. THE NATURE, PERSON, AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ, “being the eternal Son of God, became man,” (Heb. 2:16, John 1:14, Luke 1:35), and that he “continueth to be the God-Man, in two distinct natures, and one person, FOREVER” (John 1:14, Rom. 9:5, Col. 2:9, Heb. 13:8).

We believe that He died upon the cross a vicarious, substitutionary death, thereby making atonement for the sin of the world (John 1:29). We believe that He is the ONLY REDEEMER (Acts 4:12), and that His atonement is SUFFICIENT for the sins of all the world (Heb. 7:25, I John 2:2), and EFFICIENT for all who believe (John 3:16, John 3:36, Isa. 45:22).

We believe that He bodily arose from the dead, that He ascended into heaven; that there in His state of glorification He is now the interceding High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate for all believers (I Cor. 15:20, Luke 24, Acts 1:3, Heb. 7:25, 4:15, 2:17; I John 2:1).

We believe that as in His first advent He became incarnate and dwelt on earth personally, bodily, visibly, in an earthly tabernacle of flesh, the body of His humiliation; even so in His second advent He will return personally, bodily, visibly, but in the body of His glorification to set up His kingdom and to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 1:9, 11, I Thess. 4:13-18, Matt. 25:31-46, Rev. 20:4-6, 11-15).


Article IV. MAN, THE FALL, AND SALVATION

We believe that man, created in the image of God, fell into sin through the sin of the first Adam and in that sense is lost and separated from God. In order to secure salvation and restoration, man must be born again. Salvation is by grace through Christ “who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree,” (I Pet. 2:24). We believe that Heaven is a place of eternal blessedness, and that Hell is a place of eternal suffering (II Cor. 5:1-10; Rev. 20:1-15, Rev. 21:22). The punishment of the wicked, and unbelieving, and the reward of the righteous are everlasting, and as the reward is conscious, so is the punishment (Gen. 1:26-28, Rom, 3:10-23, John 3:16, Acts 13:38-39, Acts 4:12, Matt. 25:46, II Cor. 5:1-10, II Thess 1:7-10).


Article V. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, and unites all believers to Christ, indwells, seals, infills, guides, and teaches them. The Holy Spirit convinces and “reproves the world of sin and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8, Rom 8:9, I Cor. 12:12-14, Eph. 1:13-14, 5:18-20, John 16:8-11, 14:26).


Article VI. THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, a spiritual organism composed of all born-again persons in this present age. The mission of the church is to witness concerning the Head, Jesus Christ, and to preach the gospel among all nations. The church will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air prior to His appearing to set up His kingdom (Eph. 1:3-6, 22-23, I Cor. 12:12-14, Matt. 28:19-20, I Thess. 4:16-18).