What we believe

We believe that the content of the following ten statements accurately and faithfully reflect the teaching of the sacred Scripture, providing the foundation for Christian faith and practice.

 

The Bible is the Word of God, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.  Inerrant and infallible in its original form, the Scripture represents the verbal, plenary inspiration of God, serving as the only authority for faith and life (II Timothy 3:16 -17; II Peter 1:19-21; Isaiah 8:20; Psalm 19:7-10; II Peter 1:3).

 

There is only one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the same in substance and essence, equal in power and glory  (Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-19; Matthew 3:13-17; Colossians 1:15-19, 2:9; John 14:9-29).

 

Man was created in the image and after the likeness of God; he sinned in Adam and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death, which is separation from God. Since that time, all mankind has been conceived with a sin nature, a condition which presents him as morally culpable before God. This sin nature pervades all dimensions of his being, manifesting itself in thought, word, and deed (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-24; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-12, 5:12-21, 7:15-20; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 51:5).

 

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; He is truly God and truly man. As such, He lived a perfect and sinless life  (Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-19; I Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:4-9; I Peter 1:15-19; Isaiah 53:9).

 

As a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of those of every nation who are appointed to eternal life; furthermore, all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and righteousness  (I Corinthians 1:30, 15:45; Romans 3:24-26, 5:8-21; I Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 9:12, 22, 10:14; John 3:16; Acts 13:48).

 

Following His crucifixion, the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily; afterwards, He ascended into heaven, where He is present now, serving as our high priest, advocate, and only mediator between God and man (I Corinthians 15; Hebrews 9:11-15; I Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Hebrews 10:12-14).

 

Salvation is by grace through faith alone. Having been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith will become children of God; thereafter, the Holy Spirit forever indwells all believers, sanctifying and glorifying all those whom God the Father has justified in Christ (Ephesians 1: 3-14, 2:1-10; Philippians 1:6; 2:12,13; II Thessalonians 2:13; John 3:5-8, 18; Romans 3:21-30; 4:1-8; 5:6-11; 8:28-30).

 

There are two ordinances commanded of believers, though not essential to their salvation:  believer’s baptism (Exodus 12:1-28; Romans 6:1-14; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 8:26-40; Acts 16:25-34) and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 3:13-15; Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-32). These ordinances signify believers’ identification and fellowship with the divine Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who work in concert to procure the salvation of those who are truly redeemed. 

 

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person and in body to judge the living and the dead, to fully establish His kingdom upon the earth, and to reign completely and eternally in righteousness and justice (Revelation 5:9-13, 20:11-15; Matthew 7:21-23, 24:36-51, 25:31-46, 28:18-20; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:3; Joel 1:1-3:2).

 

Both the just and the unjust will be resurrected bodily: the saved to eternal fellowship with the Godhead; the unsaved to everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-6; II Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:21-24; II Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-22:5).