Doctrinal Statement

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling of our movement, we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us.

  1. There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
  2. Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:1-4, 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 13:55; Hebrews 1:3)
  3. He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. (Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19)
  4. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. (Matthew 20:19; Luke 18:33; Acts 2:24)
  5. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50, 51; Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24; 1 Timothy 2:5)
  6. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation. Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 3:6-23; Romans 3:23, 5:12-14; Psalms 51:5; Isaiah 59:1-3).
  7. The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight. (Romans 3:23; John 1:12, 16, 18, 36, 12:44; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  8. It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written word. (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
  9. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer's life by faith. (Genesis 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:10; John 14:16, 16:18; Acts 13:2; Matthew 7:7-11; Mark 16:15-20; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 2:7; Acts 2:38)
  10. Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
  11. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. (Acts 8:1, 11:22, 16:5; 1 Corinthians.11:18; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:28; Acts 1:5).
  12. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement. (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:25).
  13. At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; John 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57)
  14. At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation. (Romans 14:10)
  15. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly and bodily - to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; John 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 3:9-15; Revelation 19:7; Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:32-33; Genesis 12:1-3)

The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20).

Scripture References

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. 17 It is God?s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. (Back to top)

1 Corinthians 2:13

13 When we tell you this, we do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit?s words to explain spiritual truths. (Back to top)

2 Peter 1:20-21

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves 21or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God. (Back to top)

Deuteronomy 6:4

4 ?Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. (Back to top)

Matthew 28:19

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, ?I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth.?(Back to top)

Genesis 3:15

15 From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.? (Back to top)

Isaiah 53:1-4, 7:14

53: 1 Who has believed our message? To whom will the Lord reveal his saving power? 2 My servant grew up in the Lord?s presence like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. 3 He was despised and rejected?a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins!

7: 14 All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel??God is with us.? (Back to top)

Matthew 1:23

23 ?Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).? (Back to top)

Hebrews 1:3

3 The Son reflects God?s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven. (Back to top)

Hebrews 9:14

14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our hearts from deeds that lead to death so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.(Back to top)

1 Peter 1:19

19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. (Back to top)

Matthew 20:19

19 Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, whipped, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.? (Back to top)

Luke 18:33

33 They will whip him and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.? (Back to top)

Acts 2:24

24 However, God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life again, for death could not keep him in its grip. (Back to top)

Mark 16:19

19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God?s right hand. (Back to top)

Luke 24:50, 51

50 Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. (Back to top)

Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24

8: 6 But our High Priest has been given a ministry that is far superior to the ministry of those who serve under the old laws, for he is the one who guarantees for us a better covenant with God, based on better promises.

9: 15 That is why he is the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

12: 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which graciously forgives instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of Abel did. (Back to top)

1 Timothy 2:5

5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus. (Back to top)

Genesis 3:6-23

6 The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.

7 At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.

8 Toward evening they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees.

9 The Lord God called to Adam, ?Where are you??

10 He replied, ?I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.?

11 ?Who told you that you were naked?? the Lord God asked. ?Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat??

12 ?Yes,? Adam admitted, ?but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.?

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, ?How could you do such a thing?? ?The serpent tricked me,? she replied. ?That?s why I ate it.?

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, ?Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly.

15 From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.?

16 Then he said to the woman, ?You will bear children with intense pain and suffering. And though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master.?

17 And to Adam he said, ?Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.

18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.

19 All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return.?

20 Then Adam named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all people everywhere.

21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.

22 Then the Lord God said, ?The people have become as we are, knowing everything, both good and evil. What if they eat the fruit of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!?

23 So the Lord God banished Adam and his wife from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. (Back to top)

Romans 3:23, 5:12-14

3: 23 For all have sinned; all fall short of God?s glorious standard.

5: 12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam?s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. And though there was no law to break, since it had not yet been given, 14 they all died anyway?even though they did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. What a contrast between Adam and Christ, who was yet to come! (Back to top)

Psalms 51:5

5 For I was born a sinner ? yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. (Back to top)

Isaiah 59:1-3

1 Listen! The Lord is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. 2 But there is a problem?your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. 3 Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin. Your mouth is full of lies, and your lips are tainted with corruption. (Back to top)

Romans 3:23

23 For all have sinned; all fall short of God?s glorious standard. (Back to top)

John 1:12, 16, 18, 36, 12:44

1: 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

16 We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us?one gracious blessing after another.

18 No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father?s heart; he has told us about him.

36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and then declared, ?Look! There is the Lamb of God!?

12: 44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, ?If you trust me, you are really trusting God who sent me. (Back to top)

Acts 16:31

31 They replied, ?Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household.? (Back to top)

Romans 10:9-13

9 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, ?Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.? 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. 13 For ?Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.? (Back to top)

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! (Back to top)

Ephesians 2:8, 9

8 God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can?t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Back to top)

Genesis 1:2

2 The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface. (Back to top)

1 Corinthians 2:10

10 But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God?s deep secrets. (Back to top)

John 14:16, 16:18

14: 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you.

16: 18And what does he mean by ?a little while?? We don?t understand.? (Back to top)

Acts 13:2

2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ?Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work I have for them.? (Back to top)

Matthew 7:7-11

7 ?Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. 9 You parents?if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Back to top)

Mark 16:15-20

15 And then he told them, ?Go into the entire world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won?t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.? 19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God?s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. (Back to top)

Hebrews 13:8

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Back to top)

1 John 2:7

7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment, for it is an old one you have always had, right from the beginning. This commandment?to love one another?is the same message you heard before. (Back to top)

Acts 2:38

38 Peter replied, ?Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Back to top)

Acts 8:1, 11:22, 16:5

8: 1 Saul was one of the official witnesses at the killing of Stephen.

11: 22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch.

16: 5 So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew daily in numbers. (Back to top)

1 Corinthians.11:18

18 I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. (Back to top)

Ephesians 5:25

25 And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her. (Back to top)

1 Corinthians 12:13

13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ?s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit. (Back to top)

Galatians 3:28

28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians - you are one in Christ Jesus. (Back to top)

Acts 1:5

5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.? (Back to top)

Acts 2:42

42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles? teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord?s Supper and in prayer. (Back to top)

Hebrews 3:13

13 You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called ?today,? so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. (Back to top)

Hebrews 10:25

25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. (Back to top)

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18

17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. 18 So comfort and encourage each other with these words. (Back to top)

John 14:1-4

1 ?Don?t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. 2 There are many rooms in my Father?s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. 3When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4And you know where I am going and how to get there.? (Back to top)

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

51 But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. 52It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. 53For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die.

54 When this happens?when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die?then at last the Scriptures will come true: ?Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting??

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!

42 They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles? teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord?s Supper and in prayer. (Back to top)

Romans 14:10

10 So why do you condemn another Christian? Why do you look down on another Christian? Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God. (Back to top)

1 Corinthians 3:9-15

9 We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God?s field, God?s building - not ours. 10 Because of God?s special favor to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have - Jesus Christ. 12 Now anyone who builds on that foundation may use gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But there is going to come a time of testing at the judgment day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone?s work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value. 14 If the work survives the fire, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builders themselves will be saved, but like someone escaping through a wall of flames. (Back to top)

Revelation 19:7

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. (Back to top)

Zechariah 14:4

4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west, for half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south. (Back to top)

Matthew 25:31

31 ?But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. (Back to top)

Luke 1:32-33

32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!? (Back to top)

Genesis 12:1-3

1 Then the Lord told Abram, ?Leave your country, your relatives, and your father?s house, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.? (Back to top)

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, ?I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.? (Back to top)