Doctrinal Stand

Our Doctrinal Stand:

Concerning the Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part. We believe God, who is Truth, communicated through Spirit-controlled men so that the Scriptures are without error and therefore authoritative in all they teach and in all matters they touch. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man and constitutes the only infallible guide for faith and life.

Matthew 5:18; 15:4-6                                                     Galatians 3:16

Mark 12:36                                                                          2 Timothy 3:16

John 10:34, 35                                                                    Hebrews 4:12

Acts 1:16                                                                              2 Peter 1:19-21

Romans 3:1-4                                                                     Revelation 22:18, 19

Concerning Salvation

We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God; that it is wholly apart from works and is upon the sole condition of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and never without genuine repentance; that in order to be saved the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word and becoming the recipient of the new nature; that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification that judicial act of God accompanied by the pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness, not because of any works of righteousness on our part, but solely through faith in the redeemer’s blood; that the believer who has exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and in possession of a salvation which is eternally secure.

John 3:3-6, 16; 10:28,29                                                 1 Timothy 2:5,6

Acts 13:39                                                                            Hebrews 4:2

Romans 2:4                                                                         1 Peter 1:8-23

2 Corinthians 7:9,10                                                         2 Peter 1:4

Ephesians 2:8-10

Concerning the True God

We believe in one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth, manifesting Himself in three persons, the Father, The Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption

Exodus 20:2,3                                                                  I Corinthians 8:6

Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is very God of very God, being “God manifested in the flesh”. He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven. He is coming again to rapture His saints, and to set up the throne of David and established His kingdom. The rapture is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial.

Isaiah 7:14                                                                           1 Thessalonians 4:16

Matthew 1:18-25; 28:6                                                   2 Thessalonians 2:6-8

John 1:1; 14:3                                                                     1 Peter 2:22; 3:18

Acts 15:16

Concerning the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person possessing all the attributes of personality and of deity. He is equal with the Father and with the Son and is of the same nature. His relation to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment.  His work among believers is that He baptizes into Christ, seals, indwells, infills, guides, and teaches them the ways of righteousness. We believe that there is a distinction between the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. There is, therefore, a new and unique work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the Body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit endures men with gifts upon conversion; however, this school stands strongly opposed to the “send work of grace” and the charismatic emphasis upon healing and speaking in tongues

John 14:16,17,26                                                    Hebrews 9:14                              I Corinthians 12:13

Acts 1:5; John 7:39                                                 Ephesians 1:13-14

Concerning the Church

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is his body. “The local is the congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that it scriptural officers are pastors, sometimes called bishops or elders, and deacons; whose qualifications, claim, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. The “church which is His body” is the entire company of believers in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, regardless of denominational affiliation and present position in heaven or on earth.

Matthew 28:19-20                                                    Acts 2:41,42                                        Hebrews 12:23

Ephesians 1:22-23                                                      Titus 1

Concerning Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his identification with the crucified, buried, risen Saviour; thus illustrating the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection a new life; that it is pre-requisite to membership and privileges in a local church. We believe that the Lord’s supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-examination

Acts 8:36-39                                                              I Corinthians 11:23-28

Romans 6:3-5

Concerning the Eternal State

We believe the Scriptures teach that the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. All those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God’s presence and those who through impenitence and unbelief refuse to accept God’s offer of mercy will spend eternity in everlasting punishment

Psalm 16:11                                                                 John 14:2

Matthew 25:46                                                           John 5:28-29

Concerning Satan

We believe that the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil who is “the god of this age”, “the prince of the power of the air,” who is full of all subtlety, who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensure the sons of men, and who was conquered by Christ on the cross and is condemned to everlasting punishment

Ephesians 2:2                                                          II Corinthians 4:4                                  Hebrews 2:14

II Corinthians 11:13-15                                           Revelation 12:9

 Concerning Christian Life

We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, should walk in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness, loving-kindness, and spirituality. We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ

II Corinthians 7:1                                               Ephesians 5:1,2                                              I Peter 5:5,6

I Thessalonians 4:7                                             Ephesians 5:7-10                                            Proverbs 15:33

Philippians 4:8                                                     Ephesians 5:15-20                                         Galatians 5:22-25

 

 

 


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