Beliefs and Purpose
I believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. I believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. I believe that the King James Version is only authorized translation of the Bible for English speaking people, and is the only version of the Bible I use. I believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
I believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. I believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).
I believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Savior of mankind. I believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. I believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, and that He died for my sins on the cross, shedding His blood to take away my sins. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the Cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. I believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the Rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).
The Holy Spirit
I believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. I believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind.However, I believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the Rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).
Sin and Salvation
I believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. I believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Savior. I believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the Cross can a man be delivered from his sin. I believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior are condemned to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23;
Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
The New Testament Church
I believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. I believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord’s Table. I believe all true believers will be taken up at the Rapture, just prior to the Tribulation. (Matthew 16:16-18;
Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians
1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).
The Last Days
I believe in the pre-tribulational Rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven- year Tribulation. I believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and Hisliteral rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I
Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).