We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s inspired Word.
God, The Father
The supreme deity of the universe is God Almighty. It is He who created all things by His Word and sustains them by His power.
He made the covenant with Abraham, gave the Law at Sinai, and spoke through the prophets. God is most perfectly revealed as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the heavenly Father of all who believe in Jesus. At the end of this age, God will judge the world through Christ and will reign eternally over the redeemed.
Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24, 25, 30, 31; Genesis 17:1, 2; Exodus 20:1-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 19:6.
Jesus, The Son
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is of the same substance as the Father. Before time began, He existed with the Father, share the Father’s glory, and participated in creation.
Voluntarily relinquishing the rights of His deity, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary and was born in Bethlehem. In full humanity, Jesus perfectly obeyed the Father's will, died by crucifixion, was buried, and rose again after three days and three nights in the tomb. He then ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God as Savior and Redeemer of all who trust in Him. Jesus is Lord!
John 1:18; 1:1-3; 3:16; 17:5; Matthew 1:21; 12:40; Luke 1:26-35; 24:51; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 2:36.
The 10 Commandments are a summary of the basic law of God for His people. The concepts of the Decalogue were understood and obeyed by godly people before Mt. Sinai.
This law of God was perfectly fulfilled in the life and teachings of Jesus, was obeyed by the apostles of the Lord, and is written in the hearts of believers under the new covenant. No part of it has been revoked or changed; to transgress any of it is to commit sin. Observing the Ten Commandments expresses our love to God and mankind.
Exodus 20:1-17; 31:18; Genesis 26:5; John 15:10; Matthew 19:16-19; Hebrews 8:10; 1 John 3:4; 5:2, 3; James 2:10-12.
God’s people are called out of sin and corruption into a sanctified position— “us in Christ” — and a sanctified practice— “Christ is us.”
Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, Christians are to be an example of the believers and a corrective to an evil and unbelieving generation. Pride, greed, sloth, lust, and covetousness must be opposed in the Spirit; all harmful and immoral practices, including homosexuality, must be refused in the body.
Romans 12:1, 2; Titus 2:11-13; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20; Colossians 3:1-14; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 1:13-16.
The Kingdom of God
We believe that the kingdom of God (kingdom of heaven) is realized in three phases: The spiritual kingdom of grace, the millennial kingdom of Christ and the eternal kingdom of God following the 1000 year reign of Christ.
The kingdom of God (kingdom of heaven) is realized in three phases:
1. The spiritual kingdom of grace exists now as God rules in the lives of obedient believers. Although God's kingdom has always been, it was publicly announced and most clearly revealed in the ministry of Jesus Christ. We become its citizens when we turn from our sins to faith in Jesus Christ.
2. The millennial kingdom begins with the Second Coming. Jesus Christ our Lord will reign on the throne of His glory and put all enemies under His feet. This is the time of restoration of the earth, when the redeemed shall rule with Jesus Christ on earth for one thousand years. At the close of the millennium, the New Jerusalem will come from heaven.
3. The eternal kingdom of God will come to pass when Jesus Christ turns the kingdom to the Father. God will dwell with His people in the new heavens and earth, where there will be righteousness and peace forever with no disappointment, defilement, or death.
Psalm 145:13; Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 12:28; Luke 17:20, 21; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 20:4-6; Psalm 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:21-28; Revelation 11:15; 21:1-27.