We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. The Holy Scriptures, written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit, are inerrant and are preserved by God for English speaking people in the Authorized Version of the Bible. The Bible is the divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life.
We believe that there is only one living and true God existing eternally in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit—equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct, but harmonious, functions in the great work of redemption. God is the absolute and sole creator of the universe, is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and is worthy of all possible honor, praise, confidence, and love.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person and that He is equal to and is of the same nature as God the Father and God the Son. To the unbelieving world, the Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth of the Gospel, and convicts of sin, of righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit indwells, baptizes, seals, and sanctifies all believers at the moment of their salvation. He also endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, and fills all believers in response to confession of sin and yieldedness.
We further believe that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance) and permanent spiritual gifts are evidences of His indwelling rather than speaking in tongues or other ecstatic and spectacular demonstrations.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born in Mary, a virgin, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son. As both God and man, He lived a sinless life, taught with authority, wrought mighty works, wonders and signs, was crucified and died as a penalty for our sins, and was raised from the dead bodily on the third day. He later ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is the Head of the Church, is interceding for the believers, is preparing an abode for His children, and from whence He is coming in the clouds to rapture His church immediately prior to the Tribulation and from whence He is coming again personally, bodily, and visibly to this earth at the conclusion of the Tribulation to set up His Millennial Kingdom.
The Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in complete innocence in a perfect environment, but of his own volition, transgressed God. The result of Adam’s sin is not only physical death and spiritual death (separation from God for eternity) for all mankind, but the fall also endowed upon all mankind a sinful nature. Therefore, all people are sinners, not only by constraint, but by choice, and are unable to regain their former position of innocence, and are under just condemnation without defense or excuse before God.
We believe in immediate positional sanctification at the moment of salvation, whereby God eternally sets the believer apart as belonging to Him by redemption and places the believer into the family of God as children, joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We are made partakers of God’s holiness in the process of progressive sanctification that begins at the new birth and is carried on in the heart of the believer as he yields his life to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through the Work of God, surrendered will, prayer, watchfulness, and self-examination. Ultimate sanctification will be the portion of every believer when finally in the presence of the Lord, the soul and spirit will be united in the resurrected body; complete and free from every trace or effect of sin and rebellion.