OUR DOCTRINE


I. BIBLIOLOGY: THE DOCTRINE OF THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that God has revealed Himself to man both generally and specially. Nature is the product of God’s general revelation, by which He communicates His existence and work as Creator. Scripture is the product of God’s special revelation,  by which He communicates to man the truth about Himself that would have otherwise been eternally unknown – His nature, His character, His purpose for mankind, and His plan of redemption. The Scriptures are the product of the verbal, plenary inspiration of God, resulting in the original autographs being inerrant, infallible and authoritative. The Holy Scriptures in their entirety, down to the very words of the original autographs, were given by divine inspiration. Inspiration was that work whereby God by His Spirit, through human writers utilizing their distinct personalities and literary styles, gave us His Word. The inspiration of Scripture is attested to by Scripture itself, by Jesus Christ, and by the character of God.  Those sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New Testament have their place in the Bible based on their inspiration and were recognized and submitted to as inspired and canonical by the Church. God also works in the illumination. (making it understandable) and preservation (maintaining a trustworthy copy) of His Word. The Scriptures stand as our final standard for faith and practice.

 Psalm 19:1;  Romans 3:11, Ephesians 1:9;  2 Peter 1:21;  2 Timothy 3:16;  Luke 24:44-45;  Hebrews 6:18;  Ephesians 1:17-18

II. THEOLOGY/PROPER: THE DOCTRINE OF GOD

We believe in the one and only living and true God; His divine essence is invisible, incorporeal and personal Spirit; His divine nature is undivided and indivisible. There exists three eternal Persons in the one divine essence, known respectively as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is self-existent, self-sufficient, life, eternal, infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, wise, immutable, sovereign, incomprehensible, inscrutable, holy, righteous, just, true, faithful, good, long-suffering, gracious, merciful, and loving.

 Deuteronomy 6:4;  Deuteronomy 4:15;  Exodus 3:14;  Romans 1:7, John 6:27;  John 10:31-38, 1 John 5:20;  Acts 5:3-4, 1 Corinthians 3:16;  Genesis 2:7, Psalm 84:2;  Isaiah 57:15;  Psalm 139:7-12;  Matthew 19:26;  Psalm 147:5;  Malachi 3:6;  Psalm 33:8-11;  Isaiah 55:9;  Job 33:12;  Isaiah 6:1-5;  Psalm 145:17;  Isaiah 61:8;  Psalm 119:16;  Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 119:90;  Psalm 145:9;  Exodus 34:6;  Romans 5:15;  Psalm 103:13-14;  Jeremiah 31:3

III. CHRISTOLOGY: THE DOCTRINE OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal, pre-existent Son of God. Although pre-existent, Jesus emptied Himself at the appointed time, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, the lowest description of man, and became incarnate by miraculous conception and virgin birth, for the purpose of redeeming sinful men. He is fully God and fully man; perfect deity and humanity. He lived a sinless human life, and then offered Himself a sacrifice by dying on the cross and shedding His blood, in full substitution and as a sufficient atonement for the sins of all men – but an efficient atonement only to those who believe. He was buried and on the third day, He arose bodily from the dead, alive forevermore. He later ascended bodily into Heaven where at the right hand of the Father, He now intercedes for those who believe in Him.

John 8:58, John 1:1-3; Philippians 2:6-7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:20; Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 7:14; Genesis 3:15, John 3:16-17; John 5:22-23, John 8:58, John 1:1-3; Hebrews 2:14-18, Matthew 4:2, Matthew 8:24, Matthew 26:29; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:6, 1 Timothy 4:10, Titus 2:11, Hebrews 2:9, 1 John 2:2; John 17:9, 20, 24 Ephesians 1:4,  2 Timothy 1:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:4, Matthew 28:5-6; Acts 1:9-11; Psalm 110:1, Hebrews 1:13, Hebrews 10:12-13

IV. PNEUMATOLOGY: THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, having the same divine nature and partaking of the same divine essence. The Holy Spirit actively ministered in the OT through creation, revelation and in a special, selective manner with men. The Holy Spirit actively ministered in the NT in all aspects of Christ’s life, from His birth to His death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit now has a prime ministry in salvation as He calls, convicts, and regenerates the unbeliever. He indwells, baptizes, convicts, gifts, controls, teaches, guides, assures, and prays for believers.

Acts 13:2, 1 Corinthians 2:10-12, Romans 15:30, John 14:26, Romans 8:26; Acts 5:3-4, 1 Corinthians 12:11, Acts 13:4, John 3:3-8; Genesis 1:2, Psalm 33:6, Micah 3:8, Genesis 6:3, Judges 13:25,Psalm 51:11; Luke 1:35, Luke 3:21-22, Luke 4:16-21, Hebrews 9:14, Romans 8:11; Acts 13:2; John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 John 3:20; 1 Corinthians 12:4; Romans 8:6-9; 1 John 2:27; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:26-27