We believe that God the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Church (the body of Christ) indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts, and enables them to walk in obedience to Christ. We believe that some gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and miraculous healing were given as authenticating signs in the early Church and were temporary (John 3:8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 2:12; 6:19; 12:4-11, 13; 13:8-13; 14:21-24; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 1:13-14; 2:18-20; 4:30; Heb. 2:4).
About the Bible
We believe that the Bible (consisting of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments) is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in its original writings. It is to be interpreted in a normal, literal fashion (John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 3:15-16)
We believe the Genesis account of the six literal, consecutive, 24-hour days of the creation week as a historically and scientifically accurate record and believe that the universe with all that is in it was created by a direct creative act of God. We affirm that living creatures were made according to their kinds and were not produced by some process of evolution. The first human beings, Adam and Eve, were specially created by God, and all other men and women are their descendants. We also believe in the historicity of the biblical record, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, and the worldwide flood in the time of Noah.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that in Adam he sinned and consequently experienced not only physical death but also spiritual death (which is separation from God). The consequences of this sin affect the entire human race. All human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word and deed (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Mark 7:20-23; John 2:24-25; Rom. 3:23; 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:18).
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psa. 51:5; 139; Exo. 22:22-25; Luk. 1:41-44).
About Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender
We believe God ordained the institution of marriage between one man (male) and one woman (female), to become one flesh. This is the only union that includes a divinely approved sexual relationship, and any other sexual thought or conduct is sin, due the judgment of God. All practice of sex other than as God designed it to be enjoyed in male-female monogamous marriage is an act of a rebellious sinner against God. Homosexuality was not created or intended by God but is a perversion by rebellious humans, and is an abomination to God (Gen. 2:22-25; Lev. 18:22 -30; Mat. 5:27-28; 15:18-20; 19:4-6; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Heb 13:4).
We believe that God created both male and female, and that He designed gender distinctions between men and women, including the Biblically-defined and distinctive roles of husband and wife. Since gender distinctions are rooted in divine order, changing or disguising one’s inherited sex (and correlated gender) reflective of this divine order transgresses God’s design. (Gen. 1:26-28; Deut. 22:5; Rom. 1:26-27; Eph. 5:22-23)
We believe that the Church is composed of all believers and that it is the body and bride of Christ. The Church exists in two aspects: the Church universal and the local church. The universal Church is the elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into on Body. The local church is a group of believers that meets regularly for the purposes of worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship, and evangelistic outreach (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 12:13-14, 27; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:24-30; 1 Tim. 2:1; Heb. 10:23-25).
We believe in the imminent return of Christ for the Church. All members of the body of Christ, living or dead, will at that time be caught up to be with the Lord forever. This event will be followed by seven years of tribulation on earth which will ultimately lead to the second coming of Christ to establish His kingdom on earth for a one thousand year period. Following the earthly reign of Christ, a brief period of renewed deception by Satan will culminate in the destruction of the heavens and the earth and the establishment of eternal heavens and earth, (Matt. 24:15-31; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Rev. 3:10; 20:1-21:1)