The Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe that God has provided us in the Scripture with everything necessary to nurture and sustain spiritual life. That means we are committed to teaching and to counseling directly and exclusively from the Word of God. We do not believe that secular psychology has any legitimate role in the sanctification of the believer.
A Changed Life
We believe that all those whom God has genuinely saved by grace through faith alone are new creatures in Christ and will demonstrate that new life by submission to Christ and obedience to God’s Word. All Christians still sin, sometimes horribly, and sometimes for extended periods without repentance. But a decreasing pattern of sin and an increasing pattern of holiness will characterize every Christian’s life.
The Gift of Tongues
We believe that the gift of tongues was the miraculous, God-given capacity to communicate the truth of God’s Word in human languages the speaker had never learned or studied. It was a manifestation of God’s power and blessing to validate the gospel message the Apostles taught and to establish the early Church. We believe that ecstatic outbursts and private prayer languages share nothing in common with the New Testament gift of tongues, and that they are patently unbiblical.
The Role of Women
We believe that both men and women bear the image of God and that those in Christ enjoy equal spiritual standing before God. But Scripture teaches that God has assigned different roles and responsibilities to men and women. In the home, the husband is to be the gracious, loving head and the wife is to submit to her husband’s leadership. God has provided equally clear roles in the church. While there are many ways women can serve, we believe that Scripture teaches the role of pastor and deacon are to be held by men.
We believe Genesis is a straightforward, literal presentation of the historical events it describes. We teach, therefore, that God created everything in six literal days. We reject every form of theistic evolution.
The Bible refers to Christians as “saints” – those who have been set apart unto God. We believe that sanctification is threefold:
- Positional Sanctification means that a person now stands before God as holy. Sanctification is already complete for every saved person because our perfect representative Jesus Christ took all our unholiness away through His sacrifice (Ephesians 5:27-27; Colossians 1:22; Hebrews 10:10, 14).
- Progressive Sanctification: Every believer retains his sin nature in this life so that his present state is no more perfect than his experience in daily life. There is therefore, a Progressive Sanctification wherein the Christian is to “grow in grace” and to “be changed” into the likeness of Christ by the unhindered power of the Spirit (John 17:17; Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 12:10).
- Ultimate Sanctification describes every believer’s full sanctification in Christ when we shall see His Lord and shall be “like Him” (II Corinthians 3:18; I Thessalonians 5:23).
Responsibility of the Believer
We believe that all believers should walk by the Spirit in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior. We believe that is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all the world. We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them. We believe that every believer has a spiritual gift which should be used to edify the body of Christ (Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; I Corinthians 12:14; 16:2; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1; 9:7; Ephesians 4:11-16).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the period of great tribulation on the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person on the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God’s covenant promises, and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Isaiah 11:9; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Matthew 24:15-25, 46; Acts 15:16-17; Romans 8:19-23; 11:25-27; I Timothy 4:1-3; II Timothy 3:1-5; Revelation 20:1-3).
We also believe that before the tribulation, Christ will descend from heaven and at the sound of the trumpet the dead in Christ and all living believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. It is the purpose of God, in the rapture, to save His own from the wrath destined for the world (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 3:10).
The salvation of every believer is secure for all eternity from the moment of the new birth. The security is guaranteed by the fact that the life that is imparted is eternal life by the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; Jude 24).