We believe in and teach these basic principles:
- There is one God, manifest in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19.
a. The Father: the one true and living God, an infinite and intelligent spirit, worthy of all possible honor, confidence, love and glory. Exodus 20:2-3; John 4:24.
b. The Son: that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of a woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; John 1:1.
c. The Holy Spirit: that He is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature (Genesis 1:26); that He was active in the creation (Genesis 1:1-3); that in relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled (II Thessalonians 2:7); that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8-11); that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and in testimony (John 16:12-15); that He is the agent in the new birth (John 3:5); that He seals (Ephesians 1:13-15), guides and teaches (John 14:26-27), comforts (John 14:16-17), bears witness (Romans 8:16), and sanctifies (I Peter 1:2).
- The Holy Scriptures are divinely inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore have truth without any admixture of error for its matter (II Timothy 3:16-17); it is the revealed will of God and is the only rule of faith and practice for the Christian (II Peter 1:19-21).
- The atonement for sin is through Jesus Christ (I John 1:7, Hebrews 10:12), who as part of the Godhead became a man (Philippians 2:6-8), born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14), was perfect in all respects and honored the divine law by His personal obedience (Philippians 2:6-8), and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins (Hebrews 10:12); His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place (John 10:18), the just dying for the unjust on the tree (I Peter 2:24); and having risen from the dead is sitting on the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:12) making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
- The Scriptures teach the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; He will come first for His Church, then with it to judge and rule.
- The New Testament Church is a body of baptized believers, organized, independent, and self-governing.
- Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man; he was created a sinless being and fell through pride and insubordination; he is the author of all evil.
- Heaven and endless bliss is the destiny of the born-again believer, and the conscious and endless torment in Hell is the punishment of the unsaved.
- Every one of the blood-purchased flock of God has eternal life and shall never perish; he is saved once and forever and is a child of God now and forever, completely delivered from judgment (John 5:24, John 10:28-29, John 3:16).