What We Believe

 

1. We believe in the doctrine of the Bible.

The Bible is the Word of God. It is made up of 66 books. It is verbally inspired by God. It is inerrant – free from error in doctrine, fact and ethic. It is infallible and the sole and the final authority of all faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 20-21; Hebrews 4:12-13; Matthew 5:18)

 

 

2. We believe that there is one true, holy God eternally existing in three co-equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit each of whom equally possesses all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality.

(Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26; 11:7; Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 13:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

 

3. We believe in the doctrine of Jesus Christ. We believe that He is God.

We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious suffering, and death through shedding His blood. We believe in His bodily resurrection and His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal and physical return in power and glory. (John 1:1; 14; Matthew 1:18; Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:35; Titus 2:13; 1 John 5:20; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Acts 2:22; John 2:11; 20:30-31)

 

 

4. We believe in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. He is the third person of the Trinity.

The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ, to indwell and empower believers and to help them live holy lives. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; John 15:26; 16:13-14; Acts 5:3,9)

 

 

5. We believe in the doctrine of salvation.

The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call everyone into fellowship with Himself. Because of man’s sin, fellowship with God was broken. Man, on his own, could never repair this broken relationship. We need a Savior. The salvation of mankind is totally a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. (Psalm 38:18; Romans 3:23; 5:5-8; 6:23; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:23; Titus 3:4-6)

 

 

6. We believe in the doctrine of Christian living.

A genuine salvation experience through Jesus Christ is accompanied by a life of holiness and obedience attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit. True salvation results in a changed life from the inside out. We believe that all unrighteousness is sin. We believe that God is holy and He commands His children to live holy lives. We believe that God hates sin and must judge it. We believe that sin is an abomination to God which includes sins of the heart and thought life, sins of commission, sins of omission and all sexual sins: fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, pedophilia and bestiality. (I John 2:3-6; I John 3:22-24; John 3:17, John 14:15, 23; Luke 6:46-49; 2 Timothy 2:19; Galatians 5:19-21; Titus 2:11-12)

 

 

7. We believe in the doctrine of the church.

The Bible teaches that all believers become members of His body, the church. The Bible commands that believers (Saints) gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, and the observance of the ordinances. We are also commanded to serve in the church and to use our spiritual gifts to build one another up. (Hebrews 10:25; Romans 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:11-12)

 

 

8. We believe in the doctrine of the family.

God has clear direction for the family in His Word. We believe that marriage is a divine, covenant institution between a man and a woman and God, that originated with God. He prescribed the ground rules for marriage, officiated at the first wedding ceremony and directed its perpetuation. God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Human life is sacred from conception to its natural end. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10.)

 

 

9. We believe in the doctrine of the spirit world.

There are angels. Angels are a supernatural order of heavenly beings separately created by God before the creation of the world. The work of angels is varied. The holy angels stand in God’s presence and worship Him. They also minister to the saints according to the will of God. There are demons. Demons are evil, fallen angels. Satan is the prince of fallen angels. They oppose the good and work to cause evil in the world, they oppose the work of God, tempt man to sin, and spread false doctrine. However, their freedom to do evil and to tempt and test man is subject to the permissive will of God. One day they will be punished by God and consigned to the lake of fire and brimstone. (Matthew 18:10; Mark 8:38; 13:32; Hebrews 1:13-14; 12:22; Psalm 103:20; 104:4; 2 Peter 2:11; Matthew 8:28-34; 17:15-18; 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Daniel 10:10-14; 1 Timothy 4:1; Luke 13:16; 1 Corinthians 6:3; Revelation 20:10)

 

 

10. We believe in the doctrine that God has a plan for the future.

God has a great plan for the future. There is life after death. We believe in heaven and hell. We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ and the rapture of the church. We believe in the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers and the Great White throne Judgment for unbelievers. We believe in the Great Tribulation Period and the Millennium reign of Jesus Christ. We believe that those who are saved will spend eternity with God and Jesus Christ and those who are lost will spend eternity separated from God in the lake of fire in torment. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Revelation 20:1-4; 11:15; Romans 14:10; Revelation 19:20; 20:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 2 Thessalonians 2; Matthew 24:21-22; Revelation 21; 22)

 

 

Important Disciplines and Sacraments of the Church

  • We must dedicate ourselves to Bible study, prayer, to the service of our Lord, and to His authority over our lives. Matthew 9:35-38, 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:15
  • Water baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is the public declaration that one has accepted Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior. Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
  • Regular participation in Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
  • Fasting is the abstinence or limiting of food for spiritual purposes. Fasting in its’ various forms is for spiritual growth, preparation for a great work, clarity and direction, and power and victory over spiritual strongholds and the enemy. Isaiah 58:5-11; Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 9:28-29

Resource: Adapted from RBC Ministries