I believe in the Trinity (One Triune God). Eternally existing in three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Word of God
I believe that the Word of God was not sent nor delivered by the will of men, but that holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit, as Peter says. Afterwards our God — because of the special care he has for us and our salvation — commanded his servants, the prophets and apostles, to commit this revealed Word to writing. The Holy Scripture of both the Old Testament and the New Testament is the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12–13)
The Person and the Work of Jesus Christ
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became fully man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). I believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
The Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit
I believe that the Holy Spirit is God and is one with the Godhead. That He is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in the regeneration of sinful man; that He baptizes believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption; that He is sent by Jesus Christ as comforter to all believers (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). I believe that all the redeemed have the Holy Spirit resident in their lives and that also the Holy Spirit in Scripture and in present day has poured out his Spirit in such a way as to bring renewal, refreshing and the addition of power in the spiritual gifts and in the preaching of the Word to the lost. I believe that all the gifts mentioned in Scripture are present and available today, and that they are distributed as the Spirit so desires to build up the body and impact the lost world (Joel 2:28; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 17, 38-39; 8:14-17; I Corinthians 12)
The Total Depravity of Man
I believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 3:22–23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:12–13).
I believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; I Peter 1:18-19; Romans 10:9-10).
I believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons (Ephesians 1:22,23: 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). I believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; I Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11).
The Two Ordinances
I believe we are called to build up one another. This is accomplished by the practice of the Two Ordinances; Water Baptism and the Lords’s Supper.
- Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water as an act of obedience and as a testimony to the world (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38). Again I confess with the ancient creeds that, “Having abolished circumcision which was done with blood, he established in its place the sacrament of baptism.”
- The Lord’s Supper: We are called by the Word of God to remember the saving work of Christ on the cross, that his body was broken for us and that his blood was shed for us. In this Christ took our place, suffered the wrath of God for us and now also imputes his righteousness in us. When I take the elements of the cup, representing his blood and the bread, representing his body I am reminded of his past and present work on our behalf as well as in us. I am to partake of these elements with reverence, awe and joy. I am to examine myself and come to the table of the Lord with a clean conscience (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
I believe that Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after his death on the cross; that Christ was the first to be resurrected to eternal life and is now the first fruits of the coming resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that the saved will be resurrected to life with Christ in eternity and that the lost will be resurrected to eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36,39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15-42-44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
I believe that Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. He will then establish a new heaven and a new earth from which he will reign forever (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7, 21:1-3).
(What I Do Not Believe)
As Jesus Himself confirms, “Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 19:14). This scripture conveys the message that babies are not born unto earth separated from our Heavenly Father. Therefore, there is no need to have them baptized. Secondly, in numerous scripture there is proof that only believers who place their faith in Jesus Christ are to be baptized. As Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4 show, this was a public testimony of one’s faith that recognizes themselves with our Savior. Third, water baptism is an act that calls for the believer to make a conscience statement of faith by being submerged underwater as a means of identifying oneself with the death and resurrection of Christ. Therefore, since an infant does not have the ability to make this decision, I believe the act of infant baptism is not a supported biblical view. I do however believe that each church should support infant dedication as it symbolizes the commitment between the family and the church to bring up the child jointly in the ways of the Christian faith.