We believe and teach the following statements as the basic truths taught in the Bible.
THE BIBLE: the Word of God, the sixty-six (66) Books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, wholly without error as originally given by God, the complete and final written revelation from God, and sufficient as our only rule of faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21)
THE ONE TRUE GOD: manifested in three distinct and separate persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each of Whom is God and to be worshipped as God. (Luke 3:22; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)
THE HEAVENLY FATHER: preexistent deity (Isa. 9:6), who gave His only begotten Son for the sins of man, (John 3:16), who hears and answers the prayers of believers in Christ (John 16:23), who cares and provides for His children (Matt. 6:25-33), who offers an intimate relationship to all mankind (II Cor. 1:3; Gal. 4:6; Col. 1:1-12).
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: preexistent deity (John 1:1-3), God manifest in human form (John 1:14), born of a virgin (Matt. 1:18-23), sinless (Heb. 4:15), crucified for our sins (I Pet. 3:18), resurrected bodily from the dead (Luke 24:36-43), ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9-11), and coming back again to establish His Kingdom on Earth (Rev. 21:1-7).
THE HOLY SPIRIT: preexistent deity (Acts 5:3-4), convicting of sin and guiding into Truth (John 16:7-15), causing spiritual birth (John 3:5), baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ and indwelling at the moment of spiritual birth (I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9), filling and empowering believers for Christian life and service (Eph. 5:18, 3:16, 4:30; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:16, 22-23).
MAN: created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), fell into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12, 3:23), and now all men and women need a spiritual birth for salvation (John 3:3-5).
THE SALVATION OF MAN: complete and eternal salvation from sin, death and hell by God's grace alone, received as a gift from God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, secured eternally in Christ (John 10:28-29; Jude 23-24; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6; Rom. 10:9-10; I Pet. 1:18-19; I John 5:11-13).
CHRISTIAN LIVING: righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians according to the Word of God (I Cor. 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife (Rom. 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; James 5:13-18).
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST: one true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:22-32; Matt. 16:13-18), composed of all true believers of the present age of Grace (I Cor. 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16; Acts 2:41-47).
THE ORDINANCES: we believe in 1) water baptism by immersion and practice the triune form, baptizing once each in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19), and in 2) remembering our Lord's commands the last night He was with His disciples in the Upper Room and practice a three-fold communion service which includes: the Lord's supper (I Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), washing the saints' feet (John 13:1-17), and the communion of the bread and cup (I Cor. 11:23-26). Explanation of Three-fold Communion
THE GREAT COMMISSION: to preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations as our Lord commanded (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15), every believer being a witness for Jesus Christ (II Cor. 5:11-21), trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), and responsible to pray for (Matt. 9:36-38), support (I Cor. 9:13-14), and send missionaries into all the world (Rom. 10:13-15).
SATAN: created by God but through pride and sinful ambition rebelled against God (Isa. 14:13-14; Eze. 28:13-17), exists as the adversary and accuser of God's people (Rev. 12:1-10; Eph. 6:12-18), deceives and blinds people (John 8:44; Gen. 3:1-24; II Cor. 4:4), will be judged by God (John 12:31), and final destiny is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 12:9-10, 20:10).
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: the personal, visible and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (I Thess. 4:13-18) before the tribulation (I Thess. 1:9-10; Rev. 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6).
THE FUTURE LIFE: the conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), believers in God's presence upon death (II Cor. 5:8), believers in heaven awaiting the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom. 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:9-10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16, 5:24), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).
We are a part of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.