01. The Holy Scriptures:
We believe that the Old and New Testament of the Bible were verbally inspired by God through men controlled by the Holy Spirit, and therefore, are entirely without error in its original form. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man, and that is our only guide of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3.16, 17; 2 Peter 1.19-21)
02. The True God:
We believe in one God, creator of heaven and earth, manifested in three eternal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are equal in complete perfection, one in being and essence, and having distinct roles in perfect harmony in the work of redemption. (Exodus 20.2, 3; Deuteronomy 4.35; 1 Corinthians 8.6; 1 John 5.7)
03. The Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who is eternal and is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit who never stopped being God even for a moment. He was a man born of the Virgin Mary, miraculously begotten by the Holy Spirit and fulfilling the promises and prophecies of the coming Savior who is the Messiah or Christ. He lived a perfectly sinless life, and his death made full and vicarious atonement for our sins. He died voluntarily as a substitute for all sinners, and rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven, and will return again to this world to establish his kingdom and sit on the throne of David. His coming is personal, imminent and premillennial. (Isaiah 7.14, John 1.1, 2, 1 John 5.20; 1 Peter 3.18, Matthew 28.6, Acts 15.16, Matthew 1.16-25, 1 Peter 2:22; John 14.3)
04. The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, who is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is of the same nature in terms of its relation to the unbelieving world and convicts of sin, righteousness and justice. The Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration in the believer as well as its, indwelling, sealing, endowment, guiding, teaching, testifying, sanctifying and helping. (John 14.16, 17, Romans 8.1-27, 2 Corinthians 13.14, Ephesians 1.13, 14). We believe that every true believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ when they trust Christ as their Savior, and that this is not an experience subsequent to salvation, that the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to believers to serve the Lord and minister to the Church. Some gifts that are mentioned in the New Testament were temporary in nature, given to meet certain special purposes in the infancy of the Church (eg the gifts of tongues, extra-biblical prophecies, healing and miracles, etc..), but having served their purposes are no longer pertinent, and therefore have ceased and are not applicable to the Church today. The practice of these apostolic gifts will not be permitted in any church service, class, Bible study, or activity related to our school. (Romans 12.1-6, 1 Corinthians 13-14; Ephesians 4.14-16, Hebrews 2.4)
We believe that man was created by God in innocence, but fell from that state due to voluntary transgression and therefore every man is born a sinner and instinctively and willingly follows after sin; therefore, he is justly under condemnation and eternal damnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 1.27, Isaiah 53.6; Romans 1.18-32, Romans 5.12-19; Romans 3:23)
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace (unmerited favor) through the finished work of Christ; that to be saved, one must be born again and receive a new nature; every sinner who trusts in Christ as their only and sufficient Savior has been born again, is completely justified, and has a salvation that is eternally secure; that salvation is apart from our works which, regardless of how good they may be, cannot help us attain salvation, or make it more secure. (Ephesians 2.8-9; John 3.3-6; John 10.27-29; Romans 3:28)
07. The Church:
We believe that the invisible and universal church is composed of all whom God saves from the day of Pentecost until the Rapture of the Church, and that this invisible church is manifest in local churches which are assemblies of believers baptized by immersion after professing their faith in Jesus Christ and united by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; having two officers: pastors (also called bishops or elders) and deacons, whose requirements are found in the epistles of Timothy and Titus; each local church is sovereign in its internal government, being autonomous, democratic and independent; which exists in order to fulfill the Great Commission, train believers for ministry, do the Lord’s work, worship God, observe the ordinances and proclaim the Gospel throughout the world. (Matthew 28: 19-20; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Timothy 3.1-15, Titus 1.5-9).
08. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to testify symbolically that he has put his faith in the crucified, buried and resurrected Savior, and that this faith results in death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that baptism is a requirement for membership of the local church and to enjoy the privileges of it. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6.1-6, Acts 10.47) We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of Christ’s death for us; we must continue observing it until He returns; it must be preceded by solemn self-examination of the believer. (1 Corinthians 11.23-28) These two symbolic acts are not means by which one receives the grace of God. They are not “sacraments” but ordinances that the Lord gave the church to symbolize important realities.
09. The Eternal State:
We believe that those who place their faith in Jesus Christ have been justified and will spend eternity joyfully in the presence of God; while those who continue in their unbelief and impenitence will spend eternity in the everlasting conscious suffering of the wicked. (John 8.21; John 14.2, Matthew 25.46)
We believe in the existence of Satan as a person; which was created by God as an angel of light, but that he rebelled against the Lord and is under condemnation; that he is the “god of this world”, “prince of the power of the air”; who is full of deceit and is “the father of lies”; continually seeking to thwart God’s purposes and entangle the children of men. (Ephesians 2.2; Isaiah 14.12-17; Corinthians 4.4; 11.13-15; Revelation 12.9)
11. The World:
We believe the world is the system that is under the control of Satan; that friendship with the world is enmity with God; the believer is called to separate from the world to a life of holiness. (Santiago 4.4; 2 Corinthians 6.14-18; 1 John 2.15-17, Romans 12.1, 2; 1 Peter 1.16)
12. Civil Government:
We believe that civil government is established by God for the welfare and order of human society; we should pray for the leaders, honor them in consciousness and obedience, except in those things that are opposed to the will of the Lord; that there should be a complete separation between state and church. (Romans 13.1-7; 1 Timothy 2.1, 2; Titus 3.1; 1 Peter 13.17).
We believe in the imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the second coming will be in two parts. Christ will come to rapture the church before the Tribulation and then come to establish His kingdom before the Millennium. The resurrection of believers will be a bodily resurrection. First, the dead in Christ will be raised and then those who are alive. After a thousand years reign of Christ on earth, God will destroy the earth and heavens and create a new earth and new heavens. (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, Daniel 9: 11-16, Revelation 19: 11-16, 2 Peter 3: 10-13).