We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are equal in essence, yet distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who added a fully human nature to his divine nature thus becoming the God-man, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as the substitute for sinners, paying the penalty of God’s wrath against sin, rose from the dead, and will come again to establish his kingdom (John 1:1, 14; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 11:15).
We believe that God created man in His own image by a direct act on the sixth day of the creation week (Genesis 1:26-31). We believe that man deliberately disobeyed the expressed will of God and therefore fell under God’s condemnation and the power of sin (Romans 5:12; Romans 6:20). We believe that the resulting effect of sin on man touches his entire being, leaving him completely unable to earn God’s favor or contribute to his own salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5).
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:21-25; Romans 4:5). We believe that justification is by faith, apart from works, and results in a guilty sinner being declared righteous by God because the righteousness of Jesus Christ is credited to his account (Romans 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16).
We believe that the local church is currently the center of God’s activity in this world, being composed of believers who have been immersed in water as a testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ, and being organized according to the principles of God’s Word in order to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:15; Acts 2:41; Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that believers and churches must separate from those who deny essential doctrines of the faith (Jude 3; 2 John 9-11; Romans 16:17); that believers and churches must separate from those who compromise the faith by granting Christian recognition and fellowship to those who have denied essential doctrines of the faith (Romans 16:17; Philippians 3:17-19; cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15); and that believers and churches must strive to reflect God’s holiness and to live differently than those who have not experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:15-16; Ephesians 4:17-19).
We believe in the literal return of Jesus Christ that will take place in two stages. The first stage is the Rapture, or His personal (1 Thess 4:16), imminent (1 Cor 1:7), and pretribulational (1 Thess 1:10) coming for all saints of the church age (1 Cor 15:51-52). The second stage is the Revelation or the Second Coming in Glory, which is His personal and public coming at the close of the Tribulation Period to establish the messianic, Millennial Kingdom on the earth when Israel will be restored to covenant favor with God and to her land in faith and the Church will reign with Christ for a thousand years (Zech 14:3-4). After the Millennium there will be a new heaven and earth wherein God will dwell eternally with His people (Rev 21:1-3).