Distinctives

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the written revelation of God given to the world. That it is composed both of the Old Testament (OT; 39 books) and the New Testament (NT; 27 books) written in dual authorship with chosen individuals who were inspired by the Spirit. The bible is the ultimate authority of the Church and is to be taken serious. We believe that there is only one interpretation of scripture, however there are many uses and applications. The bible is perfect in structure and sufficient for all generations; past, present and future.

References: 2 Peter 1: 20-21, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 5:18-19

God

We teach that there is one true living God, the God of the scriptures who is in and of himself three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

References: Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 3: 16-19


God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the first person in the trinity. God the Father is above all things. God the Father is Holy and Sovereign. He is the creator God who called all things into being. God the Father purposes and dictates all things. He is both Father in his relationship in the trinity as well as his relationship to the world. God is father to all man kind in creation, but is only a spiritual Father to those who believe and are born again by the Spirit into Christ Jesus.

References: Matthew 5:48, 1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:45, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 103:19, Romans 11:36, Ephesians 4:6, Romans 8:14, Ephesians 1:4-5, Isaiah 46: 9-10


God the Son
We believe that Jesus is the second person in the trinity. Jesus is both the Son of God and God himself, and while he was on earth Jesus was fully man and fully God. We teach that Jesus is the mediator between man and God and that the only way to salvation is faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Jesus is both Lord and Savior of the world and all things were created through him and for him. We teach that Jesus is also head of the body (the church). All scripture, OT and NT testify about Jesus and Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Jesus is the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him.

References: John 1:1-14, Hebrews 2:9-18, Philippians 2: 5-11, 1 Timothy 2:5, I Corinthians 15: 3-4, Acts 2:36, Colossians 1:13-20, John 5:39, John 14:6


God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the trinity. The Holy Spirit is the gift given to every believer upon rebirth, that conforms them into the image of Christ through regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit is the power of God given to man to assist them in teaching preaching, prayer and living a life in a manner worthy of the gospel. The Holy Spirit was the gift that the Lord Jesus promised that would be the Helper sent to the disciples after his death, this Spirit was poured out to the disciples during pentecost. The Holy Spirit seals men in Christ for the day of redemption.

References: Romans 8:9, John 16:13, 1 John 2:27, John 14:16-17, Acts 2:1-4, Ephesians 1:13

Man

We teach that man was created by God, in the likeness of God, for the glory of God. Man was originally created apart from sin, until the sin of one man, Adam, which caused man to fall from God’s favor. Due to Adam’s disobedience to God’s command; all of his (Adam’s) descendants are now born into sin and act willfully in disobedience, with the exception being the divine birth and life of Jesus Christ. Everyone is under sin and no one is righteous or can act in righteousness or goodness on their own will. Man in and of his self does not desire God but instead hates God and the commands of God. Due to God’s Holy and just nature the only option for man’s sinful nature is death, for the penalty of sin according to God is death.

References: Genesis 1:26, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 3:6-7, Psalm 51:5, Romans 1: 18-32, Romans 3:10-12, Genesis 2:17, Romans 6:23

Salvation

We teach that salvation is gift given by grace, through faith alone. Salvation is a work completely done by God. We teach that salvation is not based off of the merit of a man (for all men are utterly sinful as stated before) but of God who calls. We teach when God calls a man he also justifies the man.

References: Ephesians 2:8, Jonah 2:9, Romans 9:10-11, Romans 8:29-30


Predestination
We teach that before the beginning of creation God choose whom He would call and and transform into the image of His Son. We teach that God did not call his elect off of future merit that He would foresee in any man, but He chose them because He chose them.

References: Romans 8:29-30, Romans 9:10-16, Ephesians 1:3-6

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