What we believe
Our basic doctrinal position is not different from that of the historic, orthodox, evangelical Christianity. In addition to the foundational truths, there are a number of convictions and practices to which we are committed. We believe it is our solemn responsibility to be faithful to our understanding of Scripture. A brief summary of our beliefs and practices are given below:
The Bible: The Holy Bible containing 66 books is God’s written revelation to man, infallibly given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and inerrant in the original manuscripts. The Scriptures have been supernaturally preserved that we possess today an accurate and reliable text of the Bible. The Bible alone is our final rule and authority for all matters of faith, life and conduct and it is sufficient to meet every need of the human soul. The Bible is sufficiently perspicuous (plain and clear), to be understood and applied, under the guidance and illuminating work of the Holy Spirit.
God: There is only one living and true God, and that He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and these three are one God having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. He is our Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier and Sustainer. God’s ultimate purpose in all that He does is to bring glory to Himself.
The Lord Jesus Christ: God manifest in the flesh, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus perfectly revealed the Father and identified Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. He was impeccable in His humanity (He could not have sinned). The absolutely sinless, perfect Son of God represents deity and humanity in indivisible oneness. The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His voluntary, vicarious and substitutionary death on the cross. Our justification is made sure by His literal, physical and bodily resurrection from the dead and that he is ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High Priest. He will return to receive the Church at the rapture, and returning with his Church in glory will establish His Millennial kingdom (one thousand year reign) on earth.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune Godhead and He is coequal with the Father and the Son, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity. The unique work of the Holy Spirit began on the day of Pentecost when He came from the Father to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ (the Church), baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the time of regeneration. Every believer is permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation and believers are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, guides, illuminates, anoints, empowers, and seals the believers unto the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the Church for the building up of the body of Christ. The more extraordinary gifts such as miracles, healings, and tongues are not essential for the normal function of the body of Christ. They are sign gifts used by God primarily for confirmation and authentication of the apostolic witness.
Man: Man was created by God, free of sin with a rational, moral, and spiritual nature to exercise dominion over the earth, and rule over all the creatures of the earth as stewards of the Most High. In Adam’s sin to the will and word of God, man lost his innocence and spiritual life, and fell into sin. Being fallen in Adam, our first father, we are by nature sinners, under the condemnation of God and corrupted in body and soul, prone to evil and liable to eternal death and separation from God. Thus man is hopelessly lost, unable to save himself from this dreadful state except through the unmerited grace of God our Savior.
Salvation: Salvation is wholly of God by grace through faith alone in the finished work of Christ on the cross, and not on the basis of human merit or deeds. God has not left mankind to perish in its sin, but has from all eternity planned the way of salvation in Christ for anyone who will believe on Him. Jesus Christ is the only Savior of mankind and the salvation He offers is free and eternally secure.
The Church: The Church is the Body of Christ which began on the day of Pentecost, made up of all true believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. The Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only Head of His church. The purpose of the church is to glorify God through worship, edification, and evangelism. Believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances of the church. As members of Christ’s body believers should devote themselves to the diligent study of God’s Word, to fellowship with the people of God, to remembrance through the regular (weekly) observance of the Lord’s Supper, to prayer, and witnessing, so that we may be instructed and strengthened in faith, in holiness of life, and in love.
All believers are priests unto God (Priesthood of all believers) and the distinction between “clergy” and “laity” is totally unscriptural. The local church is to be governed by a plurality of leaders (“elders”) whom God raises up within the congregation, and as under-shepherds, they are directly accountable to the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, for their stewardship of the local body of believers. Each local church is an autonomous body, independent and directly responsible to the Lord, and not accountable to any general body, synods, headquarters, centers, councils or other ecclesiastical systems, with the absolute right of self-government. It is governed solely by the elders of the assembly.
Scripture prohibits women from speaking publicly in the meeting of the church. In any context relating to the gathering of the church, it is inappropriate for women to teach or exercise authority over men. This precept is based upon the Scriptural principle of headship. Women are encouraged in the Scriptures to have a wide sphere of ministry in activities for which they are particularly called and suited. The Christian doctrine of order in creation involving subordination and headship requires the Christian practice of manifesting that order in public worship by the veiling of women (headcovering). The Scriptural reasons for the headcovering are based on theology and the order in creation, and not on culture or social custom.
Giving in the church or outside the church is both an expression of worship and fellowship with other believers in support of the Lord’s work. There are no legalistic guidelines for Christian giving. The guidelines are set forth in the New Testament – sacrificial, cheerful, liberal, willing, voluntary, regular, systematic and proportional; no collection is taken from unbelievers. We make no appeal for funds and do not employ tactics of fund raising. Though the work of the Lord needs money and uses money, it is never dependent on money. We never make our financial needs known to anyone except our Heavenly Father.
The Blessed Hope and the Second Coming: According to the Scriptures, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive the church to Himself (the Rapture). This is the blessed hope of the church. The translation of the church will be followed by the Tribulation period and it will be climaxed by the return of Christ to earth with His church in power and glory to establish His kingdom.
Eternal State: At death the spirits of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass on immediately into His glorious presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the day of resurrection when Christ comes for His own, where upon spirit and body (glorified) reunited shall be with the Lord in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity. But the spirits of unbelievers remain after death conscious of condemnation and misery until the final judgment at the Great White Throne, at the close of the Millennium, when spirit and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
We do not judge others who hold different views or convictions in relation to the matters discussed above. But these are the convictions and truth which we stand for. This is the way the Lord has led us and these are the convictions to the best of our knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.
“BUY THE TRUTH AND DO NOT SELL IT….” (Proverbs 23:23).