A. The Bible
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully
inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible
rule of faith and practice.
There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory. This
triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. God the Father is
an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.
He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men. He hears and answers
prayer. He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus
Christ. The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict
the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify
and empower for ministry all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit
indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and He is an abiding Helper, Teacher,
and Guide. The present ministry of the Holy Spirit includes all the Biblical
gifts of the Spirit as God sovereignly uses yielded vessels
Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit,
fully God and fully man. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life,
performed miracles, taught truth, died a substitutionary atoning death
on the cross, rose again bodily, ascended into heaven, is perpetually
interceding for His people, and will personally and visibly return to
All humans are sinners by nature and by choice, and, therefore, under
condemnation. The heart of man is evil. All unregenerate humans are enemies
of God. God regenerates, by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their
sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Jesus Christ baptizes the believer
with the Holy Spirit to empower for service by His sovereign will and
timing. The believer will be bodily resurrected to eternal blessing. The
unregenerate will face final judgment and endless suffering.
Satan, and Demons
Angels were created by God to worship and serve Him and to minister to
believers. Satan, an angel, exalted himself in rebellion against God.
Satan (or Lucifer) led a rebellion of a portion of the angels. These demons,
led by Satan, provoke rebellion among humans against God. Demons may control
(i.e. possess) an unregenerate human. Demons cannot control a true believer
in Jesus. Demons may tempt or attack a true believer, but only as allowed
by God. A demon cannot force a true believer to sin. A true believer sins
when led astray by the lusts of his own flesh.
Salvation for an individual is by grace through faith in believing in
and confessing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. An individual must recognize
the evil and hopelessness of his own heart and life. He must recognize
that he deserves eternal hell. He must recognize his need for a savior.
He must believe that Jesus' deity, sinless life, death on the cross, shed
blood, and resurrection from the dead, is sufficient propitiation for
his sins. He must repent of his own self-centered and rebellious life,
ask God for forgiveness, and receive as a gift eternal life through Jesus
Christ. The believer must deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Jesus.
He must abide in the Vine and walk in the Spirit knowing that his standing
with God and perseverance is by grace from first to last.
G. The Church
The Church of Jesus Christ is the Body of Christ on earth and includes
all people throughout the world who have believed in the true Jesus in
terms of the true Gospel. The Church exists to glorify God, to edify believers,
and to make disciples of people from all nations. God has ordained various
ministries for the overseeing and working of the Church. God has provided
each member of the Body of Christ with gifts for the edification of the
Church. The Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church:
water baptism and the Lord's Supper.
H. World History
World history is a matter of two elements: Mankind rebelling against God
and God reaching out in mercy and reconciliation to all who would humble
themselves. Every event in time relates to one of these two elements.
There is nothing neutral. World history is the unfolding of God's sovereign
purposes and plans in spite of the evil intentions of men and fallen angels.
I. The World
The World System is under the control of the evil one as allowed by the
sovereignty of God. The kings and rulers take their stand against God
and His anointed one. Christians are to pray for and give honor to the
kings and rulers. Christians are to be subject to the magistrates without
disobeying God. The World System is developing towards the global system
J. The "Wisdom
The "wisdom of man" is foolishness to God.
K. The Blessed
Our hope is not in this world system but in the "Blessed Hope"
of Jesus' soon return. The Lord Jesus Christ will visibly return to the
earth and establish His earthly Kingdom