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Beliefs

What We Believe About the Fundamentals of the Faith:

  • We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ;
  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was very God and very man;
  • We believe in the Blood Atonement provided by Jesus Christ on the Cross as
    the means for forgiveness of sins;
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead;
  • We believe in the triune Godhead, that God is manifest as Father, Son and
    Holy Spirit;
  • We believe in the eternal security of the believer and the eternal
    damnation of the lost;
  • We believe in the inspiration and preservation of the Scriptures.

What We Believe About the Bible:

  • The Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, eternal word of the Living
    God without mixture of error;
  • The word of God is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice;
  • We believe that the Bible has been preserved for us without error and
    currently exists today for English-speaking people in the Authorized
    Version, commonly called the King James Version, which is, at the present
    time, the only version translated from the Majority Text (MT).  Every other
    translation, being translated from corrupted texts  outside the Majority
    Text are corrupted replacements for the true word of God, testified to by
    additions, deletions of words, phrases, verses, corrupted word substitutions
    and other means of tampering with the text;
  • We believe that in order to properly handle the word of truth, the Bible
    must be rightly divided according to 2 Timothy 2:15;
  • We believe that only the 66 books of the Bible constitute the sole and
    complete revelation of Scripture;
  • While all of the Bible is for us to know, it is particularly the 13 epistles
    (Romans-Philemon) written by Paul that are written specifically to us and
    about us, that comprise our doctrine for living in this dispensation of grace.

What We Believe About Doctrine:

  • We are dispensational, which is to say that we believe there are 2 separate
    and distinct programs at work in history and presented in the word of God:
    the program with Israel for the purpose of reconciling the world, and the
    program with the church, the body of Christ for the purpose of reconciling
    the heavenly places, both of which were usurped by Satan in his attempt to
    be like the most High;
  • We believe we are presently living in the dispensation of Gentile grace
    which interrupted God’s program with Israel when it was ushered in at the
    conversion of the apostle Paul;
  • We believe the apostle Paul was given a unique calling to be the apostle to
    the Gentiles, being separate and distinct from the “12 apostles” in message,
    audience and program;
  • We believe that man is utterly depraved and it is impossible for him to
    save himself;
  • We believe salvation is a free gift made available by grace through faith in
    the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross;
  • Man cannot be saved or remain saved by works of any kind, at any time;
  • Our standing before God as sons of God is not based on our performance but
    was secured for us in Jesus Christ at the moment of our salvation;
  • We have a future vocation in the heavenly places in accordance with God’s
    purpose for the church, the body of Christ.

What We Believe About the Local Church:

  • The local church is to function as the pillar and ground of truth and as
    such is charged with the proclamation and defense of biblical truth;
  • The preacher in the local church is to be engaged in teaching the word of
    truth so that the “man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto
    all good works”;
  • The proper function of the local church is that of a classroom that is meant
    to follow the pattern of the “form of sound words,” set forth in the word of
    truth, for the edification of the saints;
  • The primary job of the pastor is (as prescribed in the pastoral epistles of
    1 Timothy – Philemon) to lead the members of the local assembly through
    the sonship curriculum which is laid out in the Bible for the dispensation
    of grace (Romans – 2 Thessalonians).

The above list does not constitute the entire body of our beliefs, but is sufficient
to distinguish us from those with differing beliefs.

 

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