The Triune God
- There is one God, self-existent and eternal, infinitely perfect, the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things.
- The Godhead is triune: one God, three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Their glory is equal and their majesty coeternal.
- For His own glory and by His own decree, the triune God created heaven and earth and all things, visible and invisible (including time), living and nonliving.
- Our Lord Jesus Christ, the uncreated Creator and only begotten Son of God, became man without ever ceasing to be God.
- Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life.
- Jesus died on the Cross, making a full and satisfactory atonement for man’s sin.
- Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven, and is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father, as our Intercessor, and shall return in person to this earth as Judge of the living and the dead.
- The scientific aspects of creation are important but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer, and Judge.
The Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, is Lord and Giver of life, who glorifies our Lord Jesus Christ and convicts the world of sin.
- The Holy Spirit enables the sinner to repent and believe in Jesus Christ.
- The Holy Spirit lives and works in each believer to produce the fruits of righteousness.
- The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant throughout. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs. It is the supreme authority in everything it teaches. Its authority is not limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science.
- The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.
- All things necessary for our salvation are expressly set down in Scripture.
Origins and History
- The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events, and therefore, provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe.
- The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct, creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation.
- The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect. The Noachian Flood was a significant geological event, and much (but not all) fossiliferous sediment originated at that time.
- Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole creation, spanning approximately 4,000 years from creation to Christ.
- The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages but are six consecutive twenty-four hour days of creation.
- The gap theory, progressive creation, day-age, framework hypothesis, theistic evolution (evolutionary creation), and cosmic temple model have no basis in Scripture.
- The view, commonly used to evade the implications or the authority of biblical teaching, that knowledge and/or truth may be divided into secular and religious is rejected.
- By definition, no apparent, perceived, or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.
- Man, both male and female, was created in the image of God.
- All human life is sacred and begins at conception (defined as the moment of fertilization). The unborn child is a living human being, created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth. The abortion of an unborn child or the active taking of human life through euthanasia constitutes a violation of the sanctity of human life, and is a crime against God and man.
- There is only one race of mankind—the human race or Adam’s race. All people alive today are the descendants of Adam and Eve and subsequently Noah.
- Parents are responsible to instruct their children in Christian faith and conduct, to set before them godly and consistent examples of the same, and in every way to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
- The only legitimate marriage sanctioned by God is the joining of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s gender, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God.
- The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman), and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind.
- Death (both physical and spiritual) and bloodshed entered this world subsequent to and as a direct consequence of man’s sin.
- All mankind are sinners, inherently from Adam and individually (by choice), and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The doctrines of Creator and Creation cannot ultimately be divorced from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Freedom from the penalty and power of sin is available to man only through the sacrificial death and shed blood of Jesus Christ and His complete and bodily Resurrection from the dead.
- Salvation is the provision of God’s grace alone, a gift received by faith alone in Christ alone.
- The one who is born of God has repented, has recognized the death of Christ as full payment for sin, and has received the risen Christ as Savior, Lord, and God.
- The church of Jesus Christ is composed of all who are united with Him in saving faith and who are thus members of the body of which He is the head.
- Those who do not believe in Christ are subject to everlasting, conscious punishment in hell, but believers are secure to enjoy eternal life with God.
- It is the duty of Christians to regularly attend a local, Bible-believing church, as portrayed in the New Testament.
- All Christians should live in fellowship with the church, uniting in its worship of the triune God, supporting the Great Commission, and loving one another with pure and sincere hearts.
- Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally return in glory as He has promised, and He will consummate His kingdom. Christ will judge the living and the dead at His appearing.
- All shall be raised from the dead, those who have died in Christ to eternal life, and those who have rejected Him to conscious and everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire.
- Satan, who is the personal spiritual adversary of both God and mankind, will be judged, and cast into the Lake of Fire.