Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal statements tend to divide, and one of the values that we see in scripture is the call to strive towards unity. Any doctrinal statement needs to be considered in light of this. We are in the constant pursuit of the truth of God’s Word. If anything doesn’t seem right with you about this Doctrinal statement, let us know – we want to talk about it!

Revised 11/09/2006

  1. The entire Bible, in the original manuscripts, is without error, was verbally inspired of God, and is our absolute authority. more info >>
  2. There is one God who manifests Himself in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. more info >>
  3. Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is true God and true man. more info >>
  4. Apart from God, all men are spiritually dead. Therefore, no unsaved person can please God. more info >>
  5. Man is justified by grace through faith, by the means of the blood of Christ. This salvation is provided by God apart from man‘s work. God draws all to be saved, enlightens every man coming into the world, and makes provision all to have room for repentance. His atonement has no limit. Not all will be saved, because not all will receive the free gift. more info >>
  6. All the saved in this dispensation are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. Therefore, no true member of the Body of Christ can lose their salvation. more info >>
  7. In the present dispensation there is only one true church, called the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ began with the apostle Paul at his conversion. more info >>
  8. God supernaturally grants gifts to men & women for His purposes. more info >>
  9. The Lord‘s Supper is for the members of the body of Christ to observe until He comes. more info >>
  10. Everyone who trusts in Christ as their savior in this dispensation is made a member of the body of Christ by one divine baptism. By that baptism, every member is united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. more info >>
  11. Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead. Because of this, all men will have a bodily resurrection. more info >>
  12. Because the body of Christ was a mystery, which was not prophesied but was kept secret from all generations, Christ will come to catch up the church before the prophesied tribulation. more info >>
  13. Christ will return to the earth at the end of the tribulation. He will reign over the kingdom for a thousand years. At the end of the millennial kingdom, a final judgment will occur. more info >>
  14. The dead are conscious. The saved dead are with the Lord. The unsaved dead are in Hades. The unsaved dead will be cast into the lake of fire at the final judgment. This is an everlasting punishment. more info >>


1. Authority and Inerrancy

The entire Bible, in the original manuscripts, is without error, was verbally inspired of God, and is our absolute authority.
(2 Ti 3:16-17; 2 Pe 1:21).

The entire Bible

It is important to understand process of the discovery of the canon of Scripture and what the criteria is for including or excluding a particular writing as part of the Bible. This field of study is called “Bibliology”

in the original manuscripts

A basic understanding of the nature of the Bible is also important here. Original manuscripts do not exist. However, there is a subset of Bibliology, called “textual criticism” dedicated to examining the vast evidence of those originals. Thanks to many people prior to us who were knowledgeable in this area and in the original languages, we can study an English Bible with a fair amount of confidence. By gaining some personal knowledge of textual criticism and of the original languages, we can enhance the accuracy of the English translations a great deal, and in some cases make corrections to poor translations.

verbally inspired

We believe that the very words of Scripture are inspired. This is in contrast to other views which suggest that only the concepts were inspired (Concept Inspiration); or that the writers were merely taking dictation (Mechanical Inspiration); or that the Bible is an inspiring book (Natural Inspiration); or that the Bible is only accurate when dealing with spiritual matters and is not completely without error (Dynamic Inspiration). We believe God used the writers personalities and perspectives, but that He ensured that the writings were accurate, without error, and completely according to His will.

and is our absolute authority

We considered adding authority in all things spiritual, but decided that ultimately the Bible is our absolute authority. The qualifier was originally considered in light areas not directly addressed in the Bible. For example, quantum physics, traffic laws, medicine, auto mechanics, computer usage, etc. Basically, we wanted to acknowledge that there are non-spiritual things not exhaustively addressed in the Bible.

However, we did not put the disclaimer in because we did not want to weaken the idea that the Bible is our absolute authority. Its teachings will govern our approach, philosophy, and attitude even toward subjects outside the scope of the Bible.

In areas where there may be some overlap or even some disagreement, we will have a priority commitment to the Word of God. We do understand that if something is true, it is absolutely true. Sometimes Gods truth revealed through observation can enlighten our understanding of the Bible and vice-versa. For example, consider the arguments for geocentric solar system originally put forth as scriptural that were later disproved by science. As another example, consider the science of atheistic evolution. This teaching comes into conflict with the biblical teaching of a Creator and is does not alter our interpretation of the biblical teaching.

Where any teaching comes into conflict with the biblical teaching of a Creator, we will defer to the Scripture as the final authority, unless such a teaching can further enhance our understanding of the Bible.

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2. Trinity of God

There is one God who manifests Himself in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Isa 44:6, 8, 24; 45:5-6, 18, 21-22) (Mat 28:19; 2 Co 13:14; John 1:1-3, 18)

We believe in one true God. We believe he reveals Himself to and interacts with His creation in three persons. Each person of God has distinctly different characteristics.

For example, God the Father may not be seen (Exodus 33:20). He is spirit (John 4:24) and dwells in the spiritual realm. He interacts with the physical realm via God the Son and God the Spirit.

God the Son may be seen. The leaders of Israel saw God (Exodus 24:9-11) and Moses spoke with God face to face (Ex 33:11). God the Son is the image of the invisible God the Father (Col 1:15). God the Son creates and interacts directly with the physical creation (Col 1:16-18ff). He takes on attributes of the physical realm.

God the Spirit is the connection between the physical realm and the spiritual realm. He indwells the believers physical body (Eph 1:13; 2:22) and intertwines the spiritual realm (Rom 8:26) and with the physical realm (Rom 8:11, 14)

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3. Deity of Christ

Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is true God and true man (Phil 2:5-9; 1 Ti 2:5; John 1:14; Rom 1:3, 4; Lk 1:35; John 10:15, 30).

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4. Depravity of Mankind

Apart from God, all men are spiritually dead. Therefore, no unsaved person can please God. (Eph 4:17, 18; Rom 3:9-19, 23).

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5. Justification

Man is justified by grace, through faith, by the blood of Christ. This salvation is provided by God apart from mans’ work (Rom 3:20-28; Eph 2:8, 9; Tit 3:5, 6; Rom 5:1-9; Rom 4:4-5).

God draws all to be saved (John 6:44, 45; 12:32); enlightens every man coming into the world (John 1:9);and does not counsel any to perish but that all have room for repentance (2 Pet 3:9).

His atonement has no limit (1 Co 6:20 with 2 Pe 2:1; Heb 2:9; John 1:9; 3:16; Rom 5:18; 1 Tim 4:10).

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6. Security

All the saved in this dispensation are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. Therefore, no true member of the body of Christ can lose his salvation (Phil 1:6; Eph 1:4-15; 4:30; Rom 8:29-39; 1 Co 3:11-15; 2 Tim. 2:11-13).

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7. The Church

In the present dispensation there is only one true church, called the body of Christ. The body of Christ began with the apostle Paul at his conversion (1 Co 12:13; Eph 1:22, 23; compare Acts 9:26 with Acts 22:14-21; 1 Ti 1:15-16; Eph 4:4-5).

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8. The Gifts

They include gifts for the present-day purpose of edifying the Body of Christ as well as gifts given for particular purposes in previous dispensations.

Sign gifts are those gifts meant to signal a particular event, such as the establishment of a prophet or the coming of the Messiah, and even the temporary setting aside of Israel.

Revelatory gifts are those gifts meant to reveal the word of God.

The sign gifts of the Acts period have passed away. This happened because, at first, they were signs to show Israel the kingdom promised to David was being offered to them. Later, they were used to show Israel they had been set aside (1 Co 14:21, 22; compare 1 Co 13:8-11 with Col 1:25, 26).

The revelatory gifts passed away when that which is perfect, of 1 Co 13:10 came. This perfect thing was the manifold revelation of the mystery, the completion of the word of God, the mystery of Eph 2:11-3:12 and Col 1:25, 26.

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9. The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper, as revealed in 1 Co 11:23-26, is for the members of the Body of Christ to observe until He comes. This statement is included because there are varying views that we want to distinguish ours from. Other views that we do not believe:

  • We do not believe that The Lord’s Supper is not for today.
  • We do not believe it is a sacrament, necessary for salvation

We believe the bread and drink are symbolic only. These elements do not become the physical flesh and blood of Christ, nor do they carry in them special power or essence of Christ. They are merely to remind us of Christs sacrificial work on the cross.

We do not believe in any particular routine or schedule, only that whenever it is done it should be done as a remembrance.

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10. Baptism

Everyone who trusts in Christ as his savior in this dispensation is made a member of the body of Christ by one divine baptism. By that baptism, every member is united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (1 Co 12:13; Eph 4:5; Col 2:10-12; Rom 6:3-5).

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11. Resurrection

Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead. Because of this, all men will have a bodily resurrection (Lk 24:39-43; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Co 15:20-23; John 5:29; Rev 20:5-6, 11-15).

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12. Rapture

Because the body of Christ was a mystery, which was not prophesied but was kept secret from all generations, Christ will come to catch up the church before the prophesied tribulation (1 Co 2:7; Col 1:25-27; Rom 16:25-26; Eph 3:1-9; 1 Co 15:51, 52; 2 Th 2:1-13; 1 Th 1:10; 4:13-17; 5:9).

The church of today is called the “Body of Christ” in Paul’s writings. The Body of Christ was not prophesied, but was a mystery, kept secret since the foundations of the earth.

The tribulation is a seven year period prophesied in Daniel, Matthew 24, Revelation, etc.

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13. The Millennial Kingdom

Christ will return to the earth at the end of the tribulation. He will reign over the kingdom for a thousand years. At the end of the millennial kingdom, the great white throne judgment will occur (Jer 30:6-10; Zec 14:1-11; Rev 19:11-20:15; Mat 24:3-41).

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14. Hell

The dead are conscious. The saved dead are with the Lord. The unsaved dead are in Hades (Lk 16:19-31; Phil 1:20-23; 2 Co 5:6-9; Mk 12:27; Isa 14:9-17).

The unsaved dead will be cast into the lake of fire. This is everlasting (Rev 14:9-11; 20:10-15; Rom 1:32; Phil 3:19; 2 Th 1:7-9).

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