What we teach regarding baptism
“Go ye therefore and teach (make disciples of) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”
– Matthew 28:19, 20
For the true believer the verse before us should stop any debate about whether or not one should be baptized. The statement comes from the mouth of our resurrected Lord and Savior. These words come in the midst of what the church refers to as the Great Commission.
Believer’s baptism should be the first act of obedience in a new Christian’s life, and should follow the new birth as quickly as possible. But baptism must also be understood properly before any church baptizes and before any person is baptized. Baptism is only for believers. In other words, baptism is only for those who have publicly professed Christ to be their Savior, and who also believe in the resurrection. (Romans 10:8-13)
What we teach regarding the Bible
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect (mature), thoroughly furnished (equipped for) unto all good works.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We believe the Bible to be God’s word to mankind. We believe it is without error in the original autographs, and also that we have completely acceptable and adequate translations of those original writings which are able to lead anyone who is willing to be saved to eternal life in heaven. The Bible is from Genesis to Revelation continually pointing us to Jesus Christ, the Holy One of Israel, and the promised Messiah who came to “seek and to save the lost”. (Luke 19:10; 24:27, 44-45)
The Bible is such a lofty book, we must conclude that the author is truly the God of all Creation. As Lewis Sperry Chafer wrote, “The Bible is not such a book as man would write if he could, because it condemns him. Neither is it a book that he could write if he would because it surpasses him.”
What we teach regarding salvation
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
– Ephesians 2:8-9
Salvation is wholly from God and is attained only through His glorious grace (Ephesians 2:8). We believe that anyone who is willing to be saved can be saved, while at the same time confessing that no one can be saved apart from God the Father drawing them to God the Son (John 6:44). We also know that salvation can be known only through faith in Jesus, God’s only begotten Son (John 14:6). How is this faith attained? The bible says that “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) In this same passage the question is asked “And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?”(Romans 10:14) Only through the faithful testimony of those already redeemed by Christ as they perform the great commission work of proclaiming the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our confession is the same as Dr. John Gerstner who said “We can save no one, but unless we proclaim to them the Gospel, God will save no one.”
What we teach regarding the church
“…and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
– Matthew 16:18
The church, or “the called out ones”, is composed of only those people who have accepted the free gift of salvation offered by God the Father through the sacrificial death of His Only Begotten Son. The church is called the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 1:18), the bride of Christ (implied in Ephesians 5:25; stated in Revelation 22:17), and the individual members of the church are described as the New Tabernacles in which God the Holy Spirit has chosen to dwell (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16). There is only one true church which is comprised of numerous earthly meeting places, and knows nothing of denominations. The denominational distinctions, though at times they were needed, are still artificial divisions which can only be determined to be manmade. We do, however, maintain the understanding that not every group that calls itself a church, is really a church of our great God and Savior.
What we teach regarding the Trinity
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”
– 2 Corinthians 13:14
Belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is an absolute essential for any true church of our Lord and Savior and for any individual who has trusted Him in salvation. Jesus was the one who most beautifully taught the great truths of the Trinity so we without hesitation confess our belief in the blessed Trinity of God. John 14 gives the clearest biblical revelation regarding the truth of the Trinity (see John 14:16 and 26 while noticing the “…I will come to you” in verse 18, and the “…we will come…” in verse 23).