Doctrinal Statement

Purpose:  The purpose of this ministry is to present isagogical, categorical, and exegetical Bible teaching, and to facilitate the distribution of this material through face-to-face teaching, audio cassette tapes, CDs, books, and materials required in the teaching of the Word of God as outlined in basic Bible doctrine.

The thrust of this ministry is to make sound doctrine available to believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, to the end that each believer might become spiritually self-sustaining, i.e., "until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature believer, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness, in deceitful scheming" (EPH 4:13-14).

These materials are to be distributed by grace, and are not to be sold.  They are made possible by the gifts of believers everywhere who understand that Jesus Christ Himself was the greatest gift of all from God to mankind.  Our response is to share this gift to all who would believe.  "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus Our Lord" (ROM 6:23).

Doctrine:  The following doctrines contained in the Holy Scripture are adopted:

  1. The Holy Scriptures
    We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God—authoritative, inerrant, and God-breathed (2TI 3:16; 2PE 1:20-21; MAT 5:18; JOH 16:12-13).

  2. The Godhead
    We believe in one Triune God, existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (DEU 6:4; 2Co 13-14).

  3. The Total Depravity of Man
    We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and is totally unable to retrieve his original condition (GEN 1:26-27; ROM 3:22-23, ROM 3:5:12; EPH 2:12).

  4. The Person and Work of Christ
    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man; that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (JOH 1:1-2, JOH 1:14; LUK 1:35; ROM 3:24-25, ROM 4:25; 1PE 1:3-5); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (HEB 9:24; ROM 8:34; 1JO 2:1-2).

  5. The Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit
    We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, indwells all believers in the present age, baptizes them in the Body of Christ, and seals them unto the day of redemption; and that it is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit (ROM 8:9; 1CO 12:12-14; EPH 1:13-14, EPH 5:18).

  6. Salvation
    We believe that salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (EPH 2:8-10; JOH 1:12; EPH 1:7).

  7. The Eternal Security of Believers
    We believe that all believers are kept secure forever (ROM 8:1, ROM 8:38-39; JOH 10:27-30; 1CO 1:4-8).

  8. The Church
    We believe that the Church, which is the Body and will be the Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this Age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (EPH 1:22-23, EPH 5:25-27; 1CO 12:12-14).

  9. The Personality of Satan
    We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man (JOB 1:6-7; MAT 4:2-11; ISA 14:12-17).

  10. The Blessed Hope
    We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming—otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the Church (1CO 15:51-57; 1TH 4:13-18; TIT 2:11-14).

  11. The Tribulation
    We believe that the Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Daniel's seventieth week—the latter half of which is the time of Jacob's trouble—the Great Tribulation (DAN 9:27; JER 30:7; MAT 24:15-21; REV 6:1-19, REV 6:21).

  12. The Second Coming of Christ
    We believe that the Great Tribulation will be climaxed by the Premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to set up His kingdom (ZEC 14:4-11; MAT 24:15-25, MAT 24:46; 2TH 1:7-10; REV 20:6).

  13. The Eternal State
    We believe that the human soul and human spirit of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming—when soul, human spirit, and body reunited will be associated with Him forever in His glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium, when the soul and body reunited will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction, separated forever from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (LUK 16:19-26, LUK 16:23-43; 2CO 5:8; PHI 1:23; 2TH 1:7-9; JUD 1:6-7; REV 20:11-15).

  14. The Responsibility of Believers
    We believe that all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as to not bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior, that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all the world (ACT 1:8); that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means—as the Lord has prospered them (1CO 16:2).

  15. Church Ordinance
    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return (MAT 28:19-20; 1CO 11:23-26).

  16. Sovereignty
    We believe that God, existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is sovereign, and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of and consistent with the essence and attributes of deity (1CH 29:11-12; DAN 4:35; PSA 24:1; EPH 1:11; 1TI 6:15).

  17. Spirituality
    We believe that spirituality is both an absolute and a relative condition in the life of a believer in this dispensation.  The absolute concept relates to the filling by means of the Spirit, and the relative concept relates to spiritual growth.  We believe that a believer becomes carnal through an act of mental, verbal, or overt sin and that absolute spirituality or fellowship with Christ is restored solely by personal confession of that sin to God the Father (JOH 15:7-8; 2CO 5:6; GAL 5:15; EPH 5:18; ROM 6:11-13; 1JO 1:9; 1JO 1:5-10; 1JO 2:1-2; 1CO 11:31).

  18. Spiritual Gifts
    We believe that God the Holy Spirit—in grace and apart from human merit—sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to believers in this dispensation.  The permanent spiritual gifts which exist today are pastor-teacher, evangelist, service, ruling, exhortation, teacher, ministry, helps, giving, and mercy.  We further believe that the temporary spiritual gifts were apostle, prophet, tongues, interpretation of tongues, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, faith, healings, and miracles.  Tongues and the interpretation of tongues ceased in 70 A.D., and the other eight temporary gifts ceased with the completion of the Canon of Scripture (ROM 12:6-8; 1CO 12:8-10; EPH 4:11).

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