1. The BIBLE alone is the inspired Word of God, and the only authoritative rule for faith and practice. Scripture alone is able to make a man wise unto salvation. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2. GOD is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, all wise, all good, and perfectly holy and righteous and just. He is altogether sovereign in creation, providence and salvation.
3. JESUS CHRIST, the eternal Son of God condescended to be born of a virgin—thus becoming a perfect man, while remaining perfect God. He willingly died as a substitutionary atoning sacrifice for all the sins of all His people.
4. At the time of salvation, all Christians receive the indwelling and fullness of the HOLY SPIRIT, and are baptized by the Spirit into the spiritual Body of Christ. As he lives by the power of the Spirit, the believer is enabled to live a godly life in this present evil world.
5. All MANKIND are born in a state of total sinful depravity. Therefore, no person has the will or the ability to come to God in his own strength.
6. SALVATION cannot be merited by our 'good works'—for we have none in our sinful state. Salvation is entirely a gift of God's free grace. We are accounted righteous before God, only by the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith—and not for our own works and deservings. We maintain that in the matter of our justification, our own goodness and holiness have nothing whatever to do. Salvation, once received, cannot be lost.
7. GOOD WORKS, which necessarily follow after justification, always spring out of a true and living faith. We maintain that a living faith may be as evidently discerned by the good works which spring from it—as a tree is discerned by its fruit; and that, consequently, the man in whom no good works nor holy living can be seen—is not yet a converted man. God requires man to repent of his sins, and commit himself by faith to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. All true believers will persevere in the faith and in a holy lifestyle—God preserving them.
8. In ETERNITY the saved shall enjoy everlasting life, being forever with the Lord—and the lost shall suffer everlasting punishment as the wages of their sins.
9. The CHURCH consists of all who are . . .
chosen by the Father,
redeemed by the Son, and
born again by the Holy Spirit.
The church finds its visible expression in a local assembly of believers, gathered together by the Spirit, to glorify God by:
promoting His worship,
teaching His Word to believers, and
proclaiming His gospel to the lost.
We hold and teach that the above doctrines are the primary and principal beliefs in true Christianity. We maintain that other points of doctrine, however important and valuable they are in their due place—are by comparison, things of secondary importance. On these secondary issues, true Christians may disagree.
As had been said:
"In essentials, UNITY.
In non-essentials, DIVERSITY.
In all things, CHARITY."
"Test everything. Hold on to the good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21
"All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained." Philippians 3:15-16
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We hold and teach that the above doctrines are the primary and principal things in true Christianity. We maintain that other points of doctrine, however important and valuable they are in their due place—are by comparison, things of secondary importance.
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"Remember your exalted privilege—you have the Bible in your hands, and are not bound to follow books or preachers any farther than what they teach agrees with the Oracles of Truth. We have great reason to be thankful for the instructions and writings of spiritual men—but they are all fallible—even as ourselves. One is our master, even Christ—what He says, we are to receive implicitly—but we do not owe implicit subjection to the best of our fellow-creatures. The Bereans were commended because they would not implicitly believe even the Apostle Paul—but searched the Scriptures to see whether the things which he taught were true. May the Lord give us a spirit of humility and discernment in all things." John Newton
"When we eat an apple—we usually first cut out the blemishes, then eat what is good, and lastly throw the core away. Such a rule I would observe in reading human authors—the best may be defective, and the wisest may be mistaken. We are not only permitted, but enjoined, to call no man master." John Newton
1. Total Depravity
2. Unmerited Election
3. Limited Atonement
4. Irresistible Grace
5. The Perseverance of the Saints
Comparing Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology