Our Beliefs

Scripture

Scripture is holy writing as found in the sixty-six books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, written by holy men of God who were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error. To inspire the words written on the original autographs infallibly and then lose them over time would have made their inspiration meaningless. God promised to preserve His words to all generations.

The Authorized Version (King James Version) is the inspired word of God preserved infallibly for English speaking people and is the supreme and final authority for all matters of faith and practice. The word of God for Italian speaking people is the Diodati.

2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 12:6-7; 100:5; Matthew 24:35

Godhead

There is one living and true God, existing in three persons, all equal in divine personality and nature, set forth in scripture as the Father, the Word (the Son), and the Holy Ghost. Within these three personages is found the expression of the triune God of the universe who is eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, worship, confidence, and love by His creatures.

1 John 5:7; Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:26 with 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Revelation 4:11

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was the eternal God manifest in the flesh. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin named Mary and possessed both full deity and humanity. Jesus Christ was crucified to pay the penalty of our sin and He literally and bodily rose from the dead on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

1 Timothy 3:16; Micah 5:2; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Romans 5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 3:1

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit in the world today is convicting mankind of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit is fully God and permanently dwells within the body of the born-again believer. The Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer so the believer might effectively communicate the love of Christ and edify the body of Christ. The spiritual gifts of tongues and healing are not active in this age.

John 16:8-11; Ephesians 1:13; John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Ephesians 1:3; 1 Corinthians 12:7

The Person of Satan

Satan is a real, historical being. He was a cherub who was lifted up in pride and ambition to be like the Most High. He rebelled against God and drew after him a host of angels. He is the enemy of God and His Christ and therefore the avowed enemy of all truly born-again believers. He is the accuser of the brethren, the author of all false religions, and would have all worship him. He is destined to final defeat and judgment of God in the eternal lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 12:10; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Matthew 4:8-9; Matthew 25:41

Creation

The Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively. Adam was a historical person, the first man, created by the direct act of God and in His image. Man was created a trinity of body, soul, and spirit. The creation of man, along with all animal and vegetable life, was not due to evolution from lower to higher forms.

1 Corinthians 15:45; Genesis 1:1-31; 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23

The Fall of Man

Adam was created in innocence and perfection and was placed in the Garden of Eden to dress it. Through voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless state and thereby incurred not only physical death but also immediate spiritual death. In consequence of which all human beings are born dead in trespasses and sins and possess a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

Genesis 2:17; Ephesians 2:1; Romans 3:10,23; James 4:17

Salvation

The blessings of salvation are made free to all by the grace of God. Salvation is a free gift, not merited or earned by any works of the flesh or human self-righteousness.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 11:6

Repentance and Saving Faith

Repentance and faith cannot be separated – they work together in the single action of turning from self-effort and trusting on Jesus Christ as Saviour. Repentance and faith are solemn obligations wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the only way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.

Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-10

Justification

Justification is the legal and judicial act of God whereby those who put faith in Christ are declared righteous in His eyes and free from guilt and punishment. In justification, all the believer’s sins are forgiven and the guilt and punishment is removed. The believer may have to pay the rest of his life in the flesh for what he has sowed but eternal punishment is out of the question. The slate is wiped clean and he is declared to have the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We are justified by His grace at the moment of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. The justification is done by God. He is the author of justification.

Romans 3:22-26; 4:3-5; Titus 3:7

Eternal Security

Salvation is eternal life. It is the life of God. It is a divine life that could not possibly have an ending because it had no beginning. If a man possesses eternal life, he is saved. He is saved for time and for eternity, for the divine nature that he partakes of is eternal life.

Ephesians 1:6; Romans 8:29,38-39; John 10:28-29; 1 John 5:13

Church

The local church is God’s vehicle to accomplish His work in this age. It is the responsibility of each local church to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, edify the believer, and spread the gospel around the world. Local, independent churches should be self-governing and reproduce themselves by establishing other local churches. The officers of ordination in the local church are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances left by the Lord to the local church.

Acts 16:5; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 4:12; Mark 16:15; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 3:1-12; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Marriage

God instituted the home and Christian marriage should be the finest example of Christ’s relationship to the church. Husbands should lead their homes in godliness and with self-sacrifice, wives should live in joyful submission and guide the house, and children should obey and honor their parents in the Lord.

Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:22-23; 1 Timothy 5:14; Ephesians 6:1

Separation

Separation is twofold: “from” whatever is contrary to the revealed will of God; and “unto” God Himself. Separation is first and foremost an internal matter. Biblical separation does not include conforming to man-made rules that are in addition to God’s demands for personal purity. The testimony of every believer in Jesus Christ should be one of separation from the affections of the world-system and its philosophies opposed to the Bible. Separation is not isolation from the world but insulates the believer from being contaminated by it. When a particular brand of Christianity gains acceptance and is applauded by the world then it is of the wrong sort. Separation also includes a stand against believers who are false teachers.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 2:15; 2 Timothy 2:20-21; Matthew 23:3-4; Galatians 2:11-14

Hell

The wicked who reject Christ will be turned into hell. Hell is a literal and everlasting prison that God prepared for the Devil and his angels. It is called a “furnace of fire”. Hell is a place of banishment from the presence of God. Hell is a place of torment and punishment where the conscious and never-dying souls of the unsaved dead burn forever in everlasting punishment.

Psalm 9:17; Matthew 13:42; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Luke 16:23; Matthew 25:46

Heaven

Heaven is a prepared place for believers in Christ. It is called the New Jerusalem. Heaven is a literal place where the presence of God is manifested and where Jesus Christ sits at His right hand and the angels reside. Immediately at death, the believer’s soul and spirit are in the presence of God in heaven.

John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 21-22

Future Things

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in the clouds at the pre-Tribulation Rapture (translation) of the body of Christ and the corrupting body of the believer who is dead will be changed into an incorruptible body and he will come out of the grave. The believer who is alive at the Rapture will have their corruptible body changed into an incorruptible body and he will never taste death but will arise to ever be with the Lord.

After the Rapture, the born-again believer will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. The believer is not saved by works nor kept by works, but the works that he commits after he is saved will be judged “of what sort it is.” The believer will either receive rewards or suffer loss.

The Tribulation is a Jewish dispensation as seen by its being termed “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” The Great Tribulation period is a time of wrath; the Church Age saints are given the promise that we are not appointed to wrath but to obtain salvation from the time of wrath.

The Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth with His saints to end the Tribulation. He will cast the Beast and the False Prophet into a lake of fire. Likewise, He will slay those who fought against Him. The Lord will cast Satan into the bottomless pit. Finally, He will establish His kingdom as promised. The Kingdom Age or Millennial Reign of Christ finds fulfillment for the Davidic, Mosaic, Abrahamic, and New Covenants as well as scores of Old Testament prophecies.

The literal, physical resurrection of the unsaved dead will occur after the thousand year reign of Christ. Their resurrection will occur and they will stand before the White Throne Judgment and “whosoever was not found written in the book of life” will be “cast into the lake of fire.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55; Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Jeremiah 30:7; Revelation 6:16-17; Zephaniah 1:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 19:20-21; Revelation 20:1-4,12-15

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