Doctrinal Statement

Article I – The Scriptures

 

The witness of Scripture is that the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a divine revelation, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is absolute in authority, complete in revelation, final in content, and infallible in its statements. The canon of Scripture is closed. Scripture is to be interpreted literally, as opposed to an allegorical interpretation. A consistent, literal interpretation allows for progressive revelation, which is the gradual unfolding over a period of time of certain revealed truths of God as recorded in Scripture. (Lk. 1:1-4; 24:27, 44-46, 48; Jn. 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:11; 26:6-7, 26; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
 

Article II – The Godhead

There are three distinct personalities in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three Persons are one God, the same in substance, eternally equal in power and glory (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:8; Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Jn. 5:7).
 

Article III – The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, that is, He is Himself very God; He took upon Himself human nature, being conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life; He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of all who would believe; He died and arose bodily the third day in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in that body glorified, where He is now, as interceding High Priest of all who believe in Him; He will come again personally, bodily, and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the living and the dead (Mt. 1:18-25; 25:31-46; Lk. 24; Jn. 3:16; Acts 1:9-11; 2:31-36; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:24, 25; Rev. 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15).
 

Article IV – The Need of Mankind

Adam was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, which resulted in being separated from God, and in that sense, is lost; this is true of all men, since Adam was the first created of all mankind thus by one man sin entered the world, resulting in death entering the world, and so death was passed upon all man, so that all have sinned. A man or woman must be born again, in order to enter the kingdom of God; man can in no way make payment or compensation for his own sin; only Christ who dies on a cross for the sins of mankind in His own body on the tree; the retribution required of the wicked and unbelieving sinner and earn the reward for that sinner of everlasting life. This is the intentional plan of God and Christ voluntarily submitted to this sacrifice (Gen. 1:26, 27; 3:1-13; Mt. 25:46; Jn. 3:16; Acts 13:38, 39; 4:12; Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12; 7:18; 2 Cor. 5:1; 11:3; Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Thess. 1:7-10).
 

Article V – Salvation By Grace through Faith in Christ Alone

Salvation is a gift of God, by grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died a voluntary and substitutionary death upon the cross at Calvary as once for all sacrifice for whosoever believes. Those who trust Jesus Christ by faith alone have their sins forgiven; are born into the family of God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, thus becoming children of God; and are made new creatures in Christ Jesus (Jn. 1:12-13; Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9; Heb. 10:10-12; 1 Pet. 2:23-24).
 

Article VI – The Church

The church is an elect assembly of believers who have been baptized by the Holy Spirit, simultaneous with faith and repentance, into one body by placing their personal trust in Christ alone for salvation; therefore, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not repeated after conversion. The church is to be a witness concerning her Head, Jesus Christ. This wittness is the Great Commission meaning the preaching of the gospel and discipling all nations; this command continues until Christ returns to set up His kingdom on this earth. The only ordinances of the church received from her Lord is water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are not a means of grace and therefore are not necessary for salvation, but are evidences of obediences in the life of a believer. Baptism is to be in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; it is by full (water) immersion in the likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ; the Lord’s Supper is to be observed in remembrance of Christ’s death for sin and is to be observed until He returns (Mt. 16:16-18; 28:18-20 Lk. 22:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 2:41-47; 15:13-17; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:3-6; 2:11-12; 3:1-13).
 

Article VII – The First and Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ

The first advent of Christ was when He came into the world in order to manifest the Father to man, fulfill prophecy, and become the Savior of the world; in fulfillment of prophecy Christ came first to Israel presenting Himself as King, being rejected by the nation, gave His life as a ransom according to the eternal purpose of God; Christ rose bodily and literally from the dead, now glorified; His resurrected body is the pattern of the glorified body for the believer at the rapture or first resurrection. The second advent of Christ is an imminent, personal, and premillennial event, and as the blessed hope of the believer it has a vital relationship to the Christian life. The end of Daniel’s seventieth week will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Earth; He will establish His millennial reign, during which Satan will be bound, and the Abrahamic Covenant and three sub-covenants of Land (Palestinian Covenant), Seed (Davidic Covenant), and Blessing (New Covenant) will be fulfilled to the nation of Israel (Gen. 12:1-3; Deut. 30:1-10; 2 Sam. 7:12-16; Isa. 11:9; Ezek. 37:21; Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:1-25:46; Lk. 1:30-35; Jn. 1:18; 3:16; 20:20; Acts 15:16-17; Rom. 11:25-27; Phil. 3:20-21; Heb. 4:15; Rev. 6:1-19:21; 20:1-3).
 

* These articles are adapted (with permission and minor revisions) from the following: http://www.eternalministries.org/statement.html.