Our Beliefs (part 2)

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ gives the Church evangelists and pastor‑teachers.  These gifted men are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. The Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts upon believers for Christian service and the edification of the Church. The church age was initiated through the ministry of the apostles and prophets accompanied by sign gifts to confirm their message.  These sign gifts gradually ceased by the time of the  completion  of the New Testament. We believe God hears and answers prayer in accord with His own will for healing of the sick and afflicted.

Dispensationalism

We believe the Scriptures interpreted in their historical, literal and grammatical sense reveal divinely determined dispensations which define man’s responsibility in successive ages.  A dispensation is not a way of salvation, but a divinely ordered stewardship by which God directs man according to His purpose. We believe salvation is always by grace through faith regardless of the dispensation in which the believer may have lived.  God’s purpose of salvation by grace through faith alone has always been based upon the substitutionary atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross.

The Personality of Satan

We believe Satan is a created being, the author of sin, the tempter in the fall, the declared enemy of God and man, and the god of this age.  He shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire.

The Return of Christ

We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones.  We believe that at the end of the seven‑year tribulation He will return to earth with the saints in power and glory to reign for a thousand years.

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.  On the other hand,  the souls of unbelievers are, at death, absent from the body and in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.

Creation

We believe the triune God, by a free act and for His own glory, without the use of existing materials or secondary causes, brought into being, immediately and instantaneously in six literal days by the word of His mouth–the whole universe.

Biblical Unity and Separation

We believe the saved should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ, necessitating holy living in all personal and ecclesiastical associations and relationships. It is the believer’s responsibility to endeavor to maintain the unity of the faith while separating from apostasy and those who have deviated from biblical doctrine and behavior.  Every proposed alliance must be considered in the light of our commitment to biblical separation.