By Pastor David L. Strope
We Believe And Teach
is the Word of God, given by God to us so that we may know Him.
The Bible is composed of sixty-six books - thirty-nine books of
the Old Testament and twenty-seven books of the New Testament.
Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and He communicated
His truth through and to human beings, reflecting the backgrounds,
styles and vocabularies of the human authors. The Bible is the
Word of God in the words of human beings, yet it is without
error. No other writings are similarly inspired by God. The
Bible is the basis for our knowledge of God and is the final
authority as to how we are to live.
only one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit - each of Whom possesses equally all the
attributes of God and the characteristics of personality. God
created the heavens and the earth, demonstrating the glory of His
power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues
to sustain His creation, and by His providence He orders the
affairs of human beings according to His own wise, eternal
plan. God created men and women in His image and likeness, that
we might be in relationship with Him. Our greatest purpose in
life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
relationship with God was broken by sin. Ignoring His love and
grace, we divorced Him from our lives through our acts of
disobedience. As a result, human nature was corrupted, rendering
us unable to please God. Our sinful nature results in sinful
actions, and we stand condemned before God, spiritually dead and
unable to alter our situation. We justly deserve Godís wrath for
our sins. Our salvation from sin is wholly a work of Godís free
grace - not the result, in whole or part, of human works or
goodness - and it is appropriated by faith alone in Christ alone.
There is only one way of salvation - by trusting in Jesus Christ
The object of
our faith and trust is Jesus Christ. Jesus was completely God,
yet in order to accomplish our salvation, He laid aside His
privileges as God and became a human being through His virginal
conception and birth to a woman named Mary. In becoming human,
He never ceased to be God. Jesus Christ was fully God and fully
On the cross,
Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for our sins. Christ
died in our place, as our substitute, suffering the hell that we
justly deserved. In dying in our place, He removed the guilt
and condemnation of sin. As we trust in Him alone, we are
forgiven and are justified; that is, we stand before God
"just-as-if-Iíd never sinned." We are declared righteous before
God as we accept the work of Christ in our behalf.
Jesus truly died
on the cross; was buried; and was physically resurrected from
ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father
where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually
makes intercession for us.
physically return to fully establish His kingdom in the eternal
plan of God.
The Holy Spirit...
essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with
Jesus Christ is obedience to God, worked out in our lives by God
the Holy Spirit.
applies the benefits of Christís work of redemption to those who
trust Him. The Spirit works to convince people of their
sinfulness and need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. The Spirit
regenerates us; that is, He removes our spiritual deadness makes
us alive in Christ.
At the point of
salvation, He lives in those who trust in Christ, giving us the
assurance of salvation, strength, wisdom and guidance. The
Spirit enables us to develop a Christ-like character to the
glory of God.
corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers are
united with one another. We become a part of His family, the
Church. The Church is the assembly of Godís people, redeemed by
Christ and regenerated and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do
Godís work in the world.
There is one true
universal Church, which is composed of all people - living and
dead - who have trusted in Christ alone for their salvation
without regard for organizational affiliation.
God commands us to
assemble together for worship, instruction, fellowship and
encouragement. Whenever Godís people meet in obedience to this
command, there is a local expression of the Church.
It is the
responsibility of each believer in Christ to keep the unity of
the Spirit (since we are united with Christ and with one
another), to build up Christís church, to work with other
believers in showing concern for the needs of people everywhere,
and to fulfill Christís final command to spread the Good News of
salvation throughout the world.
fulfillment of Godís saving work embraces the whole person -
physically and spiritually. At physical death, the believer in
Christ enters immediately into eternal conscious fellowship with
the Lord. The non-believer enters into eternal conscious
separation from the Lord.
consummation of Christís kingdom, the bodies of all the dead
shall be raised, and all people will be judged by God. God, who
is all-knowing, will render perfect judgment on each person.
There is no
condemnation for those who have trusted in Christ because He has
taken the punishment for their sin and they have been declared
righteous through Him. They will be resurrected to eternal life
in glorified bodies and will receive rewards for the quality of
their work in Christ.
Those who have
rejected Christ will be judged for their sinfulness. Because
they didnít trust in Christís saving work, they will be raised
to everlasting condemnation and damnation, being eternally
separated from God and every indication of His blessing.
realities of eternal life through trusting in Christ and of
eternal death through rejecting Christ, God has commanded His
people to communicate to others the Good News of salvation in
Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone.
of Christ, we are committed to...
biblical foundation for our lives.
upon God and inter-dependence with other believers.
God or other Christians is an unbiblical and unhealthy
attitude that we must avoid.
In order for us
to grow spiritually, we need a balanced Christian experience
worship through gathering together for celebration,
encouragement, instruction and fellowship;
a vital and
which understands and applies Godís truth to life, resulting
through relationships with other Christians.
Giving of our time,
abilities and resources in service to Christ and His Church.
God has given each of us spiritual gifts, natural talents and
learned abilities which we can use to help encourage others
and enable them to grow in Godís grace. God has blessed us
with resources that we can share to equip others. As stewards
of Godís gifts, we need to utilize everything God has given to
us in a way that honors Him.
Sharing the Good
News of salvation through Christ.