The Scriptures: We believe literally in the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the original Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) manuscripts, which combined make up the 66 books of our Protestant Christian Bible. We affirm their complete authority, necessity, and sufficiency for both faith and Christian practice. We affirm that we cannot know God nor can we be saved outside of a God-given understanding of the sacred content of Holy Scripture, most notably, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that all of Scripture reveals the character and will of God – centered around the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Verbal Inspiration: We believe in the verbal inspiration of Scripture: that "all scripture is breathed out by God," by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that men of God "were carried along by the Holy Spirit" to write the very words of God.
Plenary Inspiration: We believe in the plenary inspiration of Scripture: that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings (historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetic) as they appeared in the original manuscripts.
Sufficiency: We believe in the sufficiency of Scripture: that God has revealed to mankind all that is necessary for salvation, and in scripture we as Christians have been given all we need for Christ-likeness.
Inerrancy: We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture: that the Bible is without error or fault in all it’s teaching. The Bible is totally reliable and truthful. It is not only accurate in matters related to faith and practice, but it is accurate and without error with regard to any statement, period.
Perspicuity (Clarity): We believe in the perspicuity of Scripture: that God has clearly revealed to us His person and will in His word in a perspicuous and lucid manner. The Bible can be understood; as indeed it was given to us to be so. This clarity was intended to make all men fully accountable to its message. God’s written Word can be logically understood and handled properly, implying it can be misunderstood and handled improperly. Therefore, the expectation is a literal, orderly, and concise interpretation.
Canonicity: Finally, we believe in God’s superintendence in the canonicity of Scripture: that God has sovereignly overseen the selection of the authoritative writings we call Holy Scripture. As with human authorship, the Spirit of God governed human selection, that men would discover what God had predetermined as authoritative for His purposes, for His people, and for His Church.
Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, Psalm 119:16; 119:130, Proverbs 30:5-6, Matthew 5:17-18; 28:19-20, Mark 13:31, Luke 24:13-35, John 17:17, II Peter 1:19-21; 3:15-16, II Timothy 3:15-17, Jude 1:3, Titus 1:2-3, Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12-13; 6:18, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Peter 1:19-21, Revelation 22:18-1
The Triune God: We believe there is one God, eternally and simultaneously existing as a complex unity of three distinct Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each equal in divine nature and attributes, each equally deserving of worship and obedience.
Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-7, Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19, John 1:1-51; 4:24; 10:30-36; 14:16-17, I Corinthians 8:4-6, II Corinthians 1:21-22; 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-6, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 1:8, I Peter 1:2, I John 5:7-8
God the Father: We believe that God the Father orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose by means of righteous justice, perfect love, and divine grace. He is the Creator of all things. He is sovereign over creation, providence, and redemption. As creator, He is the Father of all men, but is only the Spiritual Father to those who believe. His sovereignty accounts not for the authorship or the approval of sin, but the redemption of all things by His own forgiveness of sin. He graciously and sovereignly predetermines and elects those who will come to Him, yet mysteriously does not bypass the responsibility of the sinner, saving all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1-31, I Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 103:19; 145:8-9, Habakkuk 1:13, John 1:12; 8:38-47, Romans 8:14-15; 11:36, I Corinthians 8:6, II Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:4-11; 3:9; 4:6, Hebrews 12:5-9, I Peter 1:17
God the Son: We believe that Jesus is God’s Son and the Messiah for Jews and Gentiles alike. God the Father created all things according to His own will, through His son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation. He was conceived by the Spirit of God, born of a virgin, lived in perfect compliance to the Old Testament law, died on a cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all who would believe, was buried, and was then resurrected on the third day in fulfillment of the Scriptures by God the Father. As Son of Man and Son of God He has both a fully human and fully divine nature, representing humanity and deity in indivisible oneness. He is the complete and perfect personification of the Father. On the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is then freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin. And he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God. Jesus Christ possesses all the divine glory and thus He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father. In the incarnation, Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence in any degree. Since His ascension, Christ rules in heaven as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, on earth and under the earth. He orders and watches over His Church as the head of the body and our heavenly High Priest. Jesus is coming to judge sinners, casting them into hell along with Satan and his demons. Finally, He is the coming King of David and He will reign forever on the new earth.
Psalm 2:7-9, Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, Micah 5:2, Matthew 1:20-25; 28:6, Luke 1:26-36; 24:38-39, John 1:1-14; 1:29; 5:23-29; 10:15-30; 14:8-19, Acts 1:9-11; 2:30-31, Romans 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 5:8-10; 6:5-10; 8:34, I Corinthians 15:1-23, II Corinthians 5:14-21, Ephesians 1:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:14-17; 2:9, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Timothy 1:15; 2:5-6, Hebrews 1:2; 7:25-26; 9:24; 10:12-21, I Peter 1:18-19; 2:24: 3:18, I John 2:1, Revelation 20
God the Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity. In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, the work of salvation, and the empowerment of the Church to be faithful witnesses and make disciples of all nations. The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and transforming believers into the image of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service and seals them unto the day of redemption. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation. We believe that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor the gifted by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith. We believe, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today. We recognize that much of the emphasis on sign gifts in the early church was to accomplish unique aspects of redemptive history, namely the verification of the Apostles’ authority as they spoke and wrote for God, the unity of Jew and Gentile into one baptism, and evangelism. We eagerly desire the spiritual gifts Christ offers his Church today for the edification of the Body, in the context of humility and love.
Genesis 1:2, Psalm 139:7-10, Isaiah 40:1-3-14, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 1:18; 28:19-20, John 3:5-7; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:7-15, Acts 1:5-8; 2:4; 5:3-4; 28:25-26, Romans 8:9-14; 8:29; 12:3-8; 815:13, I Corinthians 2:10-13; 6:19; 12-14, II Corinthians 3:6; 12:12; 13:14-18, Ephesians 1:13; 2:22; 4:1-30; 5:18, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 2:1-4; 9:14; 10:15-17, II Peter 1:19-21, I John 2:20-27
Mankind: We believe that man was created by God in His image and likeness, designed to enjoy many of God’s communicable attributes – those attributes similar to God that we have in limited measure. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, and moral responsibility to God. We believe that God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God and enjoy God’s fellowship. We believe that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace; man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that, because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages who were born of a woman. Jesus Christ being the only exception, having been born of a woman, yet conceived by the Holy Spirit, Christ had not the seed of Adam and so he did not possess Adam’s sin. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration.
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7-17; 3:1-19, Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5, Isaiah 43:7, Jeremiah 17:9; John 1:8; 3:36, Romans 3:9-23, 23; 5:10-25; 6:23, I Corinthians 2:14, II Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 1:16, 1 Timothy 2:13-14, James 3:9, Revelation 4:11
Salvation: We believe that the gift of salvation and eternal life is given by the grace of God through repentance and faith in Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior. We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the substitutionary work of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon himself our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and reconciling in his person the most tender sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
Sovereign Election: We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He unconditionally and graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance. Our belief in sovereign predestination of all who would believe does not compromise the responsibility of man to choose to repent and believe, however acknowledges that God mysteriously accounts for the will of man well within the context of His sovereign selection.
Ezekiel 18:23-32; 33:11, Matthew 15:13; 11:25-28; 24:24, Mark 13:22, John 3:18-36; 5:40; 6:37-44, Acts 13:48, Romans 8:28-30; 9:11-23, Ephesians 1:4-11, II Corinthians 4:4, II Thessalonians 2:10-13, II Timothy 1:9; 2:10, Titus 3:4-7, James 4:8, I Peter 1:1-2, Revelation 22:17
Regeneration: We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration. This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 3:3-7; 5:24, I Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 2:10; 5:17-21, Philippians 2:12, Colossians 3:16, Titus 3:5, 2 Peter 1:4-10
Justification: We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. Justification is our positional righteousness before God as we are hidden in Christ and in the shadow of the cross. Upon believing by faith, we are loved by the Father no less than He loves Jesus, the Son.
Isaiah 55:6-7, Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18, Romans 2:4; 3:20-26; 4:6; 8:33; 10:9, I Corinthians 1:30; 12:3, II Corinthians 4:5; 5:21; 7:10, Philippians 2:11, Colossians 2:14, I Peter 2:24
Sanctification: We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. Not to be confused with being set apart in a positional sense as saints, the progressive sanctification is our experiential righteousness. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ. In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide opportunity for escape from temptation and victory over sin.
Psalm 119:11, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 17:17-19, Acts 20:32, Romans 6:1-22; 8:4, I Corinthians 1:2-30; 6:11; 15:51-58, II Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:16-25, Ephesians 4:22-24; 5:25-26, Philippians 3:12, Colossians 3:9-10, I Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23, II Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10-14; 13:12, I Peter 1:2-6; 1:14-16, I John 3:2-9, Jude 24-25
Glorification: Although we grow in our ability to reflect God’s glory over the course of our lives, the remaining presence of the flesh prevents us from shining forth His light in its fullness. One day, however, the Lord will glorify us, making us morally perfect, completely free from sin and pain to exist in the glory of God. Through salvation, we are made free from the penalty of sin; in sanctification, we are made free from the power of sin; and in our glorification, we will be made free from the very presence of sin. Because God has sworn that He will be glorified through our glorification, He cannot fail to bring our salvation to completion in the day of Christ Jesus.
John 6:44, Romans 2:5-10; 5:2; 8:17-30; 9:23-27, I Corinthians 2:7-9; 15:43-54, II Corinthians 3:18; 4:17, Ephesians 5:27, Philippians 3:20-21, I Thessalonians 2:12, II Thessalonians 1:10-12; 2:14, II Timothy 2:10, Colossians 1:27; 3:3-4, Hebrews 2:10-11, I Peter 5:1, I John 3:2-4, Revelation 20:6; 21:4
Eternal Security: We believe that the glorification of the believer is as sure and as much a guaranteed work of God as are salvation and sanctification. All born-again Christians have assurance of eternal salvation as it is the gracious gift of God to men and is received only through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah as the definitive atonement for sinners. This is known as the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints. He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son. Thus the Christian’s confidence is not in any measure of his own ability to maintain or to not forfeit his salvation status. All real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. We affirm that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality. While a Christian can behave carnally, this is an indication of immaturity and not indication that someone has fallen from God’s grace to save. We can neither gain nor can we lose our salvation.
John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30, Romans 3:31; 4:5; 5:9-18; 6:15-22; 8:1-39; 11:6; 13:13-14, I Corinthians 1:4-8; 3:1-4, Galatians 5:13-26, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:8-9; 4:30, Philippians 2:12, Titus 2:11-14; 3:5, Hebrews 7:25; 13:5, I Peter 1:5, I John 2:19; 5:13, Jude 24
The Church: We believe that the Invisible Church is the community of all true believers for all time of which Christ is the Head. We believe that the visible church of Christ is the gathering of Christ-confessing believers on earth observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the spiritual gifts invested in them by Christ for the common good of the church. The visible church’s only scriptural officers are Elders and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are outlined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus as well as in 1 Peter chapter 5. We believe that the establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures and that the members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies. We believe that elders are to lead as servants of Christ and have His authority in directing the church. The congregation is to submit to their leadership. Each local church through its elders should be the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. The elders should determine all other matters of membership, policy, discipline, benevolence, and government. We believe that the purpose of the church is to glorify God by building itself up in the faith, by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world, and by making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 18:5-22; 28:19-20, Luke 18:1-6; 22:19, John 5:7-9, Acts 1:8; 2:1-21; 2:38-47; 5:1-11; 8:36-39; 14:23-27; 15:19-31; 20:17-28, Romans 6:1-11; 12:5-8, I Corinthians 5:1-13; 10:16-32; 11:3-32; 12:4-31; 13:8-14:12; 15:51-58, II Corinthians 11:2; 12:6-12, Galatians 1:2, Ephesians 1:22; 2:11-3:6; 3:21; 4:7-16; 5:23-32, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:18, I Thessalonians 1:1; 4:13-18, II Thessalonians 1:1; 3:6-15, I Timothy 1:19-20; 3:1-13; 5:17-22, II Timothy 2:2-15, 15; 3:16-17, Titus 1:5-16, Hebrews 2:3-4; 10:25; 13:7-17, James 5:13-16, I Peter 4:10-11; 5:1-5, I John 1:3; 5:14-15, Revelation 13:13-14; 19:7-8; 2:12
Ordinances: We believe that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). Christian baptism by immersion is the solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ. Baptism is an important and symbolic step of obedience for all who have already repented and declared the Lordship of Jesus, however it is not efficacious for salvation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn and serious self-examination. We also believe that, whereas the elements of Communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, participation in the Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ, who indwells every believer, and so is present, fellowshipping with His people.
Matthew 3:11-12, Mark 1:5, Luke 7:29, John 3:23, Acts 2:38-42; 8:36-39; 19:4; 22:16, Romans 6:1-11, I Corinthians 10:16; 11:28-32, Galatians 2:20; 3:27, Titus 3:5, I Peter 3:21, Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 26:26-28, Luke 22:19-20; 24:30, John 6:33-58, Acts 20:28, Romans 3:25; 5:9; I Corinthians 11:17-34, II Corinthians 13:5, Ephesians 1:7; 2:13, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:12-14; 10:19-29; 13:12, I Peter 1:2-19, I John 1:7, Revelation 1:5; 5:9; 7:14; 12:11
Service: Every Christian member ought to serve in the church in accordance to his or her gifts, the needs of the church, and the genuine love he or she has for the fellowship. Service within the church ought to be a natural product a member’s commitment to those in the church and is only to be withheld for specific purposes designed to prepare the member for future, more effective service, such as counseling and training.
Romans 12:5-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 15:58, Ephesians 4:7-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Revelation 22:12
Last Things: We believe the book of Revelation literally and chronologically. We believe in the rapture of the church & the premillennial coming of Christ. We teach Christ will one day judge the living and the dead. We teach that those who are in Christ will not face the second death and those who are not will spend eternity in hell. We teach the church will be glorified to be in the presence and fellowship of God forever.
Daniel 9:24-27; 12:1-2, Jeremiah 30:7, Matthew 24:15-32, Mark 13:32-37; 14:62, Luke 12:40; 17:34-37, I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16-17; 5:2-9, II Thessalonians 2:3-7, I Peter 3:5-7, Revelation 3:10; 6:9-11; 7:4; 8-18; 11:15-19; 20:1-15; 21:1-22:5
Marriage: We teach marriage is the sacred institution of a covenant bond between one man and one woman, intended to reflect Christ’s relationship with His Church in which He is the Bridegroom of the Church, who is His Bride. This reality becomes the origin and ideal model of Christian marriage. Marriage was designed in order that man would not be alone but would experience the support, fulfillment, and joy of permanent, covenant-relationship. While singleness is occasionally encouraged, we believe marriage is God’s best for most people and is truly one of God’s most precious graces in this life. We teach the purpose of marriage is ultimately to glorify God and to accomplish His practical ends in the world by His sovereign providence. We believe marriage is the primary vehicle in which He intended to populate the earth, meet the need for companionship, provide support for the man, the protection of and provision for the woman, and create the structure of society.
Genesis 1:27-28; 2:22-24; 9:1, Exodus 20:14, Psalm 127:3; 128:3, Proverbs 5:15-19; 12:4; 18:22; 19:14; 31:10, Malachi 2:14-15, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 7:1-16; 11:3, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 34:18-19, Hebrews 13:4, I Peter 3:7
Divorce: God Hates Divorce. He hates it because it always involves unfaithfulness to the solemn covenant of marriage that two partners have entered into before Him, and because it brings harmful consequences to those partners and their children. Divorce in the Scripture is permitted only because of man’s sin. Since divorce is only a concession to man’s sin and is not part of God’s original plan for marriage, all believers should hate divorce as God does and only pursue it if on one of the two grounds given to us in Scripture – the sexual sin of adultery or abandonment (a refusal to live with the other) by the sinning partner, so that the faithful partner was no longer bound to the marriage. Even under these circumstances, divorce is not automatically allowed or encouraged. If the adulterous spouse is repentant it is incumbent upon the believing spouse to forgive. With God’s help a marriage can survive the worst sins. After all means are exhausted to bring the sinning partner to repentance, the Bible permits release for the faithful partner through divorce.
Genesis 2:24, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:32; 19:3-9, 1 Corinthians 7:12-15
The Complementary Role of Men and Women: We believe men and women are equal in personhood, and being made in the image of God, they are to receive equal dignity and worth. Yet, by divine design, we believe men and women are distinct in function and role. By God’s good created order, men and women are to have complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church. Scripture teaches that men were created to exercise headship over women, especially as it relates to teaching and authority. These distinctions are God’s grace and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and our good.
I Corinthians 11:2-16; 14:33-35, Ephesians 5:22-23, Colossians 3:18-19, I Timothy 2:8-15; 3:1-16, Titus 1:5-9; 2:3-5, I Peter 3:1-7
Sanctity of Life: As all men and women are created in the image of God, all human life is sacred, dignified and of inestimable worth starting from the point of conception to the aged, and the physically or mentally-challenged. We are called to value and defend life and condemn efforts to abort, euthanize, or otherwise devalue life. Terminating the life of a fetus at any point of development, beginning at conception, is murder.
Genesis 1:27, Exodus 20:13, Psalm 127:3; 139:1-24, Isaiah 49:5, Jeremiah 1:5, Job 12:10; 31:15, Matthew 5:21-22, Luke 12:6-7
Civil Government: We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society, and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only true king, to whom we are ultimately are loyal and accountable.
Isaiah 33:22, Matthew 22:21, Acts 5:29, Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, I Peter 2:13-17