God the King and the Holy Trinity
WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal 1 King 2. He is an infinite 3, unchangeable 4 Spirit 5, perfect 6 in holiness 7, wisdom 8, goodness 9, justice 10, power 11 and love 12. From all eternity 13 He exists as the One 14 Living 15 and True 16 God in three persons 17 of one substance 18, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit 19, equal in power and glory 20.

God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom is everlasting 21. From His throne 22, through His Son, His eternal Word 23, God created 24, upholds 25 and governs 26 all that exists 27: the heavenly places 28, the angelic hosts 29, the universe 30, the earth 31, every living thing 32 and mankind 33. God created all things very good 34.

Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him 35. He was cast out of God's presence and, as a usurper of God's rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness 36 and evil on the earth 37.

The Kingdom in the Creation of Man, the Fall & The Doctrine of Original Sin
WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and female 38, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth 39. Under the temptation of Satan 40, our original parents fell from grace 41, bringing sin 42, sickness 43 and God's judgment of death to the earth 44. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good creation 45. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam's original sin 46. Human beings are born in sin 47, subject to God's judgment of death 48 and captive to Satan's kingdom of darkness 49.

God's Providence, Kingdom Law and Covenants
WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth 50 which He continues to uphold by His providence 51. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants 52 which revealed His grace to sinful people 53. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through them 54.

WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage in Egypt 55 and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it 56. The law's purpose is to order our fallen race 57 and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility 58. By the work of God's Spirit 59, it convicts us of our sin 60 and God's righteous judgment against us 61 and brings us to Christ alone for salvation 62.

WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God's rule over her as King 63, God established the monarchy in Israel 64 and made an unconditional covenant with David 65, promising that his heir would restore God's kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever 66.

Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time 67, God honored His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation 68 by sending His Son 69, Jesus, into the world 70. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary 71, as fully God and fully man in one person 72, He is humanity as God intended us to be 73. Jesus was anointed as God's Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit 74, inaugurating God's kingdom reign on earth 75, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation 76, preaching the good news of salvation 77, healing the sick 78, casting out demons 79 and raising the dead 80. Gathering His disciples 81, He reconstituted God's people 82 as His Church 83 to be the instrument of His kingdom 84. After dying for the sins of the world 85, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day 86, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham 87. In His sinless, perfect life 88 Jesus met the demands of the law 89 and in His atoning death on the cross 90, He took God's judgment for sin 91 which we deserve as law-breakers 92. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers 93. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus' birth from David's house 94, His Messianic ministry 95, His glorious resurrection from the dead 96, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father 97. As God's Son and David's heir 98, He is the eternal Messiah-King 99, advancing God's reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today 100.

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power 101, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ 102 and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them 103. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us 104 for spiritual worship 105, personal sanctification 106, building up the Church 107, gifting us for ministry 108, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world 109 through proclaiming the word of Jesus 110 and doing the works of Jesus 111.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ 112 and that He is our abiding Helper 113, Teacher 114, and Guide 115. We believe in the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit 116, often a conscious experience 117, for ministry today 118. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit 119 and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit 120. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit 121, for healing 122, and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church 123.

The Sufficiency of Scripture
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture 124 so that the Bible is without error 125 in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments 126 as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith 127 and practice 128.

The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness
WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan 129 and that all people are sinners by nature 130 and choice 131. All people therefore are under God's just judgment 132. Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God 133 and the work of the Holy Spirit 134, God regenerates 135, justifies 136, adopts 137 and sanctifies 138 through Jesus by the Spirit 139 all who repent of their sins 140 and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord 141 and Savior 142. By this they are released from Satan's domain and enter into God's kingdom reign 143.

The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
WE BELIEVE in the one 144, holy 145, universal Church 146. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit 147 and form the living Body of Christ 148, of which He is the head 149 and of which we are all members 150.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism 151 and the Lord's Supper 152. Both are available to all believers.

The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ 153, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church 154, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ 155 - His return to the earth as King 156. After Christ returns to reign 157, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works 158, the resurrection of the dead 159, the final Judgment 160 and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked 161. Finally, God will be all in all 162 and His kingdom, His rule and reign 163, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth 164, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells 165 and in which He will forever be worshipped 166.

 

References

  1. Deuteronomy 33:27 & Romans 1:20
  2. Psalms 95:3 & Isaiah 43:15
  3. Psalms 143:5 & Job 11:7-9
  4. James 1:17
  5. John 4:24
  6. Matthew 5:48
  7. Isaiah 6:3 & 1 Peter 1:15-16
  8. Psalm 104:24 & Proverbs 2:6 & Isaiah 28:29
  9. Exodus 33:19 & Psalm 63:2 & Psalm 31:19
  10. Psalm 33:5 & Psalm 89:14 & Isaiah 30:18
  11. Exodus 15:6
  12. 1 John 4:8
  13. Isaiah 43:13
  14. Isaiah 45:5 & I Corinthians 8:4
  15. Psalm 42:2 & Psalm 84:2
  16. Jeremiah 10:10
  17. John 1:18 & John 10:30 & John 14:9 & John 14:16-17 & John 14:26
    John 15:26
    & II Corinthians 3:17-18
  18. John 1:1 & John 1:14 & II Corinthians 3:17
  19. Matthew 28:19-20 & II Corinthians 13:14 & Revelation 1:4
  20. Revelation 5:13 & Ephesians 3:14-21
  21. Psalm 45:6 & Psalm 145:13 & Daniel 4:3
  22. Psalm 93:1-2
  23. John 1:1-3 & I Corinthians 8:6 & Colossians 1:15-16 & Hebrews 1:1-2
  24. Genesis 1:1 and Psalm 95:3-5
  25. Colossians 1:17 & Hebrews 1:3
  26. Psalm 103:19 & Psalm 104:24-29
  27. Psalm 96:4-6
  28. Psalm 89:11
  29. Psalm 103:20-21
  30. Colossians 1:16-17
  31. Psalm 104:5
  32. Psalm 103:22
  33. Psalm 22:28 & Psalm 47:8
  34. Genesis 1:31
  35. Revelation 12:7-9
  36. II Corinthians 11:14 & Colossians 1:13-14 & Ephesians 6:12
  37. Mark 3:22-26 & Ephesians 2:1-2 & I John 5:19
  38. Genesis 1:26-27
  39. Genesis 1:26
  40. Genesis 3:1 & Revelation 12:9
  41. Genesis 3:8 & Romans 1:21 & Romans 5:16
  42. Romans 5:12
  43. John 5:14
  44. I Corinthians 15:22
  45. John 8:44 & I John 5:19
  46. Romans 8:20-23
  47. Psalm 51:5
  48. Ezekiel 18:4 & Romans 2:5 & Romans 2:12 & Hebrews 9:27
  49. Galatians 1:3-5 & Galatians 4:8-9 & Colossians 1:13
  50. Psalm 24:1 & Psalm 96:10
  51. Isaiah 40:22 & Hebrews 1:3
  52. Romans 9:4
  53. Ephesians 2:12
  54. Genesis 17:3-8 & Genesis 12:2-3 & Genesis 15:4-6 & Romans 4:3-5 &
    Romans 4:16
    & Romans 4:20-25 & Galatians 3:6-9 & Galatians 3:13-14
  55. Exodus 15:3-18
  56. Exodus 19:3-6 & Exodus 24:3-4 & Exodus 24:7 & Romans 8:3-4 &
    Romans 8:12-14
  57. Deuteronomy 5:1-3 & Deuteronomy 30:15-18 & Galatians 3:23-25
  58. Psalm 25:8-10 & Romans 7:7
  59. John 15:26 & John 16:8-11 & II Corinthians 3:14-17
  60. Romans 7:13 & Galatians 3:19 & Galatians 3:21-22
  61. Romans 2:1-11
  62. Galatians 3:24 & Philippians 3:8-9
  63. I Samuel 8:6-8
  64. I Samuel 8:21-22 & I Samuel 9:15-16 & I Samuel 10:1 & I Samuel 10:24
  65. 2 Samuel 7:11-16 & Psalm 89:34-37
  66. Isaiah 9:6-7 & Isaiah 11:1-5 & Jeremiah 23:5-6 & Ezekiel 34:23
  67. Mark 1:15 & Galatians 4:4
  68. Romans 1:2-4
  69. John 1:14
  70. John 1:17-18
  71. Luke 1:30-35
  72. John 1:14 & Philippians 2:5-7
  73. Romans 5:19 & I Corinthians 15:22 & I Peter 2:22 & II Corinthians 5:21 & Romans 8:29
  74. Luke 3:21-22 & Luke 4:16-21
  75. Mark 1:14-15 & Luke 11:20 & Luke 17:20-21
  76. Luke 4:1-13
  77. Luke 4:43
  78. Luke 4:40
  79. Luke 4:41
  80. Luke 7:14-17
  81. Mark 1:16-17
  82. Mark 3:13-15
  83. Matthew 16:18
  84. Luke 9:1-2 & Luke 10:1-17
  85. John 1:29 & John 6:51 & John 4:9-10
  86. Mark 8:31 & I Corinthians 15:3-5
  87. Galatians 3:13-14
  88. Acts 3:14-15 & Hebrews 4:15
  89. Romans 5:18-19
  90. I Peter 2:24
  91. Galatians 3:13 & II Corinthians 5:21
  92. Romans 1:18 & Romans 1:32 & Romans 2:12 & II Thessalonians 1:6-10
  93. Colossians 2:13-15
  94. Matthew 1:1
  95. Luke 1:68-72 & Luke 2:10-11 & Matthew 9:27
  96. Acts 2:24-28
  97. Acts 2:29-36
  98. Romans 1:1-4
  99. Hebrews 1:1-3
  100. I Corinthians 15:24-26 & Ephesians 1:19-23 & Revelation 5:5
  101. Acts 1:8 & Acts 2:1-4
  102. I Corinthians 12:13
  103. I Corinthians 12:4-7
  104. John 14:16-17
  105. Romans 12:1 & Ephesians 5:18-20
  106. Romans 8:3-4
  107. I Corinthians 14:12 & I Corinthians 14:26
  108. Romans 12:4-6
  109. Luke 11:20 & I John 3:8
  110. Ephesians 6:10-20
  111. John 14:12-13 & Romans 15:18-19 & I Corinthians 4:20
  112. Romans 8:9-10
  113. John 16:7
  114. John 14:26
  115. John 16:13-15 & Romans 8:14
  116. Luke 24:49 & Acts 4:31
  117. Acts 8:18-19 & Acts 19:1-2
  118. I Corinthians 2:4-5 & II Corinthians 4:7 & II Corinthians 6:4-7
  119. Joel 2:28-29 & Acts 2:15-17
  120. I Corinthians 12:7-11 & I Corinthians 14:1 & I Corinthians 14:5 &
    I Thessalonians 5:19-21
  121. Acts 8:14-17 & Acts 19:6
  122. Mark 1:41 & Luke 6:18-19 & Mark 16:18
  123. Acts 13:1-3 & I Timothy 4:14 & II Timothy 1:6
  124. II Timothy 3:16-17 & II Peter 1:20-21 & I Corinthians 2:12-13 & John 14:26
  125. Psalm 19:7-9 & Psalm 119:11 & Psalm 119:30 & Psalm 119:43 &
    Psalm 119:89
    & Matthew 5:17-18 & John 3:34 & John 10:35 &
    I Thessalonians 2:13
    & Revelation 22:6
  126. Luke 24:44 & II Peter 3:15-16 & Revelation 22:18-19
  127. Isaiah 40:8 & Matthew 24:35
  128. Matthew 7:21 & Matthew 7:24 & Luke 1:38 & James 1:22-25
  129. Luke 4:5-7 & I John 5:19
  130. I Corinthians 15:22 & Ephesians 2:1-3
  131. Romans 1:21-23 & Romans 1:32
  132. Romans 1:18 & Romans 2:5 & II Corinthians 5:10 & Ephesians 5:6
  133. Mark 1:14-15 & Acts 8:12 & Acts 28:31 & Ephesians 5:5
  134. John 16:7-11
  135. John 3:5-8
  136. I Peter 1:23
  137. Romans 5:1-2 & Romans 5:9
  138. Romans 8:15 & Galatians 4:6
  139. Ephesians 5:25 & Hebrews 13:12 & I Peter 1:1-2
  140. Acts 2:38
  141. Romans 10:9
  142. I John 4:13-15
  143. Colossians 1:13-14 & Philippians 3:20
  144. John 17:20-21 & Ephesians 4:3-6
  145. I Corinthians 3:16-17
  146. Matthew 16:17-18 & I Corinthians 1:2 & Ephesians 2:18-19 &
    I Peter 2:9-10
  147. Titus 3:4-7
  148. Romans 12:4-5
  149. Ephesians 1:22 & Ephesians 5:23
  150. I Corinthians 12:27
  151. Matthew 28:19-20
  152. I Corinthians 11:23-26
  153. Daniel 7:13-14 & Matthew 4:23 & Matthew 12:28
  154. Matthew 6:10 & Matthew 10:7-8 & Matthew 24:14 & Mark 13:11 &
    John 15:26-27
    & Romans 14:17-18
  155. Mark 13:26 & Acts 1:9-11 & II Thessalonians 2:8
  156. Revelation 19:11-16
  157. Matthew 25:31-32 & I Corinthians 15:23-25
  158. Revelation 20:10
  159. I Corinthians 15:51-52
  160. John 5:28-30 & Revelation 20:11-15
  161. Matthew 25:31-46
  162. I Corinthians 15:24-48
  163. I Timothy 6:13-16
  164. II Peter 3:13 & Revelation 21:5
  165. Revelation 21:27
  166. I Timothy 1:17 & Revelation 7:9-12
 


Christ Our Rock
In a nutshell, the center and axis of our view of all the world is its creator and redeemer, the one and only God-man, Jesus Christ.

Our beliefs don't come from a desire to explain a need for moral behavior, but from a conviction about the nature of unchanging reality - its origin, purpose, and destiny.

The fashions of human reason and morality are shifting sands, unsuitable for a foundation. That's why we consistently go back to the unchanging word of God.

Life, like anything else, is best understood when we refer to the manufacturer's instructions.