The church that Jesus established is a local, organized, sovereign assembly of regenerated, baptized believers (Acts 2:41), voluntarily united together for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-28; 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-30). Believer's baptism is by immersion in water under the authority of the local church (Acts 8:36-39). Baptism is an outward expression of the believer's identification with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4-5) and unites that believer to the particular local church in which he is baptized (Acts 2:41, 47). The Lord's Supper is a memorial picturing the broken body of Christ that was sacrificed on the cross and his blood that was shed to pay for man's sin (I Corinthians 11:23-30). Acts 2:41-42 sets a pattern for those eligible to partake of the Lord's Supper (i.e., those who believed, were baptized, and belonged to the local church). The offices of the church are pastor and deacon. The qualifications for these offices are clearly defined in the Scriptures (I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9; Acts 6:1-7). The church is an autonomous, self-governing, self-propagating, self-supporting organism with Jesus Christ as its Head (Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 13:1-3; 15:23-28; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18). No hierarchy of individuals or organizations, religious or political, either within or outside of the church, has any authority over the local church (Matthew 22:17-21).
Section 12. The Doctrine of Last Things
We believe in the imminent, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3). Jesus will receive unto Himself all those who have trusted in His shed blood to wash away their sins (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). After the Rapture, believers will give an account at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12; I Corinthians 3:10-15; II Corinthians 5:9-11). Christ's return will be followed by seven years of tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 13:5), at which time Jesus will return to earth to destroy all wickedness (Revelation 19:21). A thousand year reign of Jesus Christ will follow this event which will culminate with the destruction of Satan and all his evil forces (Revelation 20:4, 10). At the end of the thousand year reign, all lost sinners will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:12-15). The new heaven and the new earth will be prepared for God's saints for all eternity (Revelation 21).
Section 6. The Doctrine of Creation and Man The creation of man was a direct act of God on the sixth 24-hour day of God's creation as recorded in Genesis 1 and 2. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Section 1. The Doctrine of the Scriptures We believe that God's Word is inerrant and infallible (John 17:17), and that the writings of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and plenarily inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:27-28) 1. Admit...[ abbreviated | read entire ]