On Theology

God is that only omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient being whose reason for existence is in himself. There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) in three persons (Matthew 28:19), each co-equal in power, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, majesty, and glory. Arianism, Modalism, and Partialism are heretical representations of the Trinity and are adamantly rejected. He is wholly sovereign.

On Christology

Jesus Christ is the second-person of the Godhead and possesses all of the attributes of God. He eternally exists with the Father (John 1:1), active in Creation (John 1:3), the prophesied Messiah of the Old Covenant (Isaiah 53), the perfect Lamb of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:12), the only way of salvation (John 14:6) the Judge of the World (II Timothy 4:1), and the Ruler of the age to come (Revelation 19:15). He is the child that was born and the Son that was given (Isaiah 9:6). He was virgin born (Micah 5:2), sinless (Hebrews 4:15), crucified by the Father (Isaiah 53:10), dead of His own volition (John 10:17-18), resurrected under His own power (John 2:19), ascended to the Father (John 20:17), presented blameless (Hebrews 9:12), intercedes for the saints (I Timothy 2:5), and is coming again to claim His bride (I Thessalonians 4:9-18). In the person of Jesus Christ exists the Hypostatic Union — the perfect union between Christ’s divinity and humanity.

On Pneumatology

The Holy Spirit is the third-person of the Godhead and possesses all of the attributes of God. He was active in creation (Genesis 1:2). He actively convicts of sin, magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is that Comforter and indweller (Romans 8:9) of the saints prophesied by the Lord (John 14:26). Believers are sealed and eternally secured by Him (Ephesians 1:13).

On Humanity

Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation. The first man, Adam, was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) perfect in the Garden of Eden and enjoyed a model relationship with God prior to his fall. Adam sinned in the Garden resulting in the curse of man — including the sin nature (not direct sin or guilt of another’s sin) and death to be passed down to all mankind (Romans 5:12). Man is thereby in a state of total depravity meaning that without the direct and express drawing of God there is no way that man would or could choose or come to God on his own (John 6:44). Man has a free will that is in perfect harmony with God’s full sovereignty.

On Soteriology

Because man is totally depraved and unable and unwilling to choose or come to God on his own (John 6:44), salvation is wholly of God. The unbeliever is condemned already (John 3:18, John 3:36). God Himself provided a Lamb (Genesis 22:8). Salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) in Jesus Christ through His redemptive work at Calvary. The saved are justified by faith alone (Romans 3:28, Romans 5:1, Galatians 2:16). Faith, while essential for salvation, is a gift of God (Romans 10:13-17, Ephesians 2:8). The believer is eternally secure in the finished work of Christ (John 6:39-40) and by the sealing of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).

On Existence

Angels, all created beings, the universe and all that it contains was created in six, literal, twenty-four hour days (Genesis 1). All old-earth theories including, but not limited to, evolution, Gap theory, Day-Age theory must be repudiated and conflict with Biblical and scientific records. All of Creation, was perfect and flawless prior to the fall (Genesis 1:31). There was no sin prior to Adam’s. There was no sickness, death, decay, or disease prior to Adam’s sin. The first death and sacrifice was at God’s own hand as He killed a lamb for the express purpose of providing a satisfactory covering or atonement for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21).

On Ecclesiology

A New Testament Church is an autonomous local assembly of baptized believers who have joined themselves together for worship, fellowship, and to carry out the Great Commission both expressly and through sending and supporting missionaries (Acts 2:46, Acts 13:1-4). Christ is the only head of the church (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18, I Peter 5:1-4).

On Ordinances

Two ordinances are commanded of our Lord: baptism by immersion in water as an open and outward expression of salvation (Matthew 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25). The heretical doctrine of transubstantiation in the Lord’s Supper is repudiated.

On Eschatology

The believing dead are currently present with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8). The unbelieving dead are currently in a place of torment (Luke 16:22-23). Jesus Christ is coming again to “rapture” His bride (1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4). Immediately following the Rapture the earth will experience a seven year period known as the Great Tribulation or the Time of Jacob’s Trouble where Israel will be dealt with as a nation (Matthew 24). The Rapture shall be ended with the triumphant return of the King of Kings resulting in the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ will succeed his return. Christ will rule and reign from Jerusalem for a thousand years when Satan will be loosed for a season culminating in Gog and Magog making war against Christ (Revelation 20:8). The Great White Throne Judgment follows where death and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10-15) — ushering in the Eternal Age.