(Gk. didaskalia [didaskaliva]). Act of teaching or that which is taught. The use of the term in Scripture, however, is broader than a simple reference to information passed on from one person to another or from one generation to the next. Christianity is a religion founded on a message of good news rooted in the significance of the life of Jesus Christ. In Scripture, then, doctrine refers to the entire body of essential theological truths that define and describe that message ( 1 Tim 1:10 ; 4:16 ; 6:3 ; Titus 1:9 ). The message includes historical facts, such as those regarding the events of the life of Jesus Christ ( 1 Cor 11:23 ). But it is deeper than biographical facts alone. Jesus' death is an integral historical fact but it is not doctrine. Jesus' death for sins ( 1 Cor 15:3 ) is doctrine. Doctrine, then, is scriptural teaching on theological truths.
A Doctrine we can stand on, because it can hold us up!
1. Holy Scriptures
WE believe the Bible, consisting of 66
books which make up the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired
Word of God and that it is without error in the original writings. It
is the final authority in all matters concerning doctrine, faith, and
II Timothy 3:15
II Timothy 3:16-17
2 Peter 1:20-21
WE believe that there is only one God,
and that God is a Spirit. He is an infinite being, all sufficient,
holy, just and merciful.
1 Corinthians 8:4-6
WE believe in one God, ever eternal,
existing in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
II Corinthians 13:4
4. The Creation and Fall of Man
WE believe that God created the Heavens
and the Earth. We believe that man was created in the image of God. WE
believe that when man sinned, he incurred both physical and spiritual death,
which is separation from God. WE believe that all human beings are born
with a sin nature.
Romans 5: 19-20
Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
WE believe that Jesus Christ is fully God
and fully man. WE believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the
Scriptures clearly state. He is our substitutionary sacrifice and our
mediator. Life and salvation for mankind are only through Him. WE
believe Jesus Christ died on a cross, was buried and rose again on the third
day after His death in the same physical body. WE believe He ascended
into Heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father. WE
believe that by His finished work on the cross He has SECURED for every
believer redemption, salvation and everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
1 Peter 1:3
WE believe that the Holy Spirit is the
third person of the trinity. WE believe that He convicts the world of sin, of
righteousness and of judgment. He indwells the body of every believer of
Jesus Christ. He seals, empowers, enlightens and instructs every person
who is born again.
John 14:16-17, 26
WE believe in a literal Heaven and a
literal Hell. Heaven is a place where all born again believers will be
with Jesus and where there is no more crying, or tears or pain. Hell is the
place of eternal torment and punishment for all who reject Jesus
II Thessalonians 1:7-9
WE believe that Satan is an actual
being. He is a fallen angel. He is known as: the prince of
demons, the god of this age, a liar, an enticer, a deceiver, and adversary of
Jesus Christ and His church and the accuser of the brethren.
II Corinthians 4:3-4
WE believe that the Bible clearly teaches
that true followers of Christ are not to conform to this world, and that
those who are "Born Again" should be separated from the world unto
Jesus Christ. This means that "Born Again" believers should live
their lives separating themselves from sinful practices and to be Holy as He
is Holy. God’s provision for living a Holy life is the Believer’s
identification with Jesus Christ in His death, Burial and resurrection as
well as the indwelling of the person of the Holy Spirit and the powerful Word
of God. We support this statement with the following scriptures: Once sealed no one can take you out of the
hand of Jesus.
II Corinthians 6:14-17
II Corinthians 7:1
WE believe in the bodily resurrection of
the dead- the just at the rapture of the church and the unjust at the end of
time. We support this with the following:
I Thessalonians 4:16-17
I Corinthians 15:51-57