What We Believe

Please click on the following link to view our information packet which contains a biographical summary, letters of recommendation, and my doctrinal statement.

Information Packet  

The following is a condensed version of my doctrinal statement. If you are interested in the complete version, please email me your request and I will be happy to provide it to you.

Bibliology- The Doctrine of Scriptures

I believe the Bible is God’s verbal (2Tim.3:16), plenary (Mt.5:17-18) revelation of Himself to man. It is inspired, inerrant, infallible, and totally accurate whether pertaining to faith, practice, science or history. I believe God superintended the human authors through the Holy Spirit to record His message to mankind. I believe a dispensational framework for interpreting Scripture is the correct interpretive approach (Heb.7:12). I believe the canon of Scripture to include the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament as translated from the Masoretic and Textus Receptus texts and preserved in the King James Version of the Bible.

Theology Proper- The Doctrine of God

I believe there exists only one true God (1Tim.2:5: Eph.4:6; 1Cor.8:4-6). Further, I believe that God exists eternally in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt.3:16-17, 28:19; 2Cor.13:14). Though separate, they are all of one essence (Deut. 6:4), coexistent and coequal, each fulfilling different roles (Eph.1:3-14).

Christology-The Doctrine of Christ

I believe Jesus Christ to be fully God (God the Son- the second Person of the Trinity) and fully man, equal with the Father in essence (Col.2:9) and deity (Phil.2:6). Eternally existing before His earthly birth, Jesus set aside His glory to be born of a virgin named Mary (Phil.2:5-7; Isa.7:14; Lk.1:27, 35). He lived a sinless life (Heb.4:15) and died for the sins of the whole world a sacrificial, substitutionary (Rom.5:8; 2Cor.5:21) death on the cross, was buried and rose again in His literal, physical body (Rom.3:24-25; 1Cor.15:3-4). I believe that Christ’s earthly work is complete and accepted by God. He is now seated at the right-hand of God (Heb.10:11-12) and fulfills the work of Intercessor and Advocate for the saints (Rom.8:34; Heb.2:17-18, 4:14-16, 7:24-27).

Pneumatology- The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

I believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, coequal with God the Father and God the Son in deity (Acts 5:3-4; 1Cor.3:16). The Holy Spirit is of the same divine essence as the Father and the Son (Mt.28:19-20; Heb.9:14). I believe the Holy Spirit possesses and exhibits all the elements of personality (1Cor.2:10-13) and teaches man the things of God through His indwelling power given to every believer at salvation (Jn.14:16-17; Acts 1:8). I believe the Holy Spirit’s role in the world is to convict men of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn.16:7-8). I believe the Holy Spirit gives at least one spiritual gift (1Cor.12:7, 11) to believers in this age for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry and the edification of the body of Christ (1Cor.12:7, Eph.4:11).

Angelology- The Doctrine of Angels

I believe angels are spirit beings created by God (Ps.148:5; Col.1:16) prior to the creation of earth (Job 38:7). Angels are incapable of reproducing (Mt.22:30) or dying (Lk.20:36). Their number is countless and unchanging (Rev.5:11). I believe that Satan, one of God’s created angels, rebelled against God in sinful pride (Isa.14:12-14), fell from his original position as the highest angelic being (Ezek.28:14-15), and is now the enemy of God. I believe Satan currently rules in the world system (Jn.12:31; 2Cor.4:4) and actively opposes believers in the work of God (1Pet.5:8). I believe that in addition to Satan, there are other fallen angels who sinned and will experience God’s eternal judgment (2Pet.2:4; Matt.25:41).

Anthropology- The Doctrine of Man

I believe God created man in His likeness and image as a sinless, moral being on the sixth day of creation (Gen.1:26-27, 31). God created man unique and for His glory. Though Adam was created in a state of innocence, he was also created with a personality and a free will to choose between good and evil (Gen.2:16-17). I believe that Adam’s failure of God’s test of obedience brought sin upon the human race (Rom.5:12; Eph.2:5). The consequence of his sin was immediate spiritual death (meaning a broken fellowship with God- Gen.2:17, 3:18, 21-24), physical death (separation of soul and body- Gen.3:19, 5:5), and the sentence of eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Rom.6:23; Rev.20:12-15).

Hamartiology- The Doctrine of Sin

I believe that sin is the failure to conform to God’s moral law in act, attitude, or nature. I believe sin originated with Satan’s rebellion against God (Isa.14:12-14; Ezek.28:15). Sin was passed to man through Adam’s willful disobedience to God through the auspices of Satan’s temptation (Gen.3:3-6) but man alone is responsible for his sin (Ezek.18:4). I believe all men are born sinners (Ps.51:5) and are by nature children of wrath (Eph.2:3). ). All sinners are under the condemnation of God (Jn.3:18) and face the penalty of physical (Heb.9:27) and spiritual death (Rom.6:23; Jn.3:3).

Soteriology- The Doctrine of Salvation

I believe salvation is a gift of God offered freely to all men and is accomplished by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross (Acts 4:12; Rom.1:16; Eph.2:8-9; Heb.9:22). I believe Christ’s atonement to be sufficient for the sins of all, but it is only efficient for those who place their faith and trust in Him. This salvation is the only means possible to restore fellowship between God and man, the sinner (Rom.10:9-13). I believe a sinner only comes to God as the Father draws him (Jn.6:44; 15:16). It is the action of men empowered by divine grace to turn from sin toward God (Acts 3:19; Eph.2:8-9). God chose, before the foundations of the world, those who would be saved by a pre-determinate act of His will (Eph.1:4-6; Rom.8:29).

Ecclesiology- The Doctrine of the Church

I believe that a local New Testament church is an organized assembly of immersed believers with the stated purposes of glorifying God (1Cor.10:31) and fulfilling the great commission (Mt.28:18-20). I believe that Christ began His church during His earthly ministry, and purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28). I believe local churches are the proper visible expression of the church and the only appointed mechanism for accomplishing God’s work in this age (Mt.28:19-20; 1Tim.3:15). I believe the local church is commanded to practice only two ordinances: Baptism by immersion (Mt.28:18-20; Rom.6:3) and the Lord’s Supper (1Cor.11:24-26). There exists only two offices in a local New Testament church: Pastor and Deacon.

Eschatology- The Doctrine of End Times

I believe the following regarding the following prophetic events:

The Rapture: I believe the next eschatological event to take place will be fulfilled in the coming of the Lord in the air to rapture all believers of this age (1Thes.4:13). It is the imminent (Titus 2:13; Phil.3:20), pre-tribulational (2Thes.2:3-8), pre-millennial (Rev.19:11-20:6, and personal (1Thes.4:13-18) return of Christ

The Tribulation: This event will begin following the Rapture of the church (Dan.9:26-27) and will be a continuation of God’s program with the nation of Israel. During this period, God’s wrath and judgment will be poured out on upon the unbelieving Gentile nations in punishment and upon Israel to return her to the Lord prior to the Second Coming of Christ to the earth (Jer.30:4-7; Zech.12:8-12; Rom.11:25-27).

The Second Coming and Millennium: I believe that the Second Coming of Christ will occur at the end of the tribulation period. Christ will return physically (Zech.14:4) to render judgment and to initiate the millennial kingdom (Zech.14:9-21; Mt.25:31; Rev.20:4). His Second Coming will bring both judgments upon all the ungodly survivors of the tribulation (Mt. 23:31-46) and the resurrection of Old Testament and tribulational saints (Dan.12:2). At this time, Christ will usher in His Millennial Kingdom which I believe is a literal one thousand year period.

The Eternal State: I believe that after the millennium, the heavens and earth are judged and destroyed by fire (2Pet.3:12; Rev.21:1). God will make a new heaven and earth which will be the eternal dwelling place for the redeemed of all ages.

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