STATEMENT OF BASIC BELIEFS
The Bible was written by men directly inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. It is without error and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be evaluated.
There is one living and true God existing in three persons: God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. God is eternal, perfect, holy, sovereign, loving, and the Savior of all who accept His plan of salvation.
Man is the crowning act of God's creation. Though originally created free from sin, man fell from his first estate because of sin. Man became totally depraved, and the total depravity was passed upon all men (Romans 3:10, 23).
Jesus Christ is fully God who took upon Himself the form of flesh, yet was sinless, and gave Himself as the substitutionary payment for our sins by shedding His blood and dying on the cross. He then returned from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father in Heaven, and will return in power and glory.
Salvation is freely offered to all who truly repent of their sins and accept the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, thus making Him their Lord and Savior (John 1:12, 3:16; Romans 10:9). Salvation is by faith, not works. The moment a person receives Christ as his or her Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells that person, who is sealed until the day of redemption.
There are two church ordinances mandated by Christ: 1) Baptism by immersion is symbolic of the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; 2) The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby Christians, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His Second Coming. These are the acts of obedience for Christians and do not obtain salvation.
For more specific questions about what we believe and why, please call the school offices at 727-845-0235.