What We Believe
The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (II Tim. 3:15, 17; I Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed "I AM;" and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, i.e., as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10,11; Matt. 28:19)
The Deity of Jesus Christ
The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14, 20:28-29). His virgin birth (Matt. 1:18). His sinless life (Heb. 4:15). His miracles (Matthew 4:23, Luke 6:17-19). His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood (Col. 1:14,20). His bodily resurrection (I Cor. 15:3-4). His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:23, 5:30-31). His personal return in power and in glory (Acts 1:11, Phil. 2:9-11, I Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18).
Man — His Fall & Redemption
Man was created good, and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in Our image and after Our likeness." But man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21)
The Salvation of Man
Conditions of Salvation
The grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. And, being justified by grace through faith, he became an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 2:11; Rom. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7)
Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
Baptism In Water
The ordinance of Baptism by burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have truly repented and in their hearts have truly believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. SVCC immerses, but recognizes other forms. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47,48; Rom. 6:4)
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, consisting of elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the Divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial to His suffering and death; and a prophecy of His second coming; and is enjoined on all believers "until He comes". (John 6:5,48,53-57; Luke 22:19,29; II Pet. 1:4; I Cor. 11:26)
The Promise of the Father
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowal of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; I Cor. 12:1-31) This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth. (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9)
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost, we are able to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am holy." Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's Word. (Heb 12-14; I Pet. 1:15,16; I Thess. 5:23,24; I John 2:6)
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First-Born, which are written in heaven. (Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23)
The Ministry and Evangelism
A divinely called and biblically ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) the edifying of the Body of Christ. (Mark 16:15,20; Eph. 4:11-13)
The Lake of Fire
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the Lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15)
The Sanctity of Marriage
We believe marriage is a union between a man, born as a male and a woman born as a female, established by God as defined by Jesus in Matthew 19:4-6 NIV.
The Sanctity of Life
We believe God is the source of life and values life. Since God is the giver of life, we have a responsibility to nurture and protect life not to devalue or destroy it. (Psalm 139: 13-16, Acts 3:15, Matt. 18:14)