One True God
WE BELIEVE God is revealed in Scriptures as the eternal Godhead, the Trinity, who has shown
Himself as one God, existing in three persons - The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The
Godhead is distinguishable but indivisible in essence; co-eternal, co-existent, co-equal in nature,
attributes, power and glory. God is one undivided and invisible essence, yet with three eternal
distinctions: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah
48:16, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:4-6, I John 5:7;Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).
WE BELIEVE in the deity of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who pre-existed with the Father
and the Holy Spirit. He was supernaturally begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and is
truly, totally God and truly, totally man. He is the perfect Mediator between God and man because
in the person of Christ is the fully divine and the fully human. (Matt. 1:20-21; Luke 1:35-36; 2:10-
11). He is the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 3:16, 18; I John 4:9) and at the same time
God the Son; therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ, sinless, omnipotent, omniscient, Saviour of
sinners, King of kings, and Lord of lords. (Colossians 1:15-19, Philippians 2:5-8, I Timothy 2:5-6,
John 1:1-3, 14-18).
WE BELIEVE He died on the cross and shed His blood as a sacrifice for our sins.
WE BELIEVE in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His
literal, physical, bodily ascension into Heaven and in His present work there as High Priest,
Mediator, and Advocate for us (Heb. 9:24; 10:20-21; I Tim. 2:5-6; I John 2:1, 2).
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the
shed blood and mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who, according to the will of the Father,
assumed our nature, yet without sin, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by
His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now
enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine
perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient
Saviour (Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; I John 4:10; I Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Heb.
4:14; 12:24; Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:4,5; Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9).
The Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE in the ministry of the Holy Spirit to glorify Christ, to convict men of sin, and to
empower believers. As the third person of the Godhead, He is comforter, counselor, helper,
intercessor, advocate, strengthener to the Church.
WE BELIEVE that at the precise time of the new birth the believer immediately receives the Holy
Spirit and is by Him baptized (placed) into the body of Christ, is forever indwelt by the Holy Spirit
as Comforter, Teacher and Guide, and if yielded to Him, is filled by the Spirit and is empowered
for service (John 1:32-34; Acts 1:8; Acts 15:8; Rom. 6:13; 12:1-2; Eph. 5:18).
The Holy Scriptures
WE BELIEVE the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the inerrant, infallible, and altogether
authentic, accurate and authoritative Word of God, therefore the supreme and final authority in all
things. It is the direct revelation of the Will of God for all men and for all time. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II
Peter 1:21; II Peter 3:2, Rev. 22:18-19).
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is not to be added to, minimized, or made politically correct. It is all
inclusive, complete and the finished Word of God. (Deut 4:2, Deut. 12:32, Proverbs 30: 5-6, 1 Cor.
4:6, Revelation 22:18-19). Any religion or doctrine which departs or adds to the Word of God
misleads people away from the central truths of the Bible’s message of salvation by faith in Jesus
Christ. (1 Timothy 4:1, Matthew 24:11, Matthew 24:24, II Corinthians 11: 13-14, II Peter 2:1). The
Church Guide recognizes such beliefs, faiths, religions, as false doctrines, and does not include
such followers as Christian. Though we love the individual, we hate the sin and cannot be a part
WE BELIEVE the Gospel is the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our
sins; that He was buried that He arose alive and triumphant from the grave and in so doing He
made the necessary sacrifice for atonement, became the Substitute for our redemption, which
thereby paid our sin debt and purchased our salvation for us; and that all who place their faith in
full trust in Him are saved by His shed blood (I Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 1:14; Eph. 1:7; Rom. 5:9; Acts
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers,
associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of
Christ, governed by His Laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by
WE BELIEVE the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we
have the opportunity, and the building up and edifying of the saints. We hold that the local church
has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals
or organizations and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41, 42;
8:1; I Cor. 4:17; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 11:2; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:10; Acts 14:23; 15:22; II Thess.
3:7; Rom. 16:17-20; I Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; I Tim. 3; Titus 1).
WE BELIEVE man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only
physical death but also that spiritual death which is the eternal separation from God and an
everlasting abode in Hell, that all human beings are henceforth born with a sinful nature and, in
the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, become sinners by choice and
practice, in thought, word, and deed, and that sin creates a debt which no man can pay for himself
(Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Gen. 1:26-27; I Cor. 11:7).
WE BELIEVE each person claiming Christ as Saviour should promptly make public his/her
profession of Christ, that each new Christian should follow the Lord’s command for believer’s
baptism, that baptism does not save but that it is the Lord’s prescribed way for us to identify
ourselves with Him in open confession, that baptism is a symbolic representation, a picture of the
death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Matt. 10:32-33; 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 16:30-34; Rom.
WE BELIEVE each believer, at the time he puts his trust in Christ, is born into the family of God
and instantaneously becomes a son or daughter of the living God, thus is redeemed by the Lord’s
purchase price paid for us, is henceforth preserved in Christ and, therefore, is forever secure in
Christ, possesses everlasting, eternal life and is sealed by the Holy Spirit for eternity (John 10:28-
29; Romans 8:38-39; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13).
The Second Coming
WE BELIEVE in “that blessed hope,” the personal, literal and visible pretribulational, premillennial
return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (I Thess. 4:13-18; II Thess. 2:1-3).
WE BELIEVE the second coming will be a two-phased event: first the rapture and then the
revelation. The rapture will be followed by a seven-year period of great tribulation on earth (Rev.
4-18). At the end of the Tribulation period, Christ will return to rule and reign on the earth for one
thousand grand and glorious years (Rev. 20:4-6).
WE BELIEVE the Word of God in its warning that we will not know the time of His return, and that
we should take heed that no man deceive us. (Matt. 25:13, Matt. 24:3-4).
WE BELIEVE the Lord’s Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) is His command to us to get the
Gospel to all peoples of the world; therefore, we support an active program of soul-winning in the
Hampton Roads area, with the goal to Save One Million Souls, winning them to Christ, baptizing
them, and encouraging them to become a member of a local church where they will be taught
everything the Lord has commanded us (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom.
WE BELIEVE salvation is received when a person honestly sincerely, consciously and deliberately
repents (changes their mind about God, Acts 20:21) and places their faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus
Christ as Saviour (Acts 20:21, Rom. 10:9-10, Eph. 2:8-9, John 1:12).
WE FURTHER BELIEVE that when we follow Christ appropriately and obediently, we will be a
“fisher of men” (Matt. 4:19).
Marriage and Sex
WE BELIEVE that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen.
2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
WE BELIEVE that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of
a marriage. (Ex. 20:14, Heb. 13:4, I Cor. 7:1-5, Mt. 19:4-6).
WE BELIEVE that any form of adultery, pornography, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality,
bestiality, and incest, are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev.
18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
WE BELIEVE that human life begins at conception and the unborn child is a living human being.
Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder.
We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender
selection, birth or population control or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job
3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
Outreach and Ministry
WE BELIEVE the purest service is to help others and to seek the welfare of others without the
expectation of reward. A Christian is a servant to the people; as exemplified by Jesus, who came
"not to be served, but to serve."
WE BELIEVE it important to support Christian ministries and outreaches that help the poor, the
afflicted, widows and orphans, the hungry, the homeless, and those in need. The Bible instructs
us to help and support fellow Christians (Proverbs 21:13, James 2: 15-16, Acts 20:35). Yet as
Christians we are expected to do more, the Bible expects us to help others as well. God created
everyone who is alive. Every person is precious to him. (Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 14:31, James
1:27, Psalm 82:3, Proverbs 22:9, James 2:14-18, Matthew 25:34-46).
Politics and Voting
WE BELIEVE that this country is a Christian nation. When settlers first landed at the windswept
dunes of present day Virginia Beach on April 26, 1607, they erected a wooden cross and Rev.
Robert Hunt claimed this land for God and gave thanksgiving for God’s mercy and grace.
WE BELIEVE that we are subject to the governing authorities and the laws of the land (Romans
13:1-14, Titus 3:1-11). Scripture tells us as Christians to be in the world, but not of the world. We
are the children of God, we are to represent our Father in heaven.
WE BELIEVE that God’s Will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, we as Christians
should represent God’s Will and participate where possible in securing the Will of God. (Proverbs
WE BELIEVE voting is important. We as Christian vote in every election, either by our ballot or by
our silence. Our vote is our seed. God doesn’t do anything without a seed. When you don’t sow it,
you have sown into your enemy. According to scripture, our money, words of approval, our efforts,
as well as our silence, bring us into accord with those to whom we commit them.
Heaven and Hell
WE BELIEVE Heaven is a real place that is the eternal home of all who by faith claim the
salvation of Christ.
WE BELIEVE Hell is a real place that is the eternal home of all who die without Christ as their
WE BELIEVE in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost (I Thess.
4:13-18; Rev. 20:5-6), the everlasting blessedness of the saved (Heaven) (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21-
22), and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (Hell) (Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).
WE BELIEVE Satan is a real being, a fallen angel, that he is the enemy of God, the ‘father of lies,’
the great deceiver of mankind, the instigator of all false systems of religion, and that both he and
all his followers will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire (II Cor. 11:13-16; Ephesians 2:2; II Cor.
4:3-4; Rev. 20:2).
WE BELIEVE that Christian believers and local, New Testament churches should be guided and
governed by the Bible, and consequently, we believe it is imperative that we identify false doctrine
and those who perpetrate it, and subsequently, stand separate and apart from them.
WE BELIEVE the widespread popular practice of ecumenism (getting theologically diverse groups
together for the sake of fellowship, for the exercise of their ministries together, and the belief that
all religions worship the same god) is another deception of the devil. Under the guise of “unity,”
Ecumenism calls for interfaith globalism among all religions under one church. The Church Guide
loves all individuals, but cannot jeopardize the loving relationship we have with our Father in
heaven and compromise our beliefs in order to promote a false belief system (Hebrews 12:14,
Romans 16:17, John 1:9, Luke 12:51-52).
WE WELCOME all Christian churches, Christian outreaches and Christian ministries to partake in
this media ministry, but we give no place on our platform to honor or to hear the opinions and the
views of those who do not hold to “sound doctrine.” The Church Guide cannot endorse any
church, event, submission, individual etc. that does not or cannot comply with the
fundamentals of these beliefs and statements of faith.
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