Doctrinal Statement for ATS
One God who is Father, Son, & Holy Ghost
We believe in only one true and living God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who is infinite, eternal, unchanging, and is revealed to us as the Father, the Head of the Trinity, into whose hands finally the Kingdom shall be given up.
We believe in God, the Son, who is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, who was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, given to reveal God the Father; who died to redeem man, rose from the dead; who is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for all believers; and who will one day return in a visible, personal, and bodily form as the glorified Lord of lords and Judge of all mankind to receive His Church unto Himself at a time the Father has reserved to Himself alone.
We believe in God, the Holy Spirit, a person sent from God the Father to convict the world of sin; to regenerate and cleanse believers from sin; to teach, guide, strengthen and perfect every believer.
We believe God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are three in one.
The Sinful Nature of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that being tempted by Satan, he sinned, and since that time all men have been born in sin. The original tempter was Satan, the personal evil, who with his angels has been working iniquity among the nations of the world. Sin is nonconformity to the will of God, which leads to physical and spiritual death, and eternal separation from God in a physical Hell that will one day deliver its inhabitants up for final judgment and ultimately into the Lake of Fire.
Christ our Atonement
We believe that God provided a way for our reconciliation to Him by ransom from our sin and that the way provided is Jesus Christ. Jesus atoned for our sins with His death on the cross, and through His blood atonement, we can become joint heirs with Christ, thereby escaping the condemnation and wrath of God. Christ’s atonement is applied to the believer by the grace of God through the faith of man in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ.
Christ our Savior
We believe every individual is condemned through his or her sins and without Jesus Christ salvation is impossible. We believe for anyone to be delivered from condemnation, he must of a free will accept the gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior. We believe that those who do accept Him as Savior are eternally secure. We further believe that each believer is obligated to present the gospel to all mankind.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the absolute authority in determining the faith and practice of God’s people. We affirm that the sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant, divinely and uniquely inspired, and are given to mankind as the Spirit of God inspired them. These Scriptures are divinely intended for personal study through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We believe all mankind will be resurrected to receive an ultimate judgment. Those saved through faith under the atonement of Jesus as Savior will stand before Him to be judged according to their works for reward. Those whose names are not found in the Book of Life, due to their rejection of the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be judged accordingly, and cast into the Lake of Fire along with Satan and his angels. These judgments are at least 1,000 years apart.
We believe the Church is the baptized body of believers in Christ covenanted together to obey the New Testament teachings of the Bible, in doctrine, worship, and practice, observing the only two ordinances of the Church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe baptism to be the symbolic act of a saved believer being immersed in water. We believe the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the taking of bread and grape juice by the believer, to be a memorial of the Lord’s death given in expectation of His imminent return. We believe in the rapture of the Church and the pre-millennial return of Christ with His Church to establish His Kingdom on earth.