What We Believe
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The scriptures re inerrant, infallible and God breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelations of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal gramrnatical historical meaning. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Rom. 15:4; Ps. 119:89).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each coeternal in being, identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13: 14; John 14: 10,26).
The Person and Work of Christ
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14,9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4,5; Phil. 2:58). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2: 18-36; Rom. 3:24,25; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Eph. 1 :7)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate (Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 9:24; Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2: 1,2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:1214; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13,14).
- We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who illuminates believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1: 17,18; Eph. 5: 18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
- We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they may do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11,28; Eph. 4:7-12).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary and are not active during the church of today. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:1-11,22; 1 Cor. 13:8-10; 1 Cor. 14:21,22; Eph. 4:7-12; Acts 19:11).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, thereby inheriting a sinful nature, becoming alienated from God, totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 4:17-19).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; Eph 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Rom. 6:23).
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
- We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38-39; 1 Cor 1 :4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4,5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
Repentance and Faith
- We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, wrought in our souls by the quickening of the Spirit of God; wherefore, being sincerely convicted by our guilt and helplessness, we repent and turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy. At the same time, by faith we believe in Jesus Christ as our personal all-sufficient Savior (Acts 20:21; Mark 1:14; Acts 2:37,38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Ps. 41:1-4; Ps. 51:7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11).
We believe that, as Christians, we must continually examine ourselves, keeping ourselves holy and in close fellowship with the Lord. Upon recognizing our failures and transgressions, we must confess them to God, believing He will forgive us and deliver us from bondage (1 John 1 :9; Eph. 4:24; Ps. 26:2; 2 Cor 13:5).
- We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is made up solely of born-again believers (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1 :22-23; 5:25-27).
- We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3: 1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; Acts 15:19-31; Acts 20:28; Rom. 16:1; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 1 Cor. 5:4-7,13; 1 Pet 5:1-4)
We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age (Matt. 28: 19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18: 18; 1 Cor. 11 :23-26).
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined seven dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. The dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations - the law, the church, and the kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor 3:9-18;
Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25,27; Rev. 20:2-6).
- We believe that believer's baptism is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. A person must first give clear testimony of his faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is a picture of that identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Acts 8:36-38; 2:38-41,47).
- We believe every person that professes Jesus as their personal Savior should follow in obedience to God's command, and believer's baptism as soon as possible (Acts 2:41). We believe that believer's baptism must be administered by the pastor or another designated authority.
- We believe that the scriptures also teach that if a person has been baptized before they were born again, they must now be baptized as a believer in Jesus Christ, our Savior (Matt. 28:18-20; 3:13-15; Acts 2:38,41; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; I Pet. 3:21).
The Lord's Supper -
- We believe the Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, by which the members of the church partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (pure unfermented grape juice), signifying His body and shed blood. The Lord's Supper is always preceded by solemn self-examination, according to biblical instructions (Matt. 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; 1 Cor. 11 :23-28).
We practice The Lord's Supper at least quarterly.
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom 12: 1,2; Rom. 14: 13; 2 Cor. 6: 14-7: 1; 2 Tim. 3: 1-5; 1 John 2: 15-17; 2 John 9-11).
We believe that it is the obligation of every born again Christian to propagate the Gospel message to all mankind as well as all other truths of God' s Word. Therefore, having this commission from God, we must endeavor not only to win the lost of our local communities, but share in support of those called to foreign fields throughout the world (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 1:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15; Mark 16:15; 2 Cor 5: 19,20).
Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:1-11; Mat 25:41; Rev. 20: 10).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that "blessed hope", the personal, imminent return of Christ, who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3,4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-6)
The Eternal State
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25 :46; John 5 :28-29; John 11 :25-26; Rev. 20:5,6, 12,13).
- We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil 1:23; Phil 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17;Rev 20:4-6).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-36; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Rev 20:11-15).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, twenty-four hour periods. We reject Evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20: 11)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions:
1) The home
2) The church
3) The state
Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church,
and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblical-assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7~ Eph. 5:22-24~ Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet 2:13-14).
- We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. Any employee of the church becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be terminated from employment (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 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 men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church (Gal. 3:28~ Col. 3:18; I Tim. 2:8-15~ 3:4,5, 12).
Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last for a life time. Although divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Mal. 2: 14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6).
We believe that human life begins at conception and that 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; Ps 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
Lawsuits between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance
company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31,32).
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel (Gen 14:20; Prov. 3:9,10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 15:2; 2 Cor. 9:6,7; Gal. 6:6; Eph 4:28; 1 Tim 5:17,18; 1 John 3:17).
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.