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 are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life.  The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the Bible. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church.  We further believe that God has preserved His Word to the English-speaking people in the Authorized King James Version.  It is our further belief that all other versions of the Holy Bible are perversions to the true Word of God, and we therefore reject them. (Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:89; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21)

DISPENSATIONALISM

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These 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 subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.   (I Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24-25; Revelation 20:2-6)

THE GODHEAD

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.   (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:10,26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

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 a virgin, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2,14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8)
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
  • 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 Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

  • We believe 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; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14)
  • We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be transformed and guided by the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17-18; 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 can do the work of the ministry.  (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 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. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit.  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 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)

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, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.    (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

SALVATION

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.  We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, are forgivable.    (Matthew 12:31-32; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:9)

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; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 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. ( Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

THE CHURCH

  • We believe that the church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again baptized believers. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 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; 20:17, 28-32; 2 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
  • We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control as led by the Holy Scriptures. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7,13; I Peter 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. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

SEPARATION

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings.   (Leviticus 19:28; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; I Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)

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. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 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 conscience bliss, they await the first resurrection when the spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.   (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6)
  • We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection. When the soul and body reunite, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment.   (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)

THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST

We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture His children 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.  (Psalms 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6) 

THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN

We believe that Satan is a created being, 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; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

CREATION

We believe that God created the universe, out of nothing, in six literal 24 hour days. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)

CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home 2) the church and 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.  (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)

LOVE

 We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers.  But also toward those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions.  We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly.  God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice.  Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions.   (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:9-10, 17-21; 13:8-10; Philippians 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; I John 3:17-18)

MISSIONS

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)

GIVING

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of the portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church.  We believe that God has established that every person gives as they purpose in their heart cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel.  We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his offering once the gift has been given.  (Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

BELIEVER’S WALK:

We believe that the Body of Christ is not under the Law but Grace (Rom. 6:14).  This means that the core operating principle in the believer’s relationship with God and others is grace.  By reason of Christ’s victory over sin and by His indwelling Spirit, all saved people should experience deliverance from the power of sin in their daily lives.  All believers still possess the old man (the flesh) and therefore the ability to sin. We do not believe that the sin nature is eradicated in this life (Rom. 6; Gal. 5:15-25).  We believe in the practical sanctification of all members of the Body of Christ and that all believers should glorify God in all of their thoughts, words, and deeds (1 Cor. 10:31).  Believers should separate from all forms of worldliness, humanism, and religious apostasy (2 Cor. 6:14-18; 2 Tim. 2:15-26; Titus 2:11-15).