Statement of Faith
The Scriptures: We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, complete, and literal, Word of God. We believe God preserved His Word down through the ages and in the King James Version, and that is it the Word of God for us today. Therefore, It is our final authority for faith and practice above the opinions of any man, tradition, or any other source.
The True God: We believe that there is one true and living God, who is the creator and supreme ruler of Heaven and Earth; who is worthy of all possible honor, confidence, love, and praise. We believe in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and yet executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Jesus Christ: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, begotten by the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner and born of a virgin, and lived a perfect, sinless life in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe He shed His precious blood on the cross as payment for sin, He was buried, rose bodily from the grave on the third day and ascended bodily into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God.
The Holy Ghost: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in the creation; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, indwells, empowers, guides, teaches, comforts, sanctifies and helps the believer.
We believe that at the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit regenerates, baptizes, indwells, and seals all believers. The baptism of the Spirit takes place at salvation and is not manifested by unusual signs such as speaking in tongues and is not to be confused with the filling of the Spirit which we are to seek as we yield to His control.
The Trinity: We believe that the Godhead is composed of three Persons coeternal, coequal, and coexistent; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; and the same in substance but distinct in subsistence permeates the Bible. The Godhead is a Trinity in unity seeing there are three inner distinctions but a single divine life. The three Persons are equal but one in essence.
Creation: We believe in the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and man; this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process. This creation took place within a period of six twenty-four-hour days. Man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all mankind is descended from historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race.
The Fall of Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s voluntary and wilful disobedience, Adam sinned, bringing death and sin into the human race. As all men since Adam are partakers of his fallen nature, all men are sinners by nature and by conduct and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Satan: We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil. He was created by God as an angel, but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of His Creator. He is now the prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be a real and literal being responsible for all evil in the world. He seeks to turn mankind from the Lord and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire.
Salvation: We believe that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins on the cross with His shed blood; this atonement was not limited, but is effectual for any sinner accepting it by faith. We believe that the new birth is the regenerative act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner when he believes the Gospel according to the Scriptures, receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and is in no way dependent upon our own works or merits. As a result of the new birth, the sinner is made a new creature in Christ receiving eternal life as a free gift of God; salvation makes one a son of God and this relationship is eternally secure.
Eternal Destiny of Man: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved in heaven and the literal, eternal punishment of the lost in the Lake of Fire.
The Church: We believe the church is set forth in Scripture in two distinguishable categories; first, the universal church which is composed of all true believers and is called the body or bride of Christ. And second, the local church, existing from Pentecost until the rapture. We believe the local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by 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 His Word; and that its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men, and the building up and edifying of the saints.We believe the true mission of the church is for the edification, perfection, exhortation, and comfort of its members in spiritual matters; the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only head of the local church is the pastor, just as Jesus is the Head and Chief Shepherd over the entire church; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with one another in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper: We believe there are two ordinances given to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show our submission to, and faith in, the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, through Whom we died to sin and rose to new life. We hold that only one scriptural baptism is necessary in the life of any believer and that baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.
We believe that the Lord’s Table is a local church ordinance; it is symbolic, representative, and commemorative of the Lord’s blood and body. Each member of the local church should be committed to remember the Lord’s suffering and death through the regular observance of the Lord’s Table until He returns. The Lord’s Table is to be preceded by solemn self-examination.
Separation: We believe, in order to be obedient to Biblical commands, we are to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy; and that the latter prohibits fellowship or cooperation with any group or church espousing or sanctioning modernism, liberalism, the “social gospel”, ecumenism, the charismatic movement, or the new-age movement.
Civil Government: We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming prince of the kings of the earth.
Things to Come: We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of Christ for His saints. At that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies; the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies and shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. We believe that the church will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ in heaven where the individual Christian's works and motives will stand the test of fire for reward or loss. During this time, those on earth will be undergoing the seven years of tribulation. Christ will return at the end of the tribulation to judge the nations and establish his earthly kingdom for 1000 years. There is the judgment for the lost that takes place after the millennial reign of Christ at the Great White Throne in which they are judged and committed forever to the Lake of Fire.
Missions: We believe that God has given the Church the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that people from all ethnic groups and languages may have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and be saved. As representatives of Christ we must use all available means to go foreign nations as well asthroughout our own country to spread the gospel, win souls, and plant churches.
The Authority Of This Statement Of Faith:
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. We believe the Bible to be the only, complete, and final authority of all that we believe and practice. We do believe that this statement of faith accurately represents Scriptural truth and shall be what binds members together.