What We Believe

 

The Scriptures

We believe the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired, inerrant, and only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God and, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore has truth without admixture of error for its matter. We believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds and opinions, therefore our only authority in all matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 68:11)

 

God

We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- one in substance and equal in every divine perfection (Exodus 20:2-3; Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:24; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7)

 

Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. We believe that Lord Jesus Christ is both true God and perfect man, a unique, supernatural manifestation of God in the flesh (II Corinthians 5:19; I Timothy 3:16); born of the virgin Mary, after having been miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18-20); He exists eternally with the Father, lived a sinless life and was crucified and buried. He was resurrected bodily on the third day, appeared to his followers, and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. We believe this same Jesus will one day return physically and visibly to the earth, and every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord and the only Savior of mankind (Acts 4:10-12), and the proper object of our worship. (John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 1 John 4:2, 14-15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; John 14:1-3; Acts l :11; Philippians 2:10-11)

 

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and Son and equal in deity. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe: He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth; He restrains sin and Satan; and He indwells and sanctifies all believers. (John 14:16-17; Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)

That the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God, it is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, its meaning determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author's language, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

That each person can be saved only through the work of Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and by faith alone in Him as Savior. The believer is declared righteous, born again by the Holy Spirit, turned from sin, and assured of heaven.

That the Holy Spirit indwells all who are born again, conforming them to the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is a process completed only in Heaven. Every believer is responsible to live in obedience to the Word of God in separation from sin.

That a church is a local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ, organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's Table. Its offices are fivefold as the Word of God declares to bring all believers to the unity of faith, and it is self-governing. It functions through the calling and ministry given by the Holy Spirit to each believer

 

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose death, burial, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father are the only premises for salvation (Eph.1:7; Rev.1:5); That this faith is begotten through hearing the Word of God (Rom.10:17; I Pet.1:18-25); that it is the free gift of God, wholly set apart from human works (Eph.2:8-9); that by the new birth one dead in trespasses and sins is quickened into eternal life, made righteous, justified, and is made partaker of the Divine nature (II Pet.1:4), eternally secured unto the praise of His glory.

 

The Church

The Church Universal -- We believe every born again believer is by the mystical act of God accorded a place in the Body of Christ and that this body is Biblically identified as "the Church" (Ephesians 3:3-7; Colossians 1:24; I Corinthians 12:12-13).

The Church Local -- We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by His Word. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 14:23).

We believe in the absolute separation of church (Matthew 22:21). We believe in the separated life as the will of God for the believer (Romans 12:1-2) We believe that the believer ought to conduct himself so as to honor God and be a consistent testimony of his new life in Christ. He is to obey the commands of Christ and His Word (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:21).

The Commission of the Church: We believe the Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations by going, baptizing and teaching. All believers are to be prepared for works of service so that the Body of Christ may be built up. (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; John 4:24; Acts 1:8; Hebrews 10:24-25).

 

Church Ordinances

We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and The Lord's Supper

Baptism -- The pastor and deacons shall oversee the ordinance of baptism by a single immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, and our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.

The Lord's Supper -- The Lord's Supper (Communion) shall be served to the congregation by the pastor, or some person designated by the church, and the deacons on the first Sunday of each month, or at the discretion of the deacons. Since it is the Lord's Table, none who are His shall be barred, but the pastor shall frequently state the scriptural order, which places baptism as a prerequisite to communion, and shall explain the meaning of the ordinance.

 

The Lord’s Return

We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, and return of Jesus Christ; that He will come to catch away His church, and that He will come with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and set up His kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:11-21)

 

Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His Church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and shall stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne of Judgment to receive their final doom (John 5:21-30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 20:11-15).

 

The Family

We believe that marriage was planned by God to consist of one man and one woman, and that any other arrangement is un-biblical (Genesis 1:27; 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:22-31; Matthew 19:4-6, I Corinthians 11:3; and Colossians 3:18,19). We believe that God's design is for a married couple never to be separated by divorce. We believe that men and women are of equal value and standing in God's sight, but that by God's design, the husband is to be the head of the home. We believe that it is the responsibility primarily of the parents to raise their children in the counsel of the Word of God, using discipline when necessary (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:20, 21; Prov. 13:24; 22:15; 23:13,14; 29:15; and Deut. 6:6,7). We believe that single believers are to marry only in the Lord (I Cor. 7:39; II Corinthians 6:14-17; Ezra 9:11,12; Nehemiah 13:23-30; and Joshua 23:11-13).

“We come together in a spirit of unity under the authority of Scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, seeking to grow in our relationship to Christ and in love for one another, and focusing on that which we have in common rather than on that which might divide us.”