Statement of faith

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, as it is the truth, the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8). The inspired King James Bible is the only version we accept and use. The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

 

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons– Father, Son and Holy Spirit co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4, II 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 the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6, 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I 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; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin of righteousness and of judgement and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling in believers and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14). We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. We believe speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of 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 prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22). The sacredness of human life is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every individual possess dignity and Is worthy of respect and Christian love (Psalms 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).

 

The Way of Salvation

We believe that the clear message of salvation is repentance toward God and faithful toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secured in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every born-again believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1:2).

 

The Church

We believe that the New Testament church is a local assembly of baptized believers who have voluntarily joined themselves together to carry out the great Commission. The Lord is doing His work in this world through local churches. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28:32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. Christ is the only head of the church (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). The Pastor is the under-shepherd.

 

The Ordinances of the Church

We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for local churches in this age (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

Biblical Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon the Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostacy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2, 14:13; I John 9:11; II Corinthians 6:14, 7:1).

 

The Return of Christ

We believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. Believers will be caught up to be with the Lord prior to seven years of tribulation and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalms 89:3-4).

 

Our 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 conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when the spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious torment until the second resurrection when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6:7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).