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 Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible, otherwise known as the Authorized Version of 1611, is accepted to be the divinely-preserved Word of God in the English language, and shall be the official and only translation used by the church (Psalm 12:6-7)(II Timothy 3:16-17)(I Peter 1:25)(II Peter 1:20-21).
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. Salvation throughout all dispensations is by grace through faith. Three of these dispensations – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Genesis 1:28)(I Corinthians 9:17)(II Corinthians 3:9-18)(Galatians 3:13-15)(Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-10)(Colossians 1:24-25, 27)(Revelation 20:2-6).
We believe in one God. In this divine and infinite being there are three separate and distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are co-eternal in essence; co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory. The Father was not brought into being by, nor did He originate from any other being. The Son is eternally begotten of the Father. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. All three are infinite, without beginning, and therefore only one God. God is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by their separate and distinct roles. This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and our comfortable dependence on Him (Exodus 3:14)(Deuteronomy 6:4) (Matthew 28:19)(John 1:14, 18; 14:10-11, 26; 15:26)(I Corinthians 8:6) (II Corinthians 13:14)(Galatians 4:6)(I John 5:7).
The Person And Work Of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God. He had no beginning but became a man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. As a man, He was in all points tempted as we are, yet He never sinned. He revealed the nature of God to men, and man can only know God through Jesus Christ (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)(Luke 1:35)(John 1:1-2, 14)(II Corinthians 5:19-21)(Galatians 4:4-5)(Philippians 2:5-8)(I Timothy 2:5)(Hebrews 4:15)(I Peter 2:21-23). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ completely accomplished our eternal redemption through His perfect and finished work on the cross. We believe His shed blood while on the cross has cleansed us from all sin. We believe that His death, burial, and resurrection is the only means by which all men can be saved (Acts 2:18-36)(Romans 3:24-25)(I Peter 2:24)(Ephesians 1:7)(I John 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) (Romans 8:34)(Hebrews 7:25; 9:24)(I John 2:1-2).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all the 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)(II 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 filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18) (I 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)(I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28)(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. We believe that 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 at times chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing according to His will (I 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; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Man does have the ability, however, to choose to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, or to continue on in a state of unbelief (Genesis 1:26-27)(John 3:16)(Romans 3:22-23; 5:12 ; 6:23; 10:13)(Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God offered to man by grace due to the effectual work of Jesus Christ on the cross, His shed blood, and His resurrection from the dead. We believe that all men are in need of salvation and that no man is capable of saving himself by any means. The gift of salvation is received by man when he acknowledges his sinful condition and by repentance, he humbly turns to God by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12)(Acts 16:31; 20:21)(II Corinthians 7:10)(Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10) (I Peter 1:18-19)
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 those whom God has accepted in Jesus Christ can neither totally, nor finally fall from the state of grace, but they will certainly endure unto the end. These may through various temptations, sin at times, yet this perseverance of the saints does not depend on them or their free will. It rests upon the immutability of the decree of election, which flows from the free and unchanging love of God the Father. It also rests on the efficacy of the merit and the intercession of Jesus Christ, and upon the union which true saints have with Him. It rests upon the oath of God and the abiding presence of His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:9-10; 8:30; 9:11-16)(Hebrews 6:17-18)(I John 2:19). 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).
We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Matthew 16:16-19)(Acts 14:21-23)(Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:20-22). We believe that the local church is a body of born-again, baptized (by immersion after salvation) believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have agreed to follow the Lord as led by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (Acts 2:41)(I Corinthians 12:12-14)(II Corinthians 11:2)(Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 5:25-27). We believe that there are two ordinances of the local church, and they are Water Baptism and the administration of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19-20)(Acts 2:41-42)(I Corinthians 11:23-26). We believe the local church is to be autonomous with Jesus Christ alone as the head and the Bible as its guide. It shall use the congregational form of church government, and the final authority of the church is with the church itself (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 believe the only two offices in the church are that of pastor and deacon (Philippians 1:1)(I Timothy 3:1-13). We believe the church’s Great Commission is to preach the gospel, baptize those who believe on Christ, and disciple the believers with the Word of God into a personal walk of faith with Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)(Luke 14:23). We believe the church is to show benevolence and Christian charity at all times (I Corinthians 13:1-13)(Galatians 2:10). We believe the church is to be the promoter of sound Biblical doctrine (II Timothy 1:13; 4:3)(Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1). We believe the church is to be operated solely by the tithes and offerings of God’s people (Malachi 3:10)(John 2:13-16)(I Corinthians 16:1-2) (II Corinthians 9:6-7).
We believe in both personal and ecclesiastical separation. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon Christ and the Church; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13)(II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1)(II Timothy 3:1-5)(I John 2:15-17)(II John 1:9-11). We believe the church is to cooperate only with those organizations and/or individuals who have a like statement of faith and purpose.
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 (Psalm 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 Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and to 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 spirit, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43)(II Corinthians 5:8)(Philippians 1:23; 3:21) (I 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 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 (Matthew 25:41-46)(Mark 9:43-48)(Luke 16:19-26)(II Thessalonians 1:7-9)(Jude 1:6-7)(Revelation 20:11-15).
The Personality Of Satan
We believe that Satan is a created being, the author of sin and the contributing 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).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. we reject, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2)(Exodus 20:11).
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 three 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 Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Romans 13:1-7)(Ephesians 5:22-24)(Hebrews 13:17)(I Peter 2:13-14).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9)(Leviticus 18:1-30)(Romans 1:26-29) (I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9)(I Thessalonians 4:1-8)(Hebrews 13:4). We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24)(Romans 7:2)(I Corinthians 7:10)(Ephesians 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 (Galatians 3:28)(Colossians 3:18)(I Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).
Marriage, Divorce, And Remarriage
We believe that marriage is designed by God to be between one man and one woman for life and that a Christian should only marry another Christian (Matthew 19:5-6)(I Corinthians 7:39). We believe that God hates divorce yet has allowed for divorce under certain circumstances. Those circumstances where divorce is permitted on Biblical grounds include: fornication; cases that involve an unbelieving spouse who chooses to divorce a believing spouse; cases that involve one spouse who is causing the other spouse and/or children to commit abominable acts in the eyes of God; cases of desertion (Ezra 9:1-10:17)(Isaiah 50:1)(Jeremiah 3:8)(Malachi 2:16)(Matthew 19:8-9)(I Corinthians 7:10-15). Anytime a marriage is dissolved due to any of the Biblical grounds for divorce, a remarriage is permitted and is not sinful (Matthew 19:9) (I Corinthians 7:15, 27-28)(I Timothy 4:1-3). When a divorce is obtained for non-Biblical reasons, remarriage is regarded as adultery, except when reconciliation is impossible due to the death of one spouse or the marriage to another partner by one spouse (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)(Matthew 19:9)(Romans 7:2)(I Corinthians 7:15, 27-28; 7:39).
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)(Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16)(Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5) (Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18)(Luke 1:44).
We believe that God has given the church the 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. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all proper and Biblical means to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in our local area and unto the uttermost parts of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20)(Mark 16:15)(Luke 24:46-48)(John 20:21)(Acts 1:8)(II Corinthians 5:20).
Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from being in 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 (I Corinthians 6:1-8)(Ephesians 4:31-32).
We believe 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 (Genesis 14:20)(Proverbs 3:9-10)(I Corinthians 16:2)(II Corinthians 9:6-7)(Galatians 6:6)(Ephesians 4:28)(I Timothy 5:17-18)(I John 3:17).
Authority Of Our Statement Of Faith
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 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.