THE SCRIPTURES – We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written in the sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation was verbally and plenarily (“full” – each part equally inspired) inspired of God and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore it is truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be supernaturally preserved and to be the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions, shall be tried (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)
THE TRUE GOD – We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent, eternal Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressively glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption (Exodus 20:2,3; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 4:11).
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been supernaturally 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 1:25-38; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4; 1 John 5:20).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 27:27-50; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7).
We believe that our 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 Intercessor and Advocate; and that He will come again in keeping with His promises (Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; 1 John 2:1,2; John 14:2,3).
THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the Creation; that in His relation to ‘the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; 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, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer (John 14:16-17,26, 16:8-11; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:4-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:29; Romans 8:14,26-27).
We believe that the Holy Spirit equips believers for service by giving them spiritual gifts. Some gifts listed in the New Testament were sign gifts given temporarily during the infancy of the church and are no longer given or received today. Among the sign gifts were healing; speaking in tongues and working of miracles (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13-14; Ephesians 4:4-16; Hebrews 2:4).
THE ANGELIC REALM – We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spirit beings known as angels; that many of these continued in their holy state and are the ministers of God; that they are a glorious company who worship God, excel in strength and execute His will as ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who are the heirs of salvation, guiding, guarding and defending them; and that they will accompany Christ at His return and at the punishment of the wicked (Colossians 1:16; Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:14; Psalms 91:11; 2 Kings 6:17; Luke 16:22; Matthew 25:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7,8).
We believe that Lucifer, now known as Satan or the Devil, was created in holiness, but, through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty God, fell and drew after him a host of angels, becoming the enemy of God; that he is now the prince of the power of the air, the unholy god of this age, the ruler of all the powers of darkness, man’s greatest tempter and the accuser of the saints; that these fallen angels, though defeated in the cross of Christ, still continue to oppose God and His work; and that they will ultimately be judged by God and cast into the lake of fire to suffer everlasting punishment, which is their righteous due (Hebrews 1:4;12:22; Ezekiel 28:12-17; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:11,12; Revelation 20:10).
THE CREATION – We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:10).
We believe that man was created directly by God and in God’s own image and after His own likeness (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:7).
We believe that creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through long periods of time from lower to higher forms, but took place in six, twenty-four hour days as stated in Genesis 1-2; that all animal and vegetable life was created directly and to reproduce “after its own kind” (Genesis 1-2; 2:7,21-23; 1:11,24; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16,17).
THE FALL OF MAN – We believe that man, in the person of the first, Adam, was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state and in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by birth but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God; positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse before God (Genesis 3:1-6,24; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:10-19; 1:18,32.)
SALVATION – We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust: Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree: that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection; He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior (Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation; that the new birth is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life; and that His righteousness is imputed to us, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; that justification includes the forgiveness of sin, and the gift of eternal life (Romans 8:1; Acts 16:31; John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5).
We believe that all who receive Christ as Savior are born again and are eternally secure in Christ, kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ (John 10:28,29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6; Jude 1).
SANCTIFICATION – We believe that Biblical Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, the believer is set apart from sin, unto Christ, and has three aspects:
- the believer has been set apart positionally before God the moment he believes (1 Corinthians 1:30, 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10,14);
- the believer is being set apart progressively in his walk day by day as he grows in grace toward the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness, prayer and yielding to the Spirit through Biblical change (John 17:17; Romans 8:13; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 8:28,29a; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 4:7b; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 John 3:3; Romans 12:1,2; Ephesians 4:22,24);
- the believer is to be set apart from the very presence of sin when his sanctification is completed at the coming of Christ for the church (1 John 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 5:23).
THE CHURCH – We believe that the local church is established by Christ. It 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; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that it is governed by a congregational government; that its Biblical 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 for Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other 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; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final (Acts 2:41,42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:15; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23,24; Acts 15:13-18).
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a New Testament institution, unknown to the Old Testament prophets; established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head, revealed through the apostles, and empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; His “body” for service, and His “bride” for glory. It began with the New Testament saints at Pentecost and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the pre-tribulation Rapture (Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 41-47; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:23-32;
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER – We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by a solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism first, and then the Lord’s Supper; and that the participants in the Lord’s Supper should be immersed believers (Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).
SEPARATION – We believe in the Biblical doctrine of separation, which encompasses the separation of the local church from all affiliation, fellowship, and cooperation with those who deny the true Christian faith; and the separation of the individual believer from all worldly practices that would dishonor the Savior. We believe that the church should refuse to be drawn into compromising alliances, even with well-meaning evangelical people, whereby our testimony would be impaired and our position confused. Specifically, we reject the concept that our church should cooperate with unbelievers and apostate churches, even if by so doing beneficial results may seem to be produced (Romans 16:17-19; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Timothy 3:5; Ephesians 5:11; 2 John 9-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6).
THE FAMILY – We believe that the marriage of a man to a woman is the plan of God and sacred in His sight. We believe that from the beginning God never intended for man and wife to be separated or divorced. The Lord, speaking through Paul, instructed the wife not to leave her husband and the hus- band not to put away his wife (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:18-32; 1 Timothy 3:4,5,12; Malachi 2:13,14; 1 Corinthians 7:10,11).
We believe it is totally against the command and teaching of the Word of God to in any way change or pervert this order; that homosexuality, lesbianism, or any other sexual relationship outside of marriage is contrary to the Word of God. We do not accept these as an alternate life style. We believe that the sexual relationship is sacred and fulfilling only within the bonds of marriage, and is condemned outside the marriage relationship (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:10; 7:3,4; Hebrews 13:4; Jude 7).
We believe that children are a blessing of God and the responsibility for them rests solely upon the parent and they are to be brought up in loving structured control and conscientious instruction in the truths of God and His principles for life (Psalms 127:3; Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:6,7; Psalms 78:4-7; Proverbs 22:6, 17:6).
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 in things opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth; and that civil rulers have no rights or control over, or of interference with, religious matters (Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19,20; Daniel 3:17,18).
THINGS TO COME – We believe in the bodily, personal, and pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will come in a pre-tribulational rapture in the air to catch away His Church (true believers); and that He will come with His Church at the close of the seven year tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:11-21).
We believe that the dead in Christ are absent from the body and present with the Lord, and that in the resurrection the bodies of believers who have already physically died 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 stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom to be forever separated from God inconscious suffering in the lake of fire (John 5:21-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 20:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:8).
THE RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED – We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost (Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17,18; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 6:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21).