Statement of Faith
- All Scripture is divinely inspired of God (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
- One God eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16:17; I Cor. 8:6; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7).
- Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of Virgin Mary, and is God in the shell of a man. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1, 14).
- Man was created in the image of God; man sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and all human beings are born with a human, sinful nature (Gen. 1:26-27, Rom. 5:12).
- Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood (John 3:16; Rom. 5:1, 8, 9; Heb. 7:25; I Tim. 2:5).
- The crucified body of our Lord was resurrected from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is our Intercessor (Matt. 28:6; I Cor. 15:4; Acts 1:9-11).
- The personal, premillennial return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is imminent (John 14:3; Acts 1:11).
- All who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit, and become the children of God (Acts 20:21; John 3:3, 5, John 1:12).
- All true believers, having been born again into the family of God, are possessors of everlasting life, shall never perish, and are eternally secure in Him (John 10:28-29; I John 2:25, 5:13).
- The bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust is certain, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-15; John 5:28-29).
- Immersion is the only Scriptural mode of baptism and is for believers only (Rom. 6:3-4, Acts 8:36-38).
- The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of His death until He comes and is to be celebrated periodically (Luke 22:17-20; I Cor. 11:23-26).
- As children of the Lord, we should endeavor, by God's grace, to live a consistent Christian life and refrain from worldliness in general, to so conduct ourselves that we will not be a stumbling block to anyone (Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 3:1-17).
- Marriage: Any form of sexual immorality; including homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:0; 1 Thess. 4:1-8, Heb 13:4)
We believe that the Holy 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 and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Its meaning being determined by the historical, grammatical and literary use of the author's language, comparing Scripture with Scripture. We believe that the Holy Spirit of God supernaturally inspired holy men of old in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
We believe in the eternal preservation of Scripture. We believe that the Bible is preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic Text, the Greek Textus Receptus, and the English King James Version.
We believe that there is one, and only, living and true God, infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Creator and sustainer of all things, the supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. He exists eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. These three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, eternally begotten from the Father, coequal with the Father. He is the Creator of all that was created and the sustainer of the same, conceived by the Holy Ghost, brought forth of a virgin, lives forever as perfect man; two distinct natures inseparably united in one person.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son, of the same nature, the Third Person of the Trinity, equal in deity. He was active in creation, the Giver of life, the Agent of inspiration and the new birth, the Restrainer of the Evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. He seals, indwells, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God. By appointment of the Father, He 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. His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners' place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord. He bore 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 every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
We believe salvation is instantaneous and not a process. Lost souls are made partakers of the divine nature and receive eternal life by simple faith in the shed blood of Christ. This is a free gift available to all who will call upon the name of the Lord. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel. This rejection brings him to utter condemnation.
We believe that Christian Scriptural baptism is the immersion in water of one who has already accepted Christ as his personal Savior. The believer is so immersed in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the partaking of the Lord's supper.
We believe that all those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are saved and shall remain as such throughout all eternity. Jesus is able to save and to keep. He saves even to the uttermost. We at the moment of conversion have become partakers of everlasting life and therefore, being sealed by the Holy Spirit of God until the day of redemption, can never again find ourselves in a condition of condemnation.
We believe that a church is a local assembly of baptized believers under the discipline of the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It was organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper. Its officers are pastors and deacons. It is self-governing and it functions through the ministry of gifts given by the Holy Spirit to each believer.
We believe that it is the responsibility of every blood-bought redeemed saint of God to be actively involved in the propagation of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. That the world is lost without Christ and that the fields are truly ripe unto harvest, but the laborers are few. It is the commission given to the church by Jesus Christ our Lord that we proclaim this Gospel. We are held responsible to God for those who die without Christ who we have not attempted to warn, and that their blood will be upon our hands.