What We Believe

 

1. The Scriptures:

We believe that the Holy Bible (all 66 books), was written by men, inspired of God and is completely infallible and inerrant, that it has God for it’s author, salvation for it’s end and that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is our supreme and final authority for faith and practice. (John 10:35; Acts 3:21; I Timothy 3:16 & 17; I Peter 1:20 & 21).

 
2. The True God:
 
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God and infinite spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; and 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 harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Psalms 83:18, I John 5::7)
 
3. Jesus Christ:
 
A. His Person:
Jesus Christ is the infinite God-Man and the only begotten Son of God. Prior to
His birth, he was with the Father and He is the Creator of all things. Jesus was
conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the Virgin Mary. Though tempted by
Satan, He lived a sinless life. (Luke 1:35; John 1: 1 & 14; I John 3:5)
 
B. His Work:
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for the sins of all men with His own blood on the
cross. He arose bodily from the grave and ascended into Heaven, where He now
intercedes for His own as the Great High Priest. (Acts 1: 9-11; Hebrews 7:25;
I Peter 2:24)
 
C. His Return:
Jesus Christ shall return personally, bodily, premillenially. He shall establish a
universal kingdom of righteousness and peace on this earth. (John 14:3; Acts
1:11)
 
4. The Holy Spirit:
 
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead with God the Father and God
the Son; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; and that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement, that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel; at conversion He regenerates, indwells, seals and baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. Subsequently, by the Scriptures, He conforms the believer increasingly to the image of Christ and empowers him for spiritual service. (John 15:26; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 2: 10-12; Ephesians 1: 13-14; John 16:7-11)
 
5. The Creation and the Fall of Man:
 
We accept the Genesis account of creation. We believe that man was created in holiness, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinner, not only by constraint, 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 to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:7-19; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-19).
 
6. The Devil or Satan:
 
Satan is a person, a fallen angel, who with other angelic beings, rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven. He is the accuser of the saints and his destiny is the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 20:10).
 
7. Salvation: 
A. Atonement for Sin:
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the shed blood
of Jesus Christ, 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. His
atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but as
a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the
unjust. Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His body on the tree, that having risen
from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, preparing a place for those who
have put their trust in Him. (John 3:16; Romans 5: 6-8; II Corinthians 5:21;
Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 2:22-24)
 
B. Regeneration:
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again;
it is effected by the Holy Spirit in a manner above our comprehension, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that it’s proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. (II Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5)
 
C. Sanctification:
Sanctification is both instantaneous at Salvation and progressive throughout the believer’s life. Positionally, the believer is sanctified in Christ; practically he is being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is a continuing work of grace, not involving the eradication of the old nature but, rather , revealing the growth of the new life in Christ and being set apart for service. (I Corinthians 1:2; Hebrews 10:10)
 
  
8. The Security of the Believer:
 
We believe that those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit are, as scripture say, kept by the power of God through faith unto the day of redemption, and are eternally secure in the love of Christ redemption, and are eternally secure in the love of Christ. (John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13; I John 5:13)
 
 
9. Justification by Faith:
 
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness. It is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness we have done, but solely by faith in the Redeemer’s blood. His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us by God who brings us into a state of blessed peace and favor with Him and secures every blessing needful for time and eternity. (Romans 4:25; 5:1, 16-18)
 
10. The Local Church:
 
We believe that a local church is a congregation of born again, baptized believers of which Christ is the head. These believers are associated by covenants of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges vested in them by His word and that it’s Pastor(s)’ and Deacons’ qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all, and edification of the members. We hold that the local church is autonomous and has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy spirit; that it is scriptural for New Testament churches to cooperate with each other in contending for faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel, and that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of it’s cooperation on all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence. The will of the local church as spoken by the simple majority is final. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; Jude 3)
 
11. Ordinances:
 
A. Believer’s Baptism:
We believe that baptism is an act of obedience to Christ and is demonstrated by immersion in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with it’s effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership but has no saving
power. (Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:1-13)
 
B. The Lord’s Supper:
The Lord’s supper is a remembrance of Christ’s work on the cross,
including His death, burial, and resurrection, and is offered to all born again believers through participation in the bread and the cup, always to be preceded by solemn self examination and self determined participation. (I Corinthians 1: 23-32)
 
12. Civil Government:
We believe the civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of God’s divine purpose, and that government officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. (Acts 5:29; I Peter 2:13-17)
 
13. The Righteous and the Wicked:
 
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked, the two groups consist of:
A. The Righteous:
Only those who are justified by faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His sight. (Romans 3:24; 5:1,2 & 8, 9; Titus 3:7)
 
B. The Wicked:
The wicked include all those who willfully, habitually and consciously, practice, with pleasure, activities contrary to God’s word and have rejected the atonement for sin Christ has offered as a free gift through the sacrifice of Himself. (Romans 1:28-32; James 4:17)
 
14. The Resurrection:
 
A. The souls of the righteous are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await Christ’s coming, when spirit, soul, and body will be reunited when Christ comes to rapture His Church. The righteous in Christ who are alive on earth when Christ comes to rapture His Church shall be bodily raised to meet the Lord in the air, just prior the tribulation. The raptured and resurrected saints will later return with Christ to the earth at His second coming. (John 5:28 & 29; II Corinthians 5:8; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-6)
 
B. The souls of the unsaved are, at death, absent from the body in conscious torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment to be cast into the Lake of Fire, where they shall be punished eternally. (Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20: 11-15)