OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
ON THE BIBLE
We believe the Old and New Testaments of the Bible to be the plenary, inerrant, verbally inspired Word of God; which has been perfectly preserved by God in the Hebrew Masoretic Text as well as Greek Textus Receptus. As such, it is the believer’s only authoritative rule of faith and practice. We believe the King James Version of the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, eternal, inspired Word of God to the English speaking people.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; I Peter 1:23; Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:89; Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5-6; John 10:35; John 17:17; Revelation 22:18-19
ON THE GODHEAD
We believe there is only one true, and living God, Who is not only an eternal, intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, but also utterly Holy in character possessing the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. He is the Creator and Supreme Ruler of all creation eternally existing in three distinct Persons― God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit― Who are equal in character, power, and essence.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 139:7-9; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; John 15:26; 1 John 5:17
ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Eternal Word and only Begotten of the Father, the second Person of the Triune God, born of a virgin, both wholly God and wholly man, and lived perfectly and sinless though He was tempted like as we are. Being the perfect Lamb of God, He gave Himself willingly to death on the cross, shedding His blood, bearing the sins of the world, suffering the full penalty of that sin in our place, and thus providing full atonement once and for all for those who believe. Jesus rose from the grave in a glorified body and is now seated bodily at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.
John 1:1,14; John 3:16; Matthew 1:18-25; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:6-10; I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 2:1-2
ON THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God, and the divine Agent in nature, revelation, illumination, and redemption. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and that He regenerates, indwells, seals, and anoints all who come to God through Christ. He also empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers. We do accept the biblical teaching of the gifts of the Spirit, but we believe that the sign gifts, including speaking in tongues, gradually became obsolete as the canon of Scripture was completed, rendering them invalid gifts of the Holy Spirit today.
John 3:5; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-14; Romans 8:9; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5; Mark 16:17; Hebrews 2:4; I Corinthians 13:8-10
We believe man was created by God and in His image. Though originally created innocent of sin, man willfully transgressed against God and thereby suffer the consequences of a fallen sinful nature alienated from the presence of God and under the righteous condemnation and wrath of God without defense or excuse. Mankind, in and of himself, cannot remedy his lost, sinful condition.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 5:12; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
We believe that God saves and forgives sinners because of the substitutionary death of Christ and His shed blood on the Cross of Calvary. This salvation is attained by the grace of God through personal faith in Christ alone; as such, it is a free gift and is not attained by merit or good works. Though not all men will be saved, salvation has been made available to all who will choose to appropriate the shed blood of Christ by faith. Those who have been saved are eternally secure and shall never perish. We reject the unscriptural teachings of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Lordship Salvation.
John 1:12; John 3:16, 36; John 6:37; John 10:28; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:22-26; Romans 5:8; II Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22; I Peter 1:18-19; I Peter 3:18; II Peter 3:9
ON CHRISTIAN LIVING and GODLY WORKS
We believe every believer is personally responsible to live a holy, separated life to the glory of God. It is also every believer’s responsibility and privilege to preach the Gospel of Salvation to this lost and dying world. We reject liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism, the ecumenical movement, the emerging church movement, and the charismatic movement because of their doctrine and lack of personal and ecclesiastical separation. As such, we believe it is the believer’s responsibility to detect these influences and avoid them.
Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:15; Colossians 3:1-2; Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 5:18-20; I Corinthians 3:12-15; II Corinthians 5:9-10
We believe that Satan was once one of God’s perfect and holy angels named Lucifer. Because of pride, he rebelled against God, seeking to be god, and was thus cast out of heaven taking some of the angels with him. He is now the “Prince of the Power of the Air”, the “Prince of this World”, the great deceiver, the epitome of all that is unholy, and the leader of all the wicked angels and evil spirits.
Isaiah 14:12-15; I Peter 5:8; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; I John 3:8; Revelation 12:9-11; Revelation 20:10; Ephesians 6:10-18
ON THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the imminent, pre-millennial rapture of the Church in which Christ will return in the clouds to receive His own unto Himself; wherein the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible and the living saints shall be translated that they should not experience death. After the church has been raptured, the wrath of God will be poured out upon this earth during the seven-year period known as the Tribulation, which will be brought to conclusion by the return of Christ to the earth in great power and glory to establish His glorious and literal kingdom for a thousand years.
John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; I Corinthians 15:51-54; Philippians 3:20; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6
ON HEAVEN and HELL
We believe in the literal existence of Heaven and Hell and that at death the spirits of the saved go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven; while at death the spirits of the unsaved go immediately to Hell where they are kept under punishment until they are raised to stand before the Great White Throne, are judged, and then cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final, conscious, and everlasting punishment.
John 14:2; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 10:34; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 4:1-2; Revelation 21:1-2; Mark 9:43-48; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Luke 16:19-24; Revelation 20:13-14
ON THE CHURCH
We believe the Church to be a local assembly of regenerate, baptized believers striving together to accomplish God’s purpose and will on earth―the proclamation of the Gospel, the instruction and edification of the saints, the observance of the ordinances, and the faithful contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. Each local church is autonomous and self-governing. There are two officers in the local church: pastor and deacon. The two ordinances of the local church are believer’s Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-12; I Corinthians 11:23-34; Jude 3-4; Acts 14:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 6:5; 15:22, 25; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:23-24; I Corinthians 5:4-7, 11-13; I Corinthians 6:1-8; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:4-8; Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-34