STATEMENT OF FAITH

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books in the canon of the Old and New Testament scriptures as originally written; that it was verbally and plenarily inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and, therefore, is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

We believe the original autographs of the Old and New Testament Scriptures to be the preserved Word of God. Though there are many translations available today, we believe that the King James Version of the Bible is a good representation of those Scriptures translated into English. We are not a “King James Only Church,” but for consistency in memorization and a text used in our services, we use the King James Version of the Bible, though other reliable, literal translations are referred to and sometimes used.

THE TRUE GOD

We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God and infinite Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly 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.

These three are equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; 1 John 5:7).

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is and ever shall be God the Son, manifested in time and in the flesh for the purpose of redemption; that He did in Himself by one voluntary and substitutional sacrifice on Calvary put away sin; that He arose from the dead on the third day and is now seated at the right hand of the Father as an Advocate and Mediator for man. We believe further that He was begotten by the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary in the sense that no man before or since was born or could be born; and that in Him all the attributes of God are fully manifested (Luke 1:30- 35; John 1:1-5, 14; Galatians 4:4, 5; Hebrews 9:24-26; 1 John 2:1, 2; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6).

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 essence; 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; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony of men; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, indwells, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of His indwelling, rather than speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations (John 14:16, 17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:8; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13, 14; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27).

SATAN 

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil, and that he was created by God as an angel, but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became and is the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and that he is destined to eternal judgment in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12–17; Ezekiel 28:11–19; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10).

CREATION

We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and man; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct immediate creative acts of God in six twenty-four hour days, without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from any previously existing forms of life; and that all men have descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race (Genesis 1:1-2:25; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3).

THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker but, by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy state.  Every person is born a sinner, is totally depraved, and is a partaker of Adam’s fallen nature and conduct and, therefore, is under the just condemnation of God without defense or excuse (Genesis 3:1-6; John 3:14–19; Romans 3:10-19, 23, 5:12, 19, 1:18, 32; Ephesians 2:1, 2).

THE VIRGIN BIRTH 

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and He is both the Son of God and God the Son (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4; Galatians 4:4).

SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatoral work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by the shedding of His blood in His death, He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice does not give 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 where He unites in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection; that He alone is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and the all-sufficient Savior God demanded. We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God, prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith. Salvation, (the new birth), is a one time, instantaneous act of God, whereby the believing sinner becomes a child of God (Jonah 2:9; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25;  John 3:3-16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7, 8; Hebrews 2:14-17; Isaiah 53:4-7; I John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24).

THE RESURRECTION & PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST 

We believe in the literal bodily resurrection of Christ and in His literal ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us (Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6, 12:2, 7:25; I Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17, 5:9, 10, 4:15, 16).

GRACE & THE NEW BIRTH

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it 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 by our Sovereign God 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 (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8; Romans 6:1-4).

JUSTIFICATION 

We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood (Romans 3:24; 4:25; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9; Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8, 9).

SANCTIFICATION 

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God which is  accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God based upon redemption in Christ establishing the believer in a position of holiness takes place at the moment the sinner trusts Christ as his Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process will take place at the Lord’s return (Hebrews 10:10-14; 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4; 5:23, 24; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24, 25; Revelation 22:11).

THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.  The child of God can never lose his salvation (Philippians 1:6; John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

THE CHURCH 

We believe that a local church is an organized 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 its officers are pastors and deacons, whose 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 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 other organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent of the church 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; that in all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence, the will of the local church is final (1 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 2:41, 42). We believe in the unity of all New Testament believers in the church which is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 3:1-6; 4:11; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15:13-18).

BAPTISM & THE LORD’S TABLE 

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that it is a prerequisite 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 solemn self-examination (Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 42).

SEPARATION 

We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness, ecclesiastical apostasy, charismatics, ecumenicalism, the new age movement, neo-evangelicalism, the National and World Council of Churches, and anyone or any organization which would associate with these. We further believe that we should separate ourselves from all secret societies and orders (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11; 1 Corinthians 13:8-13).

CIVIL GOVERNMENT 

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the Word of God and the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of kings (Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19, 20; Daniel 3:17, 18).

ISRAEL 

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed from the land God eternally gave to her because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be gathered again in the Holy Land, and, after the completion of the church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.  We do not believe that Israel is the spiritual church of the Old Testament but that it is distinctly different than the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe all Jews, as well as Gentiles, must be saved or face eternal damnation (Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32; Ezekiel 37:1-28; Romans 1:16; 10:12, 13; Revelation 21:8).

THE RAPTURE & SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

We believe in the pretribulational rapture of the Church, an event which can occur at any moment and that, at that moment, the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and they shall be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of tribulation.  We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the rapture of the church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish His millennial kingdom (Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6; Zechariah 14:4).

THE RIGHTEOUS & THE WICKED

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His sight while all such as continue in unrepentance and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction will continue among men both in and after death, in the everlasting bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire (Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17, 18; I John 5:19; Romans 7:6; 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21; Revelation 20:14, 15).

EVANGELISM

We believe that the primary purpose of this local church is to preach the Gospel of salvation to all people (regardless of race, color, or creed), both locally and to the uttermost parts of the earth. This task can only be accomplished through the faithful obedience of each individual member who tries, in a Christ-like manner, to win others to Christ and through the sacrificial support of missions, and our own willingness to go to other areas of the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

MARRIAGE

We believe that marriage as declared in the Scripture is only between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:22–24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31) and that homosexual unions are not marriages, that they do not honor God, and that God condemns the sin of homosexuality  as is evidenced in His total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1–24; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:26-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).  Only marriages of men and women who have not been divorced will be performed in the church or by any pastor of the church.