Our Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:20-21, Matt. 5:18, John 16: 12 -13).

The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections and are worthy of precisely the same honor, confidence and obedience (Duet. 6:4, Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19-29, John1: 1-4, Cor. 13:14, Heb. 1:1-3, Acts 5:3-4).

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John1:1-14, I Pet. 2:24, Eph. 1:7, I Pet. 1:3-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 7:25, 9:24, I John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts and world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the supernatural Agent of regeneration, and simultaneous with regeneration, baptizes believers into one body, the body of Christ, begins His abiding presence with believers and seals them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11, Tit. 3:5, I Cor. 12:13, Rom. 8:9, John 14:16-17, Eph. 1: 13-14).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher Who guides believers into all truth as found in the Word; that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13, I John 2:20-27: Eph. 5:18).

Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, the cause of the fall, and the god of this world; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6-7, Isa. 14:12-17, II Cor. 4:4, Matt. 4:2-11, I Pet. 5:8, Rev. 20:10).

The Creation

We believe in the literal Genesis account of creation of 24 hour days and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution (Gen. 1-2, John 1:3, Col. 1:16-17).

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27, Rom. 3:22-23, 5:12, Eph. 2:1-3, 12).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God, brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10, John 1:12, 3:16, I Pet. 1:18-19).

The Security of the Believer

We believe that all, once born again by the Spirit of God, are kept by God’s power alone and are thus secure in Christ forever, sealed by the Holy Spirit; Who is the down-payment of our inheritance (John 5:24, Eph. 1:13-14, John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Rom. 8:1, 35-39, Jude 24-25, Phil. 1:6, I Pet. 1:3-5, John 3: 15-16).

We believe that it is the privilege of the believer to rejoice in the assurance of his salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living (Rom. 13:13-14, Gal. 5:13, Eph. 4:1, I John 2:1-2, II Cor. 5:17, Rom. 8:5, John 8:31-34, I John 2:6, 3:3, 6-10).

The Nature of the Believer

We believe that every person is born with a sinful nature (a disposition to sin), but that in regeneration God also gives man a new nature (a disposition to righteousness). We believe that provision is made for victory over sin through the power of the Holy Spirit, but that all claims to the eradication of man’s sinful nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom. 6:13, 8:12-13, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 4:22-24, Col. 3:10, I Pet. 1:14-16, I John 1:8, 3:5-9).

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again believers of the present age which began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, Matt. 16:18, I Cor. 12:12-14, II Cor. 11:2, Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27).

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament and the local church is composed of professed and immersed believers (Acts 2:41-42, 14:27, 20:28-32, I Tim. 3:1-13, Tit. 1:5-11).

The Ordinances of the Local Church

We believe that scriptural baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, throughout Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the remembrance of His death until He comes, and should be proceded always by solemn self-examination. Since it is the Lord’s Table, we believe that none that are His should be barred. However, that pastor should frequently explain the meaning of the ordinance and state the scriptural order, which placed salvation and self-examination as prerequisites.

We believe that the elements should be unleavened bread and grape juice, and that the Lord’s supper should be served at an announced local church gathering (Acts 8:36-39, Rom. 6:3-5, Matt. 3:16, Col. 2:12, I Cor. 2:12, I Cor. 11:23-28, Matt. 28: 19-20, Acts 2: 41-42).

Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of the local church and its members to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture. It is the duty and privilege of the Church to take the Word of God to all the world, using missionaries, Christian workers, and whatever media God may make available. We further believe that it is the responsibility of the Church to pray for believers to be sent to the mission fields, to support them financially, and to pray for their ministry and their safety (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, II Cor. 5:19-20, Matt. 9:36-38, II Thes. 3:1-2, Eph. 6:18-20, Phil. 4:14-16).

Separation

We believe that all the saved are responsible to live godly, holy, consistent Christian lives that are pleasing to the Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy and all sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God. We further believer that the Scripture plainly teaches that those who are born again should not marry, or have any other entangling alliances with unbelievers (Rom. 12: 1-2, Cor. 6:14-7:1, II Tim. 3:1-5, I John 2: 15-17, II John 9-11).

The Lord’s Return

We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He will come before the great tribulation to catch away His bride, that Church; that all who are His shall then be caught up to meet Him in the air; that at the end of the tribulation He will come with His Church to the earth to set up His millennial kingdom (I Thes. 4:13-18, Rev. 3:10, I Thes. 5:9, 1:10, Rev. 19:11-16, 20: 1-6).

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46, John 5:28-29, 11:25-26, Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6).

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43, II Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:23, I Thes. 4:16-17, Rev. 20:4-6).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when soul and body are reunited and they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment. They shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:19-26, II Thes. 1:7-9, Rev. 20:11-15).

The Civil Government

We believe that civil governments are of Divine appointment for the interests of good order of human society; that government officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed except in things apposed to the will of God as expressed in His word and interpreted in the light of this constitution and doctrinal statement (Rom. 13:1-7, Tit. 3:1, I Tim. 2:1-3, I Pet. 2:13-14, 17, Acts 4:19-20, 5:29).

Divorce and Remarriage

We recognize that there are two basic positions held on the issue of divorce and remarriage by Christians equally opposed to divorce and equally committed to the authority of Scripture – (1) that remarriage is never allowed by Scripture, and (2) that remarriage is allowed to the victim of adultery or desertion. Therefore, we do not require full agreement with this policy in order to become a member of this church. However, the following statement reflects the policy that the church will follow.

The Word of god emphatically teaches that God’s design and intent for marriage is that one man and one woman shall be bound together in a one-flesh relationship for life (Gen. 2:18-24, Matt. 19:1-8). Therefore, divorce is sin and remarriage constitutes adultery (Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18, I Cor. 7:10-11). There are only two Scriptural cases where God allows remarriage after divorce (Matt. 5:31-32, 19:9). However, neither divorce nor remarriage is commanded, and God’s relationship with Israel in the Old Testament demonstrates that patience, forgiveness, and reconciliation should be the primary goals of the offended party. Second, when the marriage has been broken by desertion, remarriage is allowed for the offended party. Again, however, the primary goal should be reconciliation (I Corn. 7:12-16).

We further affirm that the church will consider granting the marriage of two non-Christians if we should be so asked, but under no circumstance will we consider a request for marriage by a Christian and a non-Christian. Of course, we would consider granting the remarriage of a widowed believer, but only in the Lord (I Cor. 7:39).

Although we do not believe that divorce alone prohibits one from leadership, we believe that, as with any other public sin, he may be disqualified if the church feels that he has lost a good reputation or is no longer considered above reproach (I Tim. 3:2, 7).