THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, “as it is in truth, the Word of God…” (I Thes. 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Tim. 3:16, Ps. 12:6-8). We believe that the Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed.

The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those texts of the original languages we use. We believe the Authorized King James Version of the Bible to be God’s Word for the English speaking people and is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice.

 

GOD

We believe there is one God who exists in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.  We believe these three to be coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfection.  (I Jn. 5:7; Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14)

 

THE PERSON & WORK OF GOD THE FATHER

We believe that God the Father reigns with providential care over all His creation and in His sovereignty cares for the flow of human history according to the purposes of His grace.  We believe that all things were created and that we exist from the Father.  God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through Faith in Jesus Christ.  He is Fatherly in His attitude toward His children.  (I Cor. 8:6; II Cor. 1:3-4; Eph. 4:6)

 

THE PERSON & WORK OF GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternally existing, only begotten Son of God, Who became man, without ceasing to become God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born by the virgin, Mary.  He lived a sinless life, died in our place as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven.  The “Blessed Hope” (Tit. 2:13) of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pre-tribulational. (Jn. 1:1-2, 14; Lk. 1:35; Is. 9:6; 7:14; Phil. 2:5-8; Gal. 4:4-5; I Thes. 4:13-18; I Thes. 1:10; Rev. 3:10; Zec. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6)

 

THE PERSON & WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is active in convincing unbelievers of their need for salvation and is the Comforter and Guide who lives in every believer.  He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. Jn. 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14; II Tim. 1:14

 

SATAN

We believe in the reality of the person of Satan and that he and the fallen angels wage a spiritual warfare against the plan and purposes of God (Jn. 13:2; Acts 5:3; Eph. 6:11-12). We believe that Satan is a created angelic being who rebelled and who tempted man to join him in rebellion against God (Is. 14:12-17; Ez. 28:11-19; Gen. 3:1-5). We believe his power is supernatural, yet limited; and that he cannot act without the permission of God (Job 1:6-12; I Jn. 4:4). Satan’s eternal end is everlasting torment in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:10).

 

CREATION

We believe that God created the entire universe in 6 literal, 24-hour days.  We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.  (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11;)

 

MAN

Man was created in the image and likeness of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God.  Therefore, mankind is totally depraved, has inherited a sinful nature, and is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26- 27, 2:16, 3:16-19; Rom. 3:22-23, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 12;)

We believe that the only marriage recognized by Scripture is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23) We believe that God expressly forbids intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are perversions of God’s intended purposes and therefore, sin. We believe that God forbids any attempt to alter one’s God-given gender identity by any means, including surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)

 

SALVATION

We believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace though faith” (Eph. 2:8) plus nothing minus nothing.  We believe that salvation is instantaneous and not a process.  We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.  We believe that Jesus Christ died for every man, and that each individual chooses to accept or reject the grace of God (Heb. 2:9; I Jn. 2:2). We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8-10; Jn. 1:12; I Pet. 1:18-19)

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the New Testament church is a local assembly of baptized believers who have voluntarily joined themselves together for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission and observing the ordinances.

 

THE GREAT COMMISSION

We believe the Great Commission to be the responsibility of the church corporately as well as each of its individual members. (Mt. 28: 19-20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8)

 

THE TWO ORDINANCES

We believe that water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion for identification after salvation.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, celebrate the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross and anticipate His second coming.

(Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Cor. 11:23-26)

 

THE OFFICES OF THE CHURCH

The Scriptural officers of a Church are Bishops (Pastors) and Deacons, whose qualifications and responsibilities are defined in I Tim. 3, and Tit. 1. (Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:2; Mt. 28:19-20; Eph. 1:22-23).

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. Christ is the only head of the church. (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; I Pet. 5:1-4).

 

SEPARATION

 

PERSONAL

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1, 2, 14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9-11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1).

 

ECCLESIASTICAL

We believe that doctrine and Christian fellowship are of mutual importantance and that doctrine precedes fellowship, for doctrine is the foundation for Christian fellowship. (Acts 2:42; Tit. 1:9, 2:1)

 

GOVERNMENT

We believe in the separation of church and state but not in separation of God and government. Christians are salt and light in society. (Mk. 12:17; Mt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 5:29)

 

OUR ETERNAL STATE

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28, 29, 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).

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. (Lk. 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23, 3:21; I Thes. 4:16-17).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment. (Lk. 16:19-26; Mt. 25:41-46; II Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).

 

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The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all we believe. We do believe, however, that the preceding Statement of Faith accurately represents the teachings of the Scriptures, and therefore is binding upon all members and those who seek membership. All literature used in the ministries of the church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.