Beliefs

THE WORD OF GOD – We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and that it has final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  Zechariah 7:12;  John 17:17;  Roman 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

THE TRINITY – We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons;  that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.  Deuteronomy 6:4,5;  Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19;  John 10:30;  2 Corinthians 13:14;  Ephesians 4:4-6.

GOD THE FATHER – We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in the divine attributes.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  We believe He has a paternal relationship to only believers, for whom He both hears and answers prayer.  Deuteronomy 32:6;  Matthew 6:9;  John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6;  2 Corinthians 6:18;  Ephesians 2:18. 

JESUS CHRIST – We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings.  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and imminent return to earth.  Isaiah 53:5;  Matthew 1:18;  John 3:16;  Acts 1:3, 11;  2:22;  2 Corinthians 5:21;  Hebrews 7:25;  Revelation 22:20.

THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.  He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, who from the moment of salvation indwells, seals and baptizes every believer into the body of Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit sanctifies, guides, empowers and enlightens believers;  and that the filling of the Spirit is manifested by the fruits of the Spirit rather than by any specific spiritual gift.  The Holy Spirit testifies concerning Jesus Christ and never leads any person at any time contrary to the word of God.  John 16:7-14;  Acts 5:104;  Roman 8:11;  1 Corinthians 12:13;  Galatians 5:22,23;  Ephesians 1:13,14.

SPIRIT BEINGS – We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spirit beings to serve and worship Him.  As created beings, angels are not to be worshipped but rather, to minister to believers.  One of these spirit beings, Lucifer, sinned and became the author of sin and provoked the fall of man.  Satan lead a host of spirit beings in rebellion against God.  The Devil is the god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness.  Satan and his host are destined to eternal punishment in the lake of fire.  Isaiah 14:12-15;  Matthew 25:41;  Ephesians 2:2;  Colossians 1:16;  Hebrews 1:7, 14;  Revelation 5:11.

CREATION – We believe that the early chapters of Genesis are literal and accurate history.  God sustains all creation but exists in no necessary relationship to it.  Colossians 1:16,17;  John 1:2,3;  Revelation 4:11.

MAN – We believe that all people are created by God in His image, for His pleasure and His glory.  Because the first couple, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God, they and all people since are alienated from God and are sinners by nature and by choice, Jesus Christ being the only exception.  Because God is holy and cannot tolerate sin, all people are under condemnation and totally unable to save themselves.  Genesis 3:1-6;  Isaiah 43:7;  Habakkuk 1:13;  Romans 5:12;  2 Corinthians 5:21;  Revelation 4:11.

SALVATION – We believe that Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected to bear the condemnation of all people, and that nothing prevents anyone’s salvation except his rejection of Jesus Christ as his sin-bearer.  Salvation is the gift of God freely offered to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  All who believe are regenerated and receive the perfect righteousness of Christ, eternal life, and are secure in Christ forever.  John 1:12; 10:27,28;  Romans 10:13;  1 Corinthians 15:3-4;  Ephesians 2:8,9;  2 Peter 3:9.

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT – We believe that spiritual growth is the natural and expected result of receiving spiritual life.  The Bible admonishes each believer to live a life of increasing holiness, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ, through obedience to the Word of God and the enabling power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Each believer should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon his/her Savior and Lord.  Leviticus 20:7;  Acts 17:11;  Romans 8:29;  Galatians 5:22,23;  Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 2:0;

THE CHURCH – We believe in the universal church, a living, spiritual body composed of all regenerated believers, having Christ as the head.  We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, associated for worship, instruction, outreach and support, and governed by the Word of God.  Its only Scriptural offices are pastor and deacon.  We believe that human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by-product of obedience to the gospel.  Matthew 16:18;  Acts 2:41, 42;  Ephesians 4:4-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-13;  Revelation 2-3.

ORDINANCES – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that Scriptural baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Triune God.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate His sinless life, substitutionary death, and promised return.  We believe that those who partake of the Lord’s Supper should be born-again believers, walking in fellowship with Jesus Christ and obedient to His word.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administrated regularly until the return of our Lord.  Matthew 28:19,20;  Acts 2:41;  8:36-38;  16:30-34;  1 Corinthians 11:23-29.

THE LAST THINGS – We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people, believers to eternal life and glory, and unbelievers to eternal punishment.  We believe that the souls of believers in Christ are, at death, absent from the body and in conscious presence with the Lord.  The souls of unbelievers are, at death, in conscious torment until their bodily resurrection and final judgment.  Believers will escape judgment to hell but will appear before the judgment seat of Christ.  Acts 1:11;  1 Corinthians 15:51-57;  2 Corinthians 5:8;  Titus 2:13;  Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY – We believe that each church is independent and must be free to operate and discharge its God given responsibilities without the control of any ecclesiastical or political authority.  God has given both the Church and the State specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities so that neither institution has the right to control the other.  Both of these authorities are answerable to God and governed by His word.  Matthew 22:21;  Romans 13:1-7;  1 Timothy 2:1-3;  Acts 5:29.

CHURCH COOPERATION – We believe that loyalty to Christ and the biblical principle of holiness require separation from groups and organizations that do not uphold and contend for the truth of God’s Word.  True spiritual fellowship is the result of a common faith and practice.  Romans 16:17;  Ephesians 4:13-15;  2 Thessalonians 3:6,7;  1 John 1:6,7;  Jude 3.     

CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT- We believe that the current day Charismatic movement is theologically incorrect.  We believe miraculous signs and supernatural events that occurred in the New Testament church were gifts that authenticated the ministry of the apostles and were not intended to continue in the post-apostolic church.  1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:7-11; 2 Peter 3:15-17; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Corinthians 13:8.

STATEMENT OF FAITH – The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  We do believe, however, that the foregoing statements accurately represent the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, are binding upon all members.  Acts 20:27;  2 Timothy 3:16,17;  4:1,2;  1 Peter 2:9,10.