The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore, the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning (II Tim 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfection’s (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; II Cor 13:14; John 14:10,26).
The Person And Work Of Christ
We believe that 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 (Isa 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; II Cor 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Phil 2:5-8).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Eph 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to 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, Heb 9:24; 7:25; Rom 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
The Person And Work Of The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration; baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11, Rom 8:9; I Cor 12:12-14; II Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14). We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scripture and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 1:17~ 18; 5:18; I John 2:20, 27).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom 12:3-8; I Cor 12:4-11, 28; Eph 4:7-12).
We believe in regards to the particular gift of tongues, they were without exception in the New Testament, taught to be foreign languages that were a temporary sign given by God to signify the beginning of the church age. (I Corinthians 14:20-22, 13:8-11) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15; James 5:14-16) Therefore, we reject the teachings of the modern Charismatic Movement in regards to the sign gifts.
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 human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, 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; 6:23; Eph 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man 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 (John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19).
Sanctification Of The Believer
We believe in the sanctification of the believer. Sanctification in the Bible has the idea of the believer’s being set apart for God’s service and thus becoming more like his Master. Sanctification can be viewed in three aspects. Positional sanctification occurs the moment a person is saved; he dons the robes of Christ righteousness. Progressive sanctification is an ongoing process whereby the believer becomes more and more conformed to the likeness of God’s Son. Perfect sanctification shall occur someday when we go to be with the Lord (either through death or translation) and when we no longer have to contend with the old nature because we shall become like He is. (I Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 3:20-21; II Peter 3:18; I John 3:2)
Eternal Security And Assurance
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; I Cor 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5).
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom 13:13-14;Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture (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 Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church from any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom 16:1, 4:1 Cor 3:9, 16:5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We recognize water baptism by immersion that shows forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savoir, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation. And the Lord’s Supper in which the members of a church by the sacred use of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, are to commemorate together the undying love of Christ; preceded always by a solemn self-examination (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 8:38; 18:18; I Cor 11:23-26).
We believe God has called believers to live a life characterized by personal, ecclesiastical, and even familial separation. Personally we are to refrain from all things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ that we bear. We are called to live a life characterized by holiness and purity and to be an example of what the believer is to be like to a watching world. Ecclesiastically we are called upon to refrain from cooperation or alliances with groups that do not stand unashamedly for the truths revealed in the Word of God. Thus, we cannot accept the position reflected in the Ecumenical Movement, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism or various branches of the Charismatic Movement. We believe cooperation should be limited to those of like precious faith and practice. (Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I Thessalonians 5:22; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; I John 2:15, 17; II John 9, 10)
The Second Advent Of Christ
We believe God has a plan and a program for the end of the ages. The next event on God’s prophetic calendar is the return of the Lord Jesus. We believe this return will be accomplished in two phases. The first phase, called the Rapture of the church, will be premillenial and is an imminent event. After the Rapture, the seven-year Tribulation will occur climaxed by the second phase of Christ’s return referred to as the Revelation. Following this will be the Millennial reign of Christ culminating in the Great White Throne Judgment of the lost. After this comes the eternal state. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 3:10; 6-19; 19:11-16; 20:1-6, 11-15; 21:1-8)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt 25:46; John 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; wherein 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; 3:21; I Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:4-6).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment 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 and torment (Matt 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15).
We believe in the existence of angels. Angels are spirit beings created by God for the purpose of bringing Him glory and fulfilling His purpose in the universe. They are more powerful than human beings but are not all-powerful. (Psalm 103:20; 148:5; Hebrews 1:13-14)
Satan and the Demonic Host
We believe that within the body of angelic beings exists a group that we refer to as fallen angels headed by Satan himself. Satan, also known as the devil, is a real person created by God as the angel Lucifer who, because of rebellion, fell from that lofty position. When he fell, he took a part of the angelic hosts with him. Today these demonic hosts serve Satan just as the good angels serve God. Satan is in the business of opposing God and God’s people in any way possible. His eternal destiny has already been determined in the lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-14; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7; 20:10)
We believe, that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods days, and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. We reject evolution, the gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Naturalistic or Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1 -2; Exodus 20:11).
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the Church: and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the Church, and the State are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom 13:1-7; Eph 5:22-24; Heb 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14).
We believe that the Bible teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman for life and that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Divorced and/or remarried persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service; but they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Gen 2:20-25; Mal 2:14-17; Matt 19:3-12; Rom 7:1-3; I Tim 3:2, 12: Titus 1:6; I Cor 7:10-16).
We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen 2:24; Gen 19:5, 13; Gen 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Rom 1:26-29; I Cor 5:1; 6:9; I Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4).
Sanctity Of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred from fertilization throughout the human life continuum. We believe that human beings are created in the image of God and, as such, are to be protected. We believe the weak, vulnerable, infirm, handicapped, pre-born, and needy deserve our respect and our care. Therefore, we oppose those practices, policies or procedures that undermine or deny the God-given right to life of every human being. We reject the notion that there are some lives not worthy of living and embrace the belief that we should graciously receive and protect all human life God gives. This means we will give ourselves to providing biblical, caring ministries to women with unwelcome pregnancies, the mentally and physically disabled, the elderly, and the terminally ill. (Job 3:16, Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16: Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor 5:20).
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to cheerfully, purposefully, and sacrificially support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithes and offerings as a the basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings cheerfully and sacrificially; to the for supporting of the work of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. (Gen 14:20; Prov 3:9-10); Acts 4:34-37; I Cor 16:2; II Cor 9:6-7; Gal 6:6; Eph 4:28; I Tim 5:17-18; I John 3:17).