Of the Scriptures
We believe the Bible was written by holy men of God supernaturally inspired by God; inerrant in the original writings, preserved to this day by His omnipotence, we have God’s preserved Word in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. These Scriptures, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, are totally and completely without any admixture of error. Truth in its entirety, it provides salvation for sinful man and is the supreme authority by which all human conduct and creeds shall be tried.
Deut. 18:19; Psa. 12:6,7; 119:105; 119:130,160; 138:2; Pro. 13:13; Hos. 4:6; Matt. 5:18; Luke 24:44-45; John 12:48; 17:17; Acts 1:16; Rom. 3:4; II Tim. 3:16-17; I Pet. 1:23-25; II Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:19.
Of the Godhead
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent 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 Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Gen. 17:1; Psa. 83:18; 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 15:26; Rom. 11:33; Eph. 2:18; Phil. 2:5-6; I Tim. 1:17; I John 5:7.A.
A. God the Father
We believe in one triune God, Holy in person, just in judgment, merciful to the repentant, and worthy of all worship and praise. Desiring that those that worship Him do so in spirit and in truth. His counsel shall forever stand, and the good pleasure of His will shall be accomplished, conforming believers into the image of His only Begotten Son and reserving the unjust for the Day of Judgment.
John 4:24; I John 5:7; Isa. 46:10; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:5; I Pet. 1:16; Psa. 89:14; Isa. 9:7; 45:21; Zeph. 3:5; John 5:30; Rom. 3:26; Rev.15:3.B.
B. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity, pre-existence, virgin born, sinless perfection, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven of Jesus Christ. He presently intercedes for the redeemed as our High Priest and Advocate. Equal with God, He is the Son of God, and God the Son. Saviour of sinners by His shed blood, He is The Eternal Word of God, LORD of Lords, and KING of kings, who shall in the days appointed judge the deeds of all men.
Dan. 7:13,14; John 1:1; Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 1:29; 5:22; Acts 1:22; Rom. 3:25-26; 5:8; I Cor. 15:1-8; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:8-11; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:5,8,9; 4:15; 7:25; 9:24; I Pet. 1:18-21; 2:24; 3:18; I John 2:1, Psa. 110:4; Rev.19:13,16.C.
C. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. As the third person of the Trinity, He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, indwelling and sealing believers, He endues, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, unto the day of redemption; that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved to be continually filled and lead by God the Holy Spirit.
John 14:16,17; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9,26,27; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:30; 5:18,19; Titus 3:5; I John 5:7.
Of the Devil, or Satan
We believe that Satan is a created being, the author of sin; as the accuser of the brethren he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
Gen. 3:15; Isa. 14:12-20; Eze. 28:11-19; John 8:44; I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:8,9; 20:2,10.
Of Heaven and Hell
We believe in a real, literal Heaven - a place of bliss and blessedness to which the redeemed shall go and in which they will forever consciously enjoy God and His Holy presence.
John 14:1-3; II Cor. 5:8; 12:2-4: Col. 1:5; Heb. 11:16; 12:22-23; I Pet. 1:3-5; Rev. 21:2.
B. Hell and the Lake of Fire
We believe in a real, literal Hell and the Lake of Fire — these are the places of torment, true death, and total separation from God, to which Satan, his angels, and the unredeemed will go**, forever to remain, an eternity with no hope, peace, rest, or comfort. ** Hell before the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire after the Great White Throne Judgment
Matt. 5:22; 10:28; 23:15; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:4,5; Luke 16:19-31; James 3:6; Rev. 19:20; 20:10,14,15; 21:8.
Of the Creation
We believe that all things and all life in the heavens and on the earth were created by God. Contrary to evolution, life reproduced only after its own kind, uniquely designed by God, created with age. Evolution, a fallacy from the start, had no part in God’s creative process. God created heaven and earth in six literal days and the seventh day He rested.
Gen. 1; 2; Psa. 19:1-3; 33:6; 119:89-91; Matt. 19:4; John 1:3; Col. 1:16,17; Rev.3:14.
Of the Fall of Man and Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:32; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 1:28; Gal. 3:22.
Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or even can be born of woman, begotten by the Spirit, and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.
Gen. 3:15; Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Ps. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47
Of the Atonement for Sin
We believe that Christ, the Lord, is the only fully qualified, all sufficient mediator between God and man. Having freely taken on our nature but without sin, He was obedient to divine law and voluntarily bore our sins as a vicarious substitutional sacrifice in the sinner’s place (the just dying for the unjust), rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father as our compassionate High Priest.
Lev. 17:11; Isa. 53; Matt. 18:11; John 3; Rom. 3:25; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 2:8,9; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:14; I Tim. 2:3-6; Heb. 2:9; 4:14; 9:11,12,14,22; 10:14; I Pet. 3:18; I John 1:7; Rev. 5:9,10; 19:13.
Of Grace in the New Creation
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 in 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 in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and 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 and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; II Pet. 1:4; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9
Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe in God's electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and an obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel.
I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Matt. 11:28; Is. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Is. 55:6; Acts 2:38; Is. 55:7; John 3:15-16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36
Of Faith and Salvation
We believe that salvation (spiritual rebirth) is a free gift from God by His grace through faith in the finished work of Calvary. This salvation makes the believer a partaker of the divine nature of God with life eternal. Salvation is brought about in a manner above our understanding solely and instantaneously by the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit.
John 1:12,13; Acts 16:31; Rom. 5:1; 10:13,17; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; 5:22-23; Eph. 2:1,8-10; II Thes. 3:3; Titus 3:5; Heb. 11:1,6; James 2:14-26; II Pet. 1:4; Rev. 21:8.
We believe that justification is God’s judicial pardon by His grace of man’s sin and that it is obtained only by faith in the atonement through Jesus Christ whereby His righteousness is imputed unto us, neither deserved nor earned by any works of man.
Isa. 53:10,11; Hab. 2:4; Acts 13:38,39; Rom. 1:17; 3:26; 5:1; 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Heb.10:38.
Of the Church
We believe that a church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; supported solely by tithes and offerings; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; to occupy as His virgin bride till He comes; that its officers of ordination are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct; and Fourth, to support Missions at home and abroad, as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order.
Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 16:16-18; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 5:11; 20:17; Rom. 16:5; I Cor. 11:23-34; 12:13; II Cor. 8; 9; Eph. 4:3,11-16; Col. 1:18; 4:15; I Tim. 3:1-16; Tit. 1:6-9.
Of the Ordinances
We believe that believers should be baptized by immersion to publicly confess their identity with the resurrected Christ and to identify as a member of that local body of believers to testify of our death to sin and our resurrection to live a new life in Christ.
Matt. 3:16; 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 12:13; I Pet. 3:21,22.
B. The Lord's Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and remembrance of His death on Calvary, to be practiced until His return, and that it is always to be preceded by a solemn self-examination. The exercise of the Lord’s Supper has no redemptive nor preferential qualities in respect to acquiring the grace of God. However, an individual that partakes of the Lord’s Supper unworthily shall surely bare their guilt.
Matt. 26:20-29; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-32.
Of the Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
John 8:31-32; Col. 1:21-23; I John 2:19; Matt. 13:19-21; Rom. 8:28; Ps. 121:3; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; Phil. 1:6; John 10:28, 29; Rom. 8: 35-39
Of Eternal Security
We believe that a person, once saved, is eternally secured in Christ, that he becomes a child of God bonded through the blood of Jesus Christ by faith. Through this spiritual birth, we are forever placed in the hands of Almighty God and that we have our assurance of salvation through His Word knowing that we have eternal life.John 10:28-30; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; Heb. 10:22; I Pet. 1:15; I John 5:13.
Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His esteem; and that all those who continue in unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction exists both before and after death.
Gen. 18:23; Pro. 14:32; Mal. 3:18; John 8:21; Rom. 3:26; 4:3; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10; Rev. 21:7,8; 22:11.
Of Civil Government
We believe that the state shall not interfere in the church nor her affairs. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America clearly states, “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society and that the magistrates are to be prayed for conscientiously and honored and obeyed except in those laws, licenses, principles and things that if practiced are contrary to the written Word of God.
Acts 5:28-32; Rom. 13:1-7; I Tim. 2:1-2; I Pet. 2:13-17.
Of the Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that He will come in the air as a thief in the night, before the revelation of the Anti-Christ; to catch away those that sleep and those that presently live in Christ; and that He will come with His Bride at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations, and to set up His millennial kingdom on earth.
Zech. 14:4-11; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Cor. 5:51-53; II Cor. 5:10; I Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; II Thes. 1:7-10; Heb. 9:28; James 5:8; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-15.
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches. Matt. 28:18-20, " And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen." Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you." Rom. 10:13-15, " For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"
The Grace of Giving
We believe that God's method of financing His earthly work, which is the spreading of the Gospel to all nations, the care of the churches, and the support of the ministry, is by the tithes and offerings of His people; that it is to be given to the Lord through His church or storehouse to be distributed as directed by the leadership of the Spirit as the need arises; that upon the first day of the week everyone will lay by him in store as God hath prospered him; that everyone is accountable to the Lord for one-tenth of his income; and that tithing was instituted long before the law was given, and it was practiced by the early church. Under Grace we give, and do not pay, the tithe.
II Cor. 8:7; I Cor. 16:2; Hebrews 7:2,4; Matt. 23:23; Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Acts 4:34, 35, 37
We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a one man one woman marriage.
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