We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and it is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world. We believe the King James Bible to be the Word of God, providentially preserved and transmitted to the people of our time. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (Psalm 119:89; John 12:47-48; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalms 12:6, 7; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 10:17)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father; Jesus Christ the Son and Holy Ghost. They are Co-eternal, Co-equal and Co-existent and have the same attributes and perfections. We come to know the character and perfection of God as they are revealed to us through his attributes. We believe that God the Father is the First Person of the Godhead, eternal, self-existent, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. (Genesis 1:2,26; Psalm 139:1-10; Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; John 1:1,14; 6:27; 17:5; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
A. We believe that God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the Second Person of the Godhead, was begotten by the Holy Ghost and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man. Jesus Christ is sinless, unchanging and is our sinbearer. (Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:1,2,14; 8:40; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:15; 13:8; 1 John 2:2)
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24, 25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Peter 2:24)
C. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God as our High Priest; He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)
A. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead and is Creator and the Author of the Scripture. We believe the Holy Spirit enters, seals, and baptizes one the moment he is born into the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ and that He guides teaches, sanctifies, and empowers the believer.
(Genesis 1:2; Acts 1:8; 5:3-5; John 14:26; 16:8, 13; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5;
2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 2:27)
B. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
We believe God has created an innumerable host of heavenly beings called to worship and serve Him. There is another group of angels who rebelled against God with Satan and await certain judgment. (Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Psalms 104:4; 148:2,5; Matthew 25:41; Hebrews 1:14; 12:22; Revelation 20:10)
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and need to be saved. (Genesis 1:26; 2:7, 17; Psalms 51:5; Romans 3:10-12; 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that sin originated in heaven with Lucifer. The fact of sin can be seen past history as well as this present day. The Bible clearly declares that all have sinned. (Isaiah 14:12-17; 53:6; Ezekiel 28:17; Romans 3:23; 5:12)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. This salvation is by grace through faith, totally apart from works and can only be obtained through repentance from sin and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. We believe that redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of Christ and is sufficient for the salvation of the whole world. We believe in the “Eternal Security” of the believer; that it is impossible for one born into the family of God ever to be lost. (John 10:28; Romans 3:21-28; 5:8; 10:9-10,13; Ephesians 2:5-6,8-9; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:11-12,22)
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification is an act which includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the blood of Christ; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures us every other blessing needful for time and eternity. (John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Romans 3:21-28; 5:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31)
A. We believe the Church, which is “the Body of Christ” formed by the baptism with the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13) is made up of all born again believers. These believers will be received into Heaven at the Rapture of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). This Body is called the Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2, Revelation 19:7).
B. We believe that there are only two ordinances: Baptism by immersion, which signifies our identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:41) and the Lord’s Supper which is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. (1 Corinthians 11:23-31).
C. We believe that the church’s primary function to a lost world is to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Jude 1:3-4). The Church is to keep itself pure and to care for its own (Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Timothy 5) and gathers to offer worship and praise to God.
D. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1-4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
A. The Blessed Hope (Rapture) – We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and those who have fallen asleep (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-13).
B. The Tribulation – We believe that the rapture of the church will be followed by the period of Israel’s “seventieth week”. A time of judgment on the whole earth, at which the “time of the Gentiles” will be brought to a close (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 24).
C. The Second Coming of Christ – We believe that the period of the great tribulation on the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ at His Second Coming, in which He will introduce the Millennial Age, and bind Satan and cast him into the abyss (Zechariah 14:3,4; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:3, 4, 7-9).
D. The Eternal State – We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own. Whereupon soul and body reunited shall be with Him forever in glory. We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into Hell and there remain until the resurrection of damnation. Whereupon soul and body are reunited at the Great White Throne Judgment and cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity (Luke 16:19-31; 23:39-43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:20,21; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. Separation from all religious apostasy, and worldly sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: The Home, The Church, and 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. (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13-14).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, pornography, to be sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is adultery. We believe the Bible teaches that if it is impossible to live in peace; they may separate and remain unmarried, or be reconciled to the spouse. We believe that divorced and remarried persons are disqualified to serve in the office of Pastor or Deacon. (Malachi 2:14-16; Mark 10:1-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; 1Timothy 3:1-12)
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life which is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical and mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalms139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)