The following is an abridged version of our official Statement of faith:
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church.
(II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:20-21).
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and the kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.
(Gen 1:28; I Cor 9:17; II Cor 3:9-18; Gal 3:13-25; Eph 1:10; 3:2-10; Col 1:24-25, 27; Rev 20:2-6)
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 14:10,26; II Corinthians 13:14).
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
(John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; II Cor 5:19-21; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work 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; Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 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; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, placing them in the church of His direction, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
(Isa 7:14; 9:6; John 16:8-11; I Cor 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures 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 that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that 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 prayer of believers for physical healing.
(I Corinthians 13:8; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22)
The Sinfulness of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally sinful, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition
(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3,12; 4:17-19).
Of the Atonement for Sin: we believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, and compassionate and an all sufficient Savior.
(Isa 53:4-7,11-12; Matt 18:11; John 3:16; 10:18; Acts 15:11; Rom 3:24-25; Gal 1:4; Eph 2:8; Phil 2:7-8; Heb 2:14; 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2)
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.
(Luke 5:27; John 1:12-13; 3:3,6-7; Acts 2:41; Rom 6:23; II Cor 5:17,19; Gal 5:22; Eph 2:1; 5:9; Col 2:13; I John 5:1).
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 obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
(Isa 55:1; Matt 11:28; John 3:15-18,36; 5:41; 6:37; Acts 2:38; Rom 8:28-30; 10:13; I Cor 15:10; Eph 2:4-5; Col 3:12; I Thess 1:4; I Tim 1:15; Titus 1:1; I Pet 1:2; Rev 22:17)
Of Justification: we believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift 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 though faith in the Redeemer’s blood His righteousness is imputed unto us.
(Isa 53:11; Hab 2:4; Zech 13:1 Acts 13:39; Rom 1:17; 4:1; 5:1-9; 8:1; Gal 3:11; Titus 3:5-7; Heb 10:38)
Of Repentance and Faith: we believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations,a and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
(Psa 51:1-4,7; Isa 55:6-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; 18:13; Acts 2:37-38; 20:21; Rom 10:9-11,13)
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons.
(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 free of any external authority or control. Christ is the only head of the church.
(Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; I Peter 5:1-4)
We recognize water baptism by full immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural ordinances of obedience for local churches in this age.
(Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings.
(Lev 19:28; II Tim 3:1-5; Rom 12:1, 2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; I Cor 6:19-20; II Cor 6:14-7:1).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel.
(Psa 89:3-4; Dan 2:31-45; Zech 14:4-11; I Thess 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
(Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25-26; Revelation 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.
(Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
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.
(Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.
(Gen 1-2; Ex 20:11)