What We Believe

THE SCRIPTURES: We believe the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments only, to be the Word of God; that it was written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit so that their writings, in the original, were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or will be.  The Bible is the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man and is the supreme and only authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  God has providentially preserved His Word for all generations. Psalm 19:7-11; 40:7; 119:89; Proverbs 30:5-6; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:19-21.
 

THE TRUE GOD: We believe in the existence of the one and only, living, personal, triune God, as revealed in the Bible; Creator of the universe and man in six literal days; eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-Who are eternal in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and having the same divine attributes and perfections, exercising them in their distinct offices.  Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21, 22; II Corinthians 13:14.
 

GOD THE FATHER: We believe in God the Father; perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men.  We believe He hears and answers prayers and saves from sin and eternal damnation all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son.  Exodus 15:11; 20:2-3; Psalm 83:18; 90:2; 147:5; Acts 5:30-32; Revelation 4:11.

 

GOD THE SON: We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, sinless in nature and life, both God and man, infallible in His teaching.  We believe He made atonement for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross.  We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, and His perpetual intercession for believers. We believe that the promise of His second coming includes: First, “The Blessed Hope” of the believer, namely, the personal, premillennial and pre-tribulation return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to rapture His church. Second, His return with His saints to the earth after the tribulation to set up His millennial reign.  Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 3:16; 8:58; 10:30; I Corinthians 8:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6.

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the deity and personality of God the Holy Spirit. We believe He was sent by God the Father to convince and convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, seal, sanctify, indwell, teach, guide, comfort, and empower those who have trusted Christ as their Savior. The Holy Spirit directs us to focus on Christ, not on ourselves nor our experiences. John 14:16-17; 15:26-27; 16:8-13; Romans 8:14-16; Ephesians 1:13-14.

 
MAN: We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he willfully sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is eternal separation from God.  We believe that all are sinners and are born with a depraved, sinful nature.  Genesis 3:1-6; Job 15:14; 25:4; Psalm 51:5; 58:3, 4; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 19; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3.

 

SATAN: We believe in the person of Satan; that as a created spirit-being he became the enemy of God. We believe he is the unholy god of this age, the prince of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the justice of eternal condemnation in the lake of fire.  Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Matthew 4:1-3; Revelation 20:1-10.

 

SALVATION: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the substitutionary sacrifice.  We believe all, who by faith and repentance receive Christ as their personal Savior, are justified on the grounds of His blood shed on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead, are born again of the Holy Spirit, and become the children of God.  John 3:3-8, 15-16; Romans 3:24-26; 10:12-13; I Timothy 2:3-6.

 
THE CHURCH: We believe in the Church, a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a visible company of believers in Jesus Christ; baptized on a credible confession of faith and associated for worship, work, and fellowship, and has two offices-pastor and deacon.  We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for perpetual observance throughout the church age, two ordinances:  the baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that the church must continually be committed to discipleship in all of its aspects, including the evangelization of the lost and the continual edification of believers in Christ.  It is expected of all believers that they will join themselves to a local body of believers in love and obedience to the cause of Christ.   Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 42; I Corinthians 12:12-17; Ephesians 4:11-14; 5:23-25; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:1-13; Jude 3.

 
LAST THINGS: We believe that at the last day, Christ will descend bodily from heaven and bodily raise the dead from the grave to final retribution and reward; that a solemn separation will take place-the wicked will be sentenced to endless punishment and the righteous will receive endless joy and glorification; that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:10; II Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:22-27.

 
CHURCH AND STATE: We believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith.  We believe that each local church is independent and autonomous and must be free from any interference from ecclesiastical or political authority.  Therefore, the church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties apart from the dictation and patronage of the other. Luke 20:25; I Peter 2:13-17.

 

HUMAN SEXUALITY: We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that God disapproves and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. Any effort to redefine marriage or any other relationship in a way contrary to Scripture will not be condoned nor accepted.  Genesis 2:21-25; Leviticus 1-27; Romans 1:18-27; Ephesians 5:23-25.