The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the eternal Holy Scriptures and accept the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as the very words of God. We believe that the Bible was verbally inspired in all parts; therefore, it is wholly without error and altogether sufficient in itself as the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. We believe that God has preserved His Word to the English-speaking people through the King James Version.
Deuteronomy 12:32; Psalm 119:89; Psalm 111:7; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:19
We believe that there is one God Who is eternal, self-existent, immutable, sovereign, and personal. We believe that God is absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things. We believe in the tri-unity of God; that is, He has one nature and one essence, yet manifests Himself in three distinct Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe They are equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. We believe that God is worthy of all possible praise, confidence, glory, and love.
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 50:20; Deuteronomy 33:27; I Chronicles 16:29; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 96:9; Psalm 102:25; Psalm 102:27; Psalm 135:13; Proverbs 21:1; Malachi 3:6; John 4:24; Hebrews 1:12; Hebrews 13:8; I John 5:7-8; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 14:7
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was the direct creation of God and that he was made in the image and likeness of his Creator. We believe that man was given the opportunity to prove his righteousness under the law of his Maker; however, Adam’s voluntary disobedience caused man to become a sinful creature. We believe that, because of Adam’s sin, all men are born with a sinful human nature which is in need of redemption. We believe that man, by nature and by choice, is sinful and unable to save himself and that he is under the just condemnation of God.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:6; Isaiah 64:6; Ezekiel 18:19-2; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:19; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order to reveal God and redeem man. We believe that Christ never ceased to be God nor did He abandon any attributes of His Deity. We believe that Jesus freely gave Himself on the cross to be a substitute for man’s penalty and to become the final sacrifice for man’s sin. We believe that by His physical death on the cross, Jesus Christ accomplished man’s redemption by the shedding of His own blood and that Christ’s death surpassed the requirements of the law, allowing man free and bold access to the throne of God. We believe that Jesus was buried for three days in the earth and that our justification was made complete by His literal and physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven, is exalted at the right hand of God the Father, and, as our High Priest, fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 28:5-6; Mark 16:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; 10:30; 17:11; Romans 3:24-26; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Galatians 1:4; 2:20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 3:1; I Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 7:25; 7:26-27; 9:12-14; 12:2; I John 2:1; 4:15
We believe that salvation is a free gift of God that has been offered to man by grace. We believe that this pardon is not merited or secured in any part by man’s virtue or good works, but is received humbly by recognizing our corrupt condition. We believe that we are sinful and consequently separated from a holy God; however, we can receive God’s gift of salvation by believing that Christ’s death on the cross is complete and that His death was in our stead, by calling on God to save us from our sinful state by His grace, and by repenting and abhorring the sin that caused our Redeemer to die on our behalf. We believe that once our complete faith is in Christ’s vicarious sacrifice, we are kept by the power of God and are thus secure in Christ forever; our salvation can never be forfeited or taken away. We believe that once we are regenerated, our new birth will be evidenced by good works, a love for other Christians, a change in mind and heart, and a desire to obey the principles found in the Word of God.
Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 38:18; Luke 5:32; John 6:37; 10:28-29; 14:15; 14:23; Romans 3:20; 3:23; 5:15; 6:23; 10:9-13; 11:6; Acts 20:21; II Corinthians 7:9-10; Galatians 2:16; 3:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:5; 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; James 2:14-22; 2:26; I Peter 1:5; II Peter 3:9; I John 3:14-16; 5:3
We believe that God commands His children to be personally separated from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations. We believe that the process of sanctification begins with regeneration and should be lived out in the heart of a child of God every day so as not to bring reproach upon the Savior. We believe that the power of the Holy Spirit will help a believer to live effectively for God in the world while remaining unspotted from the influences of the world.
John 17: 14-16; Romans 6:12; 6:16; 6:19; 12:2; 13:14; II Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 5:16; James 4:4; I Peter 2:11; I John 2:15
We believe that the local church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a congregation of baptized believers who have voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, fellowship, and fulfilling the Great Commission. We believe that the head of the church is Christ and that the under-shepherd is the called and qualified pastor. We believe that the only two Scriptural offices given for the benefit of the church are that of pastor or elder and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe that baptism and the observance of the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances that God gave to the local church to obey. We believe that baptism is the total immersion of a believer under water, an act which both signifies our faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ; and also shows our death to sin and self and resurrection to newness of life in Christ. We believe that the elements of the Lord’s Supper, unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, are symbols of Christ’s body and blood and do not become the actual body and blood of our Lord. We believe that this observance should be done by members of the local church and should be preceded by careful examination. We believe that the local church should be autonomous, self governing, and self supporting.
Matthew 16:16-18; 26:26-28; Acts 2:41-42; 2:46-47; 8:36-39; 20:28; Romans 6:4-5; 12:4-5; I Corinthians 11:24-28; 12:27; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-30; Colossians 1:24; I Timothy 3:15; Revelation 19:7
The Last Days
We believe in literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. We believe in the physical return of Jesus Christ and His literal rule of one thousand years on this earth. We believe that following our Lord’s reign will be the Great White Throne judgment and then the new heaven and the new earth.
I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22