Beliefs

Our Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures

  • We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, embracing all matters which the Biblical authors address, and believers that they are of  supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  • (2Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The Godhead

  • We believe in one God – eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, existing as three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one in nature, attributes, power, and glory.         
  • (Genesis 1:1-26; Proverbs 30:4; Mark 21:29; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-4,14,18; Acts 5:3-4)

The First Advent

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and that He is both true God and true man and that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and rose again physically in a real, material body for our justification.
  • (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Philippians 2:6-11; Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14)

Creation

  • We believe in the literal 6-day account of creation, that the creation of man lies in the special, immediate, and formative acts of God and not from previously existing forms of life.
  • (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7-9,16,17; 3:1-19)

Man Created & Fallen

  • We believe that all mankind was created perfect in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual and eternal death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and we are sinners in thought, word, and deed.
  • (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18,32; 3:10-19; 5:12,19)

The Christian Walk

  • We believe that believers possess two natures – a sinful disposition and a disposition toward God through the Holy Spirit and that every believer can have victory over sin by obedience to the Word of God through yieldedness to the Holy Spirit.
  • (Galatians 5:16-17, 22-26)

The Ordinances

  • We believe that the Scriptural ordinances of the local church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that Baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers only, as an identifying symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our death to sin and resurrection to a new walk in life, and that it is a prerequisite to local church membership; that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death and should be preceded by believer’s baptism & solemn self- examination.
  • (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 22:19-20)

The Blessed Hope

  • We believe that every believer should look for the imminent “Blessed Hope” – the Rapture of the church before the tribulation, when Christ shall descend from heaven, the dead in Christ shall rise, living believers will be translated, all believers shall meet Christ in the air, we will then live with Christ forever, and that this should cause believers to live holy lives.
  • (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:15-58)

The Eternal States

  • We believe that at death the believer goes to be with Christ in heaven, that the unbeliever goes to Hades, that at the return of Christ the believer will receive a new body based on his old body, and that the unbeliever will receive a new body in which he will experience eternal separation from God and torment in the lake of fire.
  • (2 Corinthians 5:1-8; Luke 16:19-31)

Salvation Only In Christ

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and rose again for our justification; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and are saved by grace through faith wholly apart from human merit and works.
  • (Acts 13:39; 16:31; Romans 3:21- 28; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-8)

The Extent of Salvation

  • We believe that all who receives by faith, wholly apart from human merit and works, the Lord Jesus are born again by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and thereby become the children of God forever and possess all of the spiritual blessings contained with that new position and are eternally secure.
  • (John 1:12, 13; 3:3-16; 5:24; 10:28,29; 1Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4-11)

The Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in creation; that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at conversion; that He indwells, seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
  • (Psalm 139:7-12; John 14:16,17; 16:13,14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19)

Sanctification

  • We believe that every believer, at the moment of salvation, is positionally sanctified by God and every believer needs to become holy, to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ, and to be yielded to the Holy Spirit through prayer, the Word of God, daily control by the Spirit, and fellowship with God’s people.
  • (1Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 5:16; 1Peter 1:16)

Eternal Security

  • We believe that all believers are kept by God in their position of acceptance before Him for eternity and that believers do sin and that God will lovingly chastise His children for disobedience.
  • (John 5:24; John10:28; Hebrews 12:5-6)