We believe the Old and New Testaments alone are inspired of God both verbally (the words) and plenarily (the whole) in the original autographs, being the product of spirit- controlled men. The Bible is without error on all matters which it addresses, and it is the center of our fellowship and our only guideline in matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Godhead (Trinity)
We believe there is one true God, the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth. God is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – equal in every divine perfection, and performing distinct but harmonious offices. God is eternal, and exhibits the divine attributes of holiness, righteousness, goodness, truth and love. He is all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful and everywhere present. These attributes are unchangeable and make Him sovereign. (Isaiah 40:9-31)
God the Father
We believe God the Father is equal with, while exercising authority over, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God becomes the personal Father of believers at salvation, which believers He loves, chastens, forgives and cleanses. God fellowships with believers, and He answers their prayers. (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
God the Son
We believe Jesus Christ – begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary – is true deity and true humanity in His incarnation. He is eternally the Son of God and God the Son. Jesus Christ died for our sins as our substitute, and yet He had no personal sin. He was crucified (witnessed by his burial), and He was raised from the dead the third day (witnessed by those who saw Him alive). He then ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He carries on a present ministry for the believers as High Priest, making intercession in prayer and advocacy for believers who are accused of sin. He will return again bodily for His Church at the rapture. (John 1:1-2, 14)
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person. In relation to the unbelieving world, He will restrain evil until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and judgment; and He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. He regenerates those who believe, baptizing them into the Body of Christ the moment they are saved. He seals, anoints and indwells every believer. In the life of the believer, the Holy Spirit guides, teaches, sanctifies, fills, provides access to the Father and gives spiritual gifts. (John 16:7-14)
The Spirit Beings and Satan
We believe God created a host of spirit beings to praise Himself, rejoice in His works and act as guardians over believers. The good angels are intently observing the Church, learning of God’s wisdom and His grace.
We believe in the personality of Satan, the unholy god of this age. He was the first being to sin, and offered the temptation which resulted in the fall of mankind through Adam. God defeated Satan at Calvary, and destined him for eternal punishment in the lake of fire. With Satan in his opposition to God are a group of fallen angels, or demons. They carry out Satan’s attack on believers. (Ephesians 3:10, 6:11-12)
The Creation and The Fall
We believe in the literal account of creation as stated in Genesis chapters one and two, rejecting any forms of interpretation which involve evolution.
We believe man was created in moral innocence, but by willful disobedience fell from his innocent state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners by birth and by choice. Thus man is spiritually dead in God’s sight, separated from God in depravity. For this cause, all men deserve condemnation. (Colossians 1:16-17)
Salvation and the Christian Life
We believe that the salvation of sinners is by grace through faith. Jesus Christ’s voluntary death was sufficient to satisfy God’s holiness, which was enraged by the sins of the whole world.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. A person becomes a new creation in Christ by the new birth, and this act is instantaneous and not a process. Faith is the receiving of God’s salvation from sin, based on the finished work of Christ at Calvary and the empty tomb. That this salvation is offered to all men is the good news of the gospel proclaimed by Christ and His disciples.
We believe that for persons to be saved, they must be truly repentant regarding sin. Repentance is an action prompted by the Holy Spirit, and it consists of a change of mind and heart growing out of godly sorrow. The person who thus repents by believing in Jesus as Savior is justified, meaning he receives full pardon for sin.
He then possesses the gift of eternal life, peace with God and personal blessing; and he partakes of the very divine nature of God. The believer’s salvation is eternally secured in Jesus Christ.
We believe that God sees a complete difference between those who are saved and those who are lost. Those who have been saved by grace through faith are seen by God as having Christ’s righteousness, while all others who continue in unbelief are seen as being unrighteous and under condemnation for their sin.
The life of the believer is to be characterized by the fruit of the Spirit, doing God’s will, exercising good works and maintaining fellowship with God. (1 John 1, 2:2, 5:1-5)
We believe in the Biblical doctrine of separation, which encompasses three things: (a) the separation of the local church from all affiliation and fellowship with those who deny the truths of the word of God; (b) the separation of the believer unto God and from worldly practices that would dishonor the Savior, and (c) the separation of Church and State. (Romans 12:1, 2)
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, consisting of all believers since the day of Pentecost and until the rapture. A local Church is a congregation of immersed believers under the headship of Christ. They observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The Biblical officers of the local Church are Pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications and duties are defined in Scripture. They oversee the true mission of the Church which is the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
We believe that the local Church has the right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. On all matters of membership, polity, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local Church is final. It is scriptural for true Churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and furthering the gospel. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
We believe that water Baptism pictures our union with Christ. The mode of Baptism is immersion, a symbol identifying believers with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper pictures our communion with Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the memorial of the Lord’s death by partaking of elements that represent His body and His blood. This memorial is to be observed until the rapture, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. (Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)
We believe Civil Government is ordained of God for the interests and good order of human society. Governmental leaders are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to God’s will as revealed in His Word. (Romans 13:1-7)
The Last Things
We believe in the imminency of the rapture, the catching away of all Christian believers to meet Christ in the air. The dead in Christ will be raised first, and then all living believers will join them, each one receiving incorruptible, immortal and glorified bodies. Christ will take the Church to Heaven, where each member of the Body of Christ will face the judgment seat of Christ, have his works tried by fire, and receive rewards and praise.
Following the rapture, God’s wrath will be poured out on an unbelieving world during seven years of Tribulation. The Tribulation will end at the Battle of Armageddon, when Christ returns to the earth with the saints from Heaven. After a time of judgment, the one-thousand year reign of Christ will begin on the earth.
At the end of the one-thousand year reign, Satan will lead a rebellion against Christ, be defeated in battle, and be cast into the lake of fire. The present heavens and earth will be consumed by fire, and all unsaved people – living and dead – will face the great white throne judgment and be cast into the lake of fire.
For eternity, Jesus Christ will reign under God’s authority over a righteous universe, fulfilling His promises of eternal blessings to His saints. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
*For further study a more comprehensive list of verses from the church constitution may be requested at the church office.