Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

Of the Scriptures

We believe the Bible was written by holy men of God supernaturally inspired by God; inerrant in the original writings: the Old Testament (Hebrew) & the New Testament (Koine Greek – fondly called the Textus Receptus), preserved to this day by His omnipotence, we have God’s preserved Word in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. These Scriptures, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, are totally and completely without any admixture of error! Truth in its entirety, it provides salvation for sinful man and is the supreme authority by which all human conduct and creeds shall be tried.

Deut. 18:19; Psa. 12:6,7; 119:105; 119:130,160; 138:2; Pro. 13:13; Hos. 4:6; Matt. 5:18; Luke 24:44-45; John 12:48; 17:17; Acts 1:16; Rom. 3:4; II Tim. 3:16-17; I Pet. 1:23-25; II Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:19.

Of the Godhead

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Gen. 17:1; Psa. 83:18; 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 15:26; Rom. 11:33; Eph. 2:18; Phil. 2:5-6; I Tim. 1:17; I John 5:7.

A. God the Father
We believe in one triune God, Holy in person, just in judgment, merciful to the repentant, and worthy of all worship and praise. Desiring that those that worship Him do so in spirit and in truth. His counsel shall forever stand, and the good pleasure of His will shall be accomplished, conforming believers into the image of His only Begotten Son and reserving the unjust for the day of judgment.

John 4:24; I John 5:7; Isa. 46:10; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:5; I Pet. 1:16; Psa. 89:14; Isa. 9:7; 45:21; Zeph. 3:5; John 5:30; Rom. 3:26; Rev.15:3.

B. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity, pre-existence, virgin born, sinless perfection, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven of Jesus Christ. He presently intercedes for the redeemed as our High Priest and Advocate. Equal with God, He is the Son of God, and God the Son. Saviour of sinners by His shed blood, He is The Eternal Word of God, LORD of Lords, and KING of kings, who shall in the days appointed judge the deeds of all men.

Dan. 7:13,14; John 1:1; Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 1:29; 5:22; Acts 1:22; Rom. 3:25-26; 5:8; I Cor. 15:1-8; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:8-11; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:5,8,9; 4:15; 7:25; 9:24; I Pet. 1:18-21; 2:24; 3:18; I John 2:1, Psa. 110:4; Rev.19:13,16.

C. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. As the third person of the Trinity, He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, indwelling and sealing believers, He endues, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, unto the day of redemption; that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved to be continually filled and lead by God the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16,17; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9,26,27; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:30; 5:18,19; Titus 3:5; I John 5:7.

Of the Devil, or Satan

We believe that Satan is a created being, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; as the accuser of the brethren he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.

Gen. 3:15; Isa. 14:12-20; Eze. 28:11-19; John 8:44; I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:8,9; 20:2,10.

Of the Creation

We believe that all things and all life in the heavens and on the earth were created by God. Contrary to evolution, life reproduced only after its own kind, uniquely designed by God, created with age. Evolution, a fallacy from the start, had no part in God’s creative process. God created heaven and earth in six literal days and the seventh day He rested.

Gen. 1; 2; Psa. 19:1-3; 33:6; 119:89-91; Matt. 19:4; John 1:3; Col. 1:16,17; Rev.3:14.

Of Heaven and Hell

A. Heaven
We believe in a real, literal Heaven – a place of bliss and blessedness to which the redeemed shall go and in which they will forever consciously enjoy God and His Holy presence.

John 14:1-3; II Cor. 5:8; 12:2-4: Col. 1:5; Heb. 11:16; 12:22-23; I Pet. 1:3-5; Rev. 21:2.

B. Hell and the Lake of Fire
We believe in a real, literal Hell and the Lake of Fire — these are the places of torment, true death, and total separation from God, to which Satan, his angels, and the unredeemed will go**, forever to remain, an eternity with no hope, peace, rest, or comfort.

** Hell before the Great White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire after the Great White Throne Judgment
Matt. 5:22; 10:28; 23:15; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:4,5; Luke 16:19-31; James 3:6; Rev. 19:20; 20:10,14,15; 21:8.

Of the Fall and Total Depravity of Man

We believe that God created man in His image; that, because of unbelief, man became separated from God (death); and that now all men are born in sin, are shapen in iniquity, and therefore become willful sinners justly deserving of God’s Holy wrath and damnation.

Gen. 1:26; 3; Isa. 64:6; Jer. 13:23; 18:9; Eze. 18:4; Rom. 3:10-18; 5:12,15; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; Rev. 21:8.

Of the Atonement for Sin

We believe that Christ, the Lord, is the only fully qualified, all sufficient mediator between God and man. Having freely taken on our nature but without sin, He was obedient to divine law and voluntarily bore our sins as a vicarious substitutional sacrifice in the sinner’s place (the just dying for the unjust), rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father as our compassionate High Priest.

Lev. 17:11; Isa. 53; Matt. 18:11; John 3; Rom. 3:25; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 2:8,9; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:14; I Tim. 2:3-6; Heb. 2:9; 4:14; 9:11,12,14,22; 10:14; I Pet. 3:18; I John 1:7; Rev. 5:9,10; 19:13.

Of Faith and Salvation

We believe that salvation (spiritual rebirth) is a free gift from God by His grace through faith in the finished work of Calvary. This salvation makes the believer a partaker of the divine nature of God with life eternal. Salvation is brought about in a manner above our understanding solely and instantaneously by the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit. Independent of man’s works and will, man is born again solely by God’s unmerited favor. The proper evidence of salvation appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. Faith is the unwavering assurance of God’s faithfulness in His Word to His people. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Those who have been justified by the shed blood of Jesus Christ are so by the evidence of this faith. Without it we are dead in trespasses and sins. With it we do the works of God and have life everlasting, even salvation.

John 1:12,13; Acts 16:31; Rom. 5:1; 10:13,17; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; 5:22-23; Eph. 2:1,8-10; II Thes. 3:3; Titus 3:5; Heb. 11:1,6; James 2:14-26; II Pet. 1:4; Rev. 21:8.

Of Justification

We believe that justification is God’s judicial pardon by His grace of man’s sin and that it is obtained only by faith in the atonement through Jesus Christ whereby His righteousness is imputed unto us, neither deserved nor earned by any works of man.

Isa. 53:10,11; Hab. 2:4; Acts 13:38,39; Rom. 1:17; 3:26; 5:1; 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Heb.10:38.

Of Eternal Security

We believe that a person, once saved, is eternally secured in Christ, that he becomes a child of God bonded through the blood of Jesus Christ by faith. Through this spiritual birth, we are forever placed in the hands of Almighty God and that we have our assurance of salvation through His Word knowing that we have eternal life.

John 10:28-30; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; Heb. 10:22; I Pet. 1:15; I John 5:13.

Of the Christian Walk and Separation

A. Christian Walk
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; but we are able to exercise the bestowed gifts of the Spirit in loving service for Christ.

Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor. 12:4-11; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24.

B. Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all sinful pleasures, worldly dress, practices, and associations is commanded by God.

II Cor. 6:14-7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9:11.

Of the Church

We believe that a church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; supported solely by tithes and offerings; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; to occupy as His virgin bride till He comes; that its officers of ordination are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.
We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct; and Fourth, to support Missions at home and abroad, as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches of like faith to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 16:16-18; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 5:11; 20:17; Rom. 16:5; I Cor. 11:23-34; 12:13; II Cor. 8; 9; Eph. 4:3,11-16; Col. 1:18; 4:15; I Tim. 3:1-16; Tit. 1:6-9; Rev. 19:7-9; 22:16-21.

Of the Ordinances (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper)

A. Baptism
We believe that believers should be baptized by immersion to publicly confess their identity with the resurrected Christ and to identify as a member of that local body of believers to testify of our death to sin and our resurrection to live a new life in Christ.

Matt. 3:16; 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 12:13; I Pet. 3:21,22.

B. The Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and remembrance of His death on Calvary, to be practiced until His return, and that it is always to be preceded by a solemn self-examination. The exercise of the Lord’s Supper has no redemptive nor preferential qualities in respect to acquiring the grace of God. However, an individual that partakes of the Lord’s Supper unworthily shall surely bare their guilt.

Matt. 26:20-29; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-32.

Of Civil Government

We believe that the state shall not interfere in the church nor her affairs. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America clearly states, “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society and that the magistrates are to be prayed for conscientiously and honored and obeyed except in those laws, licenses, principles and things that if practiced are contrary to the written Word of God.

Acts 5:28-32; Rom. 13:1-7; I Tim. 2:1-2; I Pet. 2:13-17.

Of the Righteous and the Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His esteem; and that all those who continue in unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction exists both before and after death.

Gen. 18:23; Pro. 14:32; Mal. 3:18; John 8:21; Rom. 3:26; 4:3; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10; Rev. 21:7,8; 22:11.

Of the Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that He will come in the air as a thief in the night, before the revelation of the Anti-Christ; to catch away those that sleep and those that presently live in Christ; and that He will come with His Bride at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations, and to set up His millennial kingdom on earth.</p>
<p>We believe in the bodily resurrection of the believer. We believe that those who sleep in Jesus will be reunited with their resurrected glorified bodies, raised at the trump of Christ and will be caught up with the transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and stand at the Great White Throne Judgment to be judged and then cast into the Lake of Fire.

Zech. 14:4-11; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Cor. 5:51-53; II Cor. 5:10; I Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; II Thes. 1:7-10; Heb. 9:28; James 5:8; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-15.

Of Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ which is the local church. We also believe that, upon the completion of the Bible in the First Century A. D., all sign gifts such as speaking in unknown tongues, supernatural healing, the working of miracles, and the spirit of discernment ceased for all time and are no longer given by the Spirit of God and are not to be practiced among men.