What We Believe
What We Believe
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. II Timothy 4:2 KJV
We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16,17). The Bible is the collection of 66 books, from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible is Holy and is the very word of God. The Bible was written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error. We are fully persuaded that the King James Bible is the Word of God and that there are no errors in it.
We believe that love for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matthew 22:35 & 40: John 13:34, John 15:12: 1 John 4:7-21: I John 5:1-3: Rev. 2:4 & 5).
We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (Matthew 28:19).
We believe in direct and instant creation, that it was not a process, but was completed in six literal days. We reject the Gap Theory, the Accommodation Theory, the Long Day Theory, or any other theory that tries to accommodate evolution and unbelieving science with the Word of God (Gen. 1 & 2; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3).
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isa.14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Eph. 6:10-17; Rev.20:10).
BIRTH OF CHRIST
We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18-20; 2 Cor.5-21; 1 Peter 2:22).
DEITY OF CHRIST
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1 & 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:4,5; Acts 2:1-4).
We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14).
We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen.3:6-24; Romans 5:12, 19).
DEATH OF CHRIST
We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is effficaciuos only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter 3; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of his saints (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal, imminent, pretribulational rapture of all believers, the premillenial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom. I Thess. 4:16,17 “For the Lord himself shall desced from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (Mark 13:30-37; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18; 5:9-10; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-6)
We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3: 16-18; Acts 20-21; Rom. 6:23 Eph. 2:8-9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8-9; Romans 9:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).
We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; I Peter 1:5).
We believe that God deals with believers as his children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb.12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12). Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)
We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised perpetuity of His churches (Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1; Eph. 3:21).
We believe that there are two pictorial-ordinances in the Lords churches: Baptism and the Lords Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:12 & 38; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13).
We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.
CHURCH & STATE
We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Romans 13:1,7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to immediately be at the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards or loss of rewards. The unsaved at death immediately go to Hell, to await the Great White Throne Judgment at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting judgment. We believe in a literal heaven and hell. Rom. 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; II Corinthians 11:13,14; II Thess.1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15,20)
This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.