Our Beliefs

Scripture
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product
of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is truth without admixture of error for its matter.
We believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds and opinions. II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21.

The True God
We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in
the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions: the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit; one in substance and equal in every divine perfection. Exodus 20:2, 3;
I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7.

We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as
no other man can be, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit;
that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in
laying aside His Deity; that as a man, He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Ghost
and born of the virgin Mary. John 1:1, 2; I John 5:20; Mathew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and Son and of
the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears
witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, empowers, guides,
teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer, indwelling every true Child of
God. II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16, 17; Romans 8:14-27.

Satan
We believe that Satan is a distinct personality, that he is the god of the age, author of all
the powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the
lake of fire. Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.

Creation
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each after its
own kind,” by direct act and not by process of evolution. Genesis 1:2; Colossians 1:16-
17; John 1:3.

The Fall of Man
We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence but by
voluntary transgression fell into sin thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and
death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shaped in iniquity and become practical
sinners with the first expression of personal choice and so are without excuse before God.
Genesis 3; Romans 5:10-19.

The Atonement for Sin
We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atonement
wrought by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon Him a human body and nature,
yet without sin, and by His suffering, death and resurrection made full satisfaction of
the justice of God for the sin of man; that the blessings of this salvation are given on the
grounds of grace to all who believe and confess, that it is the immediate duty of all to
accept these offers of mercy. John 1:13, 14:3, 17; Hebrews 10:4-15; Acts 16:30-33.

Salvation by Grace
We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition
of salvation from sin and that this salvation is wholly by grace; that no works, however
good, make that salvation more secure. Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5-7;
Romans 10:9-13.

Church
We believe that the Church, the body of Christ, is a New Testament institution,
established by Jesus Christ, Who is its sole Head; revealed through the holy Apostles;
empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; composed of believers in Jesus Christ as
Savior, both Jew and Gentile, called out from the world and indwelt by the Holy Spirit;
His “body” for service and His “bride” for glory. It began with the New Testament saints
and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the Rapture. Matthew 16:18; Acts
1:8, 2:1-13, 2:41-47, 15:14; Romans 16:26; I Corinthians 12:12-18; Ephesians 1:22, 23,
3:31, 5:23-33; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

We believe that the Church is manifest through the local church which is a congregation
of believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the
ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges
invested in it by His work; that its officers are bishops (pastors) and deacons; that it has
the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable
only to Christ, and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and
benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 1:2;
5:4, 5; 7:17; 11:16; I Timothy 3:1-15.

The Ordinances
We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water and is properly called “Believer’s
Baptism.” It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and
risen Savior, with its effect in our lives of death to sin and resurrection to a new life.
Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. The Lord’s Supper is the
commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes, and our continual fellowship with Him;
should be preceded by baptism and always careful self-examination. Acts 8:36-39;
Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32.

The Righteous and Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and
the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus
Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in God’s esteem; while all
such as who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the
curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death in the everlasting
felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Malachi 3:18;
Romans 6:17-23; Matthew 25:34-41; Luke 6:25; John 8:21.

The Return of Christ
We believe in the bodily, personal, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will
come before the seven year tribulation period to catch away His church, coming only in
the air, and that He will come with His church to the earth, at the close of the tribulation
to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46;
Revelation 19:11-21.

The Resurrection
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus
will be raised at the coming of Christ for His church and caught up with 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 in their bodies at the Great White Throne of
judgment to receive their final doom. John 5:21-30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation
7:9-17, 30:11-15.