What We Believe

Section 1: THE SCRIPTURES

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration; the inerrancy; and the authority of the Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.  We believe that the Bible reveals God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in the ages.  We believe that the Bible is the only rule of faith and practice for the New Testament Church.

Section 2: THE GODHEAD

We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as the Trinity and as one God.  We believe God to be eternally self-existent; absolutely holy; omniscient; omnipotent; and omnipresent.  We believe that each Person of the Godhead has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as the others.

Section 3:THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the deity; virgin birth; sinless life; substitutionary death; and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We believe in His present ministry of intercession in Heaven and His imminent return to this earth.

Section 4: THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Godhead, co-equal with the Father and the Son.  We believe His present ministry in the world is to convict men of sin, righteousness, and judgment; to regenerate, indwell, and sanctify the believer in Jesus Christ; and to keep, empower, teach guide and comfort the believer in his daily life.

Section 5: MAN

We believe that man was created innocent and pure and as a free moral agent.  We believe that the entire race springs from one man, Adam.  We further believe that Adam deliberately, of a free choice, disobeyed God and thereby brought the entire race under the condemnation of sin and death.  We believe that because of Adam’s sin all men are born sinners and are in need of redemption.

Section 6: SALVATION

We believe that Jesus Christ provided complete and free salvation from the eternal punishment of sin for all men by shedding His blood in death on the cross; by His burial; and by His bodily resurrection from the grave.  We believe that salvation is by grace, plus nothing and minus nothing.  We believe that in order for a man to be saved he must repent of sin and by an act of his own will place his trust in Jesus Christ as the only Savior.  We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe that salvation is eternal once it is received as a free gift and that all who trust Christ are eternally secure in Him and cannot loose their salvation.

Section 7: THE CHURCH

1. Organization–We believe that Jesus Christ organized, commissioned, and empowered a local, visible assembly called the church for the purpose of spreading His message of salvation to the entire world.  We believe that the local church is composed of regenerated, baptized believers, voluntarily united together for worship, edification, fellowship and evangelization.

2. Government–We further believe that the local church has the absolute right of self-government which makes it free from interferences of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations on the outside.  We further believe that on all matters of membership, policy, government, or benevolence the will of the local church is final.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of each local assembly and that through the Holy Spirit He seeks to administrate all the affairs of that assembly.  We believe that Jesus Christ appoints an under-shepherd for each assembly called a pastor, and raises up men for the office of deacon to care for the temporal matters of the church.

3. Ordinances–We further believe that Jesus Christ left two and only two ordinances for His church to observe.  Those two ordinances are Baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that both ordinances are to be administered only under the authority of a local New Testament Church.  We believe that baptism is only for those who have already trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and is a public testimony to that fact and is not a part of salvation.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper is only for those who are saved and have obeyed the Lord in baptism, and who are currently in obedience to His divine will.

Section 8: SEPARATION

We believe that it is the duty and responsibility of each believer in Jesus Christ to separate himself from the sinful practices of this world.  We believe that this is necessary in order to present a testimony to unbelievers of the power of Jesus Christ in our lives so that they may also want to trust Him as Savior

Section 9: SATAN

We believe that Satan, who was once a holy angel named Lucifer, by his own will became the archenemy of God and all of God’s children.  We believe that Satan is a spirit being more intelligent and more powerful than man, and that he is intent on leading men into sin and away from God.  We believe that the Holy Spirit in us is of far greater power than Satan.  We believe that Satan has been defeated by Jesus Christ and will one day be cast into the lake of fire along with all who follow him.

Section 10: THE FUTURE

We believe in the visible, personal, and premillennial return of Jesus Christ.  We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of all believers in Jesus Christ.  We believe that He will come for His saints in the rapture and that He will come back to the earth with His saints after the tribulation period to set up His kingdom.  We believe that He will then rule the earth for one thousand years.  We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved in Heaven and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in Hell.

Section 11: MISSIONS

We believe that the primary mission of the church and the individual responsibility of each believer is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men everywhere.  We believe that to do this we must be witnesses to those around us and, at the same time, help send missionaries through prayer and financial support to those whom we cannot personally reach.