Beliefs

statement of faith

1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and final divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21).

  • Note: While the King James Version of the Bible shall be used by the church, we adamantly reject so-called “King James Onlyism.”

2. THE DISPENSATIONS:

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations  – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.

3. THE GODHEAD:

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut 6:4; Mt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Jn 14:10, 26).

Person and Work of God the Son:

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa 7:14, 9:6; Lk 1:35; Jn 1:1-2,14; 2 Cor 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Phil 2:5-8).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom 3:24-25; 1 Pet 2:24; Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:3-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Rom 8:34; 1 Jn 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling and sealing all true believers unto the day of redemption (Jn 16:8-11; Rom 8:9; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14).

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assist believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 Jn 2:20,27).

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11,28; Eph 4:7-12).

We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary (Heb 2:1-4). We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (1 Cor 1:22, 13:8, 14:21-22).

4. THE DEPRAVITY OF MAN:

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that due to Adam’s sin the entire human race inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; and, that man is depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph 2:1-3; 4:17-19).

5. SALVATION:

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance from sin and personal faith in the Jesus Christ as Lord, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet 1:18-19).

6. ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF SALVATION:

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (Jn 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor 1:4-8; 1 Pet 1:4-5).

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom 13:13-14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

7. THE CHURCH:

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again, Scripturally baptized persons (1 Cor 12:12-24; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27).

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

  • Note: Although we are committed Baptists, and believe the New Testament teaches a Baptist ecclesiology, we adamantly reject the Landmark position on the Kingdom of God and the concept that only local Baptist churches are “true churches.”

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom 16:1,4; 1 Cor 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; 1 Pet 5:1-4).

We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age (Mt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor 11:23-26).

  • Note: Although we are committed Baptists, we adamantly reject the practice of closed communion, which is the teaching that only saved, baptized members of a particular local church may partake of the Lord’s Supper at that local church.

8. SEPARATION:

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 1 Jn 2:15-17; 2 Jn 9-11).

9. THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST:

We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ, who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps 89:3-4; Dan 2:31-45; Zech 14:4-11; 1 Thess 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).

10. THE ETERNAL STATE:

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Mt 25:46; Jn 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev 20:5-6, 12-13).

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Lk 23:43; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:4-6).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Mt 25:41-16; Mk 9:43-48; Lk 16:19-26; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15).

11. THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN:

We believe that satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isa 14:12-17; Mt 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev 20:10).

12.  CREATION:

We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hr periods. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen 1-2; Ex 20:11).