Statement of Faith
(A) The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, King James 1611 Version, to be the verbally and plenary inspired, preserved Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church (Psalms 12:6-7; 2Tim. 3:16-17; 2Peter 1:20-21).
(B) The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Duet. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).
(C) The Person and Work of Christ
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 a virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and accomplished our complete redemption through His substitutionary death and shed blood on the cross; and , that our justification is wholly on the grounds of His sacrifice and shed blood, and is made sure by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:21-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Rom. 5:6-11; 1Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; Rom. 4:25; 1Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, having risen from the dead, is 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 1:9-11; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1John 2:1-2).
(D) 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, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1Cor. 12:12-14; 2Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists 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; 1John 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; 1Cor. 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. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that 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 (1Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
(E) The Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition apart from the Lord Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that is, that salvation is the free gift of God and is neither merited or secured in part or whole by any work of man. We believe that salvation is received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and is based solely on the merits of His sacrificial death (the shedding of His precious blood on the cross), burial and bodily resurrection. In salvation, the believer in Christ is justified, not by his works, but by the grace of God through his faith in Christ. In salvation, the believer is regenerated, that is, he or she is born of the Spirit and becomes a child of God and through regeneration is made a new creature in Christ (Acts 13:38-39; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; Rom. 5:1; 1Peter 1:18-19; John 3:3-7, 16; Rom. 3:21-26; Rom. 5:8-11; John 1:12; 2Cor. 5:17).
(G) Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that a person, once saved, receives eternal life and is kept by God’s power and is thus secure in Christ forever (John 3:16; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1Cor. 1:4-8; 1Peter 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 and the indwelling witness of the Spirit, by which they are commanded, and empowered to live a life of obedience and service to God (1John 5:11-13; Rom. 6:13-14; 12:1-2; Titus 2:11-15; 1Peter 1:13-16; 1Cor. 6:19-20).
(H) The Priesthood of the Believer
We believe in the priesthood of all believers; that Christ is our great High Priest and through Him every born again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest, and that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:13-18; Heb. 4:14-16; 10;19-22; 1Peter 2:2-5; 1John 2:27; John 14:26).
(I) The Local Church
We believe in the importance of the local church; that a New Testament church is a local and organized assembly of born again, baptized believers, who worship, obey, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ according to the doctrines, principles, ordinances and ethics of the Scriptures (Acts 2:41-47; 1Tim. 3:5; Acts 11:26; Heb. 10:25).
We believe the local church has been given the mandate of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is to preach the Gospel of Christ to all men in all nations. Therefore, we believe the local church corporately and its individual believers have the Biblical mandate to support Biblical mission endeavors at home and abroad that are sanctioned, sent and supported by the local church and are directed to win the lost, disciple believers, and establish New Testament churches (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 13:2-4; Acts 14:21-23; Rom. 10:14-15).
We believe that there are two New Testament church offices, Pastors and Deacons. The Pastor is the under-shepherd of the flock and has the responsibility of feeding the flock and having the oversight of all that takes place in the church. The position of Deacon is to assist the Pastor, as the Pastor sees fit, in the oversight of the flock. The Deacons will be chosen and ordained as needed by the discretion of the Pastor.
We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the two Scriptural ordinances given the local church in the New Testament.
Baptism – We believe that Christian baptism is for believers only and follows salvation. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to show forth the testimony of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism of the believer is a prerequisite to membership in the local church.
The Lord’s Supper – We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by our Lord and is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be observed by solemn self-examination. The observance of the Lord’s Supper is for believers only. The elements symbolize the shed blood and body of our Lord (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-6; Matt. 26:26-29; 1Cor. 11:17-34).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2Cor. 6:14-7:1; Titus 2:11-14; 1John 2:15-17; 2John 9-11; 2Tim. 3:15; Jude 3).
(K) The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the second coming of Christ, which has two distinct phases. First, we believe in that “blessed hope”, the personal, imminent, premillennial, pretribulational return of Christ in the air to rapture His Church (1Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 1Cor. 15:51-52; John 14:1-6).
Secondly, we believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth as the righteous Judge and King to establish the Millennial Kingdom of Christ on the earth (Matt. 24:29-30; 25:31-34; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-6).
(L) 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 (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6; 12-13).
We believe that the spirits 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 (Luke 23:43; 2Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6).
We believe that the spirits of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment in a literal place called hell until the second resurrection when, with spirit, soul, and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death; not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting punishment and torment (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe in a literal place called heaven where God’s immediate presence is manifested, where His Throne is, and from where His Son descended in His incarnation and to which He ascended after His resurrection. Heaven is where the holy angels are, and where the redeemed shall ultimately be in the eternal state (John 14:1-6; Heb. 1:1-3; Eph. 1:20-23; Rev. 21-22).
(M) The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan, the devil, is a created being who fell from his original state and became the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man. He is the god of this world and the prince and the power of the air. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and is the adversary and accuser of the brethren. He was conquered by Christ on the cross and is under condemnation. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as non-biblical and false theories of origin (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
(O) Civil Government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb 13:17; 1Peter 2:13-14).
(P) Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography and pedophilia are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church
(Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).
(Q) Marriage and Divorce
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12: Rom. 7:1-3; 1Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of an unborn human life. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
We believe in the sanctity of life from beginning to end and we reject any teaching that makes euthanasia a viable option to leave this life. (Job 1:21)
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations, as well as to those at home, and not to wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2Cor. 5:20).
(U) Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that born again believers are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other members in the body. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).
We believe that God, the Creator and Owner of all things and persons, has entrusted to the Christian his life, time, talents, influence, money, and all things whatsoever he possesses; that as stewards of these possessions, the believer is to administer them according to the will of God and for purposes that glorify God. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis of giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a person relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:8-10; Acts 4:34-37; Rom. 10:14-15; 1Cor. 16:2; 2Cor. 8:17; 9:6-8; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1Tim. 6;17-18; 1John 3:16-17).
AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF FAITH
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.