Beliefs

Statement of Faith

A.      Inspiration of the Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures as contained in the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, inerrant, infallible, powerful and God breathed. Psalm 19:7-11; II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:1621.  The Bible has sole authority in all matters of faith, conduct and practices.  We believe this excludes practices such as: speaking in tongues, baptizing infants, sales and suppers to raise money, woman preaching and teaching over grown men and alcoholic wine in communion.

B.      God, the Father

We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:9;Isaiah 40:28 Job 42:2, Proverbs 5:21, Jeremiah 33:3 and John 14:6.

C.      Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity or our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and propitious death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal, pre-millennial return in power and glory with His saints to establish His eternal reign in righteousness. John 1:1-14; John 14:9, Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25; John 10:36; Heb. 2:9; John 6:44-69; John 3:1-18; Romans 3:25; Rev. 1:5; Heb. 9:25; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:50-55; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13; Jude 14:15; Matt.25:31-46.

D.      The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead and the active person of the Godhead in the world today. We believe He is sent into the world to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and judgment. John 16:7-11.  We believe the Holy Spirit baptized all born-again people into the Body of Christ. 1 Cor. 12:13. We believe in the indwelling of believers by the Holy Spirit. Rom. 8:14-27. We believe the Holy Spirit teaches, helps, guides and protects the believer in this life. John 14:16-26.

E.      God and the Trinity

We believe there in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. 1 John 5:7; John 1:18; 1 Cor. 2:9, 10. The Father is God. Rom. 1:7; the Son is God, Heb. 1:18; and the Holy Spirit is God, Acts 5:3,4.

F.      Justification by Faith

We believe that man is justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

G.      Eternal Security

We believe in the perseverance of the saints and that every born-again believer is eternally secure in our Lord Jesus Christ. John 10:27-29.

H.      Separation from the World

We believe that all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are called into the life of separation from worldly and sinful practices and unto the Lord as His personal property. James 4:4; Romans 12: 1-2; 1 John 2: 15-16; II Cor.  6: 14-18.

I.       Evangelism

We believe that the commission of the true church of Christ is to be evangelical, missionary, evangelistic and fundamental. Therefore, we believe in carrying the Gospel to every creature, baptizing believers in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as stated in Matthew 18: 16-20.

J.       Personality of Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan. “That old serpent called the devil, and Satan which deceiveth the whole world.” Rev. 12:9-10; Matt. 4:2-11; Isaiah 14:12-17; John 8:24.

K.      Sin

We believe in the universality and exceeding wickedness of sin. Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 3:10-26; Romans 6:23. We believe that man is a sinner both by nature and by choice. Romans 5:12.

L.      Heaven and Hell

We believe that Heaven is a literal place of eternal blessedness, and the destination of the saved. We believe that hell is a literal place of eternal suffering and the destination of the unbeliever. II Cor. 5:1-10; Rev. 20:1-15; Rev. 21:2.

M.     Good Works

We believe that all born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should be careful to maintain good works. Good works have no saving merit in themselves. Eph. 4:1; Titus 2:11-14; Titus 3: 1-11; Eph. 2:8-10.

N.     The Church

We believe that the church universal consists of all those who in the present dispensation, truly believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe in the local church, independent, autonomous, indigenous and free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority: subject only to the authority and Lordship of Christ, its head. I Cor. 1:2; Matt. 16:16-18;

We believe there are two ordinances of the church: baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s supper. We believe that both of these are for the purpose of symbolizing the identification of the believer with the Lord Jesus Christ and that they have no saving merit in themselves. Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:1-6:1 Cor. 11:23-32; Luke 22:15-20.