What We Believe


STATEMENT OF FAITH

1. The Bible

We believe in the complete verbal inspiration of the Scripture, both of the Old and the New Testaments, and that they are without error in the original writings and are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.  (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 2. The Trinity

We believe in one God, who has always existed as 3 persons… Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  these three are co-equal yet distinct. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19-20)

 3. God the Father

We believe God the Father is an infinite, eternal, self-existent, personal spirit, perfect in all His attributes. We believe that He is personally involved in people’s lives, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:1; Isa. 64:8; Matt. 5:48, 7:11; Ps. 139:1-4; Jn. 16:23, 3:16; Mal. 3:6; Deut. 33:27)

 4. Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is God the Son, the promised Messiah, conceived in the flesh by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man, without sin, and the only mediator between God and Man. 

(Isa. 7:14, 9:6-7; Matt. 1:18-25; Mk. 14:61-62; Jn. 1:1-3, 14, 5:18, 10:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5)

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate.  (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 1:10-11; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1)                                     

 5. The Holy Spirit

We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, and that His ministry is to reveal Jesus Christ to men, to convict of sin, to regenerate (give new life to) repentant sinners and to sanctify (make Holy) the lives of the redeemed by His presence and power. He indwells every believer in Christ and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (1 Cor. 2:10-13, 12:11, 13; 2 Cor. 3:16-18; John 14:16-17, 15:26, 6:7-13)

 6. Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the fallen angel Lucifer and is now the unholy god and deceiver of this age, the author of all sin, and is destined by God’s judgment to be cast into the lake of fire for eternity. (Job 1:6-7; 2 Cor. 4:4; John 8:44; Rev. 20:10)

 7. Creation

We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels and man; that this account is not allegory or myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. (Gen. 1, 2; Col. 1:16, 17; John 1:3)

 8. The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but, by an act of human will, became sinful and is justly under the condemnation and wrath of Almighty God. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:9-20, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3)

 9. The Way of Salvation

We believe that salvation from our sin is only through faith in what Jesus accomplished on the Cross, and that this salvation is the free gift of God’s love and grace to those who believe. (Act 16:31; Rom. 3:21-26; Eph. 2:8-9)

 10. The Believer’s Security

We believe that it is the privilege and the joy of one who has experienced and exercised saving faith in Christ to know (have assurance) that he has been born again and that he belongs to God forever; that he is always being kept in God the Father’s hand for Jesus Christ’s eternal possession and shall enjoy Christ and heaven for eternity. (1 John 5:13; John 5:24, 6:47, 10:28-29; Jude 24; Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:1, 35-39)

 11. The Destiny of Man

We believe that at death, those who are saved pass immediately into the presence of Christ and there enjoy fellowship until their bodily resurrection to eternal life. The unsaved at death go immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until their bodily resurrection resulting in the second death which is eternal. (Dan. 12:2; Luke 16:22-23, 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 3:21; Rev. 20:11-15)

 12. The Church

We believe that all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ are united together at that moment by the Holy Spirit in one spiritual body, the church, of which Christ is the Head.  In addition, the members of this one spiritual body are directed to meet together regularly in local churches. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:40-41, 46-47; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; Heb. 10:25) The Bible sets forth the way these local churches are to be led. These local independent churches were given the needed authority and scriptural guidelines for administering the order, discipline, and worship which Christ, the sovereign head, had appointed. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the church are pastors and elders. (Acts 6:1-6;   1 Cor. 14:40; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5)  We as a Church recognize two ordinances only – Baptism and Communion.  We will practice baptism by immersion following the command (Matt. 28:19) and example (Mark 1:9-11) of Jesus Christ.  We will only baptize those who understand the Biblical way of salvation and have been saved or born again.  The sharing of communion, or the Lord’s Supper, will be practiced regularly (monthly) as a remembrance of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. (1 Cor. 11:23-26)

 13. Israel

We believe in God’s sovereign selection of Israel as His eternal covenant people, that they are now dispersed because of their disobedience and rejection of Christ, that they will be re-gathered in the Holy Land, and at the end of the Church Age, and that they will be saved as a nation at the Second Coming of Christ. The church has in no way replaced the Nation Israel. (Gen. 13:14-17; Rom. 11:1-32; Ezek. 37)

 14. Last Things

We believe in the pre-tribulational (1 Thess.5:2, 9), pre-millennial (Rev. 20:4-6), and imminent (Matt. 24:42-44; 1 Thess. 4:18) return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His church. Following 7 years of Tribulation (Dan. 9:27, Rev. 11:2-3), He will return (the Second Coming) Matt. 24:30; Rev. 11:2-3) to establish His earthly Kingdom and rule over it for 1,000 years. (the Millennium) Rev 20:1-6)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just (the Saved) and the unjust (Unsaved) – The Saved to the everlasting joys of Heaven, and the Unsaved to Judgment before God resulting in everlasting, conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire.  (Jn. 5:28-29, 14:1-3; Matt. 18:8; Rev. 20:11-15)