We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled man and therefore has truth without mixture of error for its matter.
We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinion shall be judged. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21).
THE TRUE GOD
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God and infinite Spirit, the Maker, and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfections and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Ex. 20:2-3; I Cor. 8:6, Rev. 4:11; I John 5:7).
We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that He was divine as no other man can be, without sin, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as a man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; that His two natures remain distinct and yet acted in complete harmony with each other in willing subjection to the will of the Father. (I John 1:1-2; Matt. 1:20; Phil. 2:8; John 4:34).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and that after teaching His disciples for forty days He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He now makes intercession on behalf of the saints. (I Cor. 5:4; Acts 1:9; Rom. 8:34; I John: 2-1).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person with God the Farther and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, that he convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth, that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. (John 14:16-17; 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Rom. 8:14-16; 26-27).
We believe that the Holy Spirit at the time of conversion regenerates, indwells, seals, baptizes, and may, but not necessarily, infill. By Baptism we mean that sovereign act of the Holy Spirit which takes place at conversion by which the individual is organically and vitally joined into Christ and His body. (Eph. 1:13-14; John 3:5-6; I Cor. 12:13).
We do not believe that baptism is accomplished by speaking in tongues, spectacular demonstrations, eradication of the sin nature, or sinless perfection, nor is it to be confused with the infilling which may occur many times and is essentially a matter of yieldness, the fruit of which is listed in Gal. 5:22-23; Heb. 9:14; Gen. 1:1-3.
THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe in the personality of the devil (Satan) that he is the unholy god of this age, the author of all powers of darkness. He is also the tempter of evil, the accuser of the brethren, he is going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He is the angel of light and the author of confusion. He is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4).
We believe in the Genesis account of the creation and:
- That it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively
- That man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness
- That man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary process, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms;
- 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 historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race.
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are totally depraved, sinners by nature and by conduct; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Gen. 5:1-6, 24; Rom. 3:10-19; Rom. 1:18,32).
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son. (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4).
THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners’ place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ the Lord, bearing out sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior. (Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21).
GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. (John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8).
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification:
- That Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness;
- That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed to us. (Acts.13:39; Isa. 55:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:1-9).
FAITH AND SALVATION
We believe that repentance and faith are:
- solemn obligations, and
- also inseparable graces,
- wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God,
- thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy;
- at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all sufficient Saviour . (Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts. 2:27-38; Luke 18:13; Psa. 51:1-4; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 9:11; Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:13).
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return. (Heb. 10:10-14; Heb. 3:1; John 17:17; II Cor. 3:18; I Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:25-26; I Thess. 4:3-4; 5:23-24; Eph. 5:27; I John 3:2; Jude 24 and 25; Rev. 22:11)
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel: observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for New Testament churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:17-18; I Tim. 3:1-7; Col.. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; Acts 15:13-18).
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Scriptural baptism is the immersion of the believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, which pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relationship. We believe that both baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the local church and a command for every believer. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. (Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; I Cor. 11:23-28).
THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept solely by God the Father for the Son, Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:6; John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1).
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting delight of the saved and everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Mal. 3:18; Gen.12:23; Rom. 6:17-18; I John 5:19; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21).
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. (Rom. 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18).
THE RESURRECTION, VISIBLE, PRE-MILLENNIAL, RETURN OF CHRIST
- We believe in the bodily resurrection. (Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:29; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6).
- The bodily ascension. (Acts. 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 12:2).
- The High Priesthood. (Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2-5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10).
- The pre tribulation resurrection of the righteous dead.
- The change of the living in Christ at the pre-tribulation Rapture. (I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thes. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20-21).
- The Second Coming. (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; James 5:8; Heb. 9:28).
- The Throne of David. (Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30).
- The Millennial Reign. (I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:I; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:6-14).
We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate entirely from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy unto God. (II Cor. 6:14; 7:1; I Thess. 1:9-10; I Tim. 6:3-5; Rom. 16:17; II John 9-11)
We Believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. Marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25; Proverbs 5:15-20, 13:24, 22:6; Matthew 5:31-21, 18:2-5, 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 5:14; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7)