The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe and we accept its authority without question. Though brief, we believe the following Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible in these essential areas of the Christian faith and offer a glimpse into our beliefs and doctrine.
We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. They are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Bible are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. Through the providence of God, the Scriptures have been preserved for believers today and I believe that we hold in our hands the very Word of God. (Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that there is only one true and living God existing in three Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, with each being worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience as the other. (Genesis 1:26; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 3:16–17; 28:19).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He shed His Blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute for sinners, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18–25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 4:15).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration, the chief source of the conviction of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer. Simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. It is the privilege and duty of all saved people to be filled with the Spirit. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer and uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. 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. We are non–Charismatic servants of God. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:7–11; Acts 5:3–4; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14 Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
Man is the direct creation of God—body, soul, and spirit—and is not in any sense the result of evolution, but is made in the image of God. Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both physical and spiritual death for all. Thus, man is totally of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12; Ephesians. 2: 1-3; 4: 17-19).
All who, in faith, call on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Salvation includes redemption, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Repentance from sin, turning toward God, and placing faith in Jesus Christ are the essential conditions for appropriating the saving grace of God (Luke 13:3,5; John 1:12; 3:3; 17:17; Acts 20:21; Romans 8:29–30; Ephesians 2:8–9; 4:30; Titus 3:5).
We believe in the literal, visible, personal, pre–millennial, and pre–tribulational return of Jesus Christ for His Church. At this event the dead in Christ and living believers will be translated to meet Him in the air. The Church will then participate in the marriage supper of the Lamb while the earth undergoes a period known as the Great Tribulation. At the end of this seven-year tribulation period, Christ will visibly descend with the saints to establish His earthly millennial kingdom (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Revelation 20:1–6).
We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, the great High Priest. There is no other mediator between God and man than Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:16; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 1:6).
Salvation is not only a gift from the Lord, but also is sustained by the Lord. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals his salvation for eternity. Therefore, since salvation is completely of the Lord, apart from the works of man, the believer will be kept by the power of God eternally secure in their salvation. This security in no way gives professors in Christ a license to sin. It is our conviction that all who are preserved by God’s eternal power should pursue holiness (John 10:28; 14:16–17, 26; Romans 6:22; 1 Corinthians 2:9–14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 1:4; 1:13; 2:8–9; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24–25).
Satan was originally created a perfect being. He willfully rebelled against God. As a result, he became the Devil and is the adversary of God and His people and the leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has been judged and defeated at the Cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the Second coming of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 14:13–14; Ezekiel 28:13–17; John 16:11; 1 Timothy 3:7; Revelation 20:10).
Sunday is the Lord’s Day and the church is the God authorized institution for regular observance of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private (1 Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10).
God created the universe apart from any preexisting material. God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. I reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, Theistic Evolution and believe them to be unscriptural theories of the origin of man. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 19:4; John 1:1–3; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16–17; Hebrews 11:3).
The New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers with Christ as its Head and the Holy Spirit as its guide. New Testament churches promote God’s work by personal and corporate evangelism, and by cooperating with other local N.T. churches of like faith and practice in the work of missions and other joint efforts. The local church is governed within itself and is independent from outside persons, bodies, groups, or authorities (Matthew 28:16–20; Acts 1:6–8; 6:3; 1 Corinthians 16:1; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 5:20a; 8—10; Ephesians 1:3–6, 22–23; Philippians 4:15–16).
There are two ordinances within the local church— Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. All who have called on Christ as Lord and Savior should be baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptism is by immersion in the likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The Lord’s Supper should be observed in remembrance of Him to show forth His death for our sins until He comes again. (Matthew 26:26–30; 28:19–20; Romans 6:3–6; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
All saved people should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God (Romans. 12:1-2; 14: 13; 2 Corinthians. 6: 14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life in Heaven, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in Hell (Matthew. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).
God has given the church the 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. We are committed to world missions through prayer, sending, and giving for missionaries of like faith and practice (Matthew. 28: 19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians. 5:20).