What We Believe

Scripture:

We believe that the Holy Bible is composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the final and supreme authority in faith and life, is inspired by God, and is altogether true in its original writings.

By “inspired” we mean the books were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

By “Holy Bible” we mean the collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not only contain and convey   the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Holy Trinity:

God the Father - We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, eternally and externally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  (Genesis 1:1, 1 Corinthians 8:6, John 17:3)

Jesus Christ - We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and His eternal Sonship.  We believe He is the manifestation of God in the flesh.  We believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  That He was sinless in His life, and that he made atonement for the sin of the world by His shed blood and death on the cross.  We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His high priestly intersession for His people.  We believe in His personal, visible and triumphant return to the world according to His promise.  We believe Him to be true God and true man, sinless and perfect and Savior of the world.  (John 1:1-18)

Holy Spirit - We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.  We believe that the Holy Spirit was given to be a helper to the believer and the restrainer of evil.  Upon accepting Christ as our Savior, He dwells in us.  He was the agent of our regeneration, and we are sealed by Him, insuring our salvation.  (Ephesians 1:13-14)

Creation:

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.  We believe in the Biblical account in Genesis of the creation of the physical universe and man by God in six literal days.  It is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively.  Man was created directly in God’s own image and after His likeness.  We believe that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life.  We believe all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race.  We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Creator but, by voluntarily transgressing, fell from his sinless state.  Consequently, all mankind is sinful.  (Genesis 1:26-27, Colossians 1:16-17)

Salvation:

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and that only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice.  We believe that all who receive, by faith, Jesus Christ as Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, become children of God.  We believe that justification means that a person is declared righteous in the sight of God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  Each person who receives Christ as personal Savior is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes eternally secure as a child of God.  (1 John 1:9, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Gospel:

We believe the “Gospel” means good news and is a message of hope for all people that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and He is presently the believers’ High Priest and Advocate.  (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Security of Believers:

We believe that all who are truly “born again” are kept by God the father for Jesus Christ.  They are sealed by the Holy Spirit and are secure in their salvation, having been given eternal life.  We also believe that God does a purifying work in each believer until the Day of Jesus Christ.  (John 10:28-29)

Ordinances:

We believe that the Lord’s Supper and Water baptism are ordinances to be observed and administered by Church during this present age and until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer as a sacrifice for our sins and anticipate His second coming.  Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper at His last meal with His disciples.  Jesus indicated that the bread was symbolic of His body and the fruit of the vine was symbolic of His blood.  In partaking of the bread and the cup we remember His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary as He gave His body and shed His blood for our sins. 

We believe the Bible teaches that the elements used in the Supper are not literally the body and blood of Christ, but symbols of His body and blood.  In eating the bread and drinking from the cup, a person does not actually partake of Christ’s flesh and blood.  Rather, it is an opportunity to obey a command of Christ and to recall His sacrifice for us, His presence with us and His certain return.  (1 Corinthians 11:24-28)

Water baptism is the ordinance representing the identification of the Christian with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Water baptism by complete immersion is a picture of spiritual baptism.  It is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith.  A sinner is saved the moment he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Baptism is a visible testimony to that faith.

Ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and Water baptism are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.  (Romans 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 2:12)

Church:

We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.  Only those who have a testimony of saving faith in Jesus Christ shall be eligible for membership in this local Church.  Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes a part of His body, which is the church.  There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. 

The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers.  Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is a local expression of the church (local church) under the oversight of the Pastor and the Church Elders. 

The church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the church and that every local church has the right, under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

We hold that the local church has the absolute right to self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations.  The one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit.  It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for furtherance of the gospel.  (Acts 2:42-46, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

Resurrection:

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgement and everlasting conscious punishment.  (1 Corinthians 15)

The Second Coming of Christ and the Blessed Hope:

We believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and that this ‘Blessed Hope’ has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost.  The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in Heaven.  (Matthew 25:34, John 14:2) The Lost are raised to eternal torment in Hell in conscious separation from God. (Matthew 8:12, 13:49-50)

Civil Government:

We believe that the civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of conscience and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.  (Romans 13)

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