We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired word of God. We further believe that the Holy Scriptures have been completely and perfectly preserved for the world in the 1611 King James Version of the bible. We believe that all other versions, excluding none, are perversions and corruptions of the true word of God and, therefore, none may be used in any service or ministry of the church. We believe that the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. (2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21)
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Ghost—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:16; Luke 1:35; John 1:1–2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19–21; Gal. 4:4–5; Phil. 2:5–8)
We believe that Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18–26; Rom. 3::24–25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3–5)
We believe that Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling them and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8–11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12–14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13–14)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17–18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:4–11; 28; Eph. 4:7–12)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, and ultimate deliverance of the body through 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 (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21–22)
THE DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but, that in Adam’s sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26–27; Rom. 3:22–23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1–3; 4:17–19).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8–10; 1 Pet. 1:18–19).
We believe that the great blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of all sin, and the promise of eternal life; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood.
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the Spirit of God; whereby, 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 relying upon Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through the appropriated means of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
We believe that all true believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption; that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe that Christ has ordained the local church to accomplish his purposes in this dispensation, and that it is made up of baptized believers. We believe that the church should exist as an autonomous body, free of any external authority or control.
We believe that the only scriptural offices of the church are the offices of pastor and deacons, whose qualifications are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the scriptural ordinances for the church in this age. We believe that Christian baptism is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost. We believe that baptized believers are to commemorate together the sacrifice of Christ by observing the Lord’s Supper. We believe that the ministry of the church should be financed by the tithes and offerings of its members. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church and the spread of the gospel. (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1–2; 2 Cor. 6:14–7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1–5; 1 John 2:15–17; 2 John 9–11).
THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in the imminent, bodily return of Jesus Christ, at which time He will rapture His church out of the earth. We believe that immediately following will be the seven-year Tribulation period, after which, the Lord will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel (Psa. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 11 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-26; 20:1-6).
THE ETERNAL STATE OF MAN
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25–26; Rev. 20:5–6, 12–13).
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16–17; Rev. 20:4–6).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment and torment (Matt. 25:41-4; Mark 9:43–48; Luke 16:19–26; 2 Thess. 1:7–9; Jude 6–7; Rev. 20:11–15).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; 19:5. 13; 26:8–9; Lev. 18:1–20; Rom. 1:26–29; 1 Cor. 5:1, 6–9; 1 Thess. 4:1–8; Heb. 13:4).
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions or pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control or the mental or physical well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psa. 51:5; 149:14–16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15–18; Luke 1:44).
Lawsuits between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander and is a fair and honest representation of damages (1 Cor. 6:1–8; Eph. 4:31–32).