Our Beliefs

Scripture

We believe the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, inerrant in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19).

 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Matthew 1: 18-25; John 10:30; Colossians 2:9).

 

The Resurrection of Jesus

We believe in the physical resurrection of the body of our Lord, His bodily ascension into heaven and His bodily presence there for us as High Priest and Advocate (I Corinthians 15:14, 15:20-22; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25).

 

Satan

We believe that Satan is literal and personal, the agent of the fall, the prince and power of this world, and that he shall be judged and eternally punished (Revelation 20: 1 -10).

 

Mankind

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also the spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse (Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12).

 

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for the penalty of our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (Mark 10:45), and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-11). We believe that individuals must be “Born Again” and that salvation is by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe that those who are saved cannot lose their salvation (John 5:2; 1 Peter 1:3-5). For more information about what it means to be saved, please click here for a Gospel tract about what it means to be “Born Again.”

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and indwelled by the Spirit -who is the guarantee of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).

 

End Times

We believe in the “blessed hope,” the personal, bodily, pre-tribulational rapture of the church, and the pre-millennial, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16).

 

Future Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; both of the just and the unjust. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell (Mark 9:43-48; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15).

 

The Local Church

We believe that a New Testament Church is a body of baptized believers assembled for worship, service, and the spread of the Gospel in all the world (Acts 1:8; 2:38-47).

 

Church Leadership

We believe that the Bible teaches that there are two offices of the church which should be held by men only: Pastor and Deacon (I Timothy 2:12; 3; Titus 1).

 

Church Ordinances

BAPTISM: We believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scriptures, and that is has NO saving power, but is only for those who are “Born Again” -which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation is the Scriptural prerequisite to baptism; therefore, only those who are old enough to believe for themselves should be baptized (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5).

 

COMMUNION/LORD’S SUPPER: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the death of Christ and that only those who have been saved through faith in His atoning blood and are walking in obedient fellowship with Him ought to partake of it. We do not believe in closed communion, but recognize that believers need to be walking close to God to participate (I Corinthians 11:23-32).

 

Sactification/Holiness

We believe that all believers are called into a life of holiness, but that sinless perfection is not humanly possible this side of glory (I Peter 3:15-16). There are three aspects that are understood as the doctrine of separation: moral, personal, and ecclesiastical

 

MORAL: We are commanded to perfect holiness in the fear of God. The believer is never to live as an evil doer, but is to be clean in body and mind and to adopt biblical and God-honoring standards in moral and ethical conduct. The Bible defines right and wrong for godly behavior as exemplified in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).

 

PERSONAL: We are commanded to be representative of our faith in our lifestyle. The believer, under the teachings of Christian liberty and conscience (Romans 14:5), is to be faithfully responsible to develop godly standards in preference and behavior that acknowledges the higher convictions of the Christian faith and recognition of the error of worldliness (I John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

 

ECCLESIASTICAL: While recognizing the unity of all true believers in Christ and in truth (John 17:11, 17), we believe that unbelief, doctrinal error, and doctrinal differences must limit fellowship and corporate ministerial cooperation (Ephesians 5:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14; and 2 Peter 2). We stand in opposition to ecumenicalism and any corporate ministry outside those of like precious faith. Separation is a key element in protecting the testimony and reputation of the local assembly.

 

Sign Gifts

We believe that the Holiness Movement -such as healing and tongues- is unscriptural and contrary to sound doctrine and those who believe and practice these are in error (I Corinthians 13, 14).