What We Believe
The Scriptures
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part. We believe God, Who is Truth, communicated through Spirit-controlled men so that the Scriptures are without error and therefore authoritative in all they teach and in all matters they touch. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man and constitutes the only infallible guide for faith and life. Matthew 5:1815:4-6;Mark 12:36John 10:34-35Acts 1:16Romans 3:1-4Galatians 3:162 Timothy 3:16Hebrews 4:121 Peter 1:232 Peter 1:19-21Revelation 22:18-19

 
The Trinity
We believe there is one, and only one, true and living God; that there is indivisible unity in the Godhead, yet existing in three distinct persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–equal in every divine perfection, of the same essence and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of both creation and redemption. Matthew 3:16-1728:19John 6:27Acts 5:341 Corinthians 1:9-142 Corinthians 13:14Ephesians 4:6Hebrews 1:8

 
God the Father
We believe God the Father, is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in all of His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. He is the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of the universe, Giver of all life in sovereign authority over all His created beings, the Keeper over the nation of Israel and the Father and Disciplinarian of His chosen in Jesus Christ. Psalm 139:7-10Isaiah 46:9Romans 11:33Revelation 19:6

 
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as no other man was nor ever can be born of a woman. He is very God of very God, being “God manifest in the flesh.” He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose bodily from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest, interceding and preparing a place for us. He shall appear in the air to rapture His saints, and after seven years, shall come again with the saints to set up the throne of David and establish His Millennial Kingdom. Matthew 1:18-2528:6John 1:114:320:27Acts 15:161 Corinthians 15:41 Thessalonians 4:162 Thessalonians 2:6-8Hebrews 7:258:612:21 Peter 2:223:181 John 2:1;Revelation 3:21

 
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person possessing all the attributes of personality and of deity. He is equal with the Father and the Son and is of the same nature. His relation to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the agent of the new birth, and His work among believers includes His sealing, indwelling, infilling, guiding and teaching them the ways of righteousness. We believe the Bible disavows the authenticity of the sign gifts such as prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles and healing for today and repudiates the experience-oriented theology and ecumenically-oriented practice of the charismatic movement. John 7:3914:16-17,26Acts 1:5Romans 12:3-81 Corinthians 12:8-1328-3113:8-12Ephesians 1:13-144:7-11Hebrews 9:14Revelation 22:18-19.

 
Creation
We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of the Trinity without any evolutionary process. Genesis 1, 2; Psalm 33:9John 1:3Colossians 1:16-17Hebrews 1:2

 
Man
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. By voluntary transgression man fell from his sinless state, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, utterly devoid of the holiness required by God’s law, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal judgment and everlasting existence separated from God without defense or excuse. Genesis 1:27Isaiah 53:6Romans 3:235:12-19

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, transvestism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. (Genesis 2:2419:5,1326:8-9Leviticus 18:1-30Romans 1:26-291 Corinthians 5:16:91 Thessalonians 4:1-8Hebrews 13:4) We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender.  (Genesis 1:26-28Deuteronomy 22:5) We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24Matthew 19:4-6Romans 7:21 Corinthians 7:10Ephesians 5:22-23). We believe God can move us from the aforementioned, sinful lifestyle into a lifestyle that is honoring him.  (1 Cor. 6:9-20)


 
Salvation
We believe the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ died for the whole world and that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God. It is wholly apart from works and is upon the sole condition of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and never without genuine repentance. In order to be saved the sinner must be born again, personally receiving Christ as Savior, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word and becoming the recipient of a new nature. The great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, that judicial act of God accompanied by the pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness, not because of any works of righteousness on our part, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. The believer who has exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and in possession of eternal life which is eternally secure. John 1:11,123:3-6,1610:28,29Acts 13:39Romans 2:42 Corinthians 7:9,10Ephesians 2:8-101 Timothy 2:5,6Hebrews 4:21 Peter 1:18-232 Peter 1:42:1

 
The Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ began at Pentecost and will be completed at the Rapture. It must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is His body.” The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the 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. Its Scriptural offices are pastors, sometimes called bishops or elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. This definition of the local church leads to these Scriptural distinctives:
 
  • Sole authority of the Scriptures for faith and practice;
  • Autonomy of the local church;
  • Believers’ baptism by immersion before church membership;
  • Two offices, pastor (elder, bishop) and deacon;
  • Two symbolic ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s table;
  • Individual priesthood of the believer and soul liberty;
  • Separation of church and state. The “church which is His body” is the entire company of believers in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, regardless of denominational affiliation and present position in heaven or on earth.
Matthew 28:1920Acts 1:52:1-4,41,4210:44,4511:15,161 Corinthians 12:13Ephesians 1:22,23Titus 1:1-16Hebrews 12:23

 
Baptism and Communion
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his identification with the crucified, buried, risen Savior, thus illustrating the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a new life. It is a prerequisite to membership and privileges in a local church. We believe that communion is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-examination and confession of known sin. Observance of communion is for baptized believers only. The ordinances of baptism and communion must be observed under the authority of the local church. Acts 8:36-39Romans 6:3-51 Corinthians 11:23-28

 
Coming Events
  • The Eternal State We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. 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 new body are reunited to be forever glorified with the Lord. The souls of the unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with the spirit, soul and body reunited they shall appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast in the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. Matthew 25:46Luke 16:19-26John 5:28,292 Corinthians 5:8,10Philippians 1:23
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Israel
We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, that she will be regathered in the Holy Land and the Lord will bring Israel to Himself (through individual salvation), at the second advent of Christ. Genesis 13:14-17; Ezekiel 37; Zechariah 12:9-14Romans 11:1-32
Angels
We believe in the personal existence of angels who were created by God to bring honor and glory to His name and to serve Him. Those angels who kept their first estate minister for them who are the heirs of salvation. There were among the hosts those who fell with Satan, the angels who kept not their first estate, who are presently functioning in Satan’s counterfeit system as rulers of darkness, to be resisted by the believer through the armor provided by God. Isaiah 6;Matthew 17:18Ephesians 6:11,12Colossians 1:161 Timothy 4:1,2Hebrews 1:41 Peter 1:12Jude 62 Peter 2:4
Satan
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil, a created angel who through pride became the enemy of his Creator, who is “the god of this age” and “the prince of the power of the air,” who is full of all subtlety, who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men, and who was conquered by Christ on the cross and condemned to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. Isaiah 14:12-15Luke 10:182 Corinthians 4:411:13-15;Ephesians 2:2Hebrews 2:14Revelation 12:9
Personal Separation
We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God from the world, and by the aid of the Holy Spirit, should walk in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness and loving-kindness. We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ. We also believe the Scriptures admonish every believer not to love the world or the things in the world, but rather to flee evil desires, avoid every kind of evil and refrain from questionable practices which destroy one’s testimony, offend one’s brother and fail to glorify God. Proverbs 15:33Romans 14:19-211 Corinthians 6:18-208:9-1310:2310:332 Corinthians 7:1Galatians 5:22-25;Ephesians 4:325:1,27-1015-20Philippians 4:81 Thessalonians 4:71 Peter 5:5,6
Ecclesiastical Separation
We believe the Scriptures teach that the believer should be separated from apostasy as exemplified in ecclesiastical organizations which include those who sanction theological compromise. This doctrine is based upon God’s eternal principle of division between truth and error and His specific command to be separate from unbelievers and disobedient brethren. This truth is to be practiced with an attitude of devotion to God, humility, compassion, and yet with conviction, to create the proper condition and atmosphere for the main objective, i.e. the salvation of the lost through the gospel of God. We believe ecumenical evangelism which involves apostates violates the principles taught in God’s Word. Matthew 10:34-4918:15Romans 16:171 Corinthians 5:7-132 Corinthians 6:1411:4Galatians 1:8-91 Timothy 6:3-62 Timothy 2:16-18Titus 3:10-112 John 9-11
The Lord's Day
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is to be set aside unto the Lord for worship, fellowship with others of like faith, and instruction in the Word of God. It is a day of rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord by giving of our time and resources to further our evangelistic outreach. Acts 20:71 Corinthians 16:1-2Hebrews 10:25
Marriage and the Home
We believe that the home was the first institution God provided for man, and that marriage is a sacred and honorable relationship. “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Marriage is used as an emblem of the union of Christ and His Church. Genesis 2:18-24Mark 10:91 Corinthians 7:2;Ephesians 5:215:23Hebrews 12:4
Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Acts 5:29Romans 13:1-7I Timothy 2:1-3I Peter 2:13-18Revelation 19:16