What We Believe

  

The Bible


  • We  believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and  that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm  119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17).


God


  • We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (Matt. 28:19).
  • We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19)
  • We  believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in  His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4).
  • We  believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the  crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the  resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will  be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal  punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into  the heaven age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev.  19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).


Salvation & Sin


  • We  believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency  until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the  result being that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom.  5:12, 19).
  • We believe that the  suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind  and is applied only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter  2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
  • We  believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith  in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance  toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John  3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit  convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every  believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph.  4:30; Titus 3:5).
  • We believe  that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in  Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom.  8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).


The Saved & The Church


  • We  believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He  chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt.  16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).
  • We  believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on  earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally  baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission  of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent,  self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise  authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great  Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the  perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt.  28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21).
  • We  believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's churches:  Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of  penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New  Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper  is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church  observing the ordinance (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1  Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 17-20, 26).
  • We  believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church,  pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set  forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.
  • We  believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and  properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches  (Matt. 20:25-28).
  • We believe  in freedom of worship without interference from the government and  affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of  civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7; 1  Peter 2:13-15).


Spiritual Gifts

  

  • We  believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away  when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding  Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. chapters 12-14).

  

Love

  

  • We  believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests  our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority  as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of  the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matt.  22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev.  2:4, 5).

  

Creation

  

  • We believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1; 2).

  

Satan

  

  • We  believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the  unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of  fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph.  6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).