Statement of Faith
Our Statement of Faith does not cover the full extent of what we believe. However, these are a good outline of the doctrines our church holds to. We base all our beliefs on the authority of the Bible and the principles of God's Word.
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that holy men of God wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The scriptures are the verbally (God-breathed) and plenary inspired Word of God; inerrant, infallible, and true to the very jot and tittle, having no admixture of error, and therefore are the final authority for faith, life, and conduct; they are the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and they shall be preserved until Heaven and Earth have passed away. We accept the Authorized 1611, King James Version, of the Bible as God's fulfillment of His promise of preservation to us as English speaking Christians. II Timothy 3:15-17
I John 5:7 "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in attributes, glory, divinity, perfection, and power. Matthew 28:19-20, John 1:1-2, 14
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10, I Peter 1:18-19, Acts 17:30; 20:21, Romans 10:9-10,13
We believe in the Genesis account of Creation, that God was the creator of all things, visible and invisible, who in six literal, twenty-four-hour periods, created and prepared "Heaven and Earth and the sea, and all things that are therein"; that man was created of the dust of the ground, directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animals and vegetable life was made directly and God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind". Genesis 1-2, Exodus 20:11, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17
We believe that the local New Testament church is an organized body of born again believers immersed upon credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ recognizing only two offices filled by Pastor and Deacons, sovereign in polity and bonded together for work, worship, mutual edification, observances of the ordinances: baptism and the Lord's supper. As well as the worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. Matthew 16:15-20; 18:20, Acts 2:38; 41-42; 13:1-4, Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; 5:25-27, Hebrews 10:25; 12:23
Baptism: We believe that scriptural baptism is by full-body immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost; and that it is invalid unless it is performed by the proper authority, which is the local New Testament church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, and that it is a pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's supper.
* No special or mystical grace is imparted to the recipient. Baptism is a simple act of identification with Jesus Christ and a picture of what has happened spiritually at the time of salvation.
The Lord's Supper: We believe the LORD Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's supper the same night wherein He was betrayed, to be observed in His churches until His return to take us to Heaven for the remembrance of His sacrificial death, and His speedily return. The elements are unleavened bread, typifying our Lord's broken body and the unfermented fruit of the vine, pure grape juice, typifying our Lord's shed blood remitting our sins; the partaking of the Lord's supper is always preceded by a solemn self-examination of one's own heart and life.
* The Lord's supper is a memorial. No special or mystical grace is imparted to the recipient.
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.
We believe that man was created in innocence, in the image and likeness of God, but by voluntary transgression fell from the sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, with an inherited sinful nature, alienated from God and is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. In that, God did not author nor promote man's sinful nature, man cannot blame God for his own willful rejection of Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:22-23, 5:12, 6:23
The Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is the gift of God, wholly of grace (unmerited favor); through the only mediator, the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored and fulfilled the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death and shed blood made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust, that we may have the forgiveness of sins, imputed to our account, in response, to the putting of our faith in Jesus, whose precious blood was shed for sinful mankind. John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10, Hebrews 7:27; 9:11-15,22-28; 13:12,20, I Peter 1:18-19
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed Heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as The Almighty God, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be the author of sin and the cause of the fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power source of the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire, a place prepared for him and his angels. Job 1:6-7, Isaiah 14:12-17, Matthew 4:1-11; 25:41, I Peter 5:8, Revelation 20:10
Security of the Believer
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
John 6:37-40; 10:27-30, Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:13-14, I Peter 1:4-5