OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe there is one true and living God. He is eternal, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness, the Creator of all things, visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1). In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7).
The Person and Work of Christ
A.) We believe that the Lord 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 (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35).
B.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
C.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
A. 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, and dwelling in them (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9).
B. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; Ephesians 5:18).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, not by a process of evolution, and that in Adam’s sin the 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 (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
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 (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12-13; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7). We believe that the blood of Jesus is sufficient for our forgiveness and salvation and that nothing else is necessary.
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord or His Church and that separation from all religious apostasy, all sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
We believe it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
A.) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts and that the gifts of evangelists and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (Ephesians 4:11-12).
B.) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15).
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6).
The Eternal State
A.) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Acts 24:15; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-15).
B.) 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 resurrection when soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
C.) We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with body and soul 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 (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe the Christian sacraments are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, outward rites appointed by Christ to be administered in the Church, not as a means of salvation, but as visible signs of the facts and realities of salvation.
A.) Water baptism is to be administered to believers only and baptism by immersion is the Scriptural mode.
B.) The Lord’s Supper consists in partaking of the consecrated emblems of bread and unfermented wine. The Lord’s Table should be open to all who are in right relationship with God, regardless of church affiliation. In obedience to the Lord’s command, every Christian should be present at the Lord’s Supper when at all possible.