Statement of Faith

SCRIPTURE

We believe that the scriptures of both the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired of God, that they are the supreme and final authority for faith and practice, and are perfectly preserved in the King James Version of the Bible – also known as the Authorized Version. (II Timothy 3:16; Psalms 12:6,7)

 

GOD

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That God is supreme in His person, absolute in His attributes, glorious in His perfection, and eternal in His being. (I John 5:7)

 

JESUS

We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at God's right hand, and His personal, imminent, pre-millennial, and pre-tribulational return. (Matthew 1:20; II Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:7; Luke 24:6, 39; I Timothy 2:5)

 

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, one with the Father and the Son, the indweller of every believer to enlighten, guide, and enable him in life, testimony, and service, and seal each believer until the day of redemption of the body. (John 15:26, 27; John 14:7-11; Ephesians 1:13, 14)

 

MAN

We believe that God created man in His image and likeness (a triune being: spirit, soul, and body) in a state of innocency, but through temptation, he willingly transgressed, became dead in trespasses and sins. As a result, his posterity (all men) inherited a corrupt nature, are born in sin, and are under condemnation. (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12)

 

SALVATION

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; was buried; and arose again from the dead in His glorified body, ascended into heaven, and as our great High Priest and Advocate, He ever lives to make intercession for us; that all who believe on His name are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and receive the gift of eternal life by the grace of God. The conditions of salvation are repentance towards God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own voluntary rejection of the gospel. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Hebrews 7:24, 25; Isaiah 1:18; John 3:18)

BLOOD

We believe the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross to be the only and all-sufficient remedy for the sin of man; that this blood alone makes an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22)

 

HELL

We believe in a literal, burning hell that God prepared for the Devil and his angels. It is the place of everlasting, conscious punishment of the unbelieving lost. (Luke 16:22-26)

 

HEAVEN

We believe in a literal place called heaven where the saved shall enjoy everlasting blessedness. Heaven is where God's immediate presence is manifested, where the angels reside, where the redeemed shall ultimately be, where Christ makes intercession for the saints, and from whence Christ shall come to judge the "quick and the dead." (II Corinthians 5:8; John 14:1-3)

 

SATAN

We believe in the existence and operating power of a real and personal being opposed to all saints (saved unto all righteousness), and exalting himself against all that God is, has, and tries to accomplish. We believe that the "Evil One" is called Satan, the Prince and Power of the Air, and is a powerful being but not all-powerful. (I Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7)

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the local church is a congregation of baptized believers, instituted for the purpose of worship, service, and fellowship. The local church is an indigenous and autonomous body, and is the agent through which God works. The mission of the church is to preach the gospel to every creature. The local church is self-governing, with Christ as its head. (Matthew 18:17; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:19,20; Ephesians 5:23,24)

 

BAPTISM

We believe that baptism is by immersion, and is only for a believer. It is done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This is the Bible mode of baptism that testifies to the believer's faith in, and identification with, the crucified, buried, risen, and soon-coming Savior. (Matthew 3:16; 28:19; Romans 6:4)

 

SEPARATION

We believe that all the saved are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices, places, and alliances. (II Corinthians 6:14-18; II John 10:11; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14)

ORDINANCES

We believe the two ordinances of the church are:

1. The Lord's Supper: whereby believers do show forth the Lord's death till He comes again. (The elements being unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice.) (I Corinthians 11:23-32)

2. Bible baptism (see BAPTISM).

 

SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that those who by faith receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit, are the children of God, are heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, are kept by the power of God, and can know they are eternally saved, once and forever! (Ephesians 4:30; John 10:27-30; Jude 2:4)

 

LAST THINGS

We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, return of Christ. The Lord could return and rapture out His Church at any given moment. The world will then enter into a seven year period of tribulation that will end with the battle of Armageddon and the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. He will come as "King of Kings" and "Lord of Lords," and establish His kingdom that will last for 1,000 years. The Lord will then judge the living and the dead at the Great White Throne Judgment (which is different from the Judgment Seat of Christ where the Lord judges the Church). After this, all the lost, Satan, death, and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire, while the Lord and His saints enter into "Eternal Bliss." (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; Matthew 24:3-41; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-15; 21:1-6)