What We Believe
A. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary
inspired Word of God. The scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God breathed, and therefore
are the final authority for faith and life, The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament
are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Authorized King James Version of
the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church (II Tim. 3:16-17; II
Peter 1 20-21).
B. The Godhead
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 power and glory, having the
same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 16).
C. The Person and Work of Christ
1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, became man, without
ceasing to be God, that He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin
Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35:
John 1:1-2: 14:2; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5-8).
2. We believe that the Lord Jesus accomplished our redemption through His death on the
cross as a representative, vicarious, sacrifice; and, that our justification is made certain
by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36: Rom. 3:24-25; I Peter
2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
3. 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 Mediator,
Intercessor, and Advocate (I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
D. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
1. 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, indwelling and sealing them until the day
of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).
2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and
appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved to be filled
with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5-18; I John 2:20, 27).
E. The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the
human 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 (Gen. 1:26-27;
Rom. 3:22-23; 5; 12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by
repentance toward God and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was
shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins (John 1:12; Acts 20:21; Luke 13:3,5; Eph. 1:7;
2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19; II Peter 3:9).
G. The Eternal Security and Assurance of the Believers
1. 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; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor.
1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5).
2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their
salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids
the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13:
H. The Church
1. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of
Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons (I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2;
Eph. 1:22-23: 5: 25-27)
2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly
taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I
Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or
control (Acts 3:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4: I Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7; I Pet.
4. We recognize water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances
of obedience for the church in this age (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach
upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all
worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (Rom.
12:1-2; 14:13; I Cor. 6:14-7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11).
J. The second Advent of Christ
We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ, who will
rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the
Tribulation, Christ will personally and visually return with His saints, to establish His
earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3-4;
Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thess. 1:10; I Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10;
19: 11-16; 20:1-6).
K. The Eternal State
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the
unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29:
11:25-26; I Cor. 15:22; Rev. 20 5-6, 12-15).
2. 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 first resurrection,
when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord
(Luke 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20 4-6).
3. We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious
punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with the soul and
body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne of Judgment, and shall
be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting
conscious punishment and torments ( Matt. 25:41-46: Mark 9: 43-48; Luke 16:
19-26: II Thess 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).
L. The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man;
that he is an open and declared enemy of God and man; that he is actively seeking
those he can devour, and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of fire (Job
1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11: 25:41: I Peter 5:8; Rev. 20:10).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24 hour periods. We reject
evolution and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1-2: Ex.
N. Civil Government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic
institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to
these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God
and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical
responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no
institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state
are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of
responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14).
O. Human Sexuality
1. 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, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery,
and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. Any employee of the
church becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual
intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be terminated (Gen. 2:24;
19:5; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1, 6-9: I Thess. 4:1-8: Heb.
2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one
woman (Gen. 2:24; Rom 7:2: I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
3. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but
that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual function for men and women
in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men
are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men
are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church (Gal. 3:28; col. 3:18: I Tim.
2:8-15; 3:4-5, 2).
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living
human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human
life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to
rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental
well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah
44:24; 49:1,5: Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18: Luke 1:44).
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel
to all nations so that there might be a greater multitude from every nation, tribe,
ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As
ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations
and not wait on them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19:20: Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48:
John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:20).
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth
entrusted to Him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that
God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also
give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief
of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian
relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offerings once the gift has been
made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6;
Eph. 4:28: I Tim. 5:17-18: I John 3:17).