What we believe

The fine print.


 

ARTICLE I: OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the plenary-verbal inspiration of the sixty-six books of the Bible in their original manuscripts. That the Bible does not contain the Word of God, but, being authored by the Holy Spirit in its entirety, is the Word of God. Therefore, it is the only infallible rule of faith and practice and true center of Christian union. II Timothy 3:16, 17; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 5:17,18.

 

ARTICLE II: OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe there is one living and true God, infinitely holy, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, eternally existent, maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in essence and attributes, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2,3; I Corinthians 8:6; Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; I Timothy 2:5,6.

 

ARTICLE III: OF GOD THE SON
We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He is God, existing from all eternity and co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of the universe and by Him all things hold together. He never ceased to be God, and His humiliation in His incarnation and crucifixion did not consist in laying aside His deity. In His incarnation He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. John 1:1-3; Matthew 1:20,23; Luke 1:26-38; John 5:18; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:1-3; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; John 17:5; Philippians 2:6-11; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13.

 

ARTICLE IV: OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son in nature and attributes; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and in testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He indwells, seals, impowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies, comforts, and helps the believer. He baptizes every believer into the body of Christ, at the moment of salvation, so that there are none who are saved who are not indwelt by Him. However, the filling of the Spirit comes only to those who fully submit themselves to Him, and as many times as they do the same. The Holy Spirit is the giver of spiritual gifts. Some of them are still given today, as the gift of evangelist, pastor, teacher, faith, hope, love, and the greatest of these is love. Some of the gifts the Spirit has withdrawn, such as the gift of healing, the gift of tongues, and the gift of prophecy. John 14:16-17; John 16:13,14; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Genesis 1:2; Luke 1:35; John 16:8-11; John 3:5,6; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Luke 24:49; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 4:30; I Corinthians 12:13,27; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:14,16,26,27; Ephesians 4:11,12; I Corinthians 12:11,18,28-31; I Corinthians 13:8-10,13; I Cor. 14:19,27,28,33,34,40; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 6:1-8,10,15; I Thessalonians 5:19.

 

ARTICLE V: OF THE DEVIL OR SATAN
We believe that Satan is a person, that he is the unholy god of this age and the prince of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal and just torment in the lake of fire. Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 4:4; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; II Corinthians 11:14,15; I Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 20:1-3,7-10; Jude 6; Matthew 25:41.

 

ARTICLE VI: OF THE CREATION
We believe the Genesis account of creation and believe that man was directly created by God in His own likeness and image. We reject and combat both the theories of evolution and theistic evolution. We believe that the six days of creation were literal, twenty-four-hour days. Genesis, chapters 1 and 2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 1:18-20; Psalm 8; Psalm 19:1; Romans 8:18-23.

 

ARTICLE VII: OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created innocent, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, by birth and by choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-19; I Corinthians 15:22; Romans 3:9-19,23.

 

ARTICLE VIII: OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatory office of the Son of God, who freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death 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 a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having bodily risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9. Hebrews 2:14-18; Isaiah 53:3-7; Romans 3:24-26; I John 2:1, 2; 4:9,10; I Corinthians 15:3,4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18,19; Hebrews 7:23-27; 10:1-22; I Peter 2:21-25; 3:18; Galatians 4:4,5; Ephesians 2:13-19; 5:2.

 

ARTICLE IX: OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Holy Scriptures, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3-8; II Corinthians 5:17; I Peter 1:23; I John 5:1; II Peter 1:4; John 1:11-13; Acts 16:30,31; Acts 3:19; Acts 2:37-41,47; Acts 9:1-18; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9, 10; Romans 6:6.

 

ARTICLES X: OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that through the vicarious sacrifice of Christ for the sinner, such as put their trust in Him are justified.
1) That justification includes forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness.
2) That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed to us. Romans 4;25; 5:1,9,16; Isaiah 53:11; Romans 8:1; Romans 3:26; Acts 13:39.

 

ARTICLE XI: OF FAITH AND SALVATION
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. We are saved by faith in Christ without works or human merit. Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5; II Timothy 1:9; Romans 3:24-28; 4:1-8,16; Romans 5:1,15.

 

ARTICLE XII: OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by the New Testament; and exercising the gifts and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are Pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men and a consistent Bible teaching ministry that the believers may grow thereby. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for the true churches to cooperate with each other for the furtherance of the gospel, for fellowship and in the defense of the faith; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of evangelization at home and abroad, of benevolence; the will of the church is final. Acts 2:41-47; Acts 6; I Timothy 3:1-15; Acts 20:17-28; I Corinthians 1:2;11:2; Acts 15:1-35; Ephesians 5:23-24; Acts 13:1-3; 14:26-28; Galatians 1:2; Revelation 1:4.

 

ARTICLE XIII: OF THE ORDINANCES OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe there are two ordinances for the New Testament church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism plays no part in our salvation but is a question of obedience after salvation, as a public testimony of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior and of our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is symbolic of our Lord’s body and His shed blood as He suffered for us on the cross, in memory of Him and His death until He comes, and always should be preceded by solemn self-examination. Matthew 3:13-17; John 3:22,23; 4:1-3; Acts 2:38,41; 8:26-39; 10:47,48; I Corinthians 1:13-17; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 26:20-30; Acts 2:40-42,46; 20:7; I Corinthians 11:2, 20-34; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20.

 

ARTICLE XIV: OF THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God and can never lose their salvation and be lost. The believer is given eternal life, he shall never perish, and no one is able to pluck him out of the Savior’s hand. Since all his sins were judged in Christ, the believer’s substitute, the one who is declared justified will never again be judged for sin. John 10:28,29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6; Jude 1; I John 5:13; Ephesians 4:30; I John 2:1; John 17:9,11,12; John 5:24; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 10:17; Psalm 103:12; Luke 22:31-34,54-62; I Corinthians 3:15.

 

ARTICLE XV: OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His esteem; not that such are righteous in themselves but through faith in Christ, His righteousness is imputed to them; while all who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men, both in life and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved with the Lord and the everlasting, conscious suffering of the lost in a literal lake of fire. Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; I Peter 4:18; Romans 3:10; 5:19; II Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:21-23; Revelation 21:1-8; John 14:1-3; Psalm 23:6; II Timothy 4:8; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:10-31; Revelation 14:10,11; 19:20; 20:10-15; 22:11; Matthew 22:13; 25:41; Psalm 9:17.

 

ARTICLE XVI: OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; I Peter 2:13-17; Titus 3:1; Acts 4:19.20; Daniel 3:13-18; Exodus 18:21-22; II Samuel 23:3; Jude 8.

 

ARTICLE XVII: OF THE FAMILY
We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social, and spiritual unit created by God. In it, the child learns self-government, social relationships, and develops a relationship to the creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, according to John 3:5 and 16, Ephesians 6:1, and Colossians 3:20. We understand “family” to mean a male and female parent, legally married, which may have one or more children (Genesis 1:26-28), although we recognize the exception of a single parent, adopted, foster, and step children (James 1:27). We reject homosexual marriages or homosexual orientation because it is contrary to scripture, and the intentions of God in creation (Romans 1:18-32), and we believe that such relationships are destructive to children and the very idea of family. Further, we reject co-habitational relationships as being equally in violation of God’s laws (Proverbs 1:8 & 9, 2:1-11, Colossians 3:21, and Ephesians 6:4).

 

ARTICLE XVIII: OF THE RESURRECTION, INTERCESSORY WORK, AND RETURN OF CHRIST, AND RELATED EVENTS
A) We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:1-9; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:1-12,39; John 20:1-9,26-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8,14,17; Acts 7:55,56.
B) His ascension. Jesus Christ was bodily taken up into heaven. Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:55,56; 9:3,4 with I Corinthians 15:8; Hebrews 1:3; 12:2; Ephesians 4:8-10.
C) His high-priestly work of intercession for His own. I John 2:1; Romans 8:34; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrew 2:17; 5:9,10; 7:25; 8:6; 10:12,21; Philemon 18.
D) His Pre-Tribulational return for the church which is His body. John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9; I Corinthians 15:51-53; Titus 2:13; II Thessalonians 2:1,7; Revelation 3:10,11; 4:1; 19:7-9.
E) The bodily resurrection of the righteous dead and the translation of the living in Christ. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44,51-55; Philippians 3:20,21; I John 3:2,3.
F) The great Tribulation period. Matthew 24:15-21; Daniel 9:24-27; II Thessalonians 2:1-9; Daniel 7:8; Revelation 6:15-17; 12:7-12; 13,16,17
G) The glorious, bodily return of Christ to earth after the Tribulation. Revelation 1:7; 19:11-20:6; Zechariah 14:4; Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:29-51; 25:10.
H) Christ, seated on the throne of David, and His Millennial reign on earth. Luke 1:32,33; Isaiah 9:6,7; Acts 2:29,30; I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:8; Habakkuk 2:14; II Samuel 7:16; Revelation 11:15-17; 20:4; Isaiah 65:19-25.
I) The second resurrection which is for all the lost, the Great White Throne Judgment for all unregenerate and their eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 14:10,11; 20:5, 12; 11-15; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 22:13; 25:41; Mark 9:42-48.
J) The new heavens and the new earth, without end. II Peter 3:10-14; Matthew 24:35; Revelation 21:1-22:1-5.