We believe in the absolute authority and inerrancy of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, its verbal, plenary inspiration in the original manuscripts, and its all-sufficiency as the Christian's rule of faith and practice. We use the KJV for all of our preaching, teaching and memorization (Isa. 8:20; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21).
We believe that there is one true, living God, the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, perfect in holiness and in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, eternally existing and revealing Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4, 33:27; I Chron. 29:11,12; Neh. 9:6; Isa. 6:3, 40:28; Matt. 3:16,17, 28:19; John 10:30; Col. 1:16,17; I John 4:8).
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God; that He is Divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from all eternity, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary thus becoming the God-man without laying aside His Deity in order to reveal God and redeem sinful man; that He is the Saviour and accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God; that He is our High Priest Who is the only and sufficient Mediator between God and man. (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35, 2:11, 19:10; John 1:1,2,14,18, 8:58, 12:45; Rom. 3:24-26, 4:25; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:3, 4:14-15, 13:8; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Divine Personality of the Holy Spirit; that He is God; that He convicts man of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, regenerates repentant sinners, baptizes them into the body of Christ; that He indwells and seals every true child of God unto the day of redemption; that His earthly ministry encompasses sanctification, teaching and comforting of believers; and that He hinders and restrains the work of Satan. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-11,13; Acts 5:3,4; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 1:13,14; 4:30; 2 Thess. 2:3-8; Tit. 3:5; Heb. 9:14)
We believe that Satan is a personal being, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of the human race, the prince of demons, the great enticer and deceiver, the god of this age, the open and declared enemy of God and man, and whose end is eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 12:24; 2 Cor. 4:3,4, 11:3; Rev. 20:10)
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, "each after his own kind", by direct act according to the Genesis account, and not by any process of evolution; and that man was created in the image and likeness of God. (Gen. 1-2; John 1:3; Col. 1:16,17; Heb. 1:2,11:3)
We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. We define family as two or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption. The family began when God joined one man to one woman in an exclusive union called marriage. God never speaks of marriage outside the relationship of a man and woman. From this union come children, the natural reproduction of the human race. All sexual activity engaged in outside of marriage (as defined in this section) is sinful. We further believe that God created gender (male/female) and sex (natural born anatomy) to be one and the same (Gen 1:27-28, 2:22-24, 19:5-7; Lev 18:22; Psa 139:13-16; Pro 12:4, 18:22, 31:10-11; Mat 19:3-9; Rom 1:26-27; 1Cor 6:9; Eph 5:22-33; 1Ti 1:9-10; Jud 1:7).
The Fall and Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man, in the person of Adam, was created in innocence, without sin, but by willful transgression sinned, thus plunging all mankind into sin, condemnation and both physical and spiritual death; and that since Adam all mankind has been born in sin, is totally depraved, and so by nature and choice all men are sinners. (Gen. 3:1-19; Psa. 14:1-3, 51:5; Eccl. 7:20; Matt. 10:28; Rom. 3:23, 5:10-19)
Salvation By Grace
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as our representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who receive Him as personal Lord and Savior by grace through faith are justified, sanctified and will be glorified on the ground of His shed blood. We believe that this salvation is a free gift of God wholly apart from works and that a godly sorrow and repentance for sin and a godly life are the fruits thereof. We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ by the power of God forever and therefore it is impossible for them to reject Christ or otherwise lose their salvation. (John 5:24,10:28,29; Rom. 5:1, 8:30, 35-39; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; 2 Cor. 5:21, 7:10; Eph. 2:8,9; Phil. 1:6; 2 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:12; Tit. 2:12; 1 Pet. 1:5, 2:24)
We believe that the church, the body of Christ, is a New Testament institution, apart from Judaism, established by the Lord Jesus, Who is its sole Head. We believe that the mystical church, the bride of Christ, is the spiritual body of believers who have been baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the local church should be the manifestation of the body of Christ and that a New Testament local church is a congregation of believers who have been baptized by immersion, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges which He bestowed upon it; and that it has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to Christ; and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipling and benevolence the will of the local church under God is final. (Matt. 16:18, 18:15-17; John 3:29; Acts 2:1-13,41-47; Eph. 1:22,23, 3:9,10, 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:13, 14:40; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; Rev. 19:7,8, 21:9)
Association and Separation
This Church shall be an independent and autonomous body and may not surrender its sovereignty to any outside organization, but may affiliate therewith on grounds of fellowship. Therefore this Church may fellowship or sever fellowship with any group or organization it may so desire for any reason sufficient to itself, remembering the Biblical commands to be separate from all apostasy, including false ecumenism and inclusive evangelism. (Amos 3:3; 1 Cor. 1:10, 6:14; Eph. 1:22,23; 1 Thes. 1:1)
We believe that the Lord Jesus instituted two ordinances, namely baptism and the Lord's Supper, to be observed by all believers and that these ordinances have no saving merit; and that baptism is by immersion in water (one time backward) and is to be observed after regeneration and upon evidence of newness of life as a proclamation to the world that the believer is now identified with Christ in His death, in His burial, and in His resurrection. Baptism is a prerequisite for the privileges of Church membership. We believe that the Lord's Supper is commemorative and is to be observed often until the Lord comes as a memorial to His broken body and shed blood. (Matt. 3:16, 26:26-30, 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42,47, 8:38,16:30,31; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-29; 2 Cor. 5:17)
We believe that the Lord, by His grace, sovereignly bestows gifts upon believers through the Holy Spirit, for which believers are responsible to be good stewards, for the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ in love. The supernatural gifts found in the early Church, such as apostleship, prophecy, word of knowledge, working of miracles, healing, tongues, and interpretation of tongues, are no longer functioning today as gifts from God. We recognize these gifts were bestowed for the Church's infancy. However these gifts and the need for them ceased with the completion of the New Testament and the close of the Apostolic era. We believe that God can and does heal today according to His sovereign will through the natural function of the body, through physicians and medicines, and through His own miraculous intervention. Further, we recognize that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. However God no longer bestows the spiritual gift of healing in which particular individuals are granted the ability to miraculously heal others. We believe God's will does not always demand that a believer have perfect health, and further that God can be glorified through the sickness and even the death of a believer. We believe that the gift of tongues, always human languages, terminated at the conclusion of the writing of the New Testament. Speaking in tongues today is not a benefit in spiritual growth and does not find its source in the Holy Spirit. Further, Baptism in the Holy Spirit is applied to the believer at the time of salvation and is not an experience subsequent to salvation. We believe that individuals are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation, and that indwelling does not depend upon any other event or experience of the believer such as speaking in tongues. (Luke 16:27-31; John 20:30-31; Acts 2:1-21; Rom. 12:1-8; 1 Cor. 4:1-2, 12-14, 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 12:7-10,12; Eph. 2:20, 4:7,11-16; 1 Tim. 5:23; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 2:3-4; James 5:16; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked in the sight of God. The righteous are all those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are sanctified by the Spirit of God; while the wicked are all those who continue in impenitence and unbelief and are under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death; in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Gen. 18:23; Pro. 14:32; Mal. 3:18; Matt. 25:34-41; Rom. 6:17-23)
The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in that "Blessed Hope", the imminent, bodily, personal, pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that He will come in the air to catch away His church before the seven year tribulation; and that He will return to the earth with His raptured church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His millennial kingdom. (Matt. 25:31-46; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 19:11-21)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the unsaved; that believers (the saved) asleep in the Lord Jesus Christ will be raised at His coming for His church and will be caught up with the transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air where the saved must appear before the judgment seat of Christ where every work shall be made manifest to the receiving of rewards or the suffering loss of rewards according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. We further believe that the wicked dead (the unsaved) will be raised at the close of the millennial kingdom and will stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their just punishment which will be everlasting, conscious suffering in the lake of fire. (John 5:21-30; 1 Cor. 3:12-15, 15:51-55; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Thes. 4:16,17; Rev. 20:5-15)