What We Believe

Of the Scripture

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit controlled men, and therefore has truth without a mixture of error for its matter. We believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds, and opinions. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21)

Of the True God

We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence that in the unity of the godhead there are three personal distinctions – The Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit – yet one in substance and equal in every divine perfection. (Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7)

We believe in the Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that his humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; That as man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (John 1:1,2; 1 John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. (II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16,17; Romans 8: 14-27)

Of the Devil, or Satan

We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4; Revelation 20:10)

The Fall of Man

We believe, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shaped in iniquity and become willful sinners with the first expression of personal choice, and so are without excuse before God. (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-19)

Of the Redemption from Sin

We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sins through the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon Him a human body and nature, yet without sin, and by His suffering, death and resurrection made full satisfaction to the Justice of God for the sin of Man; that the blessings of this salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who believe and confess and that it is the immediate duty of all to accept these offers of mercy. (John 3:1-7; Hebrews 10:14; Acts 16:30-33)

Of Salvation by Grace

We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin and this salvation is wholly by grace; that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure. (Acts 17:31; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 10:9-13)

Of the Church

We believe that the Church Universal is manifest through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by His Word; that its officers are bishops (or Pastors) and deacons; that it has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 1:2; 6:4; 5; 7:17; 11:16; I Timothy 3:1-15)

We believe that the Church Universal is a New Testament institution; unknown to the Old Testament  prophets; established by Jesus Christ, Who is its sole Head; revealed through the holy apostles; empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; Christ’s “body” for service and His “bride” for glory. It began with the New Testament saints and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the Rapture. ( Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8; 2:1-13; 41-47; 15:14; I Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 1:22,23; 3:21; 5:23-32; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Of the Ordinances

We believe that there are two church ordinances; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called “believers’ baptism.” It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified , buried and risen Savior, with the effects of that faith in our lives as it produces death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him and should logically be preceded by baptism and always by careful self-examination. ( Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32)

Of the Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; believers’ bodies will be raised   at the coming of Christ for His church and caught up with the transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial kingdom to receive their final doom. (John 5:21-30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 20:11-15)