We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 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 Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man.
The Scriptures should be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical,
and literal meaning. (Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 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, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19;
II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10,26).
(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, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the
virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14;
9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; 1:14; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
(2) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his
death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and,
that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the
dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; I Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 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
Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; 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 unto
the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph.
(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 the saved
to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20,27).
(3) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every
believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers
in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8;
I Cor. 12:4-11; 12:28; Eph. 4:7-12).
(4) We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues
and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was
never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and
that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation
of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the
prayers of believers for physical healing when the instructions in James 5 are followed.
(I Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
(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 personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary
for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; I Pet. 1:18-19).
(G) The Eternal Security and Assurance of 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 Pet. 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 control
(Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7, 13; 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
(5) We recognize pastor and deacons as the two offices of the local church (Acts
6:1-3; Eph. 4:11).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach
upon their Savior and Lord; and, the separation from all religious apostasy, all
worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom.
12:1-2; 14:13; II 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 visibly 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; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).
(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 unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious
punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited
they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the
Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment
and torment (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 the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be
eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11;
25:41; Rev. 20:10).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject
evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural
theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
We believe that God has given the church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel
to all nations so that there might be a great 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
for 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).