Statement of Faith
Concerning the Bible
We believe in the verbal, plenary, inspiration and the infallibility of the Scripture. II Tim. 3:15-17. By inspiration we mean the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit(II Peter 1:19-20). We believe the Word of God has been divinely preserved in the 1611 King James Version for English-speaking people.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Concerning the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and Son. He guides believers into all truth, and convicts sinners of sin, righteousness, and judgment(Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-13; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9, 14, 16, 26, 27).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who is our mediator at the Father's right hand. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and is true man.. He lived a sinless life, and arose from the grave according to the Scriptures. He died on the cross and bore our sins, accomplishing our redemption. He ascended bodily after His resurrection. We believe in His personal, premillennial, pretribulational, return(John 1:1,2; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Concerning the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but by choice he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Every person inherits a sinful nature and needs salvation(Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-12).
Concerning the New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. It is not a process, but is instantaneous. Jesus died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him, with sorrow and repentance, are justified on the ground of His shed blood. It is wholly by grace, and if any man be in Christ he is a new creature(John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; Colossians 2:13).
Concerning the Security of Believers
We believe that once saved, the believer is kept eternally by God's power and is secure forever(John 6:37-40; Romans 8:38, 39; I Corinthians 1:4-8).
Concerning the Church
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, and that all born-again believers make up this body. We believe that the local Church is made up of born-again, baptized believers and that it is the only institution Christ established upon this earth.
We believe that the scriptural baptism is by single immersion of born-again believers only. It is the outward sign of an inward belief. Baptism identifies the convert with the Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper are given to the church and must be carried out by the local church and under it's authority.
Concerning Heaven and Hell
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Saved unto everlasting blessedness in Heaven, and the resurrection of the lost unto everlasting punishment in Hell fire.(John 14:1-6: Revelation 20:15).