What We Believe
Statement of Faith
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The scriptures re inerrant, infallible and God breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelations of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal gramatical historical meaning. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Rom. 15:4; Ps. 119:89).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined seven dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. The dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations - the law, the church, and the kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor 3:9-18;
Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25,27; Rev. 20:2-6).
We believe that it is the obligation of every born again Christian to propagate the Gospel message to all mankind as well as all other truths of God' s Word. Therefore, having this commission from God, we must endeavor not only to win the lost of our local communities, but share in support of those called to foreign fields throughout the world (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 1:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15; Mark 16:15; 2 Cor 5: 19,20).
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; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-6)
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, twenty-four 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 in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each coeternal in being, identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13: 14; John 14: 10,26).
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, thereby inheriting a sinful nature, becoming alienated from God, 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. 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; Eph 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Rom. 6:23).
Repentance and Faith
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions:
1) The home
2) The church
3) The state
Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church,
and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblical-assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7~ Eph. 5:22-24~ Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet 2:13-14).
Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last for a life time. Although divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Mal. 2: 14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6).
Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance
company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31,32).
The Person and Work of Christ
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Rom 12: 1,2; Rom. 14: 13; 2 Cor. 6: 14-7: 1; 2 Tim. 3: 1-5; 1 John 2: 15-17; 2 John 9-11).
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. 4:1-11; Mat 25:41; Rev. 20: 10).
The Eternal State
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; Ps 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel (Gen 14:20; Prov. 3:9,10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 15:2; 2 Cor. 9:6,7; Gal. 6:6; Eph 4:28; 1 Tim 5:17,18; 1 John 3:17).