We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written that it was verbally and plenary Inspired and is the product of the Holy Spirit-controlled men. And, therefore, is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks. Furthermore, we believe the Bible is the true center of Christian Unity and the Supreme Standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions shall be tried. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)
The True God
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, and Infinite Spirit, The Creator and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, that in the unity of the Godhead Family, there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious roles in the great work of redemption. (Ex. 20:2-3, 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God, pre-existing. He took upon Himself our very nature, yet without sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, lived a sinless life.
Furthermore, we believe in His vicarious death, he died upon the cross, shedding His Blood as a substitutional sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world; buried he arose from the dead on the third day in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in this body glorified, where He is now, our interceding High priest. He will come again personally and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the living and the dead according to the Scriptures. (Isa. 7:14; Mat. 1:20; 1 Tim. 2:5; Joh. 1:1-14; Phil. 2:1-9; Rom. 5:8; Heb. 9:22; 1 The. 4:13-18)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil on until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, reproves, witnesses, sanctifies, comforts, helps, and intercedes for believers. (Joh. 14:16-17; Mat. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; Joh. 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; Joh. 15:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; Joh. 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Mar. 1:8; Joh. 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Rom. 8:14, 16, 26-27)
We believe in the reality and personality of the devil or Satan himself and that he was created by God as an angel but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Isa. 14:12-14; Mat. 4:1-12; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:12)
We believe the Biblical account of the Creation for the physical universe, angels and man; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God not from previously existing forms of life and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race. (Gen. 1:12; Col. 1:16-17; Joh. 1:3; Gen. 1:26-27, 2:7)
The Fall of Man
We believe that man who was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker by the voluntary transgression of Adam; fell from his sinless and happy state, and consequently all men sinned in him.
Furthermore, because of Adam’s sin, all men are totally depraved and partakers of Adam’s fallen nature and therefore sinners by nature and by conduct and under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Gen. 3:1-6; Tom 3:10-19; 5:12, 19)
The Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. (Gen. 13:15, Isa. 7:14; Mat. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Joh. 1:14)
We believe that the Salvation is Divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself as our Savior, that by the shedding of His blood in His death, He fully satisfied the Just demand of a Holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the cross that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting the believers in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with Divine Perfection.
Moreover, we believe that He is in every way qualified as suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior.
Furthermore, we believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God, prompted by the Holy spirit and is an integral part of saving faith.
The Resurrection and Priesthood of Christ
We believe in the body resurrection of Jesus Christ and His ascension into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our Mediator and High Priest. (Mat. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; Joh. 20:27; 1 Cor. 15:4; Mar. 6:6; Luke 24:2; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:6; 12:2; 7:27; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Joh. 2:1; Heb 2:17; 5:9-10)
The New Birth
We believe that in order to be save, sinners must be born again; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sin is made partaker of the divine nature and received eternal life, the free gift of God; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, that the new creation is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with Divine Truth; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. (Joh. 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Joh. 5:1; 2 Pet 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13; Joh. 3:8; Jam. 2:17; 1 Joh. 1:6-7; Col. 3:1-10)
We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that is bestowed, not in any consideration of works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through the faith in the Redeemer’s Shed Blood. (Rom. 3:24; 4:5, 5:1, 9; Gal 2:16; Phi. 3:9)
We believe that Sanctification is the divine setting-apart of the believer unto God, accomplished in a three-fold manner:
First: and eternal act of God based upon Redemption of Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts The Savior;
Second: a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the believer’s life;
Third: the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return.
(1 Joh. 3:2; Heb. 10:10-14; Joh. 17:17; 2 Cor 3:18; 1 Cor 1:30; Eph. 5:5-27; 1 The. 4:3-4; 5:23-24; Jud. 24-25; Rev. 22:11)
The Security of Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are assured of Eternal Life and preserved by God the Father for and in Jesus Christ. (Rom. 8:35-38; Joh. 10:27-29; Phi. 1:6; Jud. 1)
We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges, invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.
Moreover, we believe in the true missions of the church to be faithful witnesses of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has absolute right of self-government, free of the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the One and Only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that in all manners of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the Word of God through the local church is final. (1 Cor. 11:2; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Acts 2:41-42)
The Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that the Baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that is a pre-requisite to the privileges of church membership.
Moreover, we believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Act. 2:41-42;8:36,38-39; Joh 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Mat. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1Cor. 11:23-28; Mat. 28:18-20)
We believe in the obedience to the Biblical Commands to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy. (2 Cor 6:14; 7:1; 1The. 1:9-10; 1 Tim. 6:17; Gal. 1:8-9)
We believe that the civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ; Who is the Only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of kings. (Rom. 14:17; Act. 5:29; 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18; Ex. 18:21-22; 2 Sam 23:3)
Rapture and Subsequent Events
We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment, and that at that moment, the dead in Christ shall rise first followed by the living believers and together will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Moreover, both dead and alive believers shall put on immortality and incorruptible bodies as they are caught up in the air before the seven years of tribulation on earth.
Furthermore, we believe that the tribulation which follows the rapture of the church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the Millennial Kingdom. (1 The. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-54; Phi. 3:20-21; Rev. 3:10; Dan. 9:25; Mat. 24:29-31; Luk. 1:30-33; Isa. 9:6-7, 11:1-9; Rev. 20:1-4,6)
The Righteous and The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteousness and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God and truly righteous in His esteem; while all those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire. (Mal. 3:18; Gen.18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; 1 Joh. 5:19; Rom. 7:6; 6:23; Pro. 14:32; Luk. 16:24; Mat. 25: 34-41; Rev. 29:14-15)