What We Believe!

Statement of Faith & Doctrine

The Word of God
We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God in its entirety, written by men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, and that it is the sole authority for the Christian’s faith and conduct.   The King James Version of the Bible is the translation used by our church for teaching and preaching.  (2 Timothy 3.16-17; 2 Peter 1.20-21)

The Godhead
We believe in a personal God, who is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God is infinitely holy, being by His own nature incapable of sin, and absolutely sovereign working all things after the counsel of His own will.  (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:13, 4:24, 10:30)

God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the all wise and sovereign ruler of all creation, who sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  He is the Creator of all and the Father of those who have accepted redemption through His Son

God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of Mary, a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men; that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.  (Isa. 7.14; John 1.1-2; Gal. 4.4-5; Phil. 2.5-8)

God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature.  It is He who convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  He is the Restrainer of the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled.   (John 16.8-11; Rom. 8-9; 1 Cor. 12.12-14; Eph. 4.30)

Creation
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour days.  We reject any form of evolution, including Theistic Evolution, as an unscriptural theory of origins.  (Gen. 1-2)

Man
We believe that man was created in the image and after the likeness of God, but he by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy estate.  The resulting consequences are that all men are now sinners by choice and are therefore in need of salvation.  (Gen. 1.26-27; Rom. 3.22-23; Eph. 2.1-3)

Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith and that Jesus is the only way of salvation.  We believe that the Gospel makes the blessings of salvation free and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own voluntary rejection of the Gospel.  (John 1.12; Eph. 1.7, 2.8-10)

Eternal Security
We believe that those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior are eternally secure.  Their security rests in the finished work of Jesus Christ and all of the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Jn. 6.37-40; Rom. 8.1; 1 Pet. 1.4-5)

Heaven & Hell
We believe Heaven to be a real and actual place.  It is where the throne of God is, where Jesus is now, and where all the saved will be forever.  (Matt. 6.9; Heb. 8.1)   Likewise, we believe Hell to be a real and actual place.  It is the abode of the soul and spirit of departed unbelievers.  It is a place of torment and fire.  It is the lake of fire prepared for Satan and his angels.  (Luke 16.22-31; Rev. 20.11-14)

Christ’s Resurrection
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate.  (Acts 1.1-11; Hebrews 8.1)

Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the catching away of the Church, which is the “Blessed Hope” of the believer. It is the personal, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ when He will come in the sky to gather His Bride, the Church, unto Himself. We also believe in the physical return of Christ in His Glory, at the end of the seven-year tribulation, to rule with a rod of iron, and to establish and execute His kingdom on earth for a thousand years. At the end of the millennial kingdom, Christ will judge Satan and his fallen angels along with all the lost at the Great White Throne, from whence He will cast them all into the Lake of Fire for all eternity. Christ will then make a New Heaven and a New Earth, where the saved of every dispensation will dwell with Him forever.  (Ps. 89.3-4; Dan. 2.31-45; 1 Thess. 1.10, 4.13-18)

Scripture Ordinances
We believe that the Spiritual ordinances of the church are Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper; that they are to be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and as a testimony to the world of that belief and of their death, burial, and resurrection with Him.    (1 Cor. 11.24-25)

The Church
We believe that the visible church is a congregation of baptized believers practicing the New Testament principles, believing its doctrines, observing its ordinances, and exercising its autonomy.  We believe it is the responsibility of the local church to propagate the Gospel to the world.   (Matt. 16.16-19)

Missions
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the gospel to all nations.  As ambassadors for Christ, we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations with the gospel. We will admonish each member to pray for missions, give toward missions, go and accomplish missionary service when possible, and participate in sending missionaries to reach the lost. (Matt. 28.19-20; Mk 16.15; Acts 1.8)