What We Believe

      1. The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Old and New Testament Scriptures are the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and are, therefore, 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 and are preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic Text and in the Greek Textus Receptus.

      1. Dispensationalism. We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life that define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation (salvation has always been by grace through faith), but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.

      1. The Godhead. We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons in whose image mankind was made. These three, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and have the same attributes and perfections. (Gen. 1:26-27, Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14)

      1. The Person and Work of the Father.

        1. We believe that God the Father is the Father of all creation, the Father of the nation of Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Father of all believers in Jesus Christ. (Ex. 4:22; Mal. 2:10; Mat. 3:17; Acts 17:29; Gal 3:26).

        2. We believe God the Father orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is the author of salvation and saves from sin all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. By nature He knows, feels, and wills. (Psalm 145:8,9; 1 Cor 8:6; John 1:12,18).

      1. The Person and Work of the Son.

        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, 14; 2 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; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Peter 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; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2).

      1. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.

        1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Person of the trinity 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; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30).

        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; 1 John 2:20, 27)

      1. The Sinful State 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. Man is totally sinful 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).

      1. Salvation. 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. We believe that all sins are forgivable. We believe that in order for one to receive the gift of salvation, he must repent (change mind about his sin), believe on the finished work of Christ, and call on God to save Him. No amount of good works or inner moral purity can save anyone. We reject Reformed Theology (Calvinism) as heresy. (Matt. 12:31-32; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:9).

      1. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

        1. We believe that once a person is saved, he is kept by God’s power and remains secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 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; Titus 2:11-15)

      1. The Church.

        1. We believe that the local church, is a spiritual organism made up of born-again, baptized believers who are committed to each other in submission to the will of God. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 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. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

        3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or controls, and any affiliations, societies, organizations, associations, or agencies this church affiliates with to further the objectives stated in the Purpose Statement are not authoritative in matters of church practice or belief. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).

        4. We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience and means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

        5. We anticipate the day when the universal church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is realized and united by His coming.

      1. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts.   We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary and ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. U

      1. Separation. We believe that believers should maintain a godly testimony and live in such a way that that their lives do not bring reproach upon their Savior.

      1. The Second Coming 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.

      1. The Eternal State.  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).

      1. The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a demonic person, the author of sin and the instigator of the Fall of Man; that he was an angel created by God; that he in pride sought to usurp God, and he is now the open and declared enemy and imitator of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.

      1. Creation. We believe that God spoke the universe into existence and that man was created by a direct act of God from the dust of the earth.

      2. Missions.   We believe that the command of Christ gives clear direction to our life as a church concerning the Great Commission, to make disciples of all people everywhere.

        While these are not all our beliefs, these to represent the majority of them.  For a complete copy of the Statement of Faith, please contact us.