WHAT WE BELIEVE

What We Believe

Concerning the Scriptures:


We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man, and therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their grammatical-historical meaning (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet.1:20-21).


Concerning the Trinity:


We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26.)


Concerning Man


We believe that Man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined to evil, and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; Ps. 58:3; Rom.1:20; 5:12-21; I Cor. 2:14).


Concerning Salvation


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; I Pet. 1:18-19).


We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:4-5).


Concerning Grace Living


We believe that the living of the Christian life is characterized and governed by walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). It is our belief, that as we walk in the Spirit, our lives will display the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).  


We believe that if our lives are displaying the fruits of the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these (Gal. 5:19-21).


Concerning Final Destinies


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).


We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence and there remain until the resurrection of the body at the rapture when soul, spirit and body reunited shall stand before Christ to be judged of their Christian works for the giving of rewards and they shall then be associated with Him forever in glory (I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:10; I Thess. 4:13-18).


We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection at the end of the millennium for judgment; the result of this judgment will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; II Thess. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15).


Concerning the Church


We believe that the local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ who are baptized on an acceptable profession of faith and associated for worship, work, fellowship, observance of the ordinances and for the spread of the Gospel to all the world. We believe the local church should have two offices, pastor and deacon, which positions are to be held by men only (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-42; 10:47-48; Phil. 1:1; I Tim 2:12; 3:1-13; Heb. 10:25).


We believe the importance of recognizing the unity of all believers. It is also evident that unbelief and doctrinal error has found its way into many churches. We believe that the pure gospel (faith in Jesus Christ by grace alone and not any man made works) should be the foundation for fellowship. We believe that loyalty to Christ also demands separation from those groups content to walk with or tolerate religious unbelief (II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-15; II Tim. 4:2-4; II John 10-11).