What We Believe
What We Believe
A. We believe that all Scripture, consisting of the 66 books of the Bible, is equally and fully inspired by God and inerrant in the original manuscripts. II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:16-17.
B. The Bible is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the Christian. We, therefore, interpret it literally and in its context.
We believe there is but one true and living God and within the nature of the eternal God there exists three persons, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), equally deserving of worship and obedience. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14.
A. Jesus Christ is God's only Son and He is God the Savior who came to Earth in human form for the salvation of man. John 1:1, 12, 14, 18.
B. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world and our justification is verified by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; I John 2:2.
4. Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit and His ministry is: convicting the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment and that He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and annoints all who become children of God through Christ; that He further indwells, empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers who daily surrender to Him. Ephesians 1:13-14; John 16:7-11; John 14:16-17, 26; Romans 8:9.
We believe that salvation from sin and God's judgment is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemptive shed blood of Jesus Christ, and not of human merit or works. Our salvation is a permanent and a once and for all possession. Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 10:27-30.
6. The Church
A. We believe that the Church began on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:1-4.
B. We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit ("baptism of the Spirit"), into one united spiritual body, the Church, the Bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head. John 3:6-8.
C. We believe that the Church, therefore, is a unique organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-again believers in this present age. I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 5:23-32; 2:11-3:6.
A. The ordinances of this church shall be: the Lord's Supper and Baptism.
B. The Lord's Supper shall be observed as a memorial of Jesus' death to be celebrated the first Sunday of every month when feasible. It shall be open to all fellow Christians. I Corinthians 11:23-32.
C. Baptism is administered by the Pastor. Having first given their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior to the Pastor and Board. Matthew 28:19-20.
D. Dedication of children shall be administered at such time as arranged by the Pastor and parents. 1 Samuel 1:19-28.
8. Conduct of Believers
We believe a true Christian will seek to live a life pleasing to God. Being devoted to the Lord in personal Bible study, prayer, church fellowship, witness, and missions. II Corinthians 5:17; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25.
We believe Satan is a literal spirit personality, fallen angel, and is the originator of sin. He was the seducer of our first parents, Adam and Eve, both our tempter and accuser, and the god of this world. Having been judged at the Cross, his ultimate end is the Lake of Fire. Isaiah 14:12-17; Genesis 3:15; Revelation 12:10; John 16:11; Revelation 20:10.
10. Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent, pretribulational, premillenial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. We believe that at the end of the seven-year tribulation He will return to Earth with the saints in power and glory to reign for a thousand years. Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6.
11. Eternal State
A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
B. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at physical death, absent from the body and present with the Lord where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
C. The souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:5-6, 11-13; II Thessalonians 1:7-9.