Our Beliefs

We do not set aside or undervalue any other doctrine of the Bible, but the knowledge, belief, and practice of the truths as stated in this Statement of Faith we deem necessary for sound doctrine and thereby require its acceptance for church membership. The following is an abridgment of the church doctrinal statement.

I. OF THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by Holy Spirit controlled men who were supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; that it therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; and that it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

A. By "The Holy Bible," we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.

B. By "inspiration," we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or will be inspired.

C. We recognize that the King James Version is trustworthy, accurate, and reliable, and we shall as long as this church stands require it to be used in the pulpit and in the Sunday school classroom.
Psalm 12:6,7; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5,6; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 24:44,45; II Timothy 3: 16,17; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-20

II. OF THE TRUE GOD

We believe that God is supreme in His person, eternal in His being, absolute in His attributes, glorious in His perfection, and sovereign in His will. God is the Creator of man and the entire universe, and He upholds all things by the Word of His power. We also believe in the Trinity. The Father is the fullness of the Godhead invisible; the Son is the fullness of the Godhead manifested; and the Holy Spirit is the fullness of the Godhead in His executive agency. Regarding the Trinity, they are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory. God in His person possesses Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and Immutability.
Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 3:16,17; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 12:4-6; II Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7

A. Person and Work of God the Father
We believe in God the Father, who is perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; He hears and answers prayers, and He saves by faith those who come to Him through Jesus Christ His Son. Psalm 99:9; Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 44:24; John 14: 13,14;John 3:16

B. Person and Work of God the Son
We believe that: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; that He pre-existed with the Father and became man, without ceasing to be God. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit, in a miraculous manner; born of the virgin Mary as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. 
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2

We believe that: He was sinless in His nature and life, and infallible in His teaching; He accomplished our redemption, making atonement for our sins through His substitutionary death on the cross according to the Scriptures; and He made sure our justification by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Peter 2:24; Romans 4:25; I John 2:2; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4

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; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; I John 1:1,2

We believe in: the "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to the earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
Zechariah 14:4-11; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6

C. Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person of the same nature and equal with God the Father and God the Son, that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains Satan until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He indwells the believers at the moment of salvation and is their constant source of strength and power; that He seals, guides, teaches, comforts, sanctifies, and helps the believer; and that He witnesses and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 5:3-4; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; John 16:8-15; Romans 8:16; 8:26,27; I Peter 1:2; Ephesians 1:13

III. OF THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence under the hand of his Maker; that by his own free choice and willful decision fell into sin and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God.

We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are totally depraved; that man does not possess any qualities whereby he might reconcile himself to God or save himself from the eternal consequence of sin. Man in his sinful condition is under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 2:8-9; Romans 3:10; 5:12; Galatians 3:22

IV. OF SALVATION

We believe that salvation of sinful man is wholly by God's grace and not by man's works: that Jesus Christ came into the world to make full atonement for sinners by His shed blood, His vicarious death on the cross, bodily resurrection from the grave, and ascension into Heaven again to intercede for believers; that man must personally repent of his sins and accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour to receive the free gift of eternal life and power over sin; that believers are indwelt immediately by the Holy Spirit of God upon faith in Jesus Christ; that man can be saved only once and that there is no other way of salvation for sinful man.
Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:9-10; Titus 3:5; Acts 4:12; John 1:12-13

V. OF ETERNAL LIFE

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept eternally by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe once saved--always saved.
John 3:36; 5:24; 10:27-30; I Peter 1:5; I John 2:24,25; 5:11-13; Jude 24

VI. OF THE CHURCH

We believe that a Baptist church is a congregation of saved, baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ, meeting together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, united testimony, and engagement in carrying out the Great Commission.

We hold that the local church has absolute right of self-government, free from the interference, control, or dictates of any religious hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that Christ is the one and only Head and Superintendent of the church; and that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Acts 2:41.42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18

VII. OF SEPARATION

We believe that it is not a prerogative of Christians, but an explicit command to all believers to separate themselves from all forms of godlessness, apostasy, compromise, and worldliness. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and that separation from all worldly and sinful pleasure and practices is commanded by God. 
II Chronicles 19:2; Amos 3:3; Romans 12:1,2; 16:17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; II Thessalonians 3:6; I John 2:15-17; II John 7-11

VIII. OF MISSIONS

Because all men everywhere without Christ are lost and bound for eternal punishment, and because men cannot believe in Him of whom they have not heard, we believe that we are debtors to all men and have the responsibility of giving them the gospel. We believe that the Great Commission was given to the churches, and that every believer must be a witness by life and word to tell all lost men about Christ; and we must support by prayer and financial aid those who go out that are sound in doctrine and of like faith and practice to represent us in other parts of the world.
Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:14; 10:14,15

IX. OF THE RAPTURE AND SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

We believe in the imminent personal, pre-tribulation, return of Jesus Christ for His Church, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ "shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump" and shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:42-44,51-54; Philippians 3:20,21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18

We also believe that the Tribulation, which follows the rapture of the church, will be culminated by the Revelation of Christ, with His saints, in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial reign.
Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:1-9; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 20:1-4,6

X. OF CREATION

We believe the Genesis account of creation is neither an allegorical nor figurative account but rather a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any {organic or theistic) evolutionary process; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness and not from previously existing forms of life.
Genesis 1:1,11,24-27; Genesis 2:21-23; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3; Romans 1:20; Hebrews 11:3

XI. OF SATAN

We believe in the personal existence of Satan, the Devil, who was created a perfect angelic being; who willfully led a host of other angels in rebellion against God before the world began; who is the author of sin, sickness and all false religions; who is the accuser of saints and tempter of all men; and who shall be cast into the lake of fire with his followers and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Job 1:6-12; I Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 12:9-12; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; I Thessalonians 3:5; Revelation 20:10; James 4:7

XII. OF HEAVEN AND HELL

We believe that heaven and hell are literal, eternal places, prepared of God; that every person has a soul of eternal duration; that heaven is a place of eternal joy and happiness for those who are saved by the grace of God; and that it is a place of God's preparation for His people. We also believe that those who refuse Gods’ grace and remain in their lost condition shall abide in hell forever, eternally separated from God.
Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; II Corinthians 5:8; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 20:10-15

 

This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.