What We Believe

Cross on a green fieldWe believe the Holy Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) to be the verbal, plenary, inspired word of God (II Timothy 3:16). We believe that the Holy Spirit superintended the entire process of the writing of the original autographs so that they are without error (II Peter 1:20, 21), and that He has supernaturally preserved His Word (Psalm 12:6, 7; Matthew 5:18; I Peter 1:25). We believe that the Bible is the final authority and is sufficient for all matters of life, faith, and practice (II Timothy 3:16, 17; Psalm 19:7-9, 119:9-11), and that it is a living book that will change men’s lives (Hebrews 4:12). We believe that the best English translation, translated from the Byzantine manuscripts, is the King James Version, and it is the only version of the Bible used for all preaching and teaching.

We believe in one God with three eternal distinctions: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). They are identical in essence (John 4:24), co-equal in power, and all possessing the same attributes (Matthew 28:18; I Timothy 1:17), but separate in personalities (Matthew 3:16, 17).

We believe that the Son of God is eternal God (John 1:1, 2; 10:30; 20:31). We believe that the Son of God became the man Jesus, the Christ, and that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22, 23). He lived a life without sin because He had no sin nature (II Corinthians 5:21). By His death on the cross, He vicariously provided the necessary propitiation for our sins (Romans 8:1; I John 2:2; Hebrews 9:26; I Corinthians 15:3). After His death, He was buried and “He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:4). He is the only mediator between God and men (I Timothy 2:5).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is eternal God (I John 5:7). His current work in the world is to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). He was active in Creation (Genesis 1:2), and is seen at the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:16); He is active in the life of every believer. At the moment of salvation He indwells (John 14:16, 17), He seals (Ephesians 1:13), He becomes the earnest of our salvation (Ephesians 1:14), and He equips the believer for service in the church (I Corinthians 12:7). Throughout the believer’s life, the Holy Spirit fills or controls (Ephesians 5:18), comforts (John 14:26), teaches (John 14:26), guides (John 16:13), and sanctifies (Romans 8:29, Galatians 5:25) the believer. His work in the life of a believer is quenched by the believer’s acts of sin (I Thessalonians 5:19). We believe that the filling of the Spirit is not the same as speaking in tongues, which was a sign gift. We believe the sign gifts were for the purpose of validating the ministry and teaching of the Apostles and therefore they do not exist for believers today.

We believe that Satan is a created, angelic, spirit being with the attributes of personhood (Ezekiel 28:15). He wants to exalt himself above God (Isaiah 14:12, 13) and by the exercise of his free will in rebellion against God introduced sin into the universe. He is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), and seeks to deceive believers and render them useless to God (I Peter 5:8). He is identified as “the god of this world” and his work is described as blinding the eyes of them which believe not (Matthew 4:8, 9, II Corinthians 4:4, John 8:45). We believe that Satan is also identified as the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) which describes his temporary authority over the world system.

We believe in, and accept by faith (Hebrews 11:3), the Genesis account of creation accomplished in 6 literal days. We believe that God created all things, including man, for His glory (Colossians 1:16, 17). Our belief in the literal 6 day creation discounts all hypotheses of macro-evolution.

We believe that hell is a literal place of everlasting fiery destruction and punishment (Matthew 25:41, 46; II Thessalonians 1:9). We believe that hell (and the Lake of Fire) were created for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41), but unregenerate mankind will suffer eternal punishment there for their rejection of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:15).

We believe in a literal heaven where Jesus ascended after His resurrection (Acts 1:11). We believe that heaven is where Jesus went to prepare a place for all those who receive Him as their Savior (John 14:1-2). At this time, Jesus is also at the right hand of His Father in heaven interceding on behalf of the saints (Romans 8:34).

We believe that God created man in innocence, but with the capacity to exercise his free will either in obedience to God or in fulfillment of his own desires. By willful disobedience to God, man sinned (Romans 5:12, 19) and passed the sin nature to his posterity (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5); therefore, everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:10, 23). Man justly deserves condemnation (John 3:18, 36), and, apart from receiving Jesus Christ by faith, will stand before God without excuse (Romans 1:20).

We believe that salvation is entirely of the Lord (Philippians 1:6). We believe that salvation is a free gift from God; therefore it can not be earned by any work(s) of men (Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5). Salvation is based solely on the merit of the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24, 26). We believe that salvation is available to all men (John 3:16; II Peter 3:9), but not all men will accept it (John 6:64, 65).

We believe that salvation is received by grace through faith in the finished propitiating work of Jesus Christ on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead (Ephesians 2:8-10, I John 2:2, I Corinthians 15:4). For salvation to be received, an individual must be convinced of his sin nature by the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), must repent of his sins, and must call upon the name of the Lord (Luke 5:32; Acts 17:30; Romans 10:9, 10, 13; I Thessalonians 1:9; II Peter 3:9).

We believe that once a person is saved by God, his spirit is born again, he is in Christ, he is eternally secure and there is no chance of his entering hell or facing condemnation (John 3:3, 10:28, 29; Romans 8:1, 35-39; I John 5:11-13).

We believe that the local New Testament church is a visible assembly of professing believers in Christ baptized after their salvation (Acts 2:41, 47), united to serve each other and Christ in fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:12, 13). We believe that each member of the church has been equipped for service in the church by the Holy Spirit and is responsible to exercise his gifts within the church to edify fellow believers (I Corinthians 12:7, 25). We believe that the church was founded during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit empowered the church for service at Pentecost (Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:1-4).

We believe that there are two ordinances set forth in Scripture for the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We do not believe that the term sacrament applies to baptism and the Lord’s Supper because the term implies that participants earn special favor in their relationship to God, have grace imparted to them, by participating.

We believe that baptism is a public testimony of the inward change in a believer which identifies him with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4-5). Baptism is a condition for and an act resulting in membership in a local New Testament church (Acts 2:41). The only Scriptural mode of baptism is by immersion (Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:38, 39). Any believer that has not been baptized is living in disobedience to God.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial representation of the Lord’s death and testimony to the power of God in the resurrection (I Corinthians 11:26). The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to remember the great price with which our redemption was secured, and to remind the believer of the great hope of the Lord’s glorious return. Because of the severe consequences resulting from participating in the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy fashion (I Corinthians 11:27-29), We believe that the church should practice close communion, which would include believers from outside the local area who are members in good standing with another local church of like faith and practice.

We believe that the second coming of the Lord will begin with the premillenial, pretribulation rapture of the church where believers from the current dispensation, the church age, will be “caught-up” to meet the Lord in the air (I Corinthians 15:51, 52; I Thessalonians 4:16-18). The Lord’s return is imminent because there is no prophetic event that must be fulfilled prior to the rapture of the church (Mark 13:32-33). At the rapture, Jesus will appear bodily in the air and will be visible to believers (Acts 1:11).

We believe that the rapture will precede the literal seven year tribulation period when God will once again deal primarily with Israel (Daniel 9:27). During the tribulation, while those on earth are facing God’s wrath, believers will be judged and rewarded according to their works at the Judgment Seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). At the end of the tribulation period, Jesus Christ will return to the earth and set His feet on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:3, 4) which will usher in the dispensation of the millennial reign of Christ on the earth (Revelation 20:6). At the end of the millennial reign Satan and all unregenerate mankind will be judged for their works and cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).