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Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible. We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8).

The King James Version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use. The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

We believe that Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.

We believe that the Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate.

Trinity

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling all believers and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the Christian in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing.

Man

Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

The Way of Salvation

The Way of Salvation

We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of Jesus Christ.

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer.

The Plan of Salvation

The Church

The Church

We believe that the New Testament church is a local assembly of baptized believers who have voluntarily joined themselves together to carry out the Great Commission. The Lord is doing His work in this world through local churches. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. Christ is the only head of the church.

Ordinances of the Church

Ordinances of the Church

We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for local churches in this age (Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Biblical Separation

Biblical Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.

Return of Christ

Return of Christ

We believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. Believers will caught up to be with the Lord prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth.