Doctrinal Statement

  1. The Holy Scriptures

    • We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible which is the Word of God; that it is inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed; that it is the center of true Christian union; that it is the only criterion and authority of both church and individual for faith and practice.
    • By the “Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation. 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 inspired and are free from error, as no other writings ever have been or ever will be inspired. By “verbal” we mean that the very words of Scripture were inspired and not just the thoughts. By “plenary” we mean that the Bible was completely, fully and entirely inspired.
    • We further believe that the texts which are closest to the original autographs of the Scriptures are the Traditional Masoretic Text for the Old Testament, and the Received Text (known as the Textus Receptus) for the New Testament. We believe the Authorized Version (King James Version) is a true, faithful, dependable and accurate translation of the aforementioned texts. In view of this, the Authorized (King James) Version will be used in all church ministries.
    • We also affirm the crucial necessity of the study of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages for the study of Scripture. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 3:15, 16; 1 Thes. 2:13; Mt. 5:18; Rev. 22:18-19.
  2. The Godhead

    • We believe in one triune God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things; eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory; each with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being. Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:1, 26; 6:3; Jn. 1:1-2; Phil. 2:6; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gen. 1:2; Jn. 10:30; 1 Jn. 5:7; Rev. 4:11.
  3. The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

    • We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is eternally equal with God; that He became man by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth in order that He might reveal God and redeem man; that He lived a sinless life on earth; that He died at Calvary as a substitutionary, satisfactory sacrifice for sinners; that He was buried in and arose bodily from Joseph’s tomb; that He ascended to Heaven and was glorified as a man at God’s right hand, where as our High Priest He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate and is the only Mediator between God and man; that He is presently building His Church; that He will return in the clouds for His own before the Tribulation period; and that He will establish and reign in His Millennial kingdom on earth following the Tribulation period. Jn. 1:1; Mt. 1:20-23; Lk. 1:26-35; Jn. 1:14; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24; 3:18; 1 Jn. 4:10; Jn. 3:16; Phil. 2:7-8; Is. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:24-25; Heb. 12:2; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Mt. 28:6-7; Acts 1:9-11; 7:55-56; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1; Heb. 2:17; 5:9-10; Jn. 16:16-17; Mt. 19:28; 25:31; Is. 9:7.
  4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

    • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, in whom all believers are baptized into the body of Christ; that He indwells, empowers and seals them unto the day of redemption; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled.
    • We believe that He is the Divine Teacher and Helper who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. Jn. 14:16-17; Mt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; Lk. 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; Jn. 16:7-11; Acts 5:30-32; Jn. 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14, 5:18; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 24:49; 2 Thes. 2:7; Rom. 8:14, 16, 26-27.
    • By “baptism of the Holy Spirit” we mean that sovereign act of the Holy Spirit which takes place at conversion by which the individual is placed into Jesus Christ and His body. We do not believe that this baptism is accompanied by speaking in tongues, spectacular demonstrations, eradication of the sin nature, or sinless perfection, nor is it to be confused with the filling which may occur many times and is essentially a matter of yieldedness, the fruit of which is listed in Galatians 5:22-23. The gifts of tongues and healing were “sign gifts” given for Israel as an authentication of the manifestation of the Divine authority of God’s message and messenger, until the Scriptures were completed (1 Cor. 1:22). The supernatural “sign gifts” ceased at that time (1 Cor. 13:8; Heb. 2:3-4).
  5. The Personality of Satan

    • We believe that Satan is a supernatural person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. Is. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Gen. 3:1-15; Mt. 4:1-11; Jn. 8:44; 2 Pet. 2:4; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 6:12; 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:19-20; 20:10.
  6. Man

    • We believe that God created man in His own image and in a state of innocency; that through his transgression “sin entered into the world, and death through sin;” that, consequently, his posterity inherited a sin nature, being born in sin and under just condemnation without defense or excuse. When individuals become capable of moral action, they practice their sin nature.
    • We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man, materially and immaterially, was created by direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life. Gen. 1:26-27; Rom 5:12; 3:23; 1 Jn. 1:8; Eph. 2:3; Gen. 3:1-6; Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Ps. 51:5; Rom 3:10-12; Rom. 1:32; Jn. 3:18; Ps. 1:5; Rom. 1:20.
    • We further believe that human life and dignity, bearing God’s image, begins at the moment of conception and continues throughout life, regardless of the duration of time. Since man bears God’s image and since life is a gift from God, no person except God has the right to terminate it. We thus believe that abortion, euthanasia, infanticide and experimentation that in any way destroys human life or dignity is contrary to the will of God (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17; Ps. 68:20; 139:13-16; Prov. 6:16-19; Is. 49:1-5; Jer. 1:5; Lk. 1:21, 41; Gal. 1:15; Jas. 3:9). The Biblical, and only exceptions to this standard of right to life are those in which God gives the sanction. Examples for this would be 1) an act of war, which is duly recognized; 2) capital punishment, officially directed; and 3) justifiable self-defense. Gen. 9:6, 14; Ex. 21:12-24; Lk. 22:36-37; Jn. 19:8-12; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:13-14.
  7. Sin

    • We believe that sin is the transgression of or lack of conformity to the moral law of God; that not only Adam but his posterity descending from him, by ordinary generation, sinned in him and fell with him in his first transgression and that consequently all men are totally lacking in original righteousness and his whole nature having been corrupted together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it; that the penalty for sin is the condemnation and righteous wrath of God, to be eternally separated from His presence and to endure the awful torments of the Lake of Fire. Rom. 5:12-19; 3:23; 6:23; Lk. 16:22-26; Mt. 25:41; Rev. 20:14-15.
  8. Salvation

    1. Atonement

      • We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. Jn. 6:37; Eph. 2:8; 1:4; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14; 4:15; 1 Pet. 1:19; Rom. 3:24-25; Jn. 3:16; Lk. 19:10; Is. 53:4-7; 1 Jn. 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Jn. 10:14-18; 1 Pet. 3:18; 2:24.
    2. Election

      • We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves His chosen people; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, and trust in God; that it encourages the use of His means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel; and that it is the foundation of Christian assurance. Matt. 20:15-16; John 6:37-40; 10:16; 15:15; Acts 13:48; 15:14; Rom. 3:27; 4:16; 6:5-6; 8:28-30; 9:23-24; 10:17; 11:28-29; 32-36; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 4:7; 1:26-31; Eph. 1:3-14; Col. 3:12; 1 Thes. 1:4-10; 2:13; 2 Thes. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 1:8-9; 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 2:9; 1 Jn. 4:19.
    3. Freeness of Salvation

      • We believe that the offer of salvation is available to all through the gospel; that it is the personal duty of all to accept Jesus Christ as Savior through repentance and faith; and that one’s own sin, inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel is the reason for condemnation. We believe that salvation is made effective to man only upon his exercising of personal faith in, and the acceptance of the risen Christ; which faith is not a work of merit but possible only by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God. Rom. 6:23; 5:1-2; Jn. 1:12; 3:5-7; Lk. 13:5; Acts 16:31; 1 Tim. 1:15; Jn. 5:40; 3:18; 16:7-16; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5.
    4. Regeneration

      • We believe that regeneration is a divine and instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit, whereby God imparts a divine nature to one dead in trespasses and sins. Jn. 3:5; 1 Jn. 5:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:4; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10.
    5. Justification

      • We believe that justification is the judicial act of God, whereby He declares the believing sinner to be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ; that justification is the non-imputation of guilt and the imputation of the righteousness of God, whereby the believer’s sins are pardoned and he is made free from guilt and punishment; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. 2 Cor. 5:21; Acts 13:38-39; Rom 1:17, 3:24-26, 4:3-8, 5:1, 8:1, 8:33-34; Jn. 8:36; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7.
    6. Repentance and Faith.

      • We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation through Christ, we turn to God in unfeigned sorrow, receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior. Acts 20:21; Mk. 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Lk. 18:13; Rom. 10:9-10; Lk. 12:8; 1 Thes. 1:9.
    7. Sanctification

      • We believe that believers have been positionally “… sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
      • We believe that sanctification is a Divine and progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby God, upon the ground of the finished work of Christ on the Cross, His present intercessory ministry and His Divine Word, sets the believer apart and works out, in and through him, by means of a submissive will, that which is well pleasing to Himself through Jesus Christ.
      • We believe that complete sanctification culminates in the redemption of the body and complete conformity to the moral image of Christ, at the Rapture of the church. Heb. 10:1-10; Col. 3:8-12; Rom 6:13; 8:13; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 Jn. 3:2, 1 Thes. 3:13; Phil. 3:20-21.
    8. Preservation of the Saints

      • We believe that the true believer is eternally secure in his relationship to God through Jesus Christ. God has chosen and thus wills to keep His own children, and He promises to keep them. This security is also based upon the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jn. 6:39-40; 10:28-29; Rom 8:28-39; Eph. 1:4-5, 11, 13; 4:30; 1 Thes. 1:4; 1 Tim. 1:16; Heb. 8:6-12; 1 Peter 1:2.
  9. Heaven

    • We believe in a literal place called Heaven where God’s immediate presence is manifested, where the angels dwell and where the redeemed shall ultimately dwell, from whence Christ descended and to which He ascended again, where He makes intercession for the saints, and from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. Ps. 102:19; Eccl. 5:2; Is. 66:1; Mt. 22:30; Jn. 14:1-3; 16:28; Acts 1:11; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1; 2 Thes. 1:7-10.
  10. Hell

    • We believe in a literal place called Hell, the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, which shall be the place of eternal punishment of Satan, fallen angels, demons and the unbelieving dead.Rev. 20:15; 21:8; 19:20; 20:10; Lk. 16:26; Mk. 9:48.
  11. The Eternal State of the Righteous and the Wicked

    • We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
    • We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at 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. We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with spirit, 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 punishment. Rev. 20; Acts 24:15; Jn. 5:28-29; Lk. 16:19-31; 23:40-43; 2 Cor. 5:8; 1 Thes. 4:14-17; 1 Jn. 3:2.
  12. The Church

    1. The Church Which Is His Body

      • We believe in the one and true Church, the spiritual body and bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, composed of all those born again from the Day of Pentecost through the Rapture, into which believers are baptized in the Holy Spirit; that it is a New Testament institution, unknown to the Old Testament believers, established by Jesus Christ, Who is its sole Head; that it is empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; that it is Christ’s “body” for service and His “bride” for glory. Mt. 16:15-18; Eph. 2:19-20; 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; Acts 2:41; 1 Cor. 12:13; Acts 1:8; Eph. 2:10; 5:27.
    2. The Local Church.

      • We believe that the Church which is His Body is manifest through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its scripturally designated officers are pastors (bishops or elders) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: first, to make disciples; second, to baptize them; and third, to teach and instruct them as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right to self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only Head is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 14:23; 15:22; Rev. 1:11; 1 Cor. 11:2; 6:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11; Mt. 28:19-20.
    3. Ordinances

      • We believe that there are two ordinances to be observed by the church (1 Cor. 11:2).
      • We believe that Christian baptism by single immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is the Biblical mode of baptism and testifies to the believer’s faith in, and identification with, the crucified, buried and risen Savior; that baptism is necessary to the privileges of church membership. Mt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39; 2:41; 1 Pet. 3:21; Jn. 3:23; Mt. 3:16.
      • We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance by which believers remember and show forth the Lord’s death till He comes; that the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine are symbols of His body and blood; that it is for those who are saved, and in fellowship with the Lord; that it is to be taken only after solemn and careful self-examination. (See Article VII., Sec. 2). Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:7-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-29.
  13. Last Things

    • We believe in the bodily, personal, premillenial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that He will come before the seven-year tribulation period, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray, the time being unrevealed but always imminent, coming in the air and by resurrection and translation remove from the earth His waiting Church, then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world, afterwards descending with His Church and establishing His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years; at the close of which the wicked dead will be raised and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom. Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thes. 4: 13-18; 2 Thes. 2:1-4; 2:7-9; 1 Thes. 5:9; 2 Pet. 2:4-9; 1 Thes. 5:1-6; Rev. 3:10; Titus 2:11-13; Mt. 25:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Phil. 3:20-21; 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Mt. 24:3-30; Is. 9:6-7; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-22:6; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 6:12-18.
  14. Civil Government

    • We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and coming Prince of the kings of the earth. We believe in the separation of church and state biblically defined. Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 23:5; 5:29; Mt. 10:28; 22:21.
    • Women in Combat: We believe it is biblically wrong for women to serve volitionally or coercively in combat in the armed forces when men are available to serve. The pattern of the Scripture places the responsibility of protection on men. There is no exception to this, no place in Scripture where women were commanded by God to engage in combat. Men have the responsibility of leading, providing for and protecting the family, and women have the responsibility of submission, bearing children and helping the men. Women serving in combat situations have led to immorality, children conceived out of wedlock, and pressures to abort unwanted children. There are also dangers of spreading sexually transmitted diseases, demoralizing of the male troops, and lack of solidarity among men when women are present. These have all been affirmed difficulties. Gen. 2:20-25; 21:1-7; Exo. 3:7-10; 32:25-29; Deut. 20:1-9; 20:13-14; 34:9; Josh. 1:1-9; Ruth 4:13; 1 Sam. 1:19-20; 16:11-13; Luke 1-2; 1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:15; Titus 2:4-5
  15. Separation from the World

    • We believe in personal separation from the world; that since our citizenship is in Heaven, as the children of God we should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon his Name; walking in separation from this present world, having no fellowship with its evil ways, abstaining from all worldly amusements and unclean habits which defile mind and body, from membership in secret societies, from the use of unbelieving courts for the settlement of disputes between Christians, and from taking personal vengeance in carnal strife. Eph. 1:3; 2:6; 1 Pet. 2:11; Rom. 14:12-21; 1 Thes. 5:22; Jas. 4:4; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 5:3-4; Rom. 12:1-2: 2 Cor. 7:1; 6:14-18; Mt. 19:9; 5:32; Lk. 16:18; Mk. 10:11-12; Rom. 7:2-3; 1 Cor. 6:1-7; Rom. 12:18-21.
  16. Israel

    • We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the Holy Land and, after the completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the Second Advent of Christ. Gen. 13:14-17; Rom. 11:1-32; Ezek. 37.
  17. Marriage and Family

    1. Marriage

      • We believe that marriage is a gift and privilege from God, and that it is ordained by God for the fulfillment and prosperity of humanity. We also believe that marriage must be heterosexual, monogamous, and permanent throughout the life of one’s spouse. Gen. 1:27-28; 2:18-25; Mt. 19:3-6; Eph. 5:22-33.
    2. Divorce and Remarriage

      • We believe that divorce, and remarriage of a divorced person, is contrary to the Scriptures and is opposed to the will of God. We further believe, however, that God is a forgiving God, and that upon repentance and confession of that sin, forgiveness can be attained and fellowship can be restored with God. Those who are divorced, or divorced and remarried, who have settled the entire matter with God, may serve, with the approval of Pastor and deacons, in the ministries of this church with the exceptions of Pastor and deacons. Mal. 2:16; Mt. 19:3-6; Mk. 10:11-12; Lk. 16:18; Rom. 7:2-3; 1 Cor. 7:10-11; 7:39; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; 1 Jn. 1:9.
    3. Sexual Conduct and Standards

      • We believe that God has ordained the marriage relationship between a man and a woman as the only acceptable means for sexual fulfillment. We thus believe that homosexuality is wrong, that it is an abomination to God, and we reject it as an acceptable alternative to the heterosexual marriage relationship that God has ordained. We further believe that any and all sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship is wrong. Gen. 2:18-25; 18:20; 19:1-28; Lev. 20:13; Mt. 5:27-28; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 7:1-9; 1 Thes. 4:3-4; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 21:8; 22:15.
    4. Children

      • We believe children are a joyful gift from God given to a husband and wife. Children are given as a stewardship, and it is the privilege and responsibility of parents to bring them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” It is the primary responsibility of the parents to ascertain that their own children are receiving a complete education that honors God. This includes the areas of general education such as math, science, history, reading, etc. Further, the more important areas of training in Bible, doctrine, ministry, ethics, morals, and other teaching detailed in Scripture are crucial. Giving of the parent’s time and efforts in homework, Bible studies, practical Christian living and family devotions are methods necessary for proper training. Correct training involves scriptural corporeal punishment. Gen. 1:27-28; Deut. 6; Josh. 4:19-24; Ps. 127; Prov. 4:1; 22:6, 15; Mt. 18:1-14; Eph. 6:1-4.