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Statement of Faith

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, plenarily and verbally inspired, and is the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21-22). The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used in the services and ministries of the church.


THE TRINITY

We believe in one God, the divine Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, eternally co-existing, equal in essence and attributes, yet distinct in office and activity (Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19-20, John 17:22-23).


JESUS CHRIST

We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16); in his pre-existence (John 1:1), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23), His incarnation (John 1:14), His sinless life (II Corinthians 5:21), His miracles (John 2, Matthew 8), His substitutionary atoning death on the cross (I Timothy 2:6), His bodily resurrection from the grave (I Corinthians 15:20), His high-priestly work in heaven (Hebrews 7:25), and His personal, visible, glorious imminent return to earth to set up His kingdom (John 14:3, Acts 1:10-11, Revelation 19).


HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, who convinces the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and regenerates, leads, comforts, enlightens, and sanctifies believers (John 14:26, John 16:7-11, 13).


CREATION

We believe that God originally created all things, not by evolutionary processes, but directly and immediately, and that He sustains and guides all things to their predetermined end (Genesis 1:1, John 1) (Colossians 1:17, Revelation 20-22).


SIN NATURE

We believe that man was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:16), originally sinless and pure, and sinned in Adam as the natural head of the race (Romans 5:12), and is now sinful by nature and by choice, and is in need of salvation (Romans 3:10-12, 23, Romans 5).


SALVATION

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ apart from human works or ceremonies (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5).


THE CHURCH

We believe that the Universal Church is a spiritual body of which Jesus is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that the local church is a company of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ; immersed on a credible confession of faith and voluntarily associated for worship, work, and fellowship (I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 5:22-23, Acts 2:41-47). We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances (Romans 12:1-2, I Corinthians 6:19-20, II Corinthians 6:14, 17, 1 John 2:15-17, I Timothy 2:9-10, II John 9-11).


THE ORDINANCES

We believe that the ordinances of the church are only two in number, baptism being the immersion of the believer in water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, thus symbolizing the believers precious experience of regeneration through faith, and his union in death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as set forth in Romans 6:3-11. The Lord’s Supper is to be practiced as a memorial of Christ’s atoning sacrifice (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6:3, I Corinthians 11:23 ff.)


INDEPENDENCE OF LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that the local church is independent and autonomous and must be free form the interference of any ecclesiastical or political authority (Acts 2:41-47, Acts 6, Mark 12:17).


ESCHATOLOGY

We believe in the resurrection of the body: the external existence of all men, either in heaven or hell, in divine judgment, in rewards or punishments and in the certain fulfillment of all Bible prophesies (I Corinthians 15, Revelation 20:11-15, II Corinthians 5:8-10, Revelation 22:12). We believe in the blessed hope and glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are Premillennial, Pretribulational in our belief as to when Christ will return. The Lord will bodily and visibly return for His saints at the rapture and then after their tribulation period will bodily and visibly return to the earth to set up His millennial kingdom. We then believe He will destroy this present heavens and earth and create a new heavens and new earth wherein dwells righteousness (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, Revelation 19-20)


PREACHING THE GOSPEL

We believe that we should be earnestly contending for the faith, once and for all delivered unto the saints, and that we should preach the Word, being urgent in season, out of season, reproving, exhorting, with all long-suffering in doctrine (II Timothy 4:2 ff., Jude 3).


GOD ORDAINED INSTITUTIONS

We believe God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) Home, (2) Church, (3) Government. Every person should be subject to these authorities, but all are answerable to God and governed by His Word. Each institution has its own biblical responsibilities and each should no infringe upon the other. They are equal in their respective biblical assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Romans 13:1-7, Ephesians 5:12-24, Hebrews 13:17, I Peter 2:13-14).


SEXUAL EXPRESSION

We believe God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance (Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, I Corinthians 5:1, I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Matthew 19:1-9)


MARRIAGE AND THE HOME

We believe the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in holy wedlock. God has further ordained that though men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, they have been given distinct and separate functions in the home and in the church. The husband is to be the head of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church (Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:18, I Timothy 2:8-15, 3:4-5, 3:12). We believe husband and wife should follow the guidelines for their roles in the home established in Ephesians 5:21-33, Colossians 3:18-21, and I Peter 3:1-7. Furthermore parents are entrusted with the children God gives them as His heritage and should raise them in accordance with the principles in His Word in order to endow them with Biblical moral values and raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:1-4).


DIVORCE

The Bible states God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried people can be forgiven by God and hold positions of service in the church and be used by God, they may not be considered for the positions of pastor or deacon (Malachi 2:14-17, Matthew 19:3-12, Romans 7:1-3, I Timothy 3:1-13).


HUMAN LIFE AND ABORTION

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life and is simply murder in Bible terms. No type or reason is justifiable for an abortion. We further believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift from God and must be respected from conception to death (Psalm 139:14-16, Isaiah 44:24, Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 20:15-18, Exodus 20:13, Exodus 23:7, Matthew 5:21, Acts 17:28)


LAWSUITS

We believe Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians of the church to resolve personal disputes. The church should handle such disputes themselves according to the guidelines set forth in the Word of God (I Corinthians 6:1-8, Ephesians 4:31-32).


GIVING

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe the Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of this tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:6-7, I Timothy 5:17-18, I John 3:17).


OTHER BELIEFS

This statement of faith foes not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. This statement of faith is the official representation of what this church believes and members must be in agreement with it. All teaching in this church should be in agreement with the statement of faith.