OUR BELIEFS

 

The Trinity

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Gen. 1:1; John 4:24; 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14

 

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, to complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of man, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith, life, and conduct. 2 Pet. 1:20,21; 2 Tim 3:16,17

 

The Nature of Man

We believe that man was directly created by God in His own image and likeness. After Adam fell into sin, the entire human race became alienated from God and is therefore eternally lost. The natural man of himself is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12; Eph 2:1, 2; Gen 1:26

 

Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the author of sin and the cause of man's fall; that he is the avowed enemy of God and man; and that he is doomed and shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. Job 1:6,7; Eph. 6:11,12; Rev. 20:10

 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ being the eternal Word, one with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He died on the cross, thereby being a perfect and complete sacrifice for the sins of all mankind; and that He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He is now seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high and ever lives to intercede as our High Priest and Advocate. John 1:1,2; Luke 1:35; Heb. 4:14-16

 

The Atonement

We believe that without the shedding of blood there is no remission for the sins of all mankind, and that the shed of blood of Christ is the basis of the reconciliation of a believer with God. Rom. 3:24-26; Heb 9:22

 

Resurrection

We Believe that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave and that His resurrection provides the proof of out completed justification for all who believe. We believe in the physical resurrection of all men: the saints to everlasting joy and bliss, and the wicked to conscious and eternal torment. Rom. 4:24; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 Cor. 15:21,22; Rev. 20:4-15

 

Justification by Faith

We believe that men are justified solely on the basis of faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit which brings salvation and eternal life.John 3:3,5; Acts 13:38,39; Rom 3:24,25; 5:1,9; Col 1:14

 

Eternal Security of the Believer

We believe that all born again believers, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, are eternally secure in Christ and shall never come into condemnation for sin. While it is the believers privilege to rejoice in the assurance of salvation, this is not cause for license of liberty as an occasion to the flesh. John 10:28,29; Rom.8:38,39; Eph. 1:13,14; Gal. 5:13

 

Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, coequal with God the Father and God the Son, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, baptizes, seals, indwells, fills, enlightens, guides and empowers the believer for godly living and service. John 16:8,13,14; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:9-12; 3:16; 12:13; Eph. 5:18

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to all believers. Some gifts of the Holy Spirit are permanent and are to be used throughout the Church Age. Other gifts were temporary and were given in the Apostolic Age for the purpose of founding the Church. Having fulfilled their purpose, they are not necessary and are not given today. We believe the temporary gifts include the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, miracles, healings, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:13-14; 13:8; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:3,4; Mark 16:20

We believe that God does hear and answers the prayer of faith, according to His own will, for the sick and afflicted. 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Eph. 4:7-12; 2 Cor. 12:12; James 5:15

 

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this present age, is the body of Christ of which He is the Head. Its purpose is to proclaim the gospel of Christ and gather believers into local churches for worship and edification, and to equip for service, thereby planting new congregations though out the world. 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 1:22,23; 4:11-16

We believe that the New Testament teaches that local churches are to be free and independent under Christ to establish their own government, make their own decisions and determine their own procedures. This does not in any way hinder fellowship and/or working relationships with other churches of like faith and practice. 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9

 

Separation from the World

We believe that all redeemed ones are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 6:14; James 4:4; 1 John 2:16

 

Two Natures of the Believer

We believe that all who are born-again possess two natures, with provision made from victory over the old nature through the death of Christ and by the power of the indwelling Spirit.

We believe that all claims to eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Rom. 6:13; 7:14-8:4; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:1-10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9

 

Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the personal, pretribulational, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ for a vital influence on the personal life and service of the believer; and that Christ will subsequently return to the earth at the end of the tribulation with his saints to establish His millennial kingdom. Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:51.52; 1 Thes. 1:10; 4:16,17; Rev. 19:11-21

 

Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of every born-again believer to bear witness by life and word to the truths revealed in the Word of god and to help proclaim the gospel to all the world through missions and missionaries. Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19,20; Matt. 28:18-20

 

Dispensationalist

We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation, but we reject the extreme teaching known as "hyperdispensationalism," which opposes the ordinances of the Lord's table and water baptism for this age. Eph. 3:1-9

 

The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism as a confession of faith, and the Lord's table in remembrance of Christ, are ordinances to be observed by the during age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation. Matthew 28:19.20; Acts 8:12,38; 10:48; 1 Cor. 11:23-28