What We Believe
Statement of Faith
THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17). Every word therein is inerrant and infallible with no need of correction. the doctrine of inspiration is of little value apart from the doctrine of the preservation of God’s “words.” These words of God have been preserved for us in the King James Bible. (Psalms 12:6, 7; 78:1; 119:89, 103, 130, 140; Proverbs 22:21; 30:5, 6; Revelation 22:18, 19)
We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (I John 5:7-8). The Trinity is clearly taught at the baptism of Christ (Mt. 3:16,17); in the baptismal formula (Mt. 28:19); in the apostolic benediction (II. Cor. 13:14); and the teachings of Christ (John 14:6). God’s characteristics are displayed by holiness (Lev. 11:44,45; I. Sam. 2:2; Ps. 99:9; Isa. 6:3), righteousness (Ps. 50:6; 111:3; Isa. 51:8; Mt. 6:33), faithfulness (Ps. 36:5; Lam. 3:23; I. Cor. 1:9; I. Thess. 5:24; Rev. 19:11), mercy (Num. 14:18,19; II. Sam. 24:14; I. Chro. 16:34; Ps. 103; Lam. 3:22), and love (Ps. 146:8: Jer. 31:3; Jn. 3:16; I. Jn. 3:16, 4:8-19). God is omniscient (Job 37:16; Prov. 16:3,11; Ps. 139:1-6, 147:4,5; Heb. 4:13), omnipotent (Job 37:23; Ps. 147:5; Isa. 40:21-26; Mt. 28:18; Ro. 13:1; Rev. 19:6), omnipresent (I. Ki. 8:27; Ps. 139:7-10; Isa. 66:1; Jer. 23:23,24), eternal (Ps. 41:13, 90:1, 102:12,24-27; Isa. 44:6; Ro. 1:20), and the Creator and sustainer of all things (Gen. 1:1; Neh. 9:6; Job 38:4-10; Ps. 104:2-6; Isa. 40:12: Jn. 1:1-3; Rev, 4:11).
CREATION AND FALL OF MAN
We believe in the literal Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1; 2). We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocence until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state and became depraved, the result being that his posterity by ordinary generations are sinners and are involved in all the consequences of his fall (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19).
We believe that Satan was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and ambition rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:13,14; Ezekeil 28:13-17; I Timothy 3:6), thus becoming the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph.6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).
We believe We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22). We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19). We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb.2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2). We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; I. Cor. 15:42-58; I. Thess. 4:13-18).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God and the third person of the Trinity. He is the divine agent in creation (Genesis 1:2, 3; Job 33:4; Psalm 33:6; 104:30; John 16:13-15), inspiration (Acts 1:16; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21), and illumination (John 16:14-15; I Corinthians 2:9-14; Ephesians 1:17). The Spirit convinces man of his lost and condemned condition, and in making the Gospel plain. The Spirit regenerates (Titus 3:5), baptizes (I Corinthians 12:12-14), indwells (Romans 8:8-10), seals (Ephesians 1:13,14), fills (Ephesians 5:18), empowers (Acts 1:8), sanctifies (I Peter 1:2), anoints (I. John 2:20,27), teaches (Luke 12:12), guides (John 16:13), calls to service (Acts 13:2-4), and intercedes for (Romans 8:26,27). We reject the modern day Charismatic movement with its overemphasis on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, and its doctrinal aberrations (women preachers, loss of salvation, misunderstanding of Holy Spirit baptism, interfaith movement, prosperity gospel, etc.). This movement is carnal and demonic in origin.
JUSTIFICATION OF SINNERS
We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5). In the new birth the dead sinner receives forgiveness, becomes a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life – God’s free gift. The new birth is not a gradual process of reform, but a new creation (II. Corinthians 5:17, Gal 6:15, John 3:7). Evidence of the new birth are the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Salvation is freely available to all men by voluntarily turning from sin to Christ, but the offer of salvation can be resisted and ultimately forfeited through personal rejection, gainsaying, and opposition, as the god of this world blinds the minds of the unbelievers (I. Tim. 2:4-6; Titus 1:9, II. Tim 2:25,26; II. Cor. 4:4).
We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).
We believe that all true believers should be separated from all worldly amusements and unclean habits which defile mind and body (Luke 8:14; Ephesians 5:3-11; Colossians 3:17; I Thessalonians 5:22; I Timothy 5:6; I Peter 2:11); from unbelievers and false teachers (II Corinthians 6:14-18; II Timothy 3:5, II John 10) in spiritual matters; from the world itself (Eph. 5:11, I. John 2:15-17). True separation from the world is also separation unto God and is exemplified by a love for, and a desire to know more about the word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, a fear of God, obedience to the word of God and an earnest expectation for the second coming of Jesus Christ to deliver us from this present evil world.
We believe that sanctification effects a christlike change in the life of believers. This change occurs through the grace of God. Sanctification is not a perfect, sinless state resulting from a “second blessing” or “Spirit baptism”, but sanctification is a dedicated, surrendered life for Christ. Sanctification is cultivated by the Holy Spirit, the word of God, self-examination, obedience, self-denial, vigilance and prayer (I. Thess. 4:3, 5:23; Ro. 15:16; Jer. 1:5; Pro. 4:18; Jn. 17:17; II. Cor. 3:18; I. Jn. 2:23; Ro. 8:5; Mt. 24:42; Mt. 7:7-11).
We believe that the local church is a visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21). A local Baptist church administers Christ’s laws. Therefore, no local church has the right to make any resolution that is not in conformity to God’s Word. A church is executive, not legislative. The spiritual church, referred to as the body of Christ or bride of Christ, is made up of all Christians who have been born again during the Church Age and joined together by the Holy Spirit, in Christ (1. Cor. 12:13; Ro. 12:5; Eph. 1:20-23).
We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of believers in water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:13-16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 8:36-39). It is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12) and is prerequisite to membership in a local church congregation (Acts 2:41). The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, picturing Christ’s death until He comes again by partaking of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine. It is always to be preceded by solemn self-examination on the part of each participant. This blessed ordinance is to be observed as often as the local assembly of believers desires, until Jesus comes (Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 17-20, 23-29).
We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, bishops (pastors) and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy. Pastors are oversers of God’s flock; they are charged to feed the church (Acts 20:28); they have rule over the church (Hebrews 13:7,17), however they do not rule as lords, but as examples (1. Pe. 5:1-3). Deacons are to serve the church under the leadership of its bishop as he shall call upon them for the administration of business and spiritual matters concerning the church (Acts 6:2-4). We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the local churches (Matt. 20:25-28). We believe that Jesus Christ alone is the head of the church and that all Christian churches should be free to worship without interference from the government. (Eph. 1:22).
We believe that the command to spread the Gospel is clear and unmistakable. This command is given to the church (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15; Jn. 20:21, Acts 1:8, 13:1-4, Ro. 10:13-15). Local churches send and support missionaries (Phil. 4:15,16; II. Cor. 11:8,9). Missionaries are acountable to these churches. The example of the apostle Paul shows that mission work always leads to the planting of churches which are self-supporting, self-governing, and self-perpetuating (I. Cor. 4:15; II. Cor. 10:13-16, 11:2; II. Tim. 2:2, Ro. 15:28,29).
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the Church and the pre-millennial, personal, bodily return of Christ with His Church to establish His Kingdom on earth as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the New Jerusalem (John 14:1-6; I. Thess. 4:13-18; II. Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).