What We Believe
The following is a summary of what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible to be perfectly true and it is the basis for our beliefs. For a more detailed list of our Statement of Faith, please contact the church office.
We believe the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to the end of Revelation, to be the verbally, and fully inspired Word of God. We believe the Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore the final authority for faith and life. We believe that God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used during church services. [Psalm 12:6-7; 2Timothy 3:15-17; 1Peter 1:20-21; 2Peter 1:19-21].
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. [Deuteronomy. 6:4; Matthew 28:18-20; John 10:30; 14:10,26 2Corinthians 13;14].
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, was virgin born that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men [Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; 1:14; 2Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8].
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead [Acts 2:22-36; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7; 1Peter 1:3-5; 2:24].
We believe that the Lord Jesus ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate [Acts 1:9,10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; 1John 2:1-2].
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural agent in regeneration, that He indwells, seals, and guides the believer [John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9-14, 26; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1John 2:26-27].
We believe that God is sovereign in the giving of spiritual gifts to every believer. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary [Romans 12:3-8; 1Corinthians 12:4-11; 28; 13:8-10; 14:21-22; Ephesians 4;7-12].
Sin and Salvation
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human 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 [Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19].
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins [John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; 1Peter 1:18-19].
The Local Church
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons [Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:41; 1Corinthians 12:12-14; 2Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:12-14; 22-23; 5:25-27].
We believe that the only prerequisites for membership is a clear testimony of faith in Christ's finished work on the cross and believer's baptism [Acts 2:41] and their purpose is found in the Great Commission: first, to make disciples; second, to teach them all that God has commanded [Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8].
We believe the church is to be independent and self-governing, the only officers are the pastor and deacons as the Head of the church is Christ. The only two ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's table. By believer's baptism we mean the immersion of one who confesses faith in Christ, and that baptism is done in obedience to Christ and is a picture of the believer's identification with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. Baptism is a pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of the bread and the fruit of the vine are to remember the Lord's death till He comes again [Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; 13:1-4; 20:28; Romans 6:3-5; 1Corinthians 5:11-13; 6:1-3; 11:2; 23-34; 16:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-12; Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5].
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We believe the Genesis account of the creation, is to be taken literally, and that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness. We reject humanistic evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin [Genesis 1,2; Exodus 20:11; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 1:2].
The Future Events
We believe in the future, literal and personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will rapture [catch away, "caught up"] His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. Then, at the end of the seven years, He will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. After the great white throne judgment of the lost, God will make a new heavens and a new earth where the saints will dwell with God for eternity [Psalm 89:3-4; Isaiah 65:17; Daniel 9:24; Zechariah 12:6-10; 13:1; 14:4-11; Matthew 24:29-31; Philippians 3:20-21; 1Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 2Peter 3:3-14; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-15; 21:1-27; 22:1-5].