WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Bible as given in the original manuscripts, which constitute the inerrant Word of God in all
matters in which it speaks.
(
2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead: one God eternally existing in three equal Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(
Exodus 20:2, 3;1 Corinthians 8:6)

We believe in the deity, virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and imminent, premillenial coming of
Christ.
(Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 2:17, 18; 5:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit: It is He who calls and regenerates believers.  He baptizes them into Christ.  He indwells, seals and
fills the believer for service.
(
John 14:16, 17, 26; John 3:5, 6; Ephesians 1:13, 14)

We believe in the direct creation of the universe and man by God, as set forth in the Genesis account, and apart from any process of evolution.
(
Genesis 1, 2; Colossians 1:16, 17)

We believe in the fall, total depravity and guilt of the race of Adam, which for man's salvation necessitates the sovereign, divinely initiated
deliverance of the sinner by the grace of God in Christ.
(
Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12, 19)

We believe in the eternal salvation of all individuals who put their trust in Christ and His shed blood.
(Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24)

We believe in the unity of all true believers in the Church which is the Body of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:22, 23)

We believe in the local church as a company of baptized (immersed) believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel.  
The true mission of the church is to be found in the Great Commission: first, to make disciples; second, to baptize them; third, to instruct new disciples as He
has commanded.  It is to observe the ordinances of Christ (baptism by way of immersion and the Lord's Table).  We hold that the local church has the
absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations.  We also hold that local church's only head is to
be Christ through the Holy Spirit.  The ordinance of baptism is for believers only by immersion and is a prerequisite for membership in the local church.  
The offices in the New Testament local church are that of pastor and deacon.
(
Acts 2:41, 42; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 20:17-28)

We believe in the obedience to the Biblical command to separate entirely from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy unto God.
(
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 John 9-11)

We believe in the personal existence of angels, demons and Satan.
(Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 20:10)

We believe in the bodily resurrection, immortality and rapture of all believers at Christ's imminent coming.
(1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54)

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God's eternal covenant people and that she will be regathered in the Holy Land from her
dispersion among the nations and that she will, as a nation, be saved in a day at the Second Advent of Christ.
(
Genesis 13:14-17; Ezekiel 37)

We believe in the eternal life and blessedness of all believers and the eternal existence and punishment of all unbelievers.
(Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34-41; Revelation 20:14-15)

We believe in prayer as both a command and a provision of God.  It is the blessed channel by which blessings of mercy and grace are
appropriated.  It is essential to daily living and is the power behind comfort and effective service.  Accent in the early church was on the Word of God and
prayer.
(
Luke 18:1; Psalms 55:16, 17)

What we believe regarding human sexuality:

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a
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.
(
Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5,13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
(Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)

We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate
spiritual functions for men and women in the home and church.  
The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders
(pastors and deacons) of the church.  Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church.
(
Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)







Last updated: 10/3/2013