We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be without contradiction, the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe that God not only inspired every word, but that He has preserved them through the ages in the original texts (Hebrew- Masoretic and Greek- Textus Receptus). We believe that the King James Version is the best translation of God’s preserved Word for the English-speaking people and is the only acceptable English translation to be used in our ministry. It is the sole authority for the Christian’s faith and conduct.
(Psalm 12:6,7; Matthew 24:35; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21)
We believe in one God; Who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance; yet manifests Himself to man in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are equal and execute distinct but harmonious offices. He is the Creator of all things and the Sustainer of all things.
(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4; Psalm 9:7; Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; John 10:30; 14:26; Acts 5:3,4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4; 5:7).
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind, and Lord over all creation. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin-born, and Holy Spirit conceived. We accept by faith that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice which is the only acceptable atonement for the sin of this world. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His bodily resurrection from the grave. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes on our behalf. He is now waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, which is followed by His physical return seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years.
(Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18-25, 28:5,6,18; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 3, 14, 18, 29; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 3:19-25; 5:6-15; 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:25, 26, 9:11, 12, 24-28; 10:10; I Peter 1:18, 19, 2:2; I John 1:1-3, 7; Revelation 20:1-6)
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind; however, we believe He has a special ministry that began at Pentecost and will continue until the rapture. This ministry includes reproving the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, regenerating, indwelling, sanctifying, guiding, and teaching the things of God to all who receive Christ as personal Savior. He is the seal of all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ until the redemption of the purchased possession.
(Genesis 1:2; John 3:5-6; 14:16, 26; 16:8-13; Acts 1:5; 11:15; Romans 8:1-4, 14,16; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:13; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:9,18; Titus 3:5)
We believe that God is absolutely sovereign, and that in His sovereignty He gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation He has provided. We believe that salvation is the gift of God, plus nothing and minus nothing. It is brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that this faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ results in a new birth into the family of God. The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; which is instantaneous, not a process. We believe that God is not willing that any should perish. He foreknows who will be saved, but does not predetermine any man to be saved or condemned; His predestination is only to service. God permits man’s destiny to depend upon man’s choice. We believe that all true believers possess the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, son-ship in the family of God, the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish.
We believe that the extremes of Calvinism and Arminianism are both unbiblical.
(John 1:12; 3:16-18; 10:28-30; Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:1,7,13,14; 2:8,10; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:18,19, II Peter 3:9; I John 5:9-13)
We believe that man was created by God in His own image and is in no way a product of evolution. We believe that man lost his holy, moral nature at the time of Adam’s disobedience. All men since are born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor. We believe that man is a sinner not only by nature, but also by choice, and that he is totally depraved and incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power until he is born from above by the Spirit. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who accept Jesus Christ as Saviour will without exception be forgiven of their sin and redeemed, and that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire.
(Genesis 1:26, 27; 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; 5:6-12, 17-21; 6:23; 10:9,10; Ephesians 2:1-3,8,9,12; Titus 3:5,6; Revelation 20:11-14)
We believe that the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized (single immersion) according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, observance of the two ordinances of baptism and Lord’s Supper, and fulfillment in the Great Commission. The local church has the absolute right and biblical necessity of self-government, free from interference by any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. We believe that the one and only head of the church is Jesus Christ. The officers in a New Testament church are two: the Pastor (Bishop and Elder), and the deacons. Only men are to hold these offices.
(Matthew 16:16-18; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:15; 2:41-43; 11:15; 20:28; I Corinthians 11:17-34; 15:51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; 5:25-30; Philippians 1:1,4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:1-15)
We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe that the Second Coming of Christ is in two phases: the pre-tribulational rapture of the church and the pre-millennial revelation of Jesus Christ to rule and to reign. The time of the rapture is unrevealed but always imminent. It will be in two phases: the resurrection of dead saints followed immediately by the translation of living saints to be eternally with Christ. We believe the rapture of the church will be followed by the seven-year tribulation which is to be followed by the return of Christ to the earth and His literal reign of 1,000 years over all nations. Following this one-thousand-year reign is the Great White Throne judgment.
We believe that the spirits of the saved, at death, go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, and that at His second coming their works will be judged and rewards determined at the Bema or Judgment Seat of Christ. We believe that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged at the Great White Throne, and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment. We believe that after the Great White Throne Judgment, heaven and earth will pass away, God will make all things new, and we shall enter into the eternal state to be forever with the Lord.
(Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51-58; II Corinthians 5:6-10; Colossians 3:4; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:1-9; Revelation 6-9; 19-22)
We believe that Satan, the deceiver, is a real personality, the god of this age. He was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore, is destined to eternity in the lake of fire along with his angels.
(Job 1:6-12; 2:1-8; Matthew 4:1; John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; I John 3:8; 4:4; 5:18; Revalation 20:1-10).
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. As Christians, we are to refrain from immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings, and we are to withdraw from every brother who actively participates in such things.
Furthermore, there are certain present trends in doctrine and practice that lead to discrediting the Bible and undermining the fundamentals of the faith. We stand against all such trends. Our churches will not pursue any of the following: Neo-orthodoxy, Neo-evangelicalism, the Ecumenical Movement, the Charismatic Movement, or have any association with the National Council of Churches or the World Council of Churches.
(Leviticus 19:28; Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Thessalonians 3:6; I Timothy 6:3-5; II Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 3:10; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)