What do you believe? We believe...

Everyone knows that it makes a difference what a person believes.  Although each person has a different background, the Bible stands as the only source of eternal truth.  It is the Word of God that gives a solid foundation in a shifting world.








The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, "as it is in truth, the Word of God..." (External link opens in new tab or windowI Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God's preservation of His pure words to every generation (External link opens in new tab or windowII Timothy 3:16, External link opens in new tab or windowPsalms 12:6-8).

The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those texts of the original languages that we accept and use; the King James Version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use. The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (External link opens in new tab or windowDeuteronomy 6:4; External link opens in new tab or windowII Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (External link opens in new tab or windowJohn 1:1-2, External link opens in new tab or window14; External link opens in new tab or windowLuke 1:35; External link opens in new tab or windowIsaiah 9:6; External link opens in new tab or window7:14; External link opens in new tab or windowPhilippians 2:5-8; External link opens in new tab or windowGalatians 4:4-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 3:24-25; External link opens in new tab or windowI Peter 2:24; External link opens in new tab or windowEphesians 1:7; External link opens in new tab or windowI Peter 1:3-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ 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 (External link opens in new tab or windowActs 1:9-10; External link opens in new tab or windowHebrews 9:24, External link opens in new tab or window7:25; External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 8:34; External link opens in new tab or windowI John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling all believers and sealing them unto the day of redemption (External link opens in new tab or windowJohn 16:8-11; External link opens in new tab or windowII Corinthians 3:6; External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 8:9; External link opens in new tab or windowEphesians 1:13-14).

We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing (External link opens in new tab or windowII Corinthians 12:12; External link opens in new tab or windowI Corinthians 13:8; External link opens in new tab or windowHebrews 2:3-4; External link opens in new tab or windowMark 16:17-20; External link opens in new tab or windowI Corinthians 1:22, External link opens in new tab or window14:21-22).

Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the 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 (External link opens in new tab or windowGenesis 1:26-27; External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 3:22-23; External link opens in new tab or windowEphesians 2:1-3, External link opens in new tab or window12).

The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love (External link opens in new tab or windowPsalm 8:4-9; External link opens in new tab or windowColossians 3:9-11).

The Way of Salvation

We believe that the clear message of salvation is "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (External link opens in new tab or windowActs 20:21). We believe that salvation is "by grace" plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (External link opens in new tab or windowEphesians 2:8-10; External link opens in new tab or windowJohn 1:12; External link opens in new tab or windowI Peter 1:18-19).

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (External link opens in new tab or windowJohn 6:37-40, External link opens in new tab or window10:27-30; External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 8:1, External link opens in new tab or window38-39; External link opens in new tab or windowI Corinthians 1:4-8; External link opens in new tab or windowI Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1,2).

The Church

We believe that the New Testament church is a local assembly of baptized believers who have voluntarily joined themselves together to carry out the Great Commission. The Lord is doing His work in this world through local churches. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (External link opens in new tab or windowActs 14:27; External link opens in new tab or window20:17, External link opens in new tab or window28-32; External link opens in new tab or windowI Timothy 3:1-13; External link opens in new tab or windowTitus 1:5-11).

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. Christ is the only head of the church (External link opens in new tab or windowActs 13:1-4, External link opens in new tab or window15:19-31, External link opens in new tab or window20:28; External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 16:1, External link opens in new tab or window4; External link opens in new tab or windowI Corinthians 3:9,External link opens in new tab or window16; External link opens in new tab or window5:4-7,External link opens in new tab or window13; External link opens in new tab or windowI Peter 5:1-4).

The Ordinances of the Church

We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the Lord's Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for local churches in this age (External link opens in new tab or windowMatthew 28:19-20; External link opens in new tab or windowActs 2:41-42, External link opens in new tab or window18:18; External link opens in new tab or windowI Corinthians 11:23-26).

Biblical Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (External link opens in new tab or windowII Timothy 3:1-5; External link opens in new tab or windowRomans 12:1, External link opens in new tab or window2, External link opens in new tab or window14:13; External link opens in new tab or windowI John 2:15-17; External link opens in new tab or windowII John 9-11; External link opens in new tab or windowII Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

The Return of Christ

We believe the "Blessed Hope" of our Lord's return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. Believers will caught up to be with the Lord prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth (External link opens in new tab or windowI Thessalonians 4:13-18; External link opens in new tab or windowTitus 2:13; External link opens in new tab or windowI Thessalonians 1:10; External link opens in new tab or windowRevelation 3:10; External link opens in new tab or windowZechariah 14:4-11; External link opens in new tab or windowRevelation 19:11-16, External link opens in new tab or window20:1-6; External link opens in new tab or windowPsalm 89:3-4).

Our Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (External link opens in new tab or windowMatthew 25:46; External link opens in new tab or windowJohn 5:28, External link opens in new tab or window29, External link opens in new tab or window11:25-26; External link opens in new tab or windowRevelation 20:5-6, External link opens in new tab or window12-13).

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (External link opens in new tab or windowLuke 23:43; External link opens in new tab or windowRevelation 20:4-6; External link opens in new tab or windowII Corinthians 5:8; External link opens in new tab or windowPhilippians 1:23, External link opens in new tab or window3:21; External link opens in new tab or windowI Thessalonians 4:16-17).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (External link opens in new tab or windowLuke 16:19-26External link opens in new tab or windowMatthew 25:41-46External link opens in new tab or windowII Thessalonians 1:7-9External link opens in new tab or windowJude 6-7External link opens in new tab or windowMark 9:43-48;External link opens in new tab or windowRevelation 20:11-15).