Doctrinal Statement

What We Believe:

THE BIBLE
We believe that the Holy Bible is inspired by God.  Its 66 books, as originally written, are without error, in part or in their entirety.  The Bible is the only true source of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions are tried.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)


GOD
We believe that there is only one living and true God, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth.  He is both loving and holy, and worthy of all honor, confidence, obedience and love.  In the unity of this eternal God there are three persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.  They are equal in every way, yet carry out distinct but harmonious offices in the salvation of humankind.  (Exodus 20:2; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11)


THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the divine personality of the Holy Spirit.  He was active in the creation of the world, and now actively restrains Satan until God’s purposes are fulfilled.  In addition, He currently convicts people of sin, of what is right and of the judgment to come.  Bearing witness to the truth of the Bible, He is the active agent in salvation, after which He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses to and sanctifies the Christian.  (Matthew 28:19; John 1:33, 14:16, 26; Romans 8:14-27)


THE DEVIL
We believe that Satan is a real being - the unholy god of this age.  He is the leader of all the powers of darkness and is destined for eternal judgment in the lake of fire.  (Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)


CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of Creation, that in six twenty-four hour days God created the entire earth, the climax of which was the formation of man in His own image, without any type of evolution.  (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3)


THE FALL OF HUMANITY
We believe that Adam and Eve were created innocent, but voluntarily sinned.  In consequence, every person is now a sinner, not only by birth, but also by choice, and is therefore under the justified condemnation of God.  (Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32)


THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that Jesus Christ was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, as no other person can ever be born.  Therefore, He is both the Son of God and God the Son.  (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:1)


THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that salvation is entirely of God’s grace, without any consideration for humanly “righteous” works one may have done.  It is provided solely by the physical death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  By His death, He made full payment for sin, not simply by setting an example or becoming a martyr, but by voluntarily substituting Himself - the just dying for the unjust.  Having paid the price for sin, He arose bodily from the dead, and as our all-sufficient Savior, He is in heaven interceding for His people.  (John 3:16, Acts 1:9-11; Romans 3:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 2:14, 17)


SALVATION BY GRACE
In order to become a Christian, one must be “born again.”  This new birth makes one a new creation in Christ Jesus.  The transition one who was “dead in sin” to one who has been pardoned by God and eternally alive in Christ is instantaneous.  While this transformation is above human comprehension, it is achieved by the Holy Spirit, bringing about a person’s voluntary obedience to the gospel, so that its evidence appears in repentance from sin, faith in Christ and a new manner of life.  God’s only requirement is for one to become saved by faith in Jesus Christ.  All who are truly born again are eternally kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.  (John 3:3, 6-8, 16; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 5:1, 9, 6:23, 8:1, 35-39; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:4)

THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a local church is a group of baptized (by immersion) believers in Jesus Christ, governed by the Bible, and associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel.  Its officers are pastors and deacons.  Its true mission is to witness of Christ’s salvation to all people.  It observes the ordinances of baptism and communion.  The local church has the right of absolute self-government under the leadership of Christ and through the influence of the governing Elders.  While churches may cooperate with one another in defending their faith and the spread of the Gospel, the sole judge of the measure or method of cooperation, and of all other matters of membership, practice, government, discipline, caring for others, etc., rests with the leadership. (Acts 2:41-42, 15:13-18, 20:17-28; 1 Corinthians 11:2, 23-28; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11, 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-7)

THE CHRISTIAN AND THE NON-CHRISTIAN
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the unrighteous.  The righteous have found faith in Christ and are justified by Him.  They have been made positionally righteous. In contrast, all who continue in unbelief are, in God’s sight, under His curse.  This distinction holds true among all persons, both in life and after death, in the everlasting glory of those saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Matthew 25:34-41; Luke 6:25; John 8:21; Romans 6:17-18, 23; 7:6; 1 John 5:19)


CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and order of human society, and that leaders are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except with regards to that which is in opposition to the will of Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 4:19, 5:29, 23:5)


THE PRE-MILLENNIAL RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS
We believe that the next divine event to occur will be the Rapture (taking away to heaven) of believers from the world, followed by seven years of Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon and the re-establishment of David’s kingdom upon the earth for one thousand years, during which time Satan will be bound.  After this time, Satan will be loosed and will raise insurrection against God, leading to the Great White Throne judgment and the eternal damnation of Satan, his hosts and those persons who have followed him.  Following this judgment, God will wipe away all tears, create a new heaven and earth, and establish His kingdom forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Philippians 3:20-21; Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29-30; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 19-20)