Doctrinal Statement

Section 1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, and final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12,13.

Section 2. 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, having the same attributes and perfections. Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14.

Section 3. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
A. 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. John 1:1,2; Luke 1:35; Matt. 1:18,25.
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice: and that our justification is made sure by His physical resurrection from the dead. Rom. 3:24,25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5.
C. 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. Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; I John 2:1,2.

Section 4 . The person and Work of the Holy Spirit
A. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. John 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6; I Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14.
B. We believe the He is the Divine Teacher Who guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. John 16:13; I John 2:20-27; Eph. 5:18.

Section 5. The Total Depravity of 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. Gen 1:26,27; Rom, 3:22,23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-2,12.

Section 6. Salvation
We believe the 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 our sins. Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:18,19.

Section 7. The Eternal Security & Assurance of Believers
A. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 8:38,39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5
B. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15.

Section 8. The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures with provision made from victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Rom. 6:13; 8:12, 13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9.

Section 9. 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 by God. II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Cor. 6:14; 7:1

Section 10. Missions
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. Mark16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19-20.

Section 11. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
A. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all spiritual gifts for the purpose of edifying and maturing the believers. We believe that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established, and that the office of Apostle ceased with the passing of the original twelve Apostles. Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12.
B. We believe that God hears and answers the prayer of faith in accordance with His own will for the sick and afflicted. John 15:7; I John 5:14; James 5:14,15.

Section 12. The Church
A. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age. Eph. 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2.
B. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28:32; I Tim. 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11.

Section 13. Dispensationalism
We believe in the Scriptural dispensational view of Bible interpretation. Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:41, 42; Rev. 20:10.

Section 14. The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall, the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10.

Section 15. The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the “Blessed Hope” – the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. I Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 3:10.

Section 16. The Eternal State
A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men — the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment Matt. 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13.
B. We believe that the souls of the redeemed at death are absent from the body and present with he Lord where , in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2:21; I Thess. 4:16,17.
C. 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. Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; II Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 2:11-15.

Section 17. The Ordinances of the Local Church
A. We recognize two ordinances of the church for this age – the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. We do not believe that theses ordinances all one thing to the finished work of Christ accomplished upon the cross for our salvation but rather are steps of Christian obedience to the Word of God subsequent to salvation. Matt. 28:19,20; I Cor. 11:23-28; Acts 8:26-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4,5; Matt. 2:16; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12.
B. We believe that the ordinance of Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer who has given evidence of having been born again by the Holy Spirit ,and that it is a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the Crucified, Buried and Risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. John 3:3; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12.
C. We believe in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper in which all believers by the sacred use of bread and the cup are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ ‘til He comes, preceded always by solemn self examination. I Cor. 11:23-28.

Section 18. The Standard for Sexuality
We believe that God has instituted the marriage union, made up of one man and one woman, and that any intimate sexual activity outside of that union is sin. We believe that any form of adultery, bestiality, bisexuality, fornication, homosexuality, incest, lesbianism, and pornography miss the mark of God’s holy standard (Genesis 2:24; 19:5-13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 7:1-40; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4). Amended March 27, 2014

(Taken from the Constitution, Article IV)

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