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Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the following Statement of Faith accurately represents the elementary teachings of the Bible that we "…should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3b)." 

 

  

 

The Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Scriptures (39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books) are the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God and are inerrant in the original writings, infallible and therefore the final authority for faith and practice. The Holy Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal, literal, grammatical-historical meaning. We believe that the traditional Masoretic Hebrew text and Textus Receptus Greek manuscripts, which underlie the King James Version (KJV), are the preserved words of God and consequently equivalent to the originals. Furthermore, we believe that the KJV of the Holy Scriptures is an accurate English translation of the preserved word of God and cannot be improved upon. Therefore, the KJV shall be the official and only translation of the Holy Scriptures used by this Church and all of its ministries (Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:89-90; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:35; II Timothy 3:16; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:21). 

 

Dispensationalism.  We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations-the law, the church, and the kingdom-are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6) 

 

The Godhead. We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three distinct persons which are one in essence-Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit-each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7) 

 

The Person and Work of Christ. 

 

1. 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. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8). 

 

2. 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 literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5). 

 

3. 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; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2) 

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. 

 

1. 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, indwelling and sealing believers unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14) 

 

2. We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27) 

 

3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Ro. 12:3-8; 1Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12) 

 

4. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. 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 prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22) 

 

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 human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Thus, man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:12,17-24; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19) 

 

Salvation. We believe that salvation is a gift of God, freely given to "whosoever will" and it is 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. We believe that those who have been born again have everlasting life and shall not come into judgment, but have passed from death unto life. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith. (Matt. 4:17; Luke 13:3,5; 24:47; John 1:12, 3:16,18, 5:24; Rom. 6:23, 10:13; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet.1:18-20,23; 1 John 1:9). 

 

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

 

1. We believe that once saved, the redeemed are kept by God's power and thereby secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5; 1 John 5:10-13) 

 

2. We believe that it is a privilege for believers to celebrate in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which also, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Hab. 3:18; Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13,16,24; 1 Peter 2:16; Titus 2:11-15) 

 

The Church.

 

1. We believe that the local visible church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27) 

 

2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Ac 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Ti. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11) 

 

3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4) 

 

4. We recognize water baptism (by immersion) and the Lord's Supper as the two Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26) 

 

Separation. We maintain the historic Baptist position of Biblical separation and reject the liberal and unscriptural religious trends of the day, such as, but not limited to: Ecumenicalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Neo-Evangelicalism and the excesses of the Charismatic movement. We believe that all saved persons should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercing and bodily markings. (Lev. 19:28; Ro. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Jn 2:15-17; 2 Jn 9-11). 

 

The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to (pre-tribulation) the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return (pre-millennial) with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6) 

 

The Eternal State.

 

1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Mat. 25:46; Jn 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev.20:5-6,12-13) 

 

2. 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. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6) 

 

3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment 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 and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15) 

 

The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is 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) 

 

Creation. We believe that God created the heaven and earth in six literal, 24-hour periods. We believe God created Adam and Eve as mature individuals. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, the Big Bang Theory, the Theistic Evolution and all such other unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11) 

 

Civil Government. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14) 

 

Practical Theology:

 

Human Sexuality.   

 

1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one 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. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4) 

 

2. We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23) 

 

Family Relationships.  

 

1. 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 the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men only are to fill the position of pastors and deacons of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12) 

 

2. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are "an heritage from the Lord." Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Pr. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor.7:1-16; Ep. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; He. 13:4; 1 Pe. 3:1-7) 

 

Divorce and Remarriage.  We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6) 

 

Abortion. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44) 

 

Euthanasia. We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment. (Ex.20:13, 23:7;Mat.5:21; Ac.17:28) 

 

Love. We believe that we should demonstrate love toward others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Mat. 5:44-48; Lk. 6:31; Jn. 13:34-35; Ro. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Ti. 2:24-26; Ti. 3:2; 1 Jn. 3:17-18) 

 

Lawsuits Between Believers. We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32) 

 

Missions.  We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20) 

 

Giving.  We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

Doctrine

How to Be Saved

   

The Bible says, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life..." I John 5:13. God wants us to know that we can go to Heaven, but we must do it God's way. Proverbs 16:25 is very clear about this: "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

First of all, we are all sinners, and must repent of our sins. Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." In Luke Chapter 13, verses 3 & 5, Jesus Christ Himself said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." To repent means "to change one's mind." In this case, one must change his/her mind, from thinking that one is not a sinner, and that sin is not so bad, to agree with God that he/she is a sinner, and that the penalty for sin is death. Romans 6:23a; "For the wages of sin is death..."

Now, you might say that you don't have much sin and you might think, "How could God condemn me to death for such a little offense." Well, suppose you have apple trees in your yard. You notice that two of them have apples on them and one does not. Does that mean that the one without apples is not an apple tree? No! It is an apple tree, and sooner or later the fruit will surface. In the same way...each of us are sinners. You see - we must believe God's Word. "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God," John 3:18. Again, in John 3:36, the Bible says, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

Secondly, God does not want anyone to go to Hell, and that is why He sent His only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sins. Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God loves us so much that He made a way for our sins to be forgiven. He offers His forgiveness and salvation freely. ",,,the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 6:23b. However, like all gifts, the gift of salvation is not yours until you receive it.

Thirdly, here is how you can receive Christ as your personal Savior. Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." You must believe in your heart and call on the Lord to save you. Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Why not pray right now, repenting of your sins (change your mind and agree with God), asking God to forgive you, and receive the gift of eternal life? If you do this, please contact us and let us know about your decision. We want to rejoice with you and offer you some assistance in locating a good Bible-preaching church to attend in your location.

 

If you have any questions about this message or salvation, please email our Pastor, Pastor

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