Statement of Faith
This church holds the following Articles of Faith as being a summary of Christian doctrine whose authority consists only in its agreement with the Word of God. This document 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 Articles of Faith stated accurately represent the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, are binding upon all members.
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We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore, are the sole authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. We believe the Holy Bible as translated in the Authorized King James Version which shall be the official and only translation used by the Church (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Ps. 12:6-7).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).
That the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively, in which God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day Age Theory and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. We believe that God created man in His own image, that all animal and vegetable life were made directly, and as God ordained should bring forth only "after their kind" (Gen. 1-2; Ex.20: 11).
The Person & Work of Jesus 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 (Isa. 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14:2; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His vicarious death on the cross, and, that our justification is made sure by His shed blood and His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Heb. 9:22).
- 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 1:8-10; Heb. 9:24, 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Person & Work of The Holy Spirit
- 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 each believer at the very moment of salvation and sealing them 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).
- 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).
- 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 (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12).
- 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 prayers of believers for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:22, 13:8, 14:21-22).
The Total Depravity of Man
That man was created in the image and likeness of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, are sinners in thought, word and deed. Therefore, man is totally depraved and, of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19).
The Freedom of the Will
The human will is free and self controlled, having power to yield to the influence of truth and the Spirit and live, or to resist them and perish (Rev. 22:17; Rom.10:3; Rom. 6:16).
We believe that 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. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith without the deeds of the law regardless of the dispensation of time. Therefore, all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God (John 1:12; Rom. 10:9, 10; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
Repentance & Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are two inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God. Repentance being the turning from sin (this is to say that there is a change in the heart and mind toward sin which will produce a change in action/direction) to God, and faith being the personal acceptance of Christ as Saviour (Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Acts 20:18- 21; Eph. 2:8; Acts 2:37-38; Rom. 10:9-10).
- We believe that all redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. Once a person is born into the family of God, it is impossible for them to be lost (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4- 8; 1Peter 1:4-5).
- 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, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
- We believe that the New Testament Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is a local, visible, autonomous congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. Furthermore, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus (Matt. 18:17, 28:20; Acts 2:41-47, 13:1-4; 1 Cor. 1:1-13, 11:2; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1).
- We believe the true mission of the Church is found in the Great Commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the Church; third, to teach and instruct as He commanded (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:37; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:8).
- We recognize water baptism and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the Church in this age. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Ghost to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the Church by the sacred use of the bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination (Matt. 28:19; John 3:22-23; Acts 2:41- 42, 8:36-39; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 11:26, 28).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in that "blessed hope", the personal imminent return of Christ who will rapture His Church prior to the seven year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return, with His saints, to establish His millennial kingdom on Earth (Ps. 89:3, 4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1Cor. 15:51-54; 1Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6).
Resurrection, Judgment and Final Retribution
- The Scriptures teach us the resurrection of all men. The saved go to Heaven as soon as they die, but do not receive their resurrected bodies until all Christians do at the return of Jesus Christ for His Church at the Rapture. They will then stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive their rewards that Christ has promised for those who labor with Him. After ruling and reigning with Christ for 1,000 years, they will then enjoy as eternity in the literal new Heavens and new Earth. Those who die without Christ will go straight to Hell to await the final Great White Throne Judgment where they will be sentenced to spend eternity in the literal Lake of Fire and Brimstone (John 14:1-3; 1Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 5:10; 1Cor. 15:51-57; 1Cor. 3:11-15; 2Cor. 5:10; Matt. 25:41, 46; Rev. 20: 11-15).
- We believe the Scriptures declare that Heaven is a definite place reserved for the saved. It is indescribably beautiful, and the eternal reward that God has for all those who have been born again (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10, 11; Rev. 21:1, 2).
- We believe the Scriptures tell us that Hell is a terrible, eternal reality for all who die in their sins. The Bible states the fire and torment of Hell to be an inescapable, eternal reality (Matt. 25:41; Luke 16:23, 28; Rev. 19:20, 20:10).
We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. He is the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and Christ, the accuser of the saints, author of all false religions, and his destiny is to 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).
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; 2Cor. 5:20).
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: one, the home; two, the Church; three, 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 responsibilities under God (Rom13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1Pet. 2:13-14).
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local Church financially. 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 the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1Cor.16:2; 2Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1Tim. 5:17-18; 1John 3:17).
Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage
We believe God designed marriage to be the lifelong and exclusive union of a man and woman to satisfy God-given longings for companionship and procreation; that He commissioned the family as the basic unit of society; that a family begins when a man and a woman become husband and wife, grows as children are born to them, and is the primary sphere within which children are to be nurtured and trained.
We believe God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery in the eyes of God. If there is a divorce, the Word of God says that the divorced spouses are to remain unmarried or be reconciled. 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. 19:2-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1Cor. 7:10-11; 1Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a 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 (Gen. 2:24; Gen.19:5; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1Cor. 5:1, 6:9; 1Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
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 mental well being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5, 139:14-16; Is. 44:24, 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
We believe mankind was made in the image of God; that every person is a descendent of Adam through Noah and his sons, from whom the races came; that unkind and unjust behavior toward someone on the basis of circumstances of birth is oppressive and forbidden by the Bible; and that the presence of racist notions among believers is especially abhorrent to God because all who are in Christ are one body, with each member being equally indwelt and cherished by Christ, who is no respecter of persons (Gen. 1:26, 8:15-18; Acts 17:26, 10:34-35; 1Cor. 12).
What We Believe
We have been asked many times concerning the doctrine and beliefs of our Church. Of course, the simplest statement of faith that we could make is this: "We believe the whole Bible from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21." However, we believe that it would be good to set forth some of the things which are most surely believed, not in an effort to establish a new set of articles of faith, but rather to make plain some of the things that we believe.
There are five words that fairly set forth what we believe. Those words are Baptist, Fundamental, Premillenial, Missionary and Independent.
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We Are Baptist
By this we mean that we hold to the historic beliefs and practices which have prevailed among Baptists from the time of Jesus. In every period of time, since Christ established His Church during His earthly ministry, there have been Churches who were Baptist in Faith and Practice. They did not always wear the name Baptist, but they believed and practiced Baptist doctrine, which is none other than Bible doctrine.
Baptists did not come out of the reformation under Martin Luther, for they were never a part of the Catholic Church. In fact, Baptists were on the scene long before the Catholic Church ever came into existence. For those who are interested in studying more on this subject, we highly recommend The Trail of Blood, by J.M. Carroll.
We do not believe in a so-called "Universal Invisible Church." We believe that Jesus established a local, visible Church, and we are sure that this is the only kind of true Church that is in existence today.
We Are Fundamental
By this we mean that we accept the so-called fundamentals of the faith as opposed to modernism which denies the fundamentals of the faith. We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures, the Genesis account of creation, the Virgin Birth of Christ, His sinless life, His blood atonement, His glorious bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His Second Coming.
When we say that we are fundamental, we do not mean that this is all that we believe; because we do believe every doctrine and truth in the Word of God without any reservation. No Church or Christian has any right to single out any doctrine of the Word of God and say that it is non-essential. If any of it was non-essential, then God would not have wasted the space by putting it in the Bible.
We Are Premillenial
We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back before the Millennial Kingdom is established. Under the government of man, the world is growing worse and worse morally. This is a fulfillment of Scriptures which says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." 2 Timothy 3:13
When Christ shall come in the air, "the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain (the living Christians) shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1Thessalonians 4:16, 17). Then the Anti-Christ will be manifested here upon the earth and the seven years of tribulation shall begin. At the end of the seven years of tribulation, the Lord will return with His saints and utterly defeat the armies of the Anti-Christ. Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit, and the Lord will establish His kingdom here on earth and reign for a thousand years (see Revelation 19-21).
We Are Missionary
Every true New Testament Baptist Church should be missionary. Jesus gave the command to His Church in Matthew 28:18-20, that they were to "teach all nations." He also said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). He also said, "ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8). If people are to be saved, they must hear the Word of God. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!...So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (Romans 10:13-15, 17). To be obedient to Christ, we must send missionaries to the foreign field (any place we cannot physically reach) while we are missionaries on the home field (those places we can physically reach). It is not enough to be a missionary in name, but we must be missionary in practice. This means that we should pray for missions, and support missions with the finances that God has placed in our hand. We receive a mission offering every week. We support sound Bible believing missionaries. Instead of sending the money to some denominational headquarters where 80% or 90% of it is used up in administration costs, we send it directly to the missionary. This way he gets 100% of the money and not just 10% or 20%.
We Are Independent
We are not independent to do as we please, but we are independent in order that we might do as God pleases. God forbid that we should ever want to be independent from God. We are not "affiliated with" nor do we "belong to" any association or convention. Jesus established the local New Testament Church, and we do not believe that He established any convention or association to lord it over the Churches. It is our contention that a true Church cannot Scripturally join anything nor become affiliated with any outside religious organization.
Churches may work together in the work of Christ, but should beware of entangling alliances which bring them under the denomination boards and denominational secretaries. Conventions, associations, and other like denominational organizations are usually started by men of good faith, but they enter into such organizations without one verse of Scriptural authority. Eventually these extra-Scriptural organizations become citadels of compromise and doctrinal laxness, with an insatiable desire to dominate and lord it over the Churches.
During the period of time covered in the books of Acts, the greatest evangelistic missionary effort in the history of Christianity may be seen. In those days, travel was slow. Radio, television, and even the printing press was unheard of, yet the Gospel spread like a flame. In no other period of Church history was so much done by so few. In 30 short years, greater progress was made than in any other period of history, in establishing Churches and carrying out the Great Commission. Yet, there was no convention, association, or outside the Church denominational organization. The plan used in the book of Acts worked, and it is working today among Churches that are trying to us it. We must not only believe in the right way, but we must demonstrate the right way.
The Church of the living God does not have time for petty arguments, foolish and unlearned questions and the like. This is not the time for factions, frictions, and foolish divisions. This is the time for action. We are approaching the zero hour when we shall soon face Christ. Let us gird up the loins of our minds, put on the whole armor of God and press forward in the battle for Christ.