Statement of Faith

The Scriptures:  We believe that the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired and infallible word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life.  II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21: Heb.1:1-2: Isaiah 40:8: Psalm 119:11, 105.  Furthermore, we believe that God also promised to preserve His word as taught in Psalm 12:6,7: 119:89: Isa. 40:8: Luke 21:33: I Pet. 1:23.  We know that an honest examination of the manuscript evidence and all other factors shows that for English speaking people, it has been preserved in the King James Version.  Therefore,  we reject all modern versions.

The Trinity:  We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Deut. 6:4: Eph. 4:6, Matt. 3:16-17; II Cor.13:14; I Peter 1:2.

Jesus Christ:  We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His true humanity, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His present intercession and sole mediatorship, and His personal and visible return in power and glory,  John 1:1,14; Matt. 1:18-23: Luke 1:35; I John 3:5; Col. 2:9; I Tim 3:16, 2:5: Acts 2:22-24; Mark 10:45; I Cor.15:3-4; Gal.1:4; Heb.7:25; Titus 2:13-14; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:3.

Holy Spirit:  We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit, who is our Comforter, and in His ministry of revealing Christ, convicting of sin, regenerating, sanctifying and empowering for service. I Cor. 2:9-12; John 16:7-8, 13:14; Romans 8:2; 10-14; Acts 1:8.

Man:  We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred spiritual death, and that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory.  Gen. 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Rom. 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3.

Salvation:  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that salvation from sin is received only by the grace of God through personal faith in Jesus Christ, and all who receive Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood, born of the Spirit, and thereby become children of God.  I Cor. 15:3, 4; Eph. 2:8-9: Acts 4:12: John 1:12, 3:3, 5, 7, 12, 36: John 14:6; Romans 3:24-26, 10:9-10.   

The Church:  We believe that the Church is a spiritual organism, the Body of Christ and is composed of only regenerated, Scripturally baptized individuals whom God has brought together for worship, fellowship, service and the spread of the Gospel.  The Scriptures teach that the Church is God’s “called out” people in a given locality.  We do not find the idea of a universal, or invisible Church in the Word of God.  Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:41-47, 8:14; Col. 1:18, 2:10; Eph. 1:22, 23; Heb. 12:23, 10:25; Acts 13:1, 14:27, 15:3; Rom. 16:5; I Cor. 1:2; Gal 1:2; Phil. 4:15, etc.

Ordinances:  We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water,    portraying death to sin and resurrection to newness of life, and that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes.  Matt. 3:13-17; Acts 2:38, 8:29-39; Rom. 6:4; Matt. 26: 26-29; I Cor. 11:23-30.

The Great Commission:  We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men.  Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Rom. 10:13-15; Eze. 3:18-19; John 15:16.

The Future:  We believe in the pre-tribulational and pre-millennial return of Christ for His Bride, the Church.  Following the period known as the Tribulation, Christ will return with His Church to set up the literal millennial kingdom.  I Thess. 5:9; Titus 2:13-14; Luke 21:35, 36; John 14:2, 3; Acts 1:11; Rev. 5:13, 2:27.  We believe in the resurrection of the saved to everlasting conscious blessedness with Christ and in the resurrection of the lost to everlasting conscious punishment.  John 5:28, 29; Matt. 25:41; I Cor. 15:22-24, 51-54; Rev. 20:14-15, 21:4-8.

Dispensationalism:  We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural and literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages.  These dispensations are not different ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purposes.  Three primary dispensations are Law, Grace (the Church), and the Kingdom.  Rom. 6:14, IICor. 3:9-18; Eph. 3:1-10; Col. 1:24-27; Rev. 20:1-10, etc.