What We Believe

 Our Articles of Faith

 

  1. The Holy Scriptures

    We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

    1. By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
    2. By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

    II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psa. 119:105, 130, 160; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45; Psa. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Peter 1:23; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psa. 19:7-11; John 5:45-47; John 5:39

  2. The True God

    We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

    Ex. 20:2-3; Gen 17:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; Psa. 83:18; Psa. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim 1:17; Rom. 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 17:5; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14

  3. The Son of God

    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ eternally exists with God the Father, having been begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin. He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.

    Isa. 7:14; Mat. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 2, 14; Col 2:9; Heb. 4:14-15

    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us of our sins through His death on the cross as a 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; I Pet. 2:24; Ephesians 1:7

    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 ministries of being our Intercessor, and Advocate.

    Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2

  4. The Holy Spirit

    We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, converts the repentant sinner and places him into Christ, seals the believer, interprets the Scripture, and empowers God’s children to be bold witnesses.

    John 16:8,9; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:10-14; 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14

  5. 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, a place prepared for him and for his angels, as well as for all the unbelievers of the ages.

    Isa. 14:12-17; Mat. 4:2-11; 25:41; 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 20:10

  6. Creation

    We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We believe that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.

    Gen. 1-2; Exo. 20:11; Rev. 10:6

  7. Sin

    We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Because of that, men are sinners by birth and by choice and are of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition.

    Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:l-3; 4:17-19.

  8. Salvation

    We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace. It is received by repentance toward God and by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who shed His precious blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that in order to be saved and be assured of Heaven before he dies, a sinner must be born again; and that the new birth is instant and not a process.

    John 1:12; Acts 20:21; Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; I Pet. 1:18-19

  9. Eternal Security

    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; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Peter 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.

    Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15

  10. Heaven and Hell

    We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at the Rapture when soul and body reunited shall be present forever with the Lord.

    We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery in hell until the Great White Throne Judgment at the close of the millennium. Then soul and body reunited, shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting torment

    Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:1-15

  11. The Church

    We believe that the New Testament church that Jesus established during His earthly ministry is a Baptist church. It is an assembly of baptized believers, associated together by a covenant of faith, based solely upon the Word of God.
    We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority or control. We believe the mission of the church is to win the lost, baptize them, and teach and instruct them in the Word of God so that they too will win the lost.

    Matthew 16:17-19; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 6:1-7; II Timothy 2:2

  12. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

    We believe that salvation must precede water baptism, and that baptism is not essential for salvation.

    We believe that Scriptural baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost under the authority of the local church. It is a beautiful picture of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, showing forth our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Salvation and baptism are prerequisite to the privilege of church membership.

    We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance in which members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, are to remember the love of Christ shown at Calvary. This ordinance should always be preceded by solemn self-examination, realizing that we are showing forth the Lord’s death till He comes.

    Matthew 3:16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-31

  13. Separation

    We believe in the Biblical doctrine of separation which encompasses three things: (1) the separation of the local church from those who deny the truth of the “faith which was once delivered to the saints”; (2) the separation of the individual Christian from all worldly practices that may dishonor the Saviour; and (3) the separation of church and state.

    Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14, 15; 1 John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; Jude 3

  14. Missions

    We believe that all men everywhere are lost and condemned, and that the command to go and preach the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable. God has given the church the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation and tribe who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8

  15. The Second Coming

    We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ for all New Testament believers. This rapture of the saints will be followed by the seven-year Tribulation. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic kingdom which was promised to the nation Israel.

    Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51-55; I Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 1:7