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Doctrinal Statement

GOD AND THE HOLY TRINITY

We believe in a personal God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is absolutely sovereign, working all things after the counsel of His own will (Gen. 1:1; Jn. 10:30, 4:24, 1:13; Deut. 6:4; Rom. 8:28, 9:11; Eph1:5).

JESUS CHRIST THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, virgin-born, and is both true God and true Man. We believe in His sinless life, His perfect righteousness, His substitutionary death at the cross as a sin-bearer for all mankind, His bodily resurrection on the third day, His ascension into Heaven and His intercession at the right hand of God for believers, and His visible coming again to judge the living and dead. (Luke 1:27-35, 24:36-39; Jn. 1:1, 14; Heb. 4:14, 15; II Cor. 5:21; I Pet. 2:24 and Acts 1:9-11; II Tim. 4:1)

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead. To the unsaved, He is sent to convict them of the sin of unbelief, of righteousness obtainable in Christ, and of judgment equal to Satan’s if they reject Christ. To the saved, He indwells, never to leave from the moment of the New Birth. He also baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ and seals him until the day of redemption. He fills and empowers the believer as often as, and to the extent that, the person is yielded to His leading (Jn. 14:16, 17, 16:8-11, 3:5; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30, 5:18).

THE BIBLE

We believe both, Old and New Testaments to be verbally inspired by God, without error in the original manuscripts, the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20, 21; Rev. 22:18). We accept the Authorized King James Version of the Bible as the only true English translation of the above for all preaching and teaching.

CREATION

We believe that in the beginning of time, God created by a definite act, or acts, the Heavens and Earth in six literal twenty-four hour days. We positively deny evolution. (Gen. 1:1, 3-27; Jn. 1:3; I Cor. 15:39).

SATAN

We believe in the personality of Satan. He is the archenemy of God and man. He is the prince of the power of the air and has access to the throne of God to accuse believers day and night. He is the original liar.  As an angel of light, he deceives; as a roaring lion, he seeks to devour. (Isa. 14:12-15; Lk. 10:18; Jn. 14:30, 16:11; II Cor. 4:4, 11:14; Eph.2:2; I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:7-10).

MAN

We believe that man was created innocent, and that in sinning, brought both spiritual and physical death to himself and his posterity, but with the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice for sin, he is saved, justified by faith on the grounds of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:12, 3:10, 22, 23; Acts 13:39).

SIN

We believe that sin is a condition into which all are born and that it is without remedy apart from the shed blood of Christ. It is a nature which is at enmity against God. (Col. 1:14; Rom. 3:23, 5:19, 8:7,8).

SALVATION AND ASSURANCE

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, as a free gift without works (Eph. 2:8,9; I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 1:9; Jn. 3:2; Phil. 3:20,21).

We believe that the person who has been born again is saved and safe for eternity without a possible chance of ever being lost again.

This doctrine rests alone on the faithfulness of God to His Word and His Son. (Jn. 6:39,40; 10:28,29; 17:12; I Pet. 1:5; I Cor. 3:11-15; Rom. 6). We do not believe that the above doctrine should be used as a license to sin.

JUSTIFICATION

We believe that justification is God justly declaring a person righteous who receives Christ by faith. This is totally apart from any merit on the part of the one justified and is made possible to the believer on the grounds of Christ becoming sin for him (Rom. 3:23,26,28: Rom. 5:1-11; II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 8:33,34).

CHURCH

We believe the true Church to be the entire company of the born-again believers. God has purposed that the Church, as the Bride of Jesus Christ, glorify Him in an aggressive effort to live holy and disciple all nations through the preaching of the gospel.

The membership of the church is made up of born-again, baptized (by immersion) believers who have voluntarily joined together to observe the Ordinances, carry out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20), and obey all that Christ taught.

We believe Christ will return in the clouds to rapture the Church to Himself before the Tribulation.  The Rapture is the next prophetical event we wait for (I Cor. 15:20-23, 51,52; I Cor. 12:12,13; Eph. 1:22,23; II Cor. 11:2; Matt. 28:16-20; 1 Thess 4:13-18).

HEAVEN

We believe Heaven to be a real and actual place. It is where the throne of God is, where Jesus now is, and where all the saved will be forever (Matt. 6:9; Heb. 8:1; I Thess. 4:17).

HELL

We believe Hell to be a real and actual place as described in the Word of God. It is the abode of the soul and spirit of departed unbelievers. It is a place of fire and torment, where the memory and conscience never die. It will empty into the Lake of Fire prepared for Satan and his angels after the Great White Throne Judgement (Lk. 16:22-31, Rev. 20:11-14).

BAPTISM

We believe baptism should be by immersion only. We believe baptism is not essential for salvation but should be submitted to by the saved as an outward testimony of an inward work of God (Acts 8:36-39; 10:44-48).

THE LORD’S TABLE

We believe that the Lord’s Table is a showing forth of the death of Christ, in Whom we trust, and is to be observed by the church until He returns for us. We believe the bread and juice are only representative of the broken body of Christ and His shed blood.  We believe the Lord’s Table is for the saved only. (I Cor. 11:23-32).