Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
1. We believe in the verbal (the Bible’s words, not just ideas, came from God), plenary (the Bible is from God completely in all its parts), inspiration and authority of the Word of God. We believe that the sixty-six books that make up both the Old and New Testaments are the only reliable and inspired books of the Bible. We believe that the King James Bible for study and use is the only reliable and accurate translation in the English language (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We believe that the Bible reveals to man the fall of man, the way of salvation, and a standard of holy living before a holy God, whose plan and purpose for the ages can be clearly known.
2. We believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each being God and all being one, make up the Godhead called the Trinity (1 John 5:7, Matthew 3:16-17).
3. We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, and that, as God the Son, He is all God yet all man (Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1).
4. We believe that salvation is by grace alone and through Christ alone (John 14:6). The only way of salvation is through repentance of sin and by faith in the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9-10).
5. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. Once saved; always saved (John 3:16; John 10:28-29).
6. We believe there are two ordinances for the local church: the Lord’s Supper, and baptism. The Lord’s Supper is practiced by the local church as a memorial of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-31). Baptism is given as a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-4) and should be conducted by immersion only (Acts 8:36-38) and should be performed on believers only (Acts 2:41). It is only after salvation and baptism that a person may be considered for church membership, and it is that church membership that certifies the privilege of partaking in the Lord’s Supper.
7. We believe in the bodily death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 19:31-37). We believe in His ascension to Heaven (Acts 1:9-11) and His present ministry of intercession for the believers (Hebrews 7:25).
8. We believe in the visible, personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ. When He comes, He will receive the saved, dead and alive, to Himself
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
9. We believe in the literal 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth (Revelation 20).
10. We believe in a literal, eternal lake of fire for the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (Luke 16:19-31) and a literal Heaven for the everlasting blessedness of the believers (Revelation 5; Revelation 21:2-22:5).
11. We believe that the local church is the institution God has established on this earth to carry out the Great Commission: to win souls, to see them baptized, and to help them grow in their spiritual walk (Matthew 28:19-20).
12. We believe in the separation from all religious apostasy, any music (Contemporary “Christian” music or otherwise) that does not honor God, and from sinful pleasures, practices, and associations that would hinder the holiness of the Christian (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17). We believe that men should look and act like gentlemen, and that women should look and act like ladies. We believe the Bible forbids such worldly pleasures as dancing, drinking alcohol, smoking, gambling, and any other activity that would cause a Christian to fall or focus his mind on anything other than Christ.
13. We believe that the ecumenical movement and the attempt to unite all faiths is not of God and should be avoided by Christians at all costs (Amos 3:3; Ephesians 5:11; 2 John 9-11).