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Doctrinal Statement – What do we believe?

Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts, authoritative, in-fallible, and God-breathed.  They are the supreme and ultimate authority for faith and practice.

(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)

Godhead

We believe in one triune God, existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and having the same divine attributes and perfections; yet exercising them in varied offices.  (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 14:7-11)

Person and 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 of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18)
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that all who receive Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. (Romans 3:24-26; I Corinthians 15:3-4)
  • We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in His bodily ascension into heaven where he ministers for us as High Priest and Intercessor. (I Corinthians 15:12-19; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:23-25)

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature.  The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8-11).  He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14).

Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God.  In Adam’s sin, the race fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death.  All mankind has inherited a sinful nature.  (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23, 5:12; 6:23)

Salvation and Regeneration

  • We believe that salvation is a gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is solely through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and cannot be earned by any good works.  (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12)
  • We believe that the obtaining of salvation is impossible apart from a personal voluntary choice of the sinner. (John 3:16)
  • We believe that the Scriptures teach that regeneration, or the new birth, is that change in the soul by the Holy Spirit, by which a new nature and spiritual life not before possessed are imparted, and the person becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. (II Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5)

Eternal Security

We believe that the salvation of every believer is secure for all eternity from the moment of regeneration.  (John 10:27-30; Ephesians 4:30)

Sanctification

  • We believe that positional sanctification is the act of God whereby believers are, at the time of regeneration, eternally set apart as belonging to Him, thereby being placed in the family of God as His children. This is victory over the penalty of sin.  (I John 3:1; Romans 8:14-17)
  • We believe that progressive sanctification is the process by which we are made partakers of His holiness; that it begins at regeneration; that it progresses as the believer is yielded to the Spirit’s control; that it’s carried on in believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.  This is victory over the power of sin. (I Thessalonians 4:3; John 17:17)
  • We believe that ultimate sanctification takes place when, in the presence of the Lord, we will have soul and spirit united in a resurrected body free from every trace or effect of sin and rebellion.  This is victory over the presence of sin. (I John 3:2; Ephesians 4:30)

Final Destinies

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, with the saved inheriting eternal life and the unsaved condemned to judgment and everlasting punishment.  (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:5-13)

Local Church

We believe that a New Testament church is a voluntary, independent, autonomous group of baptized believers who are a body with Christ as its head, and that the local church is God’s program for this dispensation.  (Colossians 1:18; Titus 1:5-9)

Ordinances

  • Baptism—We believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scripture, that it has no saving power, that it is only for those who are saved. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 8:36)
  • Lord’s Supper—We believe that the Lord’s Supper is partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine, as symbols of Christ’s body and blood which commemorate His suffering and death. (I Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 18:15-17)

Responsibility of Believers

  • We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, not bringing reproach upon their Lord, exercising Christian liberty regulated by love, and be separated from worldly pleasures and practices. (Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 8:1-13)
  • We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him. (I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7)

Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally.  The six days of creation in Genesis Chapter One were solar, 24 hour days.  All animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law is that they bring forth only “after their kind.”  Man was created in God’s own image, and did not evolve from any lower form of life.  (Genesis 1:1, 2:3; John 1:1-3)

Existence of Satan

We believe that Satan was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God.  He became utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels, the deceiver and god of this present world.  He was defeated and judged at the cross, and his final doom is certain. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 20:1-10)

Separation

We believe that believers are called to a life of separation.  This separation is in at least three areas: moral, personal, and ecclesiastical.  (I Peter 1:15, 16; II Corinthians 6:14-18)

Future Events

We believe the Scriptures teach that at death the spirit/soul of the believer passes instantly into the presence of Christ, and remains in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body.  The blessed hope of the believer is the imminent, personal, pretrib, premill appearance of Christ to rapture the church.  God’s righteous judgments will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation, followed by the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His millennial Kingdom.  (I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:14-17; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:2-15)

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society.   We believe in separation of the church from the state.  (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7)

 

This is a partial statement.  A complete doctrinal statement can be obtained upon request.