STATEMENT OF FAITH

Scripture

We believe...
•    In the word-by-word inspiration and divine authority of the Holy Scriptures.
•    The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation; written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, are complete with the Old and New Testaments.
•    The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice, reveal the principles by which God will judge all, and express the true basis of Christian fellowship.
•    We further commit ourselves to teach and preach from the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible.

God

We believe…
•    There is one living and true God, who is the creator of the universe, and that God is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit:
•    We further believe these three persons are all separate, yet equal with each serving a divine function. God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. God the Son is the Savior of the world. God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity.
•    In the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as true God and true man; His virgin birth, spotless humanity, vicarious death, bodily resurrection, present advocacy as Savior; and His personal, imminent, bodily, visible, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial return for His Church.

Salvation

We believe…
•    In the fall of man, resulting in his complete and universal separation from God and his need for salvation. We further believe that fallen man does not possess the ability within himself to exonerate himself from this separation from God.
•    That the Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood and died as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world; that the gift of salvation is offered freely to everyone and that no one is excluded.
•    That God freely gave mankind the plan for salvation, by his grace, through our faith and not of our works.
•    That God does not arbitrarily select or illogically predestinate certain people to go to Heaven or Hell (i.e. ‘elected’ to Heaven or ‘reprobated’ to Hell).
•    That God Almighty is Sovereign and Lord over the whole universe: And that God, out of His sovereignty, chose to give us freewill and this freewill gives us the true ability to accept or reject God’s plan of salvation.
•    That the Holy Spirit brings conviction upon man of his lost condition and makes the Gospel plain and acceptable and that the Holy Spirit regenerates with divine life and personally indwells the believer upon his faith in Christ for salvation.
•    In an eternal salvation: That a soul once truly saved can never be lost: that salvation is a free and everlasting gift of God, entirely apart from works; And that every person is responsible to receive salvation by confessing one’s personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Ordinances of Christ

We believe…
•  
 In believer’s baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
•    We further believe that Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership.
•    That the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby Christians … memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
•    That all believers who have examined themselves and determined that they are in a right relationship with God, may participate in the Lord’s Supper.

Church

We believe…
•    That the New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous unified local congregation of baptized believers.
•    That the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. …It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
•    That the congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes.
•    That each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.
•    That each member has the responsibility to contribute to the support of the church and its ministries.
•    That the church’s scriptural officers are ordained pastor and deacon: And that while both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor and deacon is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

Evangelism and Missons

We believe…
•    In the responsibility of each believer, motivated by the love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to witness for Christ and to live sacrificially for the proclamation of the Gospel into the entire world.
•    The mission of the church is to evangelize sinners by preaching the gospel, baptizing those who believe and maturing them by instruction and discipline.

Christian and Social Order

We believe…
•    That all Christians in the spirit of Christ, should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and the acceptances of vices (i.e. the use or sell of alcohol and drugs): And should abstain from all forms of sexual immorality (i.e. adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, and pornography).
•    That we should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick.
•    That we should support and speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

•    Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders. Christians should also vote, hold office and exercise influence to direct the nation after the principles of Holy Scripture.

Family

We believe…
•    That God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society and it is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption.
•    That marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime.
•    That the husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image.
•    That a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family.
•    That a wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
•    That all children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.
•    That parents are to
demonstrate to their children a Godly pattern for life and marriage.

Religious Liberty

We believe…
•    That Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends.
•    That a free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

Last Things

We believe…
•    That God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end.
•    In the pre-tribulation and pre-millennial Rapture of the church; followed by the Tribulation; then the Second Coming of Christ.
•    In the bodily resurrection of both the saved and unsaved.
•    In the unending life of the saved with the Lord, and the unending punishment in Hell of the unsaved.