Statement of Faith

 

Bible

We believe that  the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, was written by men  divinely inspired by God.  We believe that the Bible reveals God, the fall of  man, the way of Salvation, and God’s planned purpose in the ages.  We believe it  to be infallible and entirely accurate from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 and  the sole authority for the faith and practice of this church.

2 Timothy 3:16,17    2 Peter 1:21    Hebrews  4:12

 

God

We believe that  there is one God; a living, intelligent Spirit; the Maker and Supreme Ruler of  Heaven and earth, eternally expressing Himself through three persons, Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:26    Matthew 3:16,17    1 John 5:7

 

We believe in  Jesus Christ, the Virgin born Son of God, conceived by the Holy Ghost, truly God  and truly man, perfectly sinless in His life making atonement of Calvary’s cross  for all, applicable to those who believe on Him as their Savior.   Who by the  power of God was raised bodily from the dead, ascended visibly to the throne of  the Father, and there ever lives to make intercession for us as our High Priest  and only mediator between God and man; Who according to His promise will return  for His church bodily and visibly.

Matthew 1:20-23    John 1:1-14    1 Corinthians 15:3-8    Romans 10:9,10     Hebrews 4:14; 7:25    1 Timothy 2:5

 

Salvation

We believe that  salvation of the sinner is wholly of grace, and made possible alone through the  vicarious death of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary, and that there is  salvation in none other and that all that is necessary for salvation is an  acceptance by faith of His infinite work.

Ephesians 2:8,9    Romans 4:4,5    Isaiah 53:3,4,10,11    Luke 22:19,20    Acts  4:12    John 1:12; 3:16

 

 Creation

We believe that  the material universe, including man, came into being by the direct creation of  God and not by evolution.

Genesis 1    2 Peter 3:5-7

 

Sin

We believe that  man was created sinless but voluntarily sinned and that because of this fall,  all men are now sinners by birth and destined for hell, and must be born again  to be fit for fellowship with God.

Genesis 1:31; 3:17    Romans 5:12-21; 6:23     John 3: 3-6

 

Eternity

We believe that an  eternal, literal and burning hell is the final abode of lost mankind with Satan  and his angels to accompany them there and to there remain throughout eternity  without hope of relief.

Revelation 21:10-15

 

We believe in  heaven as described in the Scriptures and that the only inhabitants thereof will  be God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, angels, and all the redeemed. 

Revelation 21:1-22:6
 

We believe that the end of  this age is approaching and in the imminent, personal, visible, pre-millennial  return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His church.

1  Peter 4:7    Acts 1:11    1Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

Local Church

We believe that  the local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant  of faith and fellowship in the Gospel; that the local church has the absolute  right of self-government and is answerable only to God, her Administrator, and  the Lord Jesus Christ, her Head; that in all matters of membership, policy,  discipline, and benevolence the will of the local church is sovereign.

Matthew 28:19    Acts 10:47,48    Romans 12    Matthew 18:18-20    Ephesians  5:23,24

 

We believe that  there are only two church ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is  the immersion of the believer in water.  We believe that participation in the  Lord’s Supper is symbolic of the Lord’s vicarious death and is to be shared with  true believers regardless of their church affiliation.

Romans 6:3-6    Acts 8:36-39    Colossians 2:12    1 Corinthians 11:23-34     Luke 22:19,20

 

We believe that  the Bible teaches that there are both permanent and temporal gifts.  The  temporal or sign gifts including tongues, the interpretation of tongues and  gifts of healing were given by God to lend creditability to the establishment of  the early church in the transitional period of dispensations.  These sign gifts  of the Holy Spirit are completed and are not applicable to the work of the Holy  Spirit today.

1  Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30; 13: 8-10

 

Marriage Relationships

We believe that  the Bible specifically places man and woman in a Biblical, God commanded  relationship.  God instituted the marriage relationship between man and woman  and the creation of the biblical family.  We believe it is totally against the  command and teaching of the Word of God to in any way change or pervert this  order.  Thus, we must Biblically conclude that homosexuality and lesbianism and  any other contra-Bible relationships are contrary to the Word of God and we do  not accept these as an alternate lifestyle.

Genesis 2:23,24    Ephesians 5:22,23    Leviticus 18:6-25    Romans 1:18-32    1  Corinthians 6:9,10   

 

We  believe  Scriptures declare that God created us male and female. Furthermore, the  biblical record shows that sexual union was established exclusively within the  context of a male-female relationship (Gen. 2:24), and formalized in the  institution of marriage. The partner for man was woman. Together they were to be  one flesh. In the New Testament, the oneness of male and female in marriage  pictures the relationship between Christ and His church (Eph. 5:22-23).

1.         We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be  engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any  form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication,  and adultery are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God  disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or  appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30;  Rom. 1:  26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)

2.         We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one  man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)