Our Beliefs

The Holy BibleWe believe that every individual is important to the kingdom of God.  It does not matter what side of the track you come from, it’s not the color of your skin, learned or unlearned, rich or poor.  We believe Jesus died for all; therefore you are important to God and His family.

I. The Scriptures. 
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction, that has God for its spiritual author, salvation for its ends, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions shall be tried. (Peter 1:19-21; John 10:35)

II. The True God. 
We believe the scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God; an infinite, intelligent spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.  (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; John 17:3)

III. The Fall of Man. 
We believe the scriptures teach us that man was created in holiness, under the law of his maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under the condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. (Genesis 1:26, 2:7; 3:1-19; 9:6; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Psalm 51;5, 58:3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12; 17-19; I Corinthians 15:21-22; James 3:9)

IV. The Way of Salvation.
We believe that the scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior.  (John 3:1-8, 33; Romans 6:2; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:24-25, 10:19, 12:24; I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5)

V. Justification. 
We believe the scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures, such as believe in Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sins and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer\'s blood; by virtue of which faith, His perfect righteousness, is freely imputed to us by God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. (Acts 13:3-9; II Corinthians 5:18-25; Romans 5:1, 8-11; Ephesians 1:17)

VI. The Freeness of Salvation. 
We believe that the scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:24-25; 10:19)

What We BelieveVII. Regeneration. 
We believe the scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience and faith and newness of life. (John 3:1-8, 33; Roman 6:23; II Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 2:1-9; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:3)

VIII. Repentance, Faith and Grace. 
We believe the scriptures teach that repentance, faith and grace are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit or God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. (Matthew 3:8, 3:11, 9:13; Mark 1:4; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 7:10; Habakkuk 2:4; Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 9:22; Luke 7:9, 7:50, 17:5)

IX. God's Purpose of Grace. 
We believe the scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God\'s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of this free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. (Romans 9:11, 11:5; I Thessalonians 1:4; II Peter 1:10)

X. Sanctification. 
We believe the scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the Word of God self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. (Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 1:2; Hebrews 10:14; Ephesians 1:3-4; 4:11-13; I Thessalonians 5:23-24; Philippians 1:6, 3:21; I John 3:2; Jude 24)

XI. Perseverance of Saints. 
We believe that all true believers will never totally or finally fall from grace; that their perseverance is in itself evidence of the reality of their profession; that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal and complete salvation. (John 10:27-28; Romans 8:28-39; Ephesians 4:30; Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12)

XII. The Law and Gospel. 
We believe the scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the Holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.  (Mark 16:15; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5)

XIII. The Church. 
We believe the scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. (Acts 2:38; 4:1-47; I Corinthians 11:17-34; Ephesians 1:1-2; 4:11-16)

XIV. Baptism. 
We believe that water baptism by immersion constitutes the public declaration of one\'s spiritual initiation into the body of Christ; that it symbolizes the believer\'s cleansing from sin through identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection, which identification is accomplished by the spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit, who incorporates the believer into the true spiritual church; and that its spiritual meaning requires prior regeneration and conversion of the one being baptized. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3; I Corinthians 1:13, 15)

XV. The Lord's Supper. 
We believe that the Lord\'s Supper, consisting of unleavened bread and drink from the fruit of the vine, symbolizes Christ\'s broken body and shed blood sacrificed on our behalf to deliver us from sin and death; that it looks forward to the day when we shall sup with Christ in His kingdom; and that it is open to all true believers in right standing with God. (Matthew 26:26-28; mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-34)

What We Believe XVI. The Christian Sabbath. 
We believe the scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord\'s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor or when possible by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for the rest that remained for the people of God.  (Exodus 20:8; Leviticus 23:3)

XVII. Civil Government. 
We believe the scriptures teach civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the Conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth. (Isaiah 9:6; 22:21; I Corinthians 12:28)

XVIII. Rapture. 
We believe in the imminent bodily resurrection of deceased believers immediately followed by the catching away of living believers to meet the Lord Jesus in the air prior to the tribulation and the Millennium. (Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 2:1; I Corinthians 15:51-54)

XIX. Millennium. 
We believe in a thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ during which Satan shall be bound and believers shall serve as administers of Christ\'s kingdom.  We believe that Satan shall be loosed to mount a final unsuccessful rebellion against Christ and His people and shall be cast into the lake of fire, where the man of sin and the false prophet are, to burn forever. (Revelation 20:1-10)

XX. Judgment. 
We believe that Jesus Christ shall Judge his people to reward them for their earthly works as to their sincere worth in furthering His kingdom; that he will not judge them for their sins, due to their having been judged in his own body on the cross, but that He will judge them for rewards or the loss of them. (Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10)

XXI. Great White Throne Judgment. 
We believe the unbelievers of all ages whose name are not written in the Lamb\'s Book of Life shall be sentenced by Christ to burn in torment forever in the lake of fire. (Revelation 14:9-11; Revelation 20:11-15)

XXII. Eternal State. 
We believe that the redeemed of the ages, in glorified bodies, shall dwell with the triune God forever, to serve and to enjoy Him in perfect peace and happiness. (Revelation 21-22)