Doctrinal Statement
DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
 
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
 
We believe that the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments consisting of sixty-six books, is the infallible and inerrant Word of God. It is divine revelation; the original writings were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit as He inbreathed holy men of old. The Scriptures are the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
 
I Corinthians 2:9-14; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:19-21
 
THE GODHEAD
 
We believe in "one" God, eternally existing in three persons:
The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit
 …Co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory, each having the same attributes and perfections.
 
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; II Corinthians 13:14
 
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
 
A. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without
     ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin
     Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
 
     John 1:1&14; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:23; Colossians 2:9;
     John 1:18
 
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death
     on the cross as the substitutionary sacrifice, and, that our justification is made sure by
     His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
 
     Hebrews 2:9, 9:26-28; I Peter 2:21-24; 3:18; Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 2:24;
     Romans 4:25; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 17:31
 
C. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the
     right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of representative,
     intercessor, and advocate.
 
     Acts 1:9-11: Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 1:3,2:17-18,4:14-16, Hebrews 5:9-10, 6:19-20,
     9:24, 10:21-22; I John 2:1-2
  
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
 
A. We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness,
     and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all
     believers into the body of Christ, at the moment of salvation, indwelling and sealing
     them unto the day of redemption.
 
     John 16:8-11, 6:63, 3:3-8; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:9;
     Ephesians 4:30
 
B. We believe that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it
     is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be led by the Holy Spirit.
 
     John 14:26, 16:12-15; I John 2:20&27; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16-25;
     Romans 8:13-14
 
THE CREATION
 
We believe in God's direct creation of the universe, without the use of pre-existent material and apart from any process of evolution whatsoever, according to the Genesis account.
 
Genesis 1:1-31; Psalm 33:6-9; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17
 
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
 
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to save himself.
 
Genesis 2:17, 3:6-10; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; John 3:3-7

SALVATION
 
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace, apart from any works of righteousness that we might do, and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
 
Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3:24-25
  
THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER AND ASSURANCE
 
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ Jesus forever, having assurance of eternal salvation.
 
II Timothy 2:16-19; John 6:39, 10:28; Romans 8:35-39; I Peter 1:3-5; Jude vs1;
John 5:13; Hebrews 10:22; Romans 8:16
 
THE TWO NATURES
 
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The old nature is not eradicated upon our conversion.
 
Romans 7:18-25; Galatians 5:16-17
SEPARATION
 
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God.
 
II Corinthians 6:11-18; John 17:15-19; Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17
 
MISSIONS
 
We believe the Great Commission is the responsibility of all the saved of this age. First of all it is the individual responsibility of every Christian to seek to carry out the great commission. Secondly, the great commission is our corporate responsibility as we assemble together in local churches.
 
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 8:4
 
SPIRITUAL GIFTS
 
A. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all gifts; and that He gives gifts
     sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the
     working of sign miracles ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed.
 
     Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-16; I Corinthians 13:8; Revelation 22:18-19;
     II Timothy 3:16-17; II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 14:22; Ephesians 2:20
 
B. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer in behalf of the sick, according
     to His own will.
 
     James 5:13-18

THE CHURCH
 
A. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is the
     spiritual organism consisting of all born-again believers from Pentecost to the  
     Rapture.
 
     I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25;  
     Acts 1:5, 2:1-4; Ephesians 2:13-16, 2:19-22, 3:3-6; Romans 12:4-5
 
B. We believe that believers should assemble themselves together locally. These local
     assemblies (or churches) should consist of regenerated believers who have been
     Scripturally baptized and are banded together for worship, work, and spiritual
     fellowship, spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
 
     Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 4:3; Acts 2:41-47, 4:23-33; Ephesians 4:8-16
 
LOCAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT
 
We believe that the local church has two offices (pastor and deacon), should be congregational in polity, and autonomous in nature. Each church is to be under the headship of Christ, and free from any external hierarchy. Each church is free to cooperate with other churches in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. Each church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation.
 
Acts 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 14:23; Acts 13:1-4, 14:26-28; Colossians 2:19; Ephesians 1 :22-23; I Peter 2:5-9; Matthew 23:8-12; I Corinthians 12:12-27; II Corinthians 8:16-24
 
BAPTISM
 
We believe that baptism is to be by immersion only, administered to believers only, as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as a testimony to the world of that belief.
 
Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:41
 
THE LORD'S SUPPER
 
We believe that the Lord's Supper is observed with unleavened bread and unfermented fruit of the vine, and that they are mere symbols of His body and of His blood that were broken and poured out on the cross for our sins. Observance of the Lord's Supper is for the purpose of looking back to the Lord's death, looking around at our common bond of unity with other believers, looking within in solemn self-examination, and looking ahead to His return.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; Acts 2:41-47; Acts 20:6-12; I Corinthians 10:16-17; I Corinthians 11:17-34
SATAN
 
We believe that Satan is a real person, the author of sin and the cause of man’s fall; that he is the enemy of God and man; and will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
 
Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Genesis 3:1-19; Ephesians 6:12; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9, 20:10
 
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
 
We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom.
 
John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13;
I Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19-20, 3:13, 5:9-11
 
THE ETERNAL STATE
 
A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the    
     unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
 
     John 5:28-29
 
B. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death absent from the body, present
     with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when the
     spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
 
     Philippians 1:21-23; II Corinthians 5:1-8; Romans 8:18; I John 3:2;
     I Corinthians 15:20-58
 
C. We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery in
     hell until the second resurrection, when with the soul and body reunited they shall
     appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire,
     and will suffer everlasting, eternal conscious punishment.
 
     Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:11-15