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Beliefs


I. Scripture
We believe that The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired Word of God, is inerrant in the original writings, and is upheld as the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 1:1-2

II. Triune God
We believe in one (1) God, eternally existing in three (3) persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but one (1) in essence, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, and executing in distinct but harmonious offices the great work of redemption.
Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; John 10:30; I Corinthians 12:4-6; II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18

III. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 8:58; John 14:16-17). In His incarnation He united to divine nature a true sinless human nature, and so continues to be both God and Man in two (2) distinct natures and one (1) person forever. (Romans 1:3-4; Hebrews 2:14). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35), exhibited His deity by manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life. (Matthew 5:17), suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of divine justice (Romans 3:24-26), and on the third (3rd) day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified (Luke 24:1-9; I Corinthians 2:5). He ascended into Heaven and now, seated at the right hand of God the father, intercedes in glory for His redeemed (Acts 1:9-12; I Timothy 2:5)

IV. Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God Possessing all the attributes of personality and of deity, by whom believers are called, regenerated, baptized into Christ, in-dwelt, sealed, and filled for service.
John 14:16-17; Acts 5:9; Romans 8:9-27; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14.

V. Angels, Demons and Satan
We believe in the personal existence of angels, demons and Satan; that Satan is the unholy ruler of this age and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 11:14; James 4:7; I Peter 5:8; Revelations 20:2-10

VI. Creation
We believe in the direct creation of the universe by God according to the Genesis account, and the creation of man by God apart from any process of evolution.
Genesis 1 & Genesis 2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17

VII. Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole race into condemnation, separation from God, and total depravity. In consequence of which men are born sinners and are directed by their sin natures to willful acts of sin.
Genesis 1:26; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3

VIII. Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, a free gift of God, received by faith alone, apart from human works or merit, coming to us through the mediatorial work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe and accept Him as Lord and Savior are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.
Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; I Peter 2:24

IX. Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; through the new birth the believer is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, thus securing our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; II Peter 1:4; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:18; Ephesians 2:8-9.

X. Faith and Salvation
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.
Acts 16:31; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16-36; John 4:24.

XI. Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on the principles of Christ’s 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, His righteousness is imparted into us.
Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:1-9.

XII. Sanctification
We believe the Scriptures teach that sanctification is a work of grace within the life of the individual believer. We believe that sanctification has three (3) aspects: The positional aspect whereby God sets apart those that are his; the progressive aspect whereby man is cleansed from the defilement of sin as he yields to and separates himself unto God; the ultimate aspect when the believer is in perfect likeness to his Redeemer not only in soul but in body.
I Corinthians 1:2; Hebrews 10:9-14; II Corinthians 7:1; I John 3:2; I Thessalonians 3:12-13

XIII. Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. Being deeply convicted of our guilt, aware of our condemnation and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ alone, we turn to God with sincere repentance, confession and supplication of mercy, simultaneously receive the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confess Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
Acts 2:37-38; Romans 10:13; Acts 20:20-21; Psalm 51

XIV. Ministry of Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the growth and maturity of the saints today. We believe that the speaking in tongues and workings of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament was completed and its authors established; that they were primarily used to authenticate God’s messenger and message, not a sign of super-spirituality.
I Corinthians 12:4-11; I Corinthians 13:1-3; I Corinthians 14:22-33; Ephesians 4:7-12

XV. Eternal Security
We believe that true believers are eternally secure; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the evidence which distinguishes them from superficial professors; and that they are kept by the power of God though faith unto eternal salvation.
John 5:24; John 6:47; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39; Colossians 1:21-23; I John 2:19

XVI. Believer’s Two Natures
We believe that every believer has two (2) natures with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old through the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims of total eradication of the old nature in this life unscriptural.
Romans 6:11-13; Romans 8:2; Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:22-24; II Corinthians 5:17

XVII. Separation
We believe that those who are saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon our Savior and Lord; and that separation from religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God.
II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 16:17-18; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-18; I John 2:15-17; James 1:27

XVIII. The Church
A. Universal Church – We believe That the True Spiritual Church is a New Testament organism; unknown to the Old Testament prophets; established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head; revealed, empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; His “body” for service; and His “bride” for glory. It began with Pentecost, after the ascension of Christ and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the Rapture.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:12-28
B. Local Church – We believe that a local church is a congregation of believers that have been baptized by immersion, associated by covenant of 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, and that its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. We believe that it is Scriptural for the true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel and that each local church by using scriptural principles is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. The will of the local church is final on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence.
Act 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:23-24; Acts 20:28; I Timothy 3:15; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15:13-18

XIX. Ordinances
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of his faith in the crucified, buried, risen Savior. Water baptism is a picture of a believer’s death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is a prerequisite for church membership.We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Mathew 3:16; Mathew 28:19; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Luke 22:14-20

XX. Christian Day of Worship
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred for the gathering of the saints in worship, praise and fellowship, abstaining from secular labor as much as possible.
Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Hebrews 10:25

XXI. Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that the magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ revealed in Scripture.
Revelation 19:16; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29

XXII. Marriage and the Home
We believe that the home was the first institution God provided for man and Marriage is a sacred relationship and honorable for all. “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Marriage is used as an emblem of the union of Christ and His Church.
Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 13:4; I Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5:21-23; Mark 10:9

XXIII. Righteous and Wicked
We believe that there is radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds true among men both in and after death, in the everlasting joy and blessing of life with Christ for the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17; I John 5:19; Matthew 25:34-41; Romans 7:6; John 8:21; Proverbs 14:32

XXIV. Last Times
A. The second advent of Christ – We believe in the “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and per-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His return to earth after the tribulation with His saints to establish the Millennial Kingdom.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:6-12; Revelation 20:1-14
B. The Judgment seat of Christ – We believe that every saved person will appear before the “Judgment Seat” to be judged by the Lord in regard to faithful service. This judgment will determine rewards or loss of rewards only, not our final destination which is secure in Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 3:11-15; Romans 14:10; Matthew 6:2
C. The Eternal State – We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. The souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be forever glorified with the lord. The souls of the unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with spirit, soul and body reunited they shall appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.
Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:46; John 5:20-29; Philippians 1:23; II Corinthians 5:8-10
D. The Millennial Kingdom – We believe that the Millennial Kingdom (1000 year reign of Christ) on earth following the Tribulation Period will be ruled from the throne of David.
Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29-30; Isaiah 9:6-7