We believe the Old and New Testaments to be verbally inspired by God, in errant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21). We review other versions of the scripture and prefer to preach and teach the King James Version in both Sunday School and from the pulpit, and in all other meetings associated with this church.
2. OF THE GODHEAD:
We believe the Godhead eternally exists in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. (Genesis 1:1; 1:26; Matthew 3:16, 17; Matthew 28:19, 20; John 10:30; II Corinthians 13:14; Romans 8:9)
3. OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:
We believe in 1.) His eternal existence as God (Hebrews 1:8; 2.) His incarnation by means of the Virgin Birth (Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14); 3.) His death on the cross as the substitution atonement for sin (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:14; 4.) HIS LITERAL BODILY RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD (Luke 24:36-43; Acts 10:40-41); 5.) His personal return to earth (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 26:64)
4. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, convicts man of sin (John 16:8), regenerates, indwells, seals (I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14), and sets believers apart unto a holy life; that He keeps and empowers believers day by day; that He is the teacher of the Word of God and guide for our daily life. Anyone, who does not have the Spirit living in him, is not a child of God. (Romans 8:9).
5. OF MAN:
We believe: 1.) Man was created innocent and pure, (Genesis 1:26; 2.) Adam fell through the sin of disobedience (Romans 5:19); 3.) Thereby all men are corrupted in body, mind, and soul (Romans 5:12); ; 4.) Therefore all are in need of redemption.
6. OF SATAN:
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan. (Job 1: 6-9; Job 2:3; Matthew 4:1-11; I Peter 5:8, James 4:7)
7. OF SALVATION:
We believe that salvation, as taught by scripture, is a gift freely given by God. Paid for by Christ’s death at Calvary, and is eternally bestowed upon all who accept this most precious gift. We further believe that scriptural salvation is more than a decision or profession; that it is brought forth by conviction of the Holy Ghost, which leads to repentance and a changed life.
1.) Salvation is solely by grace through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
2.) All who receive Him are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become Children of God.
3.) All who are truly saved are kept forever.
4.) However, God cannot overlook sin in His children and will chasten and correct them in love. (Hebrews 12:5-8)
8. OF THE CHURCH:
1.) That the local church, as we see it, is ideally composed of regenerated, baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, fellowship of believers, spiritual growth and service.
2.) It has been commissioned by Christ to propagate the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.
3.) That the local church has absolute right of self-government, free from interferences of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
4.) That on all matters of membership, policy, government, or benevolence that the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41-47; 4:33-37; 5:1-20)
9. OF THE ORDINANCES:
We believe that Christ gave only two ordinances to the Church to be observed “till He comes”:
1.) The Lord’s Supper…It was left to us as an ordinance by the Lord Himself (Matthew 26:26;; 27:28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-25) for a memorial of His death until He comes and should not be taken unadvisable, but with the examination of one’s life.
2.) Believer’s Baptism…We practice baptism because of the example of our Lord Jesus while He was here on earth. (Matthew 3:13), and because the command given by our Lord to be baptized. (Matthew 28:19). We accept as the scriptural mode of baptism to be immersion. Baptism is a pre-requisite to church membership and to participation in the Lord’s Supper. It should be made clear that there is no saving power in baptism – it is meant for those who are already saved –giving a clear picture of the fact that the believer is dead, buried, and raised spiritually with Jesus Christ by faith in Him.
10. OF THE FUTURE:
1.) The rapture of the church: We believe since God has not appointed us to wrath, that before the seven years of tribulation which will come upon this earth, we the believers, will be taken up into Heaven: that of that day and hour no man knoweth, but God only; that the day will so come as a thief in the night; that at the last trump we shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; that we are to watch and be ready, for we know not what hour our Lord doeth come. (Matthew 24:36-44; Luke 17:34-36; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Thess. 5:1-6; I Thess. 5:9; I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 4:1-2).
2.) The second coming of Christ: We believe in the literal, bodily, and visible return of Christ, that He will come again in like manner as He ascended into Heaven; that He will come to execute judgment on this wicked earth; that He will make a new heaven and a new earth, and that we will rule and reign with Him for one thousand years; that after this time, Satan will be loosed for a season to deceive the nations; then he will be finally defeated and thrown into the lake of fire; that we will finally live with Christ forever in Heaven. (Acts 1:9; Jude 14:15; Rev. 21:1; Rev. 20:4; Rev. 20:7-10; Rev. 21: 3-5; Rev. 22:1, 20)
11. OF TITHING AND GIVING:
We believe that the tithe belongs to the Lord, and that we are commanded to bring all the tithes into the storehouse, which is the local church; that the tithes, along with the offerings, is God’s only plan for financing the local church; that the tithe represents one-tenth of everything a person earns, and the offering is the amount above, and given in addition to the tithe. (Gen. 14-18-20; Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 23:23; I Cor. 9:7) We, as a congregation, have decided to allow fundraisers to supplement our needs, as our members are small in number and we do not have the amount of money necessary to meet our needs. At no time will we have fundraisers in the sanctuary.
12. OF MISSIONS
We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and that this Commission was given to the churches, that in order for the church to be considered a real New Testament church, it must be active in mission giving. (Matt. 28: 18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15; II Cor. 8:7)