What We Believe

Concerning God

We believe in one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mark 1:10-11

We believe that He is a holy and righteous, yet a loving and infinite God of independent existence, omnipotence, and omniscience.

Concerning Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; therefore, He is God and that all the fullness of the Godhead dwelleth in Him. Colossians 2:9

We believe that He is eternal and therefore existed before His incarnation. John 1:1; John 8:58

We believe that He was born of a virgin. Luke 1:35

We believe that in Him was no sin (1 John 3:5); and that His death on the cross is the only means of man's redemption, His death being as a reconciliation (Romans 5:10) and as a substitution. Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18

We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:32,36); in His ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9); in His presence at God's right hand (Ephesians 1:20) as our intercessor (Romans 8:34) and advocate (1 John 2:1); and in His personal, premillennial, and imminent return (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Concerning the Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit Who convicts, regenerates, illuminates, indwells, sanctifies, comforts, and abides forever. John 16:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16

We believe that the gift of tongues, which Biblically is known languages, has ceased in operation.

Concerning Man, Sin, and Redemption

We believe, according to the Scriptures, that man was created by God to enjoy fellowship and cooperation with God; that man was created in the image and likeness of God; and through disobedience man fell, which fall resulted in the loss of fellowship and cooperation with God, the condemnation of the posterity of the Adamic seed (Romans 3:9,23; Romans 5:12) and the curse upon creation over which the creature had ruled.

We believe that the only way a lost, sinful man may be restored to a right relationship with God is through faith in the shed blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19); and that man, thus born again, is eternally secure (John 10:28-29).

We also believe that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2), and that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

Concerning Satan and Hell

We believe in the personality of Satan (Job 1:6,7; John 8:44) who is condemned to everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord (Matthew 25:4; Revelation 20:10; Genesis 3:14-15).

We believe that all those who reject God's way of salvation will also be condemned to everlasting destruction (John 5:28-29).

Concerning the Bible

We believe that God has spoken and that the Bible is the divine, verbally inspired, progressive revelation from God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe that God has preserved His Word for the English-speaking people in the King James Version of the Bible. In addition, we believe that the modern translations fail the measure of divine recognition in that they are not universally accepted by believers. Furthermore, we reject the theory of divine equivalence, and we find that the propaganda promoting an easier-to-understand translation has, in fact, actually promoted a different translation.

Concerning the Church

We believe in the Church which is a spiritual organism made of believers who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God.

We believe that the Church is set forth in Scripture as the body of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Colossians 2:19), as the temple or building of which Christ is the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20-21; 1 Corinthians 3:9-17), and as the Bride of which Christ is the Bridegroom (2 Corinthians 2:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; John 3:29).

We believe that the ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion as a mark of our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection (Romans 6:4) and the Lord's Supper, remembering the Lord's death until He comes.

We believe that the ministry of the church is two-fold: evangelization and edification -- winning the sinner and teaching the saints.

Concerning Members of the Church

We believe that each member of the church is called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18) to a life of consecration to God (Romans 12:1-2).

We also believe that each member of the church is called into a life of witnessing unto Christ, proclaiming the Gospel unto the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8) and to systematically and proportionately contribute to the support of the local church according to the principle of Malachi 3:8-11 and 1 Corinthians 16:2.

We reject the following:
Liberalism and its denial of the Word of God
Ecumenical evangelism and its cooperation with unbelievers
New evangelicalism and its attitude of compromise and accommodation
The charismatic movement and its emphasis on the temporal sign gifts
Five-point Calvinism in all of its teachings
Lifestyle evangelism in the sense of not being accompanied by a clear, spoken presentation of the Gospel, as we are commanded in Mark 16:15 to "Go...and preach..."