Beliefs

TRINITY
We believe in one true God eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and
glory, having the same attributes and perfection’s. (Deuteronomy 6:4;
II Corinthians 13:14)

GOD THE FATHER
We believe the Father is the one living God; an infinite and intelligent Spirit.
(Exodus 20:2-3; John 4:24)

GOD THE SON
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son.
We believe in His pre-incarnate deity (John 1:1); virgin birth (Luke 1:35);
sinless life (Hebrews 4:15); substitutionary death (II Corinthians 5:21);
imminent pre-tribulational premillenial coming of Christ for His saints
(I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18)
; and His coming again with His saints to
set up His kingdom on the earth (Revelations 19).

GOD THE SPIRIT
We believe that God the Spirit is a Divine Person equal with the Father
and the Son (Matthew 28:19). He is restraining the evil one in this world
(II Thessalonians 2:9)
. He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgement
(John 16:8-11)
. He comforts (John 14:16-17), witnesses (Romans 8:16)
and sanctifies (I Peter 1:2).

SATAN
We believe in the existence of Satan who was once sinless being but who
later fell through pride.
(Isaiah 14:12-14)

CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of the direct creation of the universe and
man by God. We do not believe in the process of evolution.
(Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3)

MANKIND
We believe man was created by a special act of God in a state of perfect
innocence under the law of his Maker; but by willful and voluntary
disobedience and transgression, fell from that perfect state of innocence;
in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners by nature and by
choice; and being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the
law of God and positively inclined to evil, is therefore under the just
condemnation of God to eternal death without defense or excuse.
(Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12)

SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly and only through the grace
of God by faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
as Savior and Lord; that saved sinners are sustained and kept by the power
of God through the shed blood of Christ an intercessory work of Christ on
our behalf at the right hand of God; and that anyone who is thus truly saved
is eternally saved and can never be lost. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16)

ETERNAL SECURITY
We believe that all who have been truly saved and regenerated by the
Holy Spirit of God will be kept in Christ until death or until He returns;
that all true believers are kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1)

HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe in the eternal bliss in heaven for all who are saved through
Christ’s shed blood. We believe in a literal hell and eternal damnation
for all who are lost. (John 14:1-6; Revelations 20:11-15)

JUSTIFICATION AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
We believe that justification and righteousness are inseparably united
in the Scriptures; that justification my be defined as the judicial act of
God whereby He justly declares righteous, one who believes on the
Lord Jesus Christ; that the believing sinner is justified because of Christ,
having bore his sins on the cross, has been “made unto him righteousness.”
(I Corinthians 1:30)
; that the saved, justified sinner has been in God’s court,
only to find that nothing is laid to his charge (Romans 8:1); that justification
secures for us every spiritual blessing that is needed for time and eternity.

REPENTANCE
We believe that repentance and faith are Scriptural necessities to regeneration
and are also inseparable graces. When one repents and believes in Christ, he will
turn to God with contrition and confession, calling on God for mercy. These are
wrought in the heart by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47;
Matthew 9:13; Acts 20:21)

SANCTIFICATION
We believe that the word sanctification means to set apart anyone or anything
wholly for God’s use, that Scriptural sanctification is in three tenses; we are
sanctified in Christ eternally when we accepted Christ as Savior; we are now
being sanctified daily through the indwelling presence and power of the
Holy Spirit and the cleansing of the Word of God and prayer; and we shall be
completely sanctified when we meet Christ in our resurrection bodies. By daily
and progressive sanctification we gradually grow in grace and in the knowledge
of Christ. (John 17:17,19; Romans 15:16)

RESURRECTION
We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus rose from the dead
and because He lives, we too shall live after death; that the Scriptures teach
there will be two resurrections; all dead in Christ shall rise first (I Thessalonians
4:16-17 and Revelation 20:5)
, and appear in heaven before Christ at His
Judgement Seat (II Corinthians 5:10), and all the wicked dead shall be raised
together to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgement
(Revelation 20:11-15)
; that these two resurrections will be separated by the
thousand year reign of Christ. (John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:12-23)

SECOND COMING
We believe that the return of the Lord is in two distinct phases; in the first
phase (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) the Lord descends into the air to catch
away His body and Bride. In the second phase He comes to the earth with
His saints (Revelation 19:11-16) to live and reign with them on the earth for
one thousand years. The time of His coming in the air is nowhere revealed;
and that it is the duty of all believers to live in readiness because His coming
is imminent and will be sudden (I Corinthians 15:51-53); that the time of
His coming to the earth with His saints is likewise unknown except for the
signs (Matthew 24 and 25) that Jesus said would precede His return to the earth.

ETERNITY
We believe that all who are ever saved by faith in Christ out of every age of
time will dwell forever with Christ in heaven and on earth in His eternal
Kingdom; that the unbelieving of all ages of time, along with the Devil and
his angels, will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:9-27).

THE CHURCH
We believe that a local, visible, New Testament Church of Christ is a congregation
of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the
Gospel, meeting together regularly for worship, the teaching and preaching of
God’s Word, and the observances of the ordinances of Christ; governed by the
teaching of His Word, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested
in them by His Word; that the only Scriptural offices are pastors, (also called
bishops and elders) and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are defined
in the epistles of Paul. (I and II Timothy; I Timothy 3:15)

THE BODY OF CHRIST

We believe in the comprehensive body of Christ that is made up of all who are
truly saved and born again regardless of race, color, or denomination; that one
becomes a member of the Body of Christ the moment of salvation. We believe
that this body is a holy temple for the habitation of God through the Spirit; that
it is one flesh with Christ, and is espoused to Him as a chaste virgin to one husband.
(Ephesians 2:21-22; 5:30-31; I Corinthians 2:2-4). This body is formed by the
baptism of the Spirit, which takes place at the moment of salvation. (I Corinthians 12:13)

BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of Christ
given to the local church; that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in
the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that this act is a symbol and public
testimony of our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior; that its effect should
be our death to sin and resurrection to newness of life; that it is prerequisite to the
privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper; that in commemorating
the Lord’s Supper, the members of the church remember the Lord’s death until He
comes; that a solemn self-examination must always precede the taking of the
Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Romans 6:4-5)

LORD’S DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10), for
regular observance in the New Testament; that it commemorates the resurrection
of Christ from the dead and should be employed in the exercise of worship and
spiritual devotion, both public and private.

CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and
good order of human society; that those in authority are to be prayed for,
conscientiously honored and obeyed; except in those things that are contrary to
the Word of God and opposed to the will of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
(Romans 13); that the church and state should be separate and that the church
should not resort to civil power or authority to carry on its work; that the Christian
ideal is a free church in a free state; that the church has the right to form and
propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by any civil power.

ECUMENICAL AND CHARISMATIC
We do not believe or accept any form of the ecumenical or charismatic movements of this day.

 

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