Our Beliefs

We, being born-again and Bible-believing Baptists, in the interests of growth in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ through worship and work; and that we might fulfill our responsibilities to propagate the Work of God both at home and abroad; and to contend earnestly for the faith; and that “all things might be done decently and in order;” do institute the following statement of our faith and principles for our government.

Our Doctrinal Statement

1. Scriptures. We believe in the Scriptures consisting of the Old and New Testaments only, as the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original autographs (languages and writings) by men divinely inspired; and that they are the supreme and ultimate authority for faith and practice (II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 3:16,17).

2. Godhead. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one in substance, perfect in every divine attribute; yet varied in office (John 14:7-12; 16:7; Matthew 28:19).

3. Jesus Christ.

a) We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, whose humiliation in the days of His flesh did not include laying aside His deity (Matthew 1:18-20; John 1:1,2,14).

b) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who receive Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood (I Corinthians 15:3,4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21-26).

c) We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His bodily ascension into heaven in His present life there for us as High Priest and intercessor (Matthew 28:5,6; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25,26).

d) We believe in “that blessed hope” – the personal, visible, pretribulational, premillennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (I John 3:2,3; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; I Corinthians 15:51-53; Titus 2:13).

4. Holy Spirit.

a) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same essence . We believe that the Holy Spirit is true God and that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; bears witness to the truth; is the agent of the new birth; and that He seals , endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer; that He takes up His abode within the individual at the time of regeneration, and thus indwells every born-again believer; that He infills the believer for service upon each experience of surrender and dedication. We believe that the Holy Spirit testifies concerning Jesus Christ and never leads any person at any time contrary to the teaching of the Bible (Acts 5:1-4; John 16:7-11).

b) We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit were temporary; and the “sign gifts”, such as speaking in tongues, was never the common or necessary sign of the filling or baptism of the Spirit. We believe that God, in accord with His own will, does hear and answer prayer for the sick and the afflicted (I Corinthians 12:1,11,30; 13:8; James 5:14-16).

c) We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not to promote Himself or individuals, but the person and ministry of Christ. (John 16:13)

5. Man. We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a depraved, sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed (Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-6).

6. Salvation.

a) We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Salvation is solely through faith in that shed blood and is not earned by any good works whatsoever. All those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated and become sons of God (Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; 3:5-7).

b) We believe that all the elect of God, once saved, are kept by God‟s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:31-39).

7. Sanctification.

a) Sanctification means “separate” or “set apart.” We believe sanctification is in three tenses: every saved person has been sanctified through the death of Christ, is being sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and will be sanctified completely when he goes to be with Christ. Every believer has two natures: an old and new, and the old cannot be eradicated during this life (Hebrews 10:10; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:25-27).

b) We believe in the Biblical doctrine of Separation which encompasses three things:

i) the separation of the local church from affiliation and fellowship with those who deny the verities of the “faith once delivered to the saints;”

ii) the separation of the individual believer from all worldly practices that may dishonor the Savior; and

iii) the separation of church and state (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:11-7:1).

8. Sexual Morality. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God‟s gift of sex (Genesis 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

9. The Church. We believe in the Church, the Bride of Christ now being prepared, including only born-again people; and in the local church as an assembly of believers in the Lord, immersed as believers, and associated for worship, evangelism, doctrinal teaching , the observance of the ordinances, and fellowship. We believe that to the local church are committed for perpetual observance the two ordinances, baptism and the Lord‟s Supper. We believe that the task of reaching the world for Christ is the responsibility of the local church.

10. The Ordinances. We believe that there are two church ordinances: baptism and the Lord‟s Supper.

a) Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, and is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scriptures and is properly called “Believer‟s Baptism.” This baptism sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. The believer‟s immersion in water symbolizes death, burial and resurrection to a new life in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17), and is the visible credential for membership in the local church, corresponding to Holy Spirit baptism, which is the credential to membership in Christ‟s body. Believer‟s baptism is a Scriptural pre-requisite to church membership (Acts 2:38-41).

b) The Lord‟s Supper is a church ordinance in commemoration of the Lord‟s death until He comes, and signifies the continual fellowship of baptized believers with Him and each other in Him. Each believer should exercise careful self-examination before participation in this ordinance (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-42). We believe that obligation for proper and Scriptural administration of the ordinances is the responsibility of the church, and that authority and prerogative of administration does not rest in the minister as an expiatory priest.

11. The Great Commission. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned the Church to take the Gospel to the World, and that evangelism at home and abroad should be primary in the program of the local church (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

12. Last Things. We believe in the imminent return of Christ to raise the bodies of departed saints and to translate His Church, followed by a seven-year period of tribulation upon all the earth, after which He shall again return with His saints to establish the promised Davidic Kingdom. He shall reign for a thousand years, peace and righteousness shall cover the earth, Satan shall be bound, and Israel shall be established in her own land; following which Satan, shall lead a rebellion against Christ, only to be forever banished to the Lake of Fire. The wicked dead shall be raised for the Great White Throne Judgment, and condemned to everlasting conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire. The righteous shall enjoy eternal conscious blessedness with the Lord (John 14:3; Matthew 24:21; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-5; Ezekiel 39:25-29; I Thessalonians 4:15).

13. Apostasy. We believe that the Bible teaches that the time before Christ comes again will be perilous, have false teachers that pervert the gospel, and consist of disorderly brothers that ignore their Biblical traditions. Therefore, we need to be watchful and have no ecclesiastical fellowship with individuals, groups, or associations that would: 1) promote results by compromise; 2) dilute a separated stand in favor of denominational unity; 3) negotiate beliefs for a pragmatic approach; 4) divide the church by emphasizing programs instead of preaching; 5) erode God‟s Word by the introduction of translated versions with hidden agendas; and 6) deviate from the local church as God‟s instrument for “The Great Commission.” ( II Tim 3:1; Galatians 1:6,7; II Thessalonians 3:6; I Corinthians 10:12; II Peter 2:1-3; Jude 1- 25).

14. Financial Policy. We believe this church should be supported by tithes and offerings of the Lord‟s people. We believe that every Christian should seek to give systematically, regularly, proportionately, sacrificially, and cheerfully of his substance to the Lord‟s work through the local church (II Corinthians 8:9). No other means shall be used to raise money for the church and its ministries. Such things as Christian Education (tuition, materials, supplies, etc.), suppers, and refreshments may assess a charge designed to cover expenses.