Statement of Faith
I. THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible, composed of 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the verbally inspired and infallible Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life; and that God has kept His promise to preserve His word through the ages. His word for English speaking people has been preserved in the King James Version. Honest examination of manuscript evidence will conclude that all modern versions originate from a corrupt source.
II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1-2; Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:89; Isa. 40:8; Mat. 24:35; II Peter 1:20-21.
II. THE TRINITY
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Gen. 1:1; Duet. 6:4; Eph. 4:6; Mat. 3:16-17; Mat. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I Peter 1:2; I John 5:6-8.
III. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His true humanity, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His present intercession and sole mediatorship, and His personal and visible return in power and glory.
John 1:1,14; Mat. 1:18-23; Col. 2:9; Luke 1:35; I John 3:5; Acts 2:22-24; Col. 1:14; Gal. 1:4; Mark 10:45; I Cor. 15:3-5; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13; I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-57; Heb. 7:25; I Tim. 2:5.
IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit, who is our comforter, and it is His ministry to reveal Christ to mankind. He also convicts of sin, regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers for service.
John 14:16-17; John 16:7-8, 13-14; John 3:3; Eph. 1:13; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 8:26-27; I Cor. 2:9-12; Psalm 139:7-8; Gen. 1:2-3; Rom. 8:2,10-14; Acts 1:8.
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred spiritual death; and that "all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God."
Romans 3:23; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:17; Gen. 3:6; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1; Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:13.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and salvation from sin is received only by the grace of God through personal faith in Jesus Christ. All who receive Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood, born of the Spirit and thereby become children of God.
I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 10:17; John 1:12; John 3:4-7,16; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Rom. 3:10-11,23-24; Luke 13:5; Rom. 10:9-10,13; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5.
VII. ETERNAL CONSCIOUSNESS
We believe in the resurrection of the saved to everlasting conscious blessedness with Christ and in the resurrection of the lost to everlasting conscious punishment in the lake of fire.
John 5:28-29; Rev. 20:5; I Thes. 4:17; I Cor. 15:51-55; Mat. 25:41; Rev. 20:14-15; Rev. 21:8.
VIII. ETERNAL SECURITY
We believe that all true believers, having been born again into the family of God, are possessors of everlasting life and shall never perish; for they are eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Titus 1:2; I John 2:25; John 3:16; John 5:24; John 6:37; John 10:27-31; II Tim. 1:12; Eph. 1:13-14; Rom. 8:28-38; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1.
IX. THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ and a spiritual organism composed of scripturally baptized, born again believers whom God has called together for worship, service, and the spread of the Gospel. The Bible teaches that the church is made up of God's "called out" people in a given locality, and not a universal or invisible institution.
Heb. 10:25; Mat. 16:18; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 1:2; Rom. 16:3-5; Gal. 1:2; Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23.
We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, portraying death to sin and resurrection to newness of life. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the Lord's death until He comes.
Mat. 3:13-17; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:4; Acts 8:36-37; Mat. 26:26-28; I Cor. 11:23-30.
XI. THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe it is the responsibility of all believers to make known the gospel of Jesus Christ to all men.
Mark 16:15; II Cor. 6:2; II Tim. 4:2; Mat. 28:19-20; Ezek. 3:17-21.
XII. THE FUTURE
We believe in the pretribulational and premillennial return of Christ for His Bride, the Church. Following this period known as the Tribulation, Christ will return with His church to set up the literal millennial kingdom.
I Thes. 5:9; Rev. 3:3,10; Rev. 4:1; Rom. 8:1; John 5:24; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:1-4; I Thes. 1:10; James 5:8; Titus 2:13; I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-57; Joel 2:1-2; Mat. 24:21-22; Luke 21:25-26; Dan. 9:24-27.