What We Believe
About The Bible – We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, consisting of the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and are entirely free from error; that the bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (Psalm 119:152, 160; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:21)
About God – We believe in one God, creator of all and that God is holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19)
About Christ – We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry, and personal return.
(John 1:1-4; 1 Peter 1:18-21)
About The Holy Spirit – We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.
(John 14:16, 17, 25, 26; John 16: 7-15)
About Satan – We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, and the archenemy of God and man.
(1 John 3:7; Luke 10:18; Revelation 20:10)
About Man – We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God; resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
(Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:18,19)
About Salvation – We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory, and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.
(Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 1: 4-8, 2:8, 9)
About The Future Things – We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked and those who don’t put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
(Acts 1:11; 2 Timothy 4:1; Matthew 25:41, 46; John 14:1-4)
About the Local Church – We believe that a church is a company of believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts, and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons.
(Acts 2:42, 46, 47; 1 Timothy 3:1-13)
About Ordinances – We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament, in this order:
1. Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and thereby sets forth his identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.
(Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:3-5)
2. The Lord’s Supper (or communion), which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes again.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
About the Church and the State – We believe in the entire separation of the church and state.
About Religious Liberty – We believe in religious liberty; that everyone man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.
About the Lord’s Day – We believe that the first day of the week (Sunday) is the Lord’s day and that, in a special sense, it is a divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.
About Civil Government – We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that our elected officials magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.
(1 Timothy 2:1-4)