Beliefs

BELIEFS

  1. The Scriptures – We believe the Old and New Testaments to be verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21).
  2. The Godhead- we believe the Godhead eternally exist in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. (Genesis 1:1, 1:26; Matthew 13:14; Romans 8:9).
  3. The Lord Jesus Christ – We Believe in:
    1. His Eternal existence as God (Hebrews 1:8).
    2. His incarnation by means of the Virgin Birth (Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14).
    3. His death on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for sin (Roman 3:25; Hebrews 9:14).
    4. His literal bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:36-43; Acts 10:40-41).
    5. His present ministry of intercession in Heaven (Acts 1:9; I john 2:1; Hebrews 8:1-2).
    6. His personal return to earth (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 26:64).
  4. Holy Spirit- We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead convicts men of sin (John 16:8); regenerates, indwells, seals (I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-12), and sets believers apart unto a holy life; that he keeps and empowers believers day by day; that he is the teacher of the Word of God and guide for our daily life. Anyone who does not have the Spirit in him is not a child of God (Romans 8:9).
  5. Man- We believe:
    1. Man was created innocent and pure (Genesis 1:26).
    2. Adam fell through the sin of disobedience (Romans 5:19).
    3. Thereby, all men are corrupted in body, mind, and soul (Romans 5:12).
    4. Thereby, all are in need of redemption.
  6. Salvation- We believe:
    1. That Justification of sinners is wholly by grace through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. That no right ceremony or good work can avail for the sinner’s salvation or make the believer’s salvation more secure.
    3. That Christ is the only and all sufficient Savior.
    4. That all who are truly saved are kept forever.
    5. God cannot overlook sin in His children and will chasten and correct them in love (Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Acts 4:12; II Timothy 1:12; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:16; Romans 6:1-6; Hebrews 12:6-8).
  7. The Church- We believe:
    1. The local New Testament Church is composed of regenerated baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, observing the ordinances, fellowship, and service.
    2. The officers of the local church are pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures.
    3. The true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity in the local community and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
    4. The local church has absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization, religious or political.
    5. The one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
    6. That on all matters of membership, policy of government, discipline, benevolence, the will of the church is final (Acts 2:41-47; Romans 1:7; Colossians 1:2; I Corinthians 1:2; Acts 11:26; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-8; Hebrews 13:7-17; I Peter 5:1-5; Acts 6:1-8; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-26; Acts 15:1-27; Acts 11:29-30; Acts 13:1-4; Philippians 4:14-16; Acts 20:28-31; I Corinthians 5:1-6,11).
  8. The Ordinances- We believe that Christ gave only two ordinances to the Church to be observed “till He come.”
  9. The Lord’s Supper- We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes again; that, in this ordinance, the Lord’s table should be open to all who have trusted Christ as their Savior and are living in fellowship with, and obedience to Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
  10. Believer’s Baptism- We believe that Bible baptism is the burial of the believer in water, thus setting forth I symbol his union wit Christ in His death, burial and resurrection; that every believer should be baptized because of the example of our Lord and because of the command given by our Lord; and that while there is no saving power in water baptism, it is an act of obedience by those who are already saved to picture that they are dead, buried and raised spiritually with Jesus Christ by faith in Him. We believe in baptism by total submersion. We reject infant baptism as unscriptural (Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:3-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-39; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 5:24).
  11. The Future- We believe:
    1. In the literal, bodily, personal, pre-millennial and imminent coming of our Lord into the air to catch away all believers unto Himself before the tribulation period.
    2. In the personal visible and glorious return of Christ to earth, with believers, at the close of the tribulation period to judge the living nations and to set up Hiss millennial kingdom on earth (Acts 1:11; John 14:3, I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelations 4:1; Matthew 24:42-44; II Thessalonians 2:7-8; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelations 19:11-21; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelations 20:1-6; Hebrews 12:22-24).
    3. We believe that at the time of death the souls of the redeemed are, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the resurrection; and that the souls of the lost remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection (II Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23-24).
  12. The Lord’s day- we believe that in this age of Grace, the Lord’s Day, which is the first day of the week, the Day of our Lord’s resurrection, is the proper day for Christian to worship and service; and it ought to be kept sacred to spiritual purposes, by abstinence from all unnecessary secular labor and other activities unbecoming to such Day ( Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:25; John 20:1,19,26).
  13. Satan- We believe that Satan, a fallen angel, is a distinct and real personality, the god of this age, the adversary of Christ and all believers, and that his destiny is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire (Ezekiel 28: 1-19; Job 1:6-9; I Peter 5:8; Matthew 4:1-11; I Timothy 3:7; James 4:7; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelations 20:10).
  14. Separation- We believe that the Christian is called into a life of separation from religious apostasy, and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations (Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:22; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 16:17-18; II John 7-11; Ephesians 5:11).