Our Faith

1.  The Scriptures

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments.  We accept the Masoretic and Textus Receptus manuscripts from which came the King James, 1611, Authorized Version.  We believe the King James Bible is God's inspired, infallible, and divinely preserved Word for the English speaking people today.  The Scripture is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.  (II Timothy 3:16; Galatians 1:11-12; Psalms 12:6-7)

2.  The True God

We believe in one God, eternally existing as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19).

3.  The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe the Lord Jesus was sent from Heaven by God the Father (1 John 4:9); put in the womb of the virgin Mary by God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20); born into this world as God in a human body (Matthew 1:23); knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21); made the perfect, eternal blood sacrifice for our sins (Ephesians 1:7); had a bodily resurrection the third day after his death on the cross (Luke 24:6,39); and returned to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father as our Great Priest, Mediator, Lord and Saviour (John 16:28; Mark 16:9; 1 Timothy 2:5).

4.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

(A) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.   (John 16:8‑11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12‑14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13‑14)

 
(B) We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.   (Ephesians 1:17‑18, 5:18; 1 John 2:20,27)
 
(C) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.   (Romans 12:3‑8; 1 Corinthians 12:4‑11,28; Ephesians 4:7‑12)
 

5. The Fall of Man

We believe God created man in the image of God (Genesis 1:26); through Adam's disobedience all are born totally sinful (Psalms 51:5); by choice all become sinners and are condemned to Hell when they reach the time of responsibility and reject Christ
(Romans 1:18-32).

6.  The Devil or Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the father of sin and the enemy of God and mankind (1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7).

7.  Salvation

We believe all men can be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-8; 16:8) and God's Word (John 5:24).  Man must believe he is a lost sinner (Romans 3:23; 6:23); believe that Jesus died for his sins (Romans 5:8); repent of sins (have sorrow and regret) (Luke 13:3; 18:13) and receive Jesus Christ into his heart by faith (Romans 10:13; John 1:12; Revelation 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9).

8.  Security of the Believer

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ. (Ephesians 4:30; John 10:27-30; John 3:16).

9.  Heaven and Hell

We believe the soul and spirit of man lives on after physical death either in the literal, eternal Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8) or the literal, eternal Hell (Luke 16:22-26).

10.  The Resurrections

We believe in the bodily resurrection of God's children unto life eternal at the rapture of the church (1 Corinthians 15:51-53) and the bodily resurrection of the lost unto damnation at the end of the One Thousand Year Reign (Revelation 20:11-15).

11.  The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the personal and imminent (any moment) return of Christ for his children (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18); followed by the seven-year Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10); the Second Coming of Christ to this Earth (Revelation 19:11-21); His One Thousand Year Reign (Revelation 20:1-3) and the new eternal Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21-22).

12.  The Judgement Days

We believe the Christian's works are judged for rewards in Heaven after the Rapture at the Judgement Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15); and the unsaved man's sins are judged for degrees of punishment in the lake of fire after the One Thousand Year Reign at the Great White Throne Judgement (Revelation 20:11).

13.  The Gifts of Tongues and Prophecies

We believe these gifts were temporary sign gifts for the lost people of Israel (1 Corinthians 14:22) and were given to spread the Gospel message in all languages (Acts 1:8; 2:1-8); and these gifts have ceased since the completion of the Word of God (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).

14.  Separation

We believe in separation from Liberals, Modernists, National and World Council of Churches, the modern tongue movement, and all evil works of darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 2 John 10-11; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14).

15.  Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe in two church ordinances: water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to picture of the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Matthew 3:16; 28:19; Romans 6:4); and the Lord’s Supper, which is taken by obedient believers with bread and juice of the vine to commemorate the death of Christ on the Cross     (1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

16.  The Local Visible Church Ministry

We believe the local church is to be an independent (free from outside interference) congregation of baptized believers (Acts 2:41).  We believe the local body of believers should be careful to show forth Christian love (John 13:34) and Holy living (1 Thessalonians 5:22); to pray for each other (Ephesians 6:18); to be faithful in worship (Hebrews 10:25); to support the local church with tithes and offerings (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Malachi 3:8-10); to show forth loyalty and respect for the pastor for his “works sake” (1 Timothy 5:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:7,17; 1 Chronicles 16:22), who is the Bishop or Elder (Titus 1:5-7); Under-shepherd (pastor) (Ephesians 4:11); Overseer (Acts 20:17,28) Ruler (1 Timothy 3:4-5, 5:17);Teacher (1 Peter 5:2) and Preacher of the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:2-5).