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What We Practice

Our Statement of Faith
The Word of God

We believe all Scripture was given by verbal complete, and inerrant inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16), and God has promised to preserve every jot and tittle of what He inspired (Matthew 5:18). We hold to the Authorized Version (King James Bible), hereinafter “the Bible”, as the standard for English speaking people and believe we find within it the absolute certainty of the words of truth (Proverbs 22:20-21).

The Depravity of Man

We believe the Genesis account of creation as historical, not allegorical or figurative. We believe Adam was a historical person, created by the direct act of God and in His image (Genesis 1-2). Adam chose to sin against God through the free will God gave him and reaped the wages of death. As the originator of the human race, Adam passed his sinful nature to all mankind (Romans 5:12). All men are sinners by birth and become sinners in experience (Romans 3) for which the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

God’s Plan of Salvation

We believe salvation is by God’s grace alone on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and in His resurrection, appropriated by the faith of anyone who will personally believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-13). We believe the act of salvation is just as definite and decisive as physical birth (John 3:1-7).

Eternal Security of the Believer

We believe this salvation cannot be reversed or lost and believers are kept by the power of God (John 10:28-29; 1 John 2:19; Romans 8:35-39; 1 Peter 1:5).

The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in the literal, physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in power and great glory to judge the world and reign for a thousand years (Acts 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, Revelation 19; 20). We believe shortly before Christ’s Second Coming, all genuine believers will be raptured out to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians. 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52) followed by a seven-year period of tribulation on earth during which time God will judge His people Israel and those without Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 24).

The Eternal State

We believe all men will spend eternity either with Christ or eternally separated from Him. We believe the lost who die wait in a literal Hell for the day of final judgment where they will be assigned to the proper degree of punishment in a literal lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). We believe those who have accepted Christ as savior will experience a bodily resurrection to everlasting life (1 Thessalonians. 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58).

Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church; 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom 13:1-7; Eph 5:22-24; Heb 13:17; 1 Pet 2:13-14).

The Lord’s Supper

On the final evening of His life, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, His closest earthly friends. (Matthew 26:17-35). Having been identified as “the Lamb of God” by John the Baptist some three and one half years earlier (John 1:36), this Passover signified the culmination of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In Luke’s account of the event he records Jesus’ command to the disciples to “remember” Him in all of their future celebrations of the Passover. The Apostle Paul reinforces Jesus’ command in chapter 11, verses 23-30 of his first letter to the Corinthians Having earlier miraculously received details of the event directly from the risen Lord, Paul lays the foundation for our current day celebration of the Lord’s Supper – our way to remember the sacrifice of Christ, as God’s Passover Lamb, until He returns.

The Godhead
  1.  We believe in one true God who is manifest in three eternal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19).
  2. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is fully and literally God in human form (1 Timothy 3:16), He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), and in the womb of a virgin named Mary (Isaiah 7:14) received a human body. We believe He was tempted by Satan in all points like we are, yet without sin (Matthew 4: 1-11; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 2:16). We believe He allowed Himself to be crucified in order to pay the penalty deserved for all our sin (Romans 5:11-21), He literally and bodily rose again from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and He now sits on the right hand of God the Father in heaven (Colossians 3:1).
  3. We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God and the current, earthly manifestation of God through His indwelling of the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:16; John 16:7) and He seals the believer and baptizes (immerses) him into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation (1 Corinthians 12:13) with the goal of teaching God’s Word and conforming the believer to the very image of Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Corinthians 2:9-16; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18). We believe all spiritual blessings are received at the time of salvation (Ephesians 1:3), and the Spirit gives gifts to every believer as He (the Spirit) wills so the believer might effectively communicate the love of Christ, (1 Corinthians 12-13) and the modern ”tongues movement” is not according to Scripture (1 Corinthians 14).
The Personality of Satan

We believe Satan is a real, historical being, a fallen cherub who was lifted up in pride and rebelled against God, leading an army of angelic beings with him (Isaiah 14:12-17). His defeat was sealed by the work of Christ on the cross (Hebrews 2:14). His final destiny is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

The Local Church

We believe the local assembly of believers (local church) is God’s instrument in this age. While all genuine, born-again believers in Christ share a family relationship, the overwhelming number of references of the word ”church” in the Bible apply to a local, visible assembly of believers (Acts 14:23; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-13). At the Second Coming of Christ, all genuine believers from the time of Christ’s ascension will be united together as the Body of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:7-8; 21:2). Until then, it is the responsibility of each local church to continue in evangelism, discipleship, and missions both independently and interdependently (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe each local assembly should be as self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating as possible, practicing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and operating under the leadership of those who hold the office of pastor (also known as ”bishop” or ”elder”) and assisted by those who hold the office of deacon (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:17). We believe every person in fellowship with the local church has the responsibility to minister the Word of God and support the ministry through prayer, holy living, tithes, and offerings (1 Corinthians 16:2; Malachi 3:10; Acts 4:34-37; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Acts 2:41-47; 13:1-4).

Baptism

We believe that baptism is the first act of obedience by the believer in service to the Lord. We believe that is not essential for salvation, but essential for service and spiritual growth as outlined in the “great commission” (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe that the only requirement for baptism is a heart belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:37).

Marriage

We believe that marriage was designed and ordained by God for a specific and profound purpose. Marriage pictures and manifests the spiritual relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:22-27). Therefore, marriage is to be between one man and one woman (Ephesians 5:28-33). We believe that God modeled this truth when creating the first man and woman (Genesis 1:26-27). Throughout scripture the term “husband” is always used to reference the man (Genesis 3:6); and the term “wife” always references the woman (Genesis 2:24).