Statement of Faith
The Doctrine of the Bible (Bibliology)
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the sole and final authority for faith and practice.
The Doctrine of God (Theology)
We believe in one triune God (The Trinity), co-existing and eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Doctrine of Christ (Christology)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead. As such He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. Christ is identical in His very nature because He is God. Jesus made the claim to be equal with the Father and the Father referred to Him as God. (John 1:1, 5:18, 10:30, 14:11, 17:5; Hebrews 1:8)
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. As such He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. (John 14:16-18; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 3:16-17)
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless state; consequently, all mankind are sinners, not by constraint but by choice. Therefore, mankind is under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the arch enemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, for whom the place of eternal punishment (hell) was prepared.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God. Man is lost and must be born again, through repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We further believe that God's Word clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality.
The Doctrine of The Church (Ecclesiology)
A. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a New Testament institution, unknown to the Old Testament prophets and established by Jesus Christ. Jesus is its sole Head and the church is made up of born-again, scripturally baptized persons who have voluntarily joined themselves together to carry out the Great Commission. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
B. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
C. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
D. We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper as the sole Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this dispensation. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
E. We believe there are two offices in the local church. That of Pastor and Deacon. The requirements for each office are set forth in the scriptures and must be adhered to. (I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)
F. We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)
G. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving. We believe the work of God is to be financed by the people of God. (Genesis 14:20; Exodus 36:3-7; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:8-12; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)H. We believe in both personal and ecclesiastical separation and that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour or Church. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost: those that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in heaven and those that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation in a literal lake of fire.
We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. We further believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. After this, unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne and be judged and cast into a lake of fire, while the believers will have their works judged at the judgment Seat of Christ.