What we believe

Purpose

The purpose of this church shall be to preach and teach the Word of God, that is, the Bible. For the purpose of reaching the unsaved with the message of salvation and building believers up in the Christian faith and spreading the Gospel of Salvation in Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Doctrine

  1. We believe that the Bible is God's infallible Word, written by men who were divinely and uniquely inspired and that it is our supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice. We affirm our belief in the verbal and plenary inspiration for the Scriptures in the original autographs. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
  2. We believe in one God, who exists eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:7; Acts 2:32-33)
  3. We believe that the entire human race, by an act of sin on the part of Adam and Eve, was plunged into ruin, and that a new birth is necessary for anyone to be saved. (Romans 5:12-21; cp. Genesis 3)
  4. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:23)
  5. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. (John 10:30-38)
  6. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe on Him are justified solely on the ground of the blood which He shed on Calvary's Cross. (Romans 5:8-10)
  7. We believe that those who receive Christ by faith have their sins forgiven, their hearts cleansed, are born of the Spirit, become children of God, and are made new creatures in Christ Jesus. (John 1:12-13; Acts 15:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:7)
  8. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was literally and bodily raised from the dead, that He ascended into Heaven, and is there now, as our intercessor. (Matthew 28:5-6; Romans 8:34)
  9. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, and as such He is our abiding Comforter and Helper. We believe that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that it is by HIs power that the sinner is born again and that the born-again Christian is enabled to live the Christian life. (John 14:16-17)
  10. We believe that there will be a bodily resurrection of the saved and the unsaved; that the saved will be eternally blessed in Heaven, and that the unsaved will be in everlasting and conscious punishment in the lake of fire. (1 Corinthians15; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20: 14-15)
  11. We believe in the blessed hope: the personal, literal, visible, premillennial, pretribulational and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to receive His own unto Himself. (John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  12. We believe that a local church is a congregation of born-again baptized believers. That they are associated by a communion of faith, for fellowship, in the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ' governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word.
    We believe that the local churches of true Scriptural doctrine are to cooperate with one another in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel, and that each local Church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. On all matters of membership, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41-42;15:14-18; 20:17-28; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18)
  13. We believe that the Bible records only two pubic ordinances, and these should be followed by the local church. They are water baptism and the Lord's Supper or Communion. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show his faith in, and identity with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and the Spirit-filled life. It is a symbol and demonstration of the conversion experience. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19; John 3:23;) We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial of the atoning death, burial, resurrection, and personal return of Christ, and that only born-again believers are to participate in it. We believe that the elements, bread and the juice of the grape, are symbols of Christ's body and blood and have no merit in themselves. (Luke 22:16-20; Corinthians 11:24-26)
  14. We believe that we are under obligation to contended earnestly for the faith once and for all delivered unto the saints. (Jude 3)

Individual commitment

As those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit through personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and who believe the Bible to be the Word of God and the rule of our faith, conduct, Christian growth and service. It is our sincere aim, with God's help, to live lives separated from the world, the flesh and the devil; to exercise Christian love and understanding toward one another, and to support faithfully the principles, plans and programs of our church financially and prayerfully.

We further feel that we should regularly give ourselves to private and family devotions; that we have the responsibility and privilege of training our children in the Christian faith; that one of our greatest purposes in life should be the winning of the lost to Christ, including relatives and friends; and that we should continually grow in the knowledge and use of the Word of God.