Statement of Faith

A. The Scriptures:

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Bible. The sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testament canon were inerrant and infallible in the original writings and thus constitute the believer’s final authority for faith and practice. We shall for unity and doctrinal purity use only the King James Version of the Bible. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21)

B. The True God:

We believe in the existence of one true and living God. We also believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, that is, within the unity of the Godhead there exists three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who in essence are co-equal and co-eternal yet exercise distinct, though harmonious, works. (Deuteronomy 6:4, I John 5:6-12)

C. God the Father:

We believe in God the Father. God is an infinite and perfect Spirit who is the source and support of all things. (Genesis 17:1, Psalm 139:7-11, John 4:24, Acts 15:18, Ephesians 1:11)

D. God the Son:

We believe in Jesus Christ. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute deity and perfect humanity. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and gave His life on the cross as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose bodily from the grave, ascended back into heaven and is today acting as the believer’s advocate and Great High Priest. (John 1:1-15a, John 9:6, Hebrews 4:15, I Timothy 2:6, Luke 24:39, I John 2:1)

E. God the Holy Spirit:

We believe in the Holy Spirit. He is equal in essence to the Father and Son. He convicts of sin and is the agent of the new birth. One clear evidence of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is boldness to witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19, John 3:5, 16:8; I Corinthians 12:13, 6:19, 12:7; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18)

F. Creation:

We believe the universe as well as mankind is a result of the direct creative act of God. We believe in the Biblical account of creation. We reject all forms of evolution whether theistic or naturalistic. (Genesis 1:1-27, Colossians 1:16)

G. Satan (The Devil):

We believe the Biblical account of Satan’s fall and that he actively opposes the work of God. (Ezekiel 28:12-17, Isaiah 14:12-25)

H. Man:

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. He was created sinless. He chose to transgress and therefore fell from that state. As a result, all mankind are sinners by nature and by choice. (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-19; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:12, 6:23)

I. Salvation:

We believe, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally saved and shall not perish. We believe eternal life is a present possession. (II Peter 3:9, Ephesians 1:7, 2:8,9; Romans 10:9-10, 13; John 3:16, 36, 10:27-31; Ephesians 4:30, I John 5:13)

J. Spiritual Gifts:

We believe that God has given spiritual gifts to every believer. We believe the gift of tongues has ceased. We believe that tongues, as spoken of in the Bible, refer to understood languages. (Romans 12:6, I Corinthians 13:8, 14:9)

K. The Church:

We believe that the Church is an assembly of baptized believers covenanted together to carry out the Great Commission. Christ is the Head of the Church and the Word of God is to be its source of authority. Local churches are to be led by men serving in the Biblical office of Pastor. The Church is to observe two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; both of which are pictures of what Christ did for us and have no part in salvation. Scriptural Baptism is by immersion. The Lord’s Supper is for saved members of the local church. (Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20; Acts 1:5, 2:41-47, 8:36-38; I Corinthians 11:17-34, Galatians 1:2, Colossians 1:18, I Timothy 3:2-8)

L. End Times:

We believe in the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, and imminent return of Jesus Christ for all believers. (John 14:3, I Thessalonians  4:16-17, Revelation 3:10, 4:1)

M. Heaven and Hell:

We believe in a literal, eternal Heaven for all believers and a literal, eternal Hell for all unbelievbers. (John 14:1-3, Acts 1:11, Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:11-15)

N. Separation:

We believe God has called believers to a life characterized by personal and ecclesiastical separation. Personally, we are to refrain from all things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ. Ecclesiastically, our position is not to cooperate with any organization or movement that is connected with apostasy, or that places less than primary emphasis on the authority of God’s Word, such as: the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, the Ecumenical Movement, Liberalism, Hyper-Calvinism, Arminianism, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism, the various branches of the Charismatic Movement, etc… We believe co-operation should be limited to those local churches of like precious faith. (Romans 16:17, I Corinthians 6:19-20, II Corinthians 6:14-17, I Thessalonians 5:22, II Thessalonians 3:6-15, I John 2:15-17, II John 9-10)

O. Marriage:

We believe marriage was instituted by God to a lifelong union between one man and one woman and therefore we are opposed to any other definition of marriage. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may actively serve in the local church at the discretion of the Pastor, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Genesis 1:27, 2:18-25, Romans 7:1-3, I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

P. The Grace of Giving

We believe that Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith, and that it is a Christian’s privilege and duty. We believe that God’s method of financing His earthly work of spreading the Gospel to all nations, the care of the churches and the support of the ministry, is by the tithes and offerings of God’s people. We believe that they are to be given to the Lord through His local church. We believe that Christians should give a minimum of one tenth of their income and that offerings are to be given above the tithe as God has prospered the individual. (Malachi 3:8-10, I Corinthians 8-9, I Corinthians 16:2)

Q. Music:

We believe that all music must glorify God and be a direct reflection of His nature as well as a manifestation of the life of a Spirit-filled believer. Music is not primarily for us but to glorify God. We do not believe that music is amoral or value-neutral, but that music plays an important role in the spiritual life of the church, the family, and individual believers. We believe the style in which a piece of music is written and the manner in which it is performed strongly colors the message of the music. It is our purpose to promote a style and type of music that will bring the highest and holiest glory to God, edify believers and encourage them toward holy and righteous living in the church. We strongly discourage any music styles that reflect the whims of the culture and worldly paradigms or that will hinder the spiritual well-being of the church.

R. Lawsuits between believers:

We believe that Christians are Biblically prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe Biblically the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries or damages from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (I Corinthians 6:1-8, Ephesians 4:31-32)

S. Human Sexuality:

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, trans-sexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5-13, 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:18-32, I Corinthians 5:6-9, I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4)

T. Abortion:

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth control or population control, or the well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16, Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1-5, Luke 1:44)

U. Euthanasia and suicide:

We believe that life is sacred and any act of suicide or putting to death a person suffering from a distressing disease, illness or health problem from injury (euthanasia or mercy-killing) is virtually an instance of self-deification usurping a right that belongs only to God. (II Kings 5:7, Job 1:26, 2:6; Psalm 68:20, Hebrews 9:27)

 

Authority of Statement of Faith

The statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We believe the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore is binding upon all members (and guests who participate or take part in any activity of the Church).