OF THE SCRIPTURES:
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried. The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those text of the original languages we accept and use; the King James Version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use. The Bible is our sole and final authority for faith and practice. II Timothy 3:16-17 / II Peter 1:19-21 / Psalm 19:7-11 / Proverbs 30:5-6 / Isaiah 8:20 / Luke 24:25-27 / 44-45 / John 5:39-47 / John 12:48 / John 17:17 / Romans 3:4 / Romans 15:4 / Ephesians 6:17 / I Peter 1:23 / Revelation 22:19 / II Samuel 23:2 / Acts 1:16 / Acts 3:21
OF THE TRUE GOD:
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth (Isaiah 45:18 / I Corinthians 8:6); Inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love (Revelation 4:11); that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Luke 3:22 / Matthew 28:19 / Genesis 1:1 / Psalm 83:18 / Mark 12:30 / John 4:24 / Acts 5:3-4 / Ephesians 2:18 / I Timothy 1:17 / I John 5:7
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled (II Thessalonians 2:7-8); that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (John 16:8); that He bears witness to the truth of the new birth (John 3:5-6); that He seals (Ephesians 1:13); endues (Acts 1:8); guides and teaches (John 16:13 / 14:26); and witnesses (Romans 8:16); He fills and helps the believer (Ephesians 5:18 / Romans 8:26 / John 14:16-17).
OF THE DEVIL OR SATAN:
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy; the lord of the Antichrist; and the author of all the powers of darkness—destined, however, to be finally defeated at the hand of God's Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Is. 14:12-15; Ez. 28:14-17; Matt. 4:1-3; 25.41; Lk. 22:3-4; Jn. 14:30; II Cor. 11:13-15; Eph. 2:2; I Thess. 3:5; II Thess. 2:8-11; II Pet. 2:4; I Jn. 2:22; 3:8; 4:3; II Jn. 7; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7-10; 13:13-14; 20:1-3,10)
We believe the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary changes of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God's established law was--they should bring forth only "after their own kind." (Genesis 1:1; 1:26,27; 2:21-23; Ex. 20:11; Neh. 9:6; Jer. 10:12; Jn. 1:1-3; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 10:6)
OF THE FALL OF MAN:
We believe the Scriptures teach that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice; and therefore are under just condemnation without excuse before God. (Genesis 5:1-2; Genesis 3:1-7 & 24; Romans 5:10-19).
OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH:
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of a woman, and that He was born the Son of God and God the Son. (Genesis 3:15; Ps. 2:7; Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:14; Gal. 4:4)
OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN:
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9); through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father (John 3:16); freely took upon Him our nature (Hebrews 2:16); yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15); honored the divine law by His personal obedience (Philippians 2:8); and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins (Romans 5:11) that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place (Galatians 1: 4); the Just dying for the unjust (I Peter 3:18); Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree (I. Peter 2:24); that having risen from the dead (Matthew 28:6); He is now enthroned in Heaven (Ephesians 1:20); and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient Saviour.
OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION:
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of the repentance and faith in the newness of life.(Jn. 3:3,6,7; Acts. 2:41; 16:30,31; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:1; II Pet. 1:4; I Jn. 5:1)
We believe the great blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification. Justification includes the pardon from sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness and is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood. His righteousness is then imputed to us. (Is. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17; 4:1-8; 5:1,9; 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38)
OF FAITH OF SALVATION:
We believe that the Scriptures teach faith is saving grace brought by the Spirit, and is the medium through which Christ is received by the soul as its sacrifice and Savior. It is an assent of a mind and a consent of heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust; testimony of God is believed as true while Christ is trusted for salvation. (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:10; James 2:23)
OF THE LOCAL CHURCH:
We believe the church of Christ is a local assembly of born again baptized believers, founded by Jesus Christ Himself and associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its officer of ordination is pastor or elder, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to baptize believers; third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. All matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, benevolence, and the will of the local church is final.(Matt. 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41,42; 6:5-7; 14:23; 15:22,23; 20:17-28; I Cor. 5:11-13; 6:1-3; 16:1; II Cor. 8:23,24; 12:4; Eph. 1:22,23; 4:11; 5:23,24; Col. 1:18, I Tim. 3:1-13; I Pet. 5:1-4)
OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER:
We believe Christian baptism is the immersion in water of the believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is by the authority of the local church to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified and risen Saviour. It is symbolic of our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and grape juice, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, always preceded by solemn self-examination. (Matt. 3:6; 28:19,20; Jn. 3:23; Acts 2:41,42; 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-34; Col. 2:12)
OF THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS:
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ, and cannot lose their salvation. (John 6:39-40 / John 10:28-29 / Romans 8:35-39 / Philippians 1:6 / Jude 1.
OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED:
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (Malachi 3:18); that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem (II Peter 1:1 / Titus 3:5 / Isaiah 64:6); while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse (John 8:21 / Proverbs 14:32); in the everlasting felicity of the saved (I Thessalonians 4:13-18); and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost (Revelation 20:10-15).
OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT:
We believe civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society. Magistrates are prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.(Ex. 18:21; II Sam. 23:3; Dan. 3:17,18; Ps. 72:11; Matt. 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 4:19,20; 5:29; 23:5; Rom. 13:7; Phil. 2:10,11; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13,14,17; Rev. 10:6)
OF THE RESURRECTION, PERSONAL, VISIBLE,
PRETRIBULATIONAL, PREMILLENNIAL RETURN OF
CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS:
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:6-7 / Mark 16:6 / Luke 24:39 / John 20:27 / I Corinthians 15:4)
2. We believe in the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to Heaven (Luke 24:51 / Acts 1:9- / Hebrews 12:2 / Revelation 3:21)
3. We believe in the High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:5 / Hebrews 5:9-10 / Hebrews 8:6 / I John 2:1)
4. We believe in a pretribulational coming in the clouds of our Lord Jesus Christ to raise the righteous dead and change the living saints to go to be with Him (Revelation 3:10 / II Thessalonians 2:3-12)
5. We believe in the resurrection of the righteous dead (I Corinthians 15:42-44; 51-54 / I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
6. We believe in the change of the living in Christ at the rapture or catching away of believers.
7. We believe in the coming throne of David, ruled by Jesus Christ for one thousand years on earth (Isaiah 9:6-7 / Luke 1:32 / Acts 2:29-30 / Revelation 20:1-6)
The command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the church. Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
Luke 24:47 "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
John 20:21 "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my father hath sent me, even so send I you."
Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. II Corinthians 8:7 "Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also." We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse [common treasury of the church] upon the first day of the week. (Mal. 3:10) I Corinthians 16:2 "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." Abraham gave a tenth part of all he had. This was four hundred years before the law and was confirmed in the New Testament when Jesus said, "These ought ye to have done" (Matt. 23:23). Leviticus 27:30 tells us that the tithe is the Lord's. Malachi 3:10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." In the New Testament, the common treasury was the church. Acts 4:34,35,37 "...And brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles' feet... Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet."
OF HUMAN SEXUALITY:
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, pedophilia, adultery and pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sex. We believe throughout the whole of Scripture, heterosexuality is both assumed and affirmed as God’s order of creation. (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5-29; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).