- Doctrinal Statement
- We believe that love for one another
as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for
God, and symbolizes our authority as a New Testament Church. Love is therefore the great commandment of
the LORD Jesus upon which all other are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34,
35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).
- We believe in the infallible, verbal
inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of
faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
- We believe in the personal triune
God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; equal in divine perfection (Matt. 28:19).
- We believe in the Genesis account of
Creation (Gen. 1; 2).
- We believe that Satan is a fallen
angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his
destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt.
25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).
- We believe in the virgin birth and
sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22).
- We believe in the deity of Jesus
Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19).
- We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine
Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17;
Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4).
- We believe that miraculous spiritual
manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope,
and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (I Cor. Chapters 12-14).
believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until
he fell by voluntary transgression from hi sinless state, the result being that
all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19).
believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for
all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9;
1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Pet. 3:18; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily
resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess.
believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning
event of the Gentile Age. This event will include the resurrection of the
righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the
resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and
that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess.
4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev.20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).
believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in
Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom.
6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates,
seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom.
8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).
believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him
and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb.
10:39; 1 Pet. 1:5).
believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the
disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23;
John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).
believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth
and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized
believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord
Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body and no
other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus
Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He
promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt.
28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21).
believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism
and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent
believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in
the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial
ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance
(Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8, 12:38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1, 2,
believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in the church, pastors
and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus
and 1 Timothy.
believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly
should be, servants of and under control of the churches (Matt. 20:25-28).
believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and
affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil
government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).
- We believe that love for one another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God, and symbolizes our authority as a New Testament Church. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus upon which all other are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).