WHAT WE BELIEVE

Concerning the Bible, we believe the King James Bible to be the perfect and infallible word of God. We believe the Bible was inspired by God in its original documents and then was divinely preserved throughout succeeding generations and languages until it reached us in its final perfected form. (Psalm 12:6-7) We believe the Authorized Version (KJB) preserves the very words of God.

Concerning the Trinity, we believe that the Godhead is Father, Son and Holy Ghost and that these three are one. Therefore we believe that Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and God Himself. He is God manifest in the flesh. We also believe that the Holy Spirit is Himself God, as well. 

Concerning salvation, we believe that a person is saved only by grace through faith in the blood and finished atonement of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Outside of Christ there is no salvation. We further believe that salvation is an eternal gift and that the believer is secure forever in Christ. 

Concerning the will of man as it relates to his salvation, we believe that the natural man has a depraved and sinful nature and is “dead” in trespasses and sins but that this does not hinder him from being a free moral agent, capable and responsible to respond to the admonitions of the Gospel. Men are free to reject God’s graciousness in providing a free salvation. Further, Jesus Christ died for “all” without exception. 

Concerning the local church, we believe that the New Testament church is the assembly of believers, members of the body of Christ, gathered together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the purpose of preaching and teaching God’s Word, observing the ordinances, ministering spiritually to one another and worshipping the Lord. The church is under the leadership and care of pastors, who are assisted by the deacons. We believe that every Christian should endeavor to "walk worthy of the Lord" (Col 1:10), putting off the old man and putting on the new man "which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Eph 4:22-24).

Concerning the ordinances, we believe that there are two ordinances for the New Testament Church: the believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is by immersion in water after salvation. Such baptism is not a means of grace but is an expression that one is saved and willing to follow the Lord. Also, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed regularly as a memorial and, again, not as a means of grace. 

Concerning the charismatic movement, we believe that this movement is built on multiple heresies and is therefore not of God. The miracle sign gifts spoken of in Mark chapter sixteen and in Acts must be understood dispensationally, and belong primarily to Israel. These sign gifts passed away when Israel was blinded to the truth of Jesus Christ. (Romans 11:7, 25) Certain other gifts given to the apostles before the Bible was completed became unnecessary once the Bible was completed. (1Cor. 13:8-10). Wherever these practices continue today (speaking in “tongues”, being slain in the spirit, so-called “faith” healings, visions and revelations, etc.) we judge them to be fleshly, often fraudulent, and sometimes demonic and devilish in nature. 

Concerning evangelism and missions, we believe in the active and vigorous pursuit of lost sinners by street preaching, tract distribution, door-to-door witnessing and any other reasonable and appropriate methods of sowing the seed of the word of God, both here at home and abroad. 

Concerning the return of Jesus Christ, we believe that Jesus Christ will physically return for his Church before the Tribulation begins. The dead in Christ will rise with new bodies and living believers will be changed. Then all of the saved will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. This event is followed in Heaven by the Judgment seat of Christ (for the saved) and on Earth by the Tribulation. After the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to the earth with His saints to destroy the antichrist, set up an everlasting Kingdom and reign over the earth. 

 

Concerning the eternal punishment of the lost, we believe in a literal, burning Hell and that all those who are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever. (Rev. 20:10-15, 21:8) 

Concerning human sexuality, we believe the Bible teaches that no sexual intimacy should be engaged in outside of marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are ungodly perversions of God’s gift of human sex. We believe the Bible teaches against and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. 

Concerning family relationships, we believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained separate spiritual roles for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to spiritually lead (pastor) his home, and men are to be the leaders (Pastors and Deacons) of the local church. God has ordained the family as the foundation of human society. The husband (man) is to love his wife (woman) as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the biblical leadership of her husband, as the church submits to the headship of Christ.

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