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A. The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament
to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are
inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith
and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and
divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to
their normal grammatical-historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and
meaning shall be determined by the pastor. The King James Version of the Bible
shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (2 Tim. 3:16-17
2 Pet. 1:20-21)

B. Dispensationalism. We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural,
literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define
man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of
salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man
according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and
the kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28
1 Cor. 9:17  2 Cor. 3:9-18  Gal. 3:13-25  Eph. 1:10  3:2-10  Col. 1:24-25, 27
Rev. 20:2-6)

C. The Godhead. We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature,
coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
(Deut. 6:4 Matt. 28:19 John 14:10, 26 2 Cor. 13:14)
D. The Person and Work of Christ.
1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man,
without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and
born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful
men. (Isa. 7:14
Isa. 9:6 Luke 1:35 John 1:1-2, 14 2 Cor. 5:19-21 Gal. 4:4-5
Phil. 2:5-8)
2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary
sacrifice and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical
resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36 Rom. 3:24-25 Eph. 1:7 1 Pet.
2:24 1 Peter 1:3-5)
3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now
exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the
ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10 Rom.
8:34 Heb. 9:24 7:25 1 John 2:1-2)
 
E. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgement and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in
regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and
sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11 Rom. 8:9 1 Cor.
12:12-14 2 Cor. 3:6 Eph. 1:13-14)
2. We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand
and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the
saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 1:17-18 5:18 1 John 2:20, 27)
3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every
believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip
believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.
(Rom. 12:3-8 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28 Eph. 4:7-12)
4. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues
and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the
common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate
deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation
of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses
to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22 13:8
14:21-22)
 
F. The Total Depravity of Man. We believe that man was created in the image and
likeness of God but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful
nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself,
utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27 Rom. 3:22-23 5:12 6:23
Eph. 2:1-3 4:17-19)

G. Salvation. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and
received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed
on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy
of the Holy Spirit, are forgivable. (Matt. 12:31-32 John 1:12 Eph. 1:7 2:8-10
1 Pet. 1:18-19 1 John 1:9)
 
H. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.
1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and
are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40 10:27-30 Rom. 8:1 38-39
1 Cor. 1:4-8 1 Pet. 1:4-5)
2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance
of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however,
clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
(Rom. 13:13-14 Gal. 5:13 Titus 2:11-15)
 
I. The Church
1. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride
of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14 2 Cor.
11:2 Eph. 1:22-23 5:25-27)
2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is
clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27
20:17, 28-32 1 Tim. 3:1-13 Titus 1:5-11)
3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority
or control. (Acts 13:1-4 15:19-31 20:28 Rom. 16:1, 4 1 Cor. 3:9, 16
5:4-7, 13 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
4. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances
of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20
Acts 2:41-42 8:36-38 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
 
J. Separation. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to
bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate
from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations,
and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings,
and bodily markings. (Lev. 19:28 Rom. 12:1-2 14:13 1 Cor. 6:19-20
2 Cor. 6:14 7:1 2 Tim. 3:1-5 1 John 2:15-17 2 John 9-11)
 
K. The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal,
imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year
tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly
return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was
promised to the nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4 Dan. 2:31-45 Zech. 14:4-11 1 Thess.
1:10, 4:13-18 Titus 2:13 Rev. 3:10 19:11-16 20:1-6)
 
L. The Eternal State.
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life,
and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46
John 5:28, 29 11:25-26 Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the
body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first
resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever
with the Lord. (Luke 23:43 2 Cor. 5:8 Phil. 1:23 3:21 1 Thess. 4:16-17
Rev. 20:4-6)
3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious
punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and
body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement, and
shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting
conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46 Mark 9:43-48
Luke 16:19-26 2 Thess. 1:7-9 Jude 6-7 Rev. 20:11-15)
 
M. The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and
the cause of the Fall of Man that he is the open and declared enemy of God and
man and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7 Isa.
14:12-17 Matt. 4:2-11 25:41 Rev. 20:10)
 
N. Creation. We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods.
We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution
as unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2 Ex. 20:11)
 
O. Civil Government. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority
consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the
state.
Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities
themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given
each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities
with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.
The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically
assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7 Eph. 5:22-24
Heb. 13:17 1 Pet. 2:13-14)
 
P. Human Sexuality.
1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be
engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We
believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality,
incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions
of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt
to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24 Gen. 19:5,
13 Gen. 26:8-9 Lev. 18:1-30 Rom. 1: 26-29 1 Cor. 5:1 6:9 1 Thess. 4:1-8
Heb. 13:4)
2. We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and
one woman. (Gen. 2:24 Rom. 7:2 1 Cor. 7:10 Eph. 5:22-23)
 
Q. Family Relationships
1. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before
God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions
for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the
leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of
the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination
by the church. (Gal. 3:28 Col. 3:18 1 Tim. 2:8-15 3:4-5, 12)
2. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution
of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the
church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her
husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an
heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children
spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle
example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
(Gen. 1:26-28 Ex. 20:12 Deut. 6:4-9 Ps. 127:3-5 Prov. 19:18 22:15
23:13-14 Mk. 10:6-12 1 Cor. 7:1-16 Eph. 5:21-33 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21 Heb.
13:4 1 Pet. 3:1-7)
 
R. Divorce and Remarriage. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce
and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage
is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced
and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the
church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered
for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17 Matt. 19:3-12 Rom. 7:1-3
1 Tim. 3:2, 12 Titus 1:6)
 
S. 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
of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or
population control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable.
(Job 3:16 Ps. 51:5 139:14-16 Isa. 44:24 49:1, 5 Jer. 1:5 20:15-18 Luke 1:44)
 
T. Euthanasia. We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a
moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected
from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission
which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes
a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that
are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate
refusal of over-zealous treatment. (Ex. 20:13, 23:7 Matt. 5:21 Acts 17:28)
 
U. Love. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow
believers, but also toward both those who are not believers, those who oppose
us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose
us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife,
the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving
personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to
abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such
sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18 Matt. 5:44-48 Luke 6:31 John 13:34-35 Rom. 12:9-10
17-21 13:8-10 Phil. 2:2-4 2 Tim. 2:24-26 Titus 3:2 1 John 3:17-18)
 
V. Lawsuits Between Believers. We believe that Christians are prohibited from
bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal
disputes. We believe 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 from another Christian’s insurance company as long
as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor. 6:1-8 Eph. 4:31-32)
 
W. Missions. We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim
the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every
nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to the
foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20 Mark 16:15
Luke 24:46-48 John 20:21 Acts 1:8 2 Cor. 5:20)
 
X. Giving. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s
wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We
believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian
should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of
the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe
that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once
the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20 Prov. 3:9-10 Acts 4:34-37 1 Cor. 16:2 2 Cor.
9:6-7 Gal. 6:6 Eph. 4:28 1 Tim. 5:17-18 1 John 3:17)
 
Authority Of Statement of Faith.
The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole
and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement
of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible.