What Our Church Teaches

The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible revelation of God, completely without error. We believe that "holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (II Peter 1:21), and that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16). We believe the Bible is the final and absolute authority in all matters of faith and practice. We shall use as our authority the King James Bible.


God
We believe in one God, eternal, self-existent, immutable; one God of one nature, one essence, one substance, yet manifesting Himself to man in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father says, "I", the Son says, "I"; and the Spirit, also, is in every sense a person. Yet these three are one, and we ascribe to them the same adoration, worship, confidence, and titles. They are equal and they are one God. (John 1:27-33; Matthew 29:19; II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16; Ephesians 2:18; I Peter 1:22)


Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior of men (John 1:1). We believe that He was born of the virgin Mary without the agency of a human father (Luke 1:31-35); that He was sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15); that He died for our sins according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3); that, for all who believe, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin (I John 1:9). We believe that He rose bodily from the grave; that He ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for His own; and that He will personally and visibly return to the earth in power and glory (Luke 24:6-7; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:34; I Corinthians 15:24-28).

The Holy Spirit
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-8); to regenerate, sanctify, and seal forever all who have been "born again" through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14).

We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that 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 prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).

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; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Psalm 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).

Salvation
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 3:23) and have thereby earned both physical and spiritual death (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). We believe that all who trust, who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and who accept His atoning work on the cross, are saved forever (John 3:36); will be given glorified bodies (I John 3:2); and will live with their Savior forever (I Thessalonians 4:17). We believe that all who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior will be eternally lost, separated forever from the God of glory (Revelation 20:15).

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; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 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 (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

The Church
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again, immersed person (I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27). 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; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). 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; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7. 13; I Peter 5:1-4). We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances for the Church in this age (Matthew 28:91-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the "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 (Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).


The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26: Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13). 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 22:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6). 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 Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).