A. Of the Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God, completely inerrant in the original writings, and absolutely authoritative and infallible. (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21; Proverbs 30:5,6) As to the extent of inspiration we believe in the plenary verbal inspiration. (Exodus 4:12; I Corinthians 2:13; Galatians 3:16)
B. Of the True God
We believe that there is One, and only One, Living and True God, infinite, holy, just, all-powerful, everywhere present, knowing all things. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, co-equal, and co-eternal. (Deuteronomy 6:4; I John 4:24; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30)
C. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created innocent in the image of God, but by voluntary transgression failed in Adam, thus becoming sinful in his nature, a sinner by choice and by decree, spiritually dead, totally depraved, subject to physical death and everlasting punishment in Hell, and now totally unable to save himself from his lost condition. (Genesis 1:27, 3:6-25; Romans 5:17; Isaiah 53:6; Ephesians 7:1-3; Romans 3:19)
D. Of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and is God and true man. (Matthew 1:13, 21; John 1:14, 18; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:16, 17)
E. Of the Way of Salvation
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ made atonement for the sins of the world by His death, (Hebrews 2:9; I John 2:2; I Timothy 2:6; 4:10; Titus 2:11; II Peter 2:1) and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 5:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:1; 10:9-13) We believe that sinners are saved wholly of grace and consequently justified apart from works. We believe that in order to be saved sinners must trust completely in Jesus Christ as Savior, and thus proving regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 16:1-3; I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5; Titus 3:5; John 3:5)
F. Of Sanctification
We believe that sanctification is an act and a process by which, according to the will of God, we are set apart unto God and made partakers of His holiness. It is positional, practical, instantaneous in that it is begun in regeneration, and progressive in that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence of and the power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer, the Comforter, as the believer uses the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. (I Corinthians 1:2; 3:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; Proverbs 4:18; I Peter 1:16-17; Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 7:1)
G. Of the Resurrection and Second Coming
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension to the right hand of God, in His continual intercessory ministry there on our behalf, and in His personal, literal, bodily return from Heaven. We believe that He will return first at the pre-tribulational rapture in the air to receive His church, and secondly, at the end of the tribulation, to execute ďvengeance on them that know no God, and that obey not the Gospel,Ē and to set up an earthly millennial kingdom (one thousand year reign). (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 16:4-7, 13, 20; Romans 6:34; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; II Thessalonians 1:7- 8; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:6)
H. Of the Local New Testament Church
1. We believe a properly constituted local church is a democratic assembly of regenerated (born again) believers, who have been immersed on profession of faith, who having determined to observe standards of conduct worthy of the holy faith they profess, have voluntarily united for the worship of God, praise, prayer, testimony through the ministry of the Word of God, discipline, and the furtherance of the Gospel throughout the world. (I Corinthians 1:1-13; 14:12; Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:7; Philippians 1:27)
2. We believe the local New Testament Church is a visible church, derived from the Scripture using the word ecclesia. Ecclesia has three (3) meanings in the New Testament:
a. The Ecclesia of a self-governing Greek State Ė Acts 19:39 Ė translated assembly.
b. The Old Testament Ecclesia or convocation of National Israel (Acts 7:38); a better word might be congregation.
c. Third usage of Ecclesia is a visible organized body of believers. We believe that the local church is Godís only divinely revealed institution for this day and age.
I. Of the Ordinances of the Local Church
We believe that Christ instituted two (2) ordinances to be observed until He returns Ė baptism and the Lordís Supper. Baptism, as a symbol of regeneration or new birth and identification with Christ, is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; it symbolizes the regenerative cleansing of the believer by the Holy Spirit and the believerís participation in death, the burial, and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-38, 2:41-42; Romans 6:4-6; Colossians 2:12) The Lordís Supper is a memorial symbolizing the Saviorís crucified body and His blood shed for the remission of sins. It is to be observed only by true believers that are conscious of and in fellowship with their Lord. (I Corinthians 11:20; 10:16; 11:23-32; John 6:35; Luke 22:14) This ordinance was given to the local visible church and is thus open only to born again believers.
J. Of Eternal Security
We believe in the eternal security and the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the eternal judgment and everlasting punishment of those who are unsaved. However, any person claiming to be saved who willfully persists and delights in that which he knows to be sin has no Scriptural right to think himself eternally secure. (John 8:31; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 24- 25)
K. Of Evangelization of the World
We believe that Christians have been commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ to carry the Gospel to all nations and to all of the people of the earth. It is our obligation to make Godís glory known throughout the world. In the light of this Great Commission and the fact that the lost are doomed to everlasting punishment, it is the absolute duty of every Christian to devote himself and all that he possesses to the supreme work of carrying the Gospel to every person living in his generation. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; II Corinthians 5:13-15; I Timothy 6:8; Romans 1:14-15; I Corinthians 6:19-20)