What We Believe...
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Statement of Faith
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 final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. In addition, in a day when there is much confusion over the versions of the Bible, we accept and use only th e'autorized' or King James Version of the Holy Scriptures. We believe that in accordance with Psalm 12:6,7 and Matthew 24:35, God has preserved His Word through the Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus Greek Text for the New Testament and that the King James Version of the Bible is a true and faithful translation of these two providentially preserved texts. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13)
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; 2 Corin. 13:14)
The Person and Work of Christ
A.) 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 the He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. . (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35)
B.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24-25, 4:25; Eph. 1:7; 1 Tim. 4:10; Heb. 2:9; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 2 Pet. 2:1)
C.) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand pf God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24,7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
A.) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; 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; 2 Corin. 3:6; 1 Corin 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14)
B.) We believe that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18)
Man's Creation and Fall
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the 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. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God, apart from any works, 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. (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
A.) 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. 1:5)
B.) 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)
The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for the victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13, 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)
A.) 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 by God. (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1-2; Rom. 14:13; John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)
B.) We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to be expressed between one man and one woman (as genetically defined), within the love and bonds of marriage. (Gen. 2:24-25; Matt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor.7:3-5; Heb. 13:4).
Therefore,we believe that any other form of sexual intimacy,including same-sex marriage, is both immoral and a perversion of God's gift (Lev 18:1-30; Prov. 6:32; 1 Cor. 6:18; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Thess 4:3-8).
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. We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20: 21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:20)
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
A.) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all his gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12)
B.) We believe that the biblical offices of pastor and deacon in the church, or their equivalents, are restricted to biblically qualified men. ( 1 Tim. 2:12, 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)
C.) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15)
A.) We believe that the Body of Christ, which is His espoused bride, is a spiritual organism made up from all born-again persons of this present age, having been instituted at Pentecost. (Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2)
B.) 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, 20:28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
C.) 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)
D.) We believe in the historic Baptist belief that a scriptural church is an assembly of believers meeting in some local place with Pastors and Deacons as the only recognized biblical officers; sovereign and autonomous indeciding matters of church policy and affiliation; and composed only of individuals who profess to have been born again and have been immersed in water, according to the Scriptures, upon their confession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. (Acts 2:1, 41-42; Phil. 1:1; Titus 1:5; 1 Tim. 3:1-15)
E.) We believe that there are only two ordinances to be participated in by the local church. They are: Baptism and The Lord's Supper. We believe that baptism is to be administered only to those who have made a conscious decision for Christ and therefore reject infant baptism as a legitimate ordinance. We believe the mode of baptism is full immersion in water, therefore reject sprinkling and pouring as a legitimate means of baptism. The very word "baptize" is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning "immerse or submerge." The symbolic nature of baptism points to a "burial" and history points to immersion as the form in the early Church. We reject the doctrine of "transubstantiation" or "consubstantiation" for the Lord's Supper and also the Reformed theology of the presence of Christ in the elements. The Lord's Supper is to be a symbolic remembrance of our Lord's suffering and death on the cross for our sins and imparts no grace, saving or otherwise to the individual, but rather is to be considered a "memorial." (Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39; Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
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