What We Believe
Concerning  the  Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore,  has truth without any admixture of error for its matter.  We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the Supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions, shall be tried.

(2 Tim. 3:16,17;  - 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 Concerning  the True  God

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth;  Inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love;  that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

(Exod. 20:2,3;  - 1 Cor. 8:6; - Rev. 4:11; - 1 John 5:7)

Concerning  the  Holy  Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation;  that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled;  that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

(John 14: 16,17; - Matt. 28:19; - Heb. 9:14; - John 16: 7-11; - Acts 5: 30-32; - John 3: 5,6; - Eph. 1:13,14; - Mark 1:8; -John 1:33; -
Acts 11:16; - Rom. 8: 14-16; Rom. 8: 14-16; - Rom. 8: 26,27)

Concerning  the  Devil or Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of the age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

(Matt. 4: 1-3; - 2 Cor. 4:4; - Rev. 20:10)


Concerning  Creation

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution.

(Gen. chap. 1 & 2; - Col. 1:16-17: - John 1:3)


Concerning   The   Virgin   Birth

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of a woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.

(Gen. 3:15; - Isa. 7:14; - Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; - John 1:14)

Concerning   The  Atonement   For   Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of Grace; through the meditorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement  consisted not in setting  us an  example by  His death as a martyr,  but was a voluntary  substitution  of  Himself in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin  in His own  body on the cross;   that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with  divine  perfection,   He  is  in  every  way qualified to be a suitable and compassionate and all sufficient Savior.

(Eph. 2: 8; - Acts 15:11; - Rom. 3:24: - John 3:16; - Matt. 18:11; -
Phil. 2:7; - 1 Cor. 15:3; - Rom. 3:25; - 1 John 4:10)


Concerning   Grace   In   The   New   Creation

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus;   that it is instantaneous and not a process; that  in  the new birth the one dead in trespasses  and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God;   that the new creation  is brought about in a manner above our  comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience  to  the Gospel;    that it's proper evidence appears  in the  holy fruits of  repentance and faith and newness of life.

(John 3:3; -  2 Cor. 5:17; - 1 John 5:1; - John 3:6-7; -Acts 16:30-33;  2 Peter 1:4; - Rom. 6:23; - Eph 2:1; -2 Cor. 5:19; -
Col. 2:13; - John 3:8)


Concerning   Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification.
(a) That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness;
(b) That is is bestowed not in consideration of any works of
righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's Blood, His righteousness is imputed to us.

(Acts 13:39; - Isa. 53:11; - Rom. 8:1; - Rom. 5:9)


Concerning   Faith   and   Salvation

We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of Salvation.

(Acts 16:31)


Concerning   The   Local   Church

We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in  them  by  His  Word;    that  its officers are pastors,   and deacons, whose qualifications,  claims,  and  duties  are  clearly  defined  in  the scriptures.
We  believe  the  true  mission  of  the  church is the faithful witnessing of  Christ  to  all  men  as  we  have  opportunity.    We hold that the local  church has the absolute right of  self-government  free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and  that  the one and only superintendent is Christ  through the  Holy Spirit;    that  it  is scriptural for true churches to cooperate  with  each  other in contending for the faith and  for the sole judge of the  measure and method of  it's  cooperation  on all matters  of  membership, of  policy,  of government,  of discipline,  of benevolence,  the will of the local church is final.

(Acts 2:41; - 1 Cor. 11:2; - Eph. 4:11; - Eph. 1:22-23; -
Acts 20: 17-28; - 1 Tim. 3: 1-7; - Col. 1:18; - Eph. 5:23-24; -
Acts 15:13-18)


Concerning   Baptism   and   The   Lord's  Supper  

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem or faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation.   We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

(Acts 8: 36-39; - John 3:23; - Rom. 6: 3-5; - Matt. 3:16; - Col. 2:12; -
1 Cor. 11: 23-28)


Concerning   the   Security   of  The   Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.

(Phil. 1:6; - John 10: 28-29; - Rom. 8: 35-39; - Jude 1)


Concerning   The   Righteous   and   The   Wicked  

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked;  that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem;  while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked,   and under the curse;   and  this  distinction  holds among men both in and after death,  in the everlasting felicity of the saved and everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

(Mal. 3:18; - Gen. 18:23; - Rom. 6:17-18; - 1 John 5:19; -
Matt. 25:34-41; - Rom. 7:6; - Rom. 6:23; - Prov. 14:32; - Luke 6:25;  John 8:21)


Concerning   Civil   Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society;  that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth.

(Rom. 13: 1-7; - 2 Sam. 23:3; - Ex. 18:21-22; - Acts 23:5; -
Matt. 22:21; - Acts 5:20; - Acts 4: 19-20; - Dan. 3: 17-18)


Concerning   The   Resurrection,   Personal,  Visible
Pre-Millenial   Return   of  Christ,   and   Related   Events

 We believe in:

 (a) The Bodily Resurrection.
(Matt. 28:6-7; - Luke 24:39; - John 20:27; - 1 Cor. 15:4; -
Mark 16:6; - Luke 24: 2-6)

(b) The Ascension.
(Acts 1: 9-11; - Luke 24:51; - Mark 16:19; - Rev. 3:21; - Heb. 12:2)

(c) The High Priesthood.
(Heb. 4:14; - 1 Tim. 2:5; - 1 John 2:1; - Heb. 2:17; - Heb. 5:9-10; )  

(d) The Pre-tribulation Rapture and The Second Coming.
(John 14:3; - Acts 1:11; - 1 Thess. 4:16; - Heb.9:28; - James 5:8)  

(e) The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead.
(1 Thess. 4: 13-18; - 1 Cor. 15:42-44; - 1 Cor. 15;52; )

(f) The Change of the Living in Christ.
(1 Cor. 15:51-53; - 1 Thess. 4:13-18; - Phil 3:20-21)

(g) The Throne of David.
(Luke 1:32; - Isa. 32:1; - Isa. 11:4-5; - Psa. 72:8; - Rev. 20:14; -
Rev. 20:6)

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