The purpose of this church shall be to provide opportunities for worship and fellowship; to provide sound Bible teaching for the believers; to win the lost to Christ by proclaiming the gospel; to support missions by going, giving, and praying; to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper; and to teach the doctrines and ethics set forth in the New Testament
Articles of Faith
Doctrine of the Scriptures
We believe in the verbal (every word) and plenary (complete) inspiration of the scriptures in the original manuscripts; that the Old and New Testaments are equally inspired and without error or contradiction; that they are accurate and reliable in science, history, and every other matter they discuss; that we have the complete and only revelation by God to man in the sixty-six books of the Bible as it now stands; and that anyone who adds to or takes away from this complete revelation is cursed of God. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official translation for our church. (Psalms 19:7-11, 119:89, 105; Matthew 5:18; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19).
We believe that God the Father is Father in His relationship within the Trinity and in His relationship with those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior; that He orders all things after the counsel of His own will and in so doing, concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; that He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent; and that He is the object of our worship and praise. (Psalms 65:2, 139:1-24, 147:5; Matthew 5:45, 6:24-34; John 14:6; I Timothy 2:5).
God the Son
We believe the Lord Jesus is coequal and coeternal with the Father; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He is God manifest in the flesh, very God and very man; that He was sent by the Father for the purpose of being the perfect sinless sacrifice for the sins of mankind; that He died in our stead, was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, gaining victory over death for us; that He is the object of our faith; that He is the only way to the Father; that He is imminently coming for the saints; that He will reign as King of Kings on earth for one thousand years; and that He will judge evil works of darkness at the end of time. (Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 4; John 3:13-17, 14:6; Acts 16:31; I Corinthians 15:1-4, 55-57; Colossians 1:16-17; I Timothy 2:5; I Thessalonians 4:13, 5:11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15).
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with the Father and Son and of the same nature; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth; that He is the agent of the new birth; that He baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sanctifying all of them, sealing and thus securing them unto the day of redemption; that it is the privilege and duty of the saved to be filled with the Spirit, the evidences being love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; that in relation to the evil world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; John 3:5-7, 14:16-17, 26; Galatians 5:22-23; I Peter 1:23; John 16:7-15).
Doctrine of Creation
We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal historical account of the direct immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; and that man (spirit, soul, and body) was created by a direct work of God. (Genesis 1-2:25; John 1:3-10; Colossians 1:16).
Satan, an angelic being created by God, fell in rebellious pride, leading a third of the angels with him. Demons and unbelievers are subject to him. He is in constant conflict with believers. He is a liar and author of deception. God still permits his evil works, but his destiny is eternal judgment in the lake of fire. (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-16; Rev. 20:10; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 12:4; Eph. 6:11-12; Eph. 2:2; Jn. 8:44, 2 Thes. 2:7).
Doctrine of Man
We believe that man was created by God in His image, sinless and innocent, but that by disobedience to his creator he incurred both physical and spiritual death; that all men through choice and an inherited evil nature are totally depraved, and if not saved will endure eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Man is to love, honor, and obey God; and love his neighbor as himself. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7-3:24; II Samuel 12:23; Psalm 51:5; Matthew 18:10-14; Romans 5:12, 6:23, 8:5-8; I Corinthians 15:45; Galatians 5:17; Revelation 20:14-15).
Doctrine of Salvation
We believe salvation from sin is accomplished by the substitutionary sacrifice of God’s Son on Calvary’s cross; that it is made effective when we trust in Jesus Christ and His work of reconciliation by believing God’s testimony concerning His Son; that a person who is born again through faith in Christ is a child of God, having eternal life, and will never lose his salvation; that some other benefits of salvation are: being indwelt with the Holy Spirit, redeemed, forgiven, freed from the Law, justified, having access to God, having citizenship in Heaven, and fellowship with God. (Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 2:24; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 7:5-6, 8:9, 3:16).
Sanctification is wholly the work of God by which He sets apart the believer unto Himself. Once saved, the believer’s position as seen by God is holy and blameless in Christ. Then, walking with the Lord, encountering the trials of life and of the flesh, the believer is continuously sanctified unto holy living. God completes and makes final the believer’s sanctification when Christ takes us to be with Him.
Practically, the individual believer must constantly yield his life, confessing sin and consecrating himself to god as the Holy Spirit uses the Word to convict of areas needing the grace of God is sanctification. The daily living of believers, thus yielding to God separates them from entanglement with worldly activities. This testimony to God’s work is evident to believers and unbelievers alike. 2 Tim.2:4; 1Thes. 5:23; 4:3; Heb. 10:10, 14; Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Tit. 2:14; 1Pet. 1:9).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, beastiness, incest, fornication, and adultery are sinful perversions of God’s gift of intimacy (Gen. 2:24; 19:1-13; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
Heaven and Hell
Heaven is a literal place from which God rules His creation. It is the dwelling place of holy angels and the souls of the righteous dead. Christ descended from heaven to redeem lost mankind and returned to intercede for the saints. For believers to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord in Heaven.
Hell is a literal place prepared for Satan and his evil angels. At death the wicked dead descend immediately into Hades and are kept in punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies will be raised from the grave. Then, they will be judged and cast into the lake of fire in final and everlasting punishment (Lk. 16:19-31; Rev. 20:10-15; Rev. 21: Rev. 22; 2 Cor. 5:6-8; Rev. 6:9-11).
The universal Church is the whole body of baptized believers united for worship, service, and fellowship. It is an institution commissioned of the Lord to edify, encourage, and discipline the saints, and spread the gospel throughout the earth (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Eph. 4:4-6; 11-16; Heb. 10:25; Gal. 6:1,2; 1 Cor. 12:12, 13; 1 Jn. 1:3, 7; Heb. 12).
The ordinances given by Christ to the church are two: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They give no special grace to the participant, yet are as a memorial to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Believer’s baptism, as practiced in the New Testament, was by immersion: a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. It is a declaration of dedication to Christ and a sign of beginning a new life in Him.
The Lord’s Supper is a memorial to the saving work of Christ. No believer should partake of the Lord’s table without first judging his own heart. It is a solemn ceremony for believers only (Mt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23, 24; Mt. 28:19,20; Jn. 3:23; Rom. 6:4, 5; Acts 8:36-39).
Christ has commissioned the church to go and declare the gospel of salvation to all men, both at home and abroad. Thus, we as believers are to support the going out of this Word of life with our lives, our prayers, and our substance. The local church is the base for all missions; those ministries on the home front, and the sending out of dedicated men and women to all parts of the earth (Mt. 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; Jn. 20:21; Lk. 24:46-48; Rom. 10:13).
The teaching of the Scriptures concerning spiritual gifts is clear. Every Christian is given at least one spiritual gift; this gift is given for the building up of the church. There are foundational gifts, sign gifts, and gifts of edification. The early church witnessed the manifestation of foundational and sign gifts for the purpose of establishing an inspired message. The foundational and sign gifts of apostleship, prophecy, tongues, healings, and supernatural revelations ceased when the record of Scripture was completed. The Holy Spirit sovereignly gives spiritual gifts as He pleases, with no room for self-choosing.
The present-day Christian can and should exercise his spiritual gift of edification in building up the church. The gifts are diverse in their character and ministry such as: pastor, teacher, evangelist, exhortation, helps, administration, and faith (1 Cor. 12:14; Eph. 4:17-13; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
Eschatology or the Last Times
The Scriptures tell us many certain things concerning the end times. The next event on the prophetic calendar is the rapture of the whole church. No one knows the exact time; but, nothing stands in the way of the rapture occurring now. At the sound of the trumpet and the shout of the archangel, the dead in Christ will rise first and living Christians will join with them in meeting Christ in the air.
When it does occur, the world will enter into seven years of tribulation. The tribulation, or Daniel’s seventieth week of years, is called the time of Jacob’s trouble in which God deals primarily with Israel. The false prophet and anti-Christ will arise to lead an atheistic world government. During this time, believers will receive rewards for service at the judgement seat of Christ in heaven.
God will put an end to the world-wide tribulation by the personal, visible return of Christ with His church. Then, in glory and power Christ will establish a thousand-year reign on earth. He will rule with complete authority and Satan will be bound.
After one thousand years, Satan will lead a rebellion against Christ. Again, with his followers, he will be defeated. The wicked dead of all ages will appear before the Great White Throne and be condemned to everlasting conscious punishment in the lake of fire along with Satan and the evil angels. God will also judge the domain of sin with destruction by fire. The righteous of all ages will remain in conscious blessedness in the presence of the Lord for all eternity (John 14:1-3; 1Thes. 4:13-17; 1:10; Dan. 9:24-27; Mt. 24-25; 1Cor. 15:51-58; 3:11-15; 2 Pet. 3:10-13; 2 Thes. 2:1-12; Rev. 19:11-16; 19-22; Zech. 14).
Being established and ordained of God, it is the duty of believers to be subject and loyal to civil government in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. It is also the obligation of believers to pray for those in authority (Rom. 13:1-7; Dan. 2:21; 1Tim. 2:2; Jer. 29:7).