Statement Of Faith
We believe the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments to be the Holy Scriptures, inspired of God in the original manuscripts, infallible, inerrant, and God-breathed, the perfect rule of faith and practice.
(Ps.119: 9, 89, 105; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Heb. 4:12)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-3, 32-34; Luke 3:21,22; Matt. 28:19)
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that God the Son, Who has always existed, became a man (without diminishing His deity) by virgin birth through Mary. He lived a sinless life and as the infinite God-Man took upon Himself the sins of all men, died in their place, and satisfied God concerning their sins.
We further believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He was then ascended to the right hand of God the Father and was exalted as the Great High Priest of all believers.
We further believe in the literal, future return of the Lord Jesus Christ to receive His Church unto Himself.
(Matt. 1:18-25; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; Phil. 2:5-11; Matt. 28:1-9; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Thess. 4:13-17)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person whose ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment, and He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration. He baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ. He indwells, gifts, empowers, and seals believers unto the Day of Redemption.
(John 14:15-18, 25,26; John 16:5-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12: 1-13; Eph. 1:13)
We believe that God created the universe.
(Gen. 1 and 2; Ex. 20:11; Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:16, Rev. 4:11)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, by in Adam’s sin, the race fell and became alienated from God. Man is now totally, depraved and of himself is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
(Gen. 1:26, 27; 2: 16, 17; 3:6, 17-20; Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 5:12)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God offered to all by grace and received by personal faith (apart from any works by man) in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins.
(Rom. 5:8; 6:23; 10:9,10; Eph. 2:8-10; Tit. 3:4-7)
The Devil and Demons
We believe that Satan is a created angel who rebelled against God and fell from his high position. He is aided by a host of evil spirit beings called demons. Their assignment is to attempt to destroy believers, their homes, their families, their churches, their ministries, etc. Every believer is subject to their attack, and may be victorious over them only through the Lord Jesus Christ, His shed blood, and the weapons of warfare He has provided us.
(Matt. 28:18; Luke 9:1,2; 10:17-19; John 10:10; Eph. 6:10-17; Col. 2:15; James 4:7; 1 John 4:1-4; Rev. 1:17,18)
We believe that every believer has received eternal life. (Christ’s Life), and was spiritually crucified, buried, and raised up with Christ. This must become an experiential reality to each believer as he or she chooses to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. Sanctification, then, is Christ living His life out though the believer. (This is not teaching passivity, sinless perfection, or the deification of man.)
(Rom. 6:1-11, Gal. 2:20, Col. 3:1-4, 2 Pet. 1:1-4)
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is made up solely of born-again persons.
We further believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
We further believe in the five-fold ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers working together in the ministry of the local church.
(1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; 20:17,28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 12,13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Eph. 4:11)
We believer that the ordinances of the Church, Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are to be observed by believers in Christ according to the Lord’s command. They are not a means of salvation, but a testimony of our identification with and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matt. 28:18,19; 1 Cor. 11: 23-30)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the Church; and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the Church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God.
(Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13,14)
We believe that God instituted marriage and that it is only to be between a man and a woman.
(Gen. 2:18-24, 1 Cor. 7:2, Eph. 5:25, Tit. 2:4)
We believe that human sexuality is a gift of God and that intimate sexual activity is only to be engaged in inside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, pornography, trans gendering, cross-dressing, etc. are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.
(Gen. 2:24,25; 19:5,13; 26:8-10; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-28; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9, 10; 7:1-5; 1 Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that God hates divorce and intends for marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.
(Mal. 2:14-16; Matt. 19:3-12; 1 Cor. 7:10-13)
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Therefore, we believe that abortion constitutes the taking of human life.
(Job 3:16; Ps. 139:13-16; Is. 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:41-44)
Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members of the Body of Christ. (We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation from another’s Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander)
(1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31, 32)
We believe that Christians have the privilege and the responsibility of participating in the work of God with their time, talents, treasures, and prayers, primarily, though not exclusively, through the local church.
(Ex. 36:1,2,8; 1 Pet. 4:10; Prov. 3:9, 10; Mal. 3:8-12; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2,3)
Note: The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. Though the above listed Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our Biblical beliefs, we do believe that it accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all Directors, Officers, members, employees, and/or volunteers of this corporation.