Statement of Faith

AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH The absolute authority of this church shall be the word of God as it stands in the Authorized King James Version.

WE BELIEVE:

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the absolute authority of the Holy Scriptures.  We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired by God.  We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Scripture.  We believe that the Bible is completely inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and is, therefore, the final authority for faith and life; that it is truth without any admixture of error for it’s matter, and therefore, is, and shall remain, eternal.  The Bible is the only complete and final revelation of God to man, the true center of Christianity, and the standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.  It is our final authority.

  • The Holy Bible, the Scripture, is the canon of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation which not only contains, but IS in fact the very word of God.
  • The Holy Bible is inspired by God meaning holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost by which God breathed the words of Scripture. The Holy Bible is the only book given by God: there has never been and will never be another book given by God’s inspiration, including additional “revelations” or “testaments”.
  • The Holy Bible, we believe, has been preserved by God throughout the ages in the Authorized King James Version. The King James Bible is the inspired word of the Living God. We believe this is the only acceptable version of the Bible for the English speaking people, it is our final authority.
    • References: II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21, Acts 1:1, Acts 28:25, Psalm 119:160, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119:130, Luke 24:25-27, John 17:17, Luke 24:44-45, Psalm 119:89, Proverbs 30:5-6, Romans 3:4, I Peter 1:2-3, Revelation 22:19, John 12:48, Isaiah 8:20, Ephesians 6:17, Romans 15:4, Luke 16:31, Psalm 19:7-11, John 5:45-47, John 5:39

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existent as the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost: co-equal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. We believe that the triune God is the one and only true and living God, that He is Creator, Maker, Preserver and Sustainer of all things, both visible and invisible.

  • Natural Attributes – Those attributes of God that constitute the very nature of God’s Being. They are unique to Him and cannot be the characteristics of man.
    • Transcendence – God is above His creation
    • Immanence – God is actively involved within His creation: the culmination of which was His coming to Earth to die for the sins of mankind and the climax of which will be His Second Coming to rule and reign over all nations.
    • Eternity – God has no beginning or ending. He is not bound or limited by time.
    • Infinity – God has no limitation in space. All of His attributes are without limitation when imposed by Himself.
    • Immutability – God does not change: He is unchangeable, invariable, and permanent.
    • Omniscience – God is all-knowing: He in only limited by His own resolution. His knowledge is beyond our comprehension.
    • Omnipresence – God is everywhere present in the universe in the whole of His being: He fills every part of space with the entirety of His being.
    • Omnipotence – God is all-powerful, however He limits Himself by His word.
      • References: Isaiah 57:15, Ephesians 4:6, Psalm 90:2, I Kings 8:27, Psalm 103:17, Habakkuk 1:13, Psalm 102:24-27, Isaiah 46:9-10, James 1:17, Malachi 3:6, Isaiah 46:10, Psalm 147:5, Hebrews 4:13, Psalm 139:1-4, Romans 11:33-34, Psalm 139:7-10, Jeremiah 23:23-24, I Kings 8:27, Job 42:1-2, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 19:26, Revelation 19:6
  • Moral Attributes – Those attributes of God that are characteristics as revealed in His personal interaction with mankind. These attributes are examples of what should be in every saved man.
    • Holiness – That perfection of god whereby He abhors that which is evil and demands purity: God is separated totally from sin and evil
    • Justice – The attribute by which God carries out the laws that He has imposed: it is remunerative meaning rewarding of the righteous and retributive meaning chastising of the unrighteous.
    • Righteousness – That attribute of God exemplified by the fact that God always does right.
    • Love – The attribute which moves God to communicate His concern for the ultimate welfare of the ones that He loves: it is the choice of God to love the world.
    • Mercy – God’s compassion for the sinner in not giving him what he truly deserves.
    • Grace – The unmerited favor, goodness and love of God for those who have forfeited it: it is God’s giving to fallen man those things that he does not deserve.
    • Goodness – That attribute of God revealed through His word as well as His dealings with mankind.
    • Truth – God cannot lie nor tolerate untruth.
      • References: James 1:13, Exodus 15:11, Psalm 22:1-3, Matthew 27:46, Revelation 15:4, Micah 6:8, Hosea 12:6, Genesis 18:25, Nehemiah 9:7-8, Daniel 9:16, II Timothy 4:8, John 15:13, John 3:16, Romans 8:32, Romans 5:8, Micah 7:18, Ephesians 1:6-7, Ephesians 2:7-9, Titus 2:11, Psalm 145:9, Matthew 5:45, Numbers 23:19, I Kings 8:56, John 14:6, John 17:17 c. References: Colossians 1:12-21, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 14:10, 26, II Corinthians 13:14, Genesis 1:1, I John 5:7-8, John 1:1-14

The Person And Work Of The Father

We believe that God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity, that He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Father of all who are saved by His grace, He hears and answers prayers, and that He abides in Heaven.

  • References: John 1:14-18, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6, Revelation 4:2-3

The Person And Work Of The Son, The Lord Jesus Christ

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 Ghost and born of the virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. We believe that He will return to this earth in the future at which time He will set up a kingdom without end in which He will rule all nations.
    • References: Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:35, John 1:1-2, John 1:14, II Corinthians 5:19-21, Galatians 4:4-5, Philippians 2:5-8, Acts 2:18-36, Romans 3:24-25, Ephesians 1:7, I Peter 2:24, I Peter 2:5-8, Acts 1:9-10, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 9:24, Hebrews 7:25, I John 2:1-2

The Person And Work Of The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the One Who acts in the regeneration of the believer, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

  •  We believe that the Holy Spirit is the One Who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. We believe that God the Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts to every believer at His discretion. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the church to do the work of the ministry. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and physical healing, were temporary, used by the Apostles to convey the message of the church and grace. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, although God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
    • References: John 16:8-11, Romans 8:9, Romans 12:3-8, I Corinthians 1:22, I Corinthians 12:4-14, I Corinthians 13:8, I Corinthians 14:21-22, II Corinthians 3:6, Ephesians 1:13-18, Ephesians 5:18, Ephesians 4:7-12, I John 2:20, 27

Satan, or the Devil

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; we believe that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. We believe that he was once holy and enjoyed a measure of honor, but through pride, fell, and drew after him a host of angels. He is now the god of this world, the father of all lies, the great tempter, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religion, and the power behind the present apostasy. However, we believe that he will suffer final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be cast into the Lake of Fire.

  • References: Job 1:6-7, Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:14-17, Zechariah 1:3, Matthew 4:2-11,Matthew 25:41, Matthew 13:25, Matthew 25:41, Matthew 37:39, Luke 22:3-4, II Thessalonians 2:8-11, II Peter 2:4, I Peter 5:8, I John 3:8, I John 4:3, I John 2:22, Jude 1:6, Revelation 12:9-10, Revelation 19:11, Revelation 20:1-10

The Creation

We believe the Genesis account of creation, that it is literal, not allegory or myth, but a historical, eye-witness account of God’s creation of the universe. We believe the creative days were literal 24-hour periods. We completely reject the theory of evolution, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. All things were made by God, and without Him, there is nothing made that was made. God is Creator and Sustainer of all things.

  • References: Genesis 1 & 2, Exodus 20:11, Acts 4:24, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 11:3, John 1:1-3, 14, Revelation 10:6, Romans 1:20, Acts 17:23-26, Jeremiah 10:12, Nehemiah 9:6

Anthropology, The Doctrine of Mankind

  • The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by willful disobedience to God’s commands and revision of God’s words, fell from his sinless state and, in consequence, now all mankind are stained with sin, not by constraint, but of choice, and, therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse

  • References: Genesis 3, Romans 5:12, Romans 5:19, Romans 3:10-19, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 1:18, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Romans 1:20-32, Galatians 3:22
  • The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sin nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

  • References: Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ephesians 4:17-19
  • Human Sexuality
  • We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engage in outside the bonds of marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality (sodomy), lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.
  • We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
    • References: Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5-13, Genesis 26:8-9, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, Romans 7:2, I Corinthians 5:1, I Corinthians 6:9, I Corinthians 7:10, Ephesians 5:22-23, I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4
  • The Family & Family Relationships
  • We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and church. The husband is to be the head of the wife, the leader of the home, as Jesus Christ is the Head of His church. Men are to be the leaders of the church in fulfilling the offices of pastor & deacons. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church
  • We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves His church. The wife is to submit herself to her own husband as it is meet before the Lord, as her husband is to submit himself also to the Lord. Children are an heritage of the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual truth and righteous standards according to the Bible through consistent lifestyle and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
    • References: Galatians 3:18, Colossians 3:18-21, I Timothy 2:8-15, I Timothy 3:4-5, 12, Genesis 1:26-28, Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 127:3-35, Proverbs 19:18, 22:12, 23:13-14, Mark 10:6-12, I Corinthians 7:1-16, Ephesians 5:21-33, Ephesians 6:1-4, Hebrews 13:4, I Peter 3:1-7
  • Divorce & Remarriage

We believe that God disapproves of and hates divorce; He intends marriage to be life-long, until one spouse dies. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may participate in areas of service in the church, and be greatly used of God in doing so, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon.

  • References: Malachi 2:14-17, Matthew 19:3-12, Romans 7:1-3, I Timothy 3:2-12, Titus 1:6
  • Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of the life of the unborn child. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, of the physical or mental well being of the mother, are acceptable.

  • References: Job 3:16, Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16, Isaiah 44:24, 49:1, 49:5, Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18, Luke 1:44
  • Euthanasia

We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus, we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment.

  • References: Exodus 20:13, 23:7, Matthew 5:21, Acts 17:28

Sin

We believe that sin is the willful going against of God & His commandments and that all men, as a result of Adam’s fall, are born sinners. Sin is all unrighteousness, any transgression of the law, not doing what you know is good, whatsoever is not of faith, pride, & the thought of foolishness.

  • References: I John 5:17, Psalm 33:4, I John 3:4, Psalm 19:7, Romans 3:23, James 4:17, James 4:1-3, James 4:11-12, Romans 14:23, Proverbs 21:4, Proverbs 24:9

Atonement For Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace, through faith, by the Son of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself humanity, yet without sin, kept the whole 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 the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, that having risen from the dead, He is now seated in Heaven on the right hand of the Father. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable and all-sufficient Savior.

  • References: Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24, John 3:16, Matthew 18:11, Philippians 2:7, Hebrews 2:14, Isaiah 53:4-7, Romans 3:25, I John 4:10, I Corinthians 15:3, II Corinthians 5:21, John 10:18, Philippians 2:8, Galatians 1:4, I Peter 2:24, I Peter 3:18, Isaiah 53:11, Hebrews 12:2, I Corinthians 15:20, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 9:12-15, Hebrews 7:25, I John 2:2

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shed His blood on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, with the exception of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, are forgivable. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.

  • References: Matthew 12:31-32, John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:8-10, I Peter 1:18-19, I John 1:9
  • Grace
    • We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that those who are born of the new birth are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We believe that this occurs instantly at the moment of salvation and is not a process that takes a period of time to accomplish. Salvation is by grace through faith, and not of ourselves or any work we may do
      • References: John 3:3, II Corinthians 5:17, Luke 5:27, I John 5:1, John 3:6-7, Acts 2:41, Acts 16:30-33, II Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1, II Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 2:13, John 3:8, John 1:13, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9
  • Repentance & Faith
    • We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. Therefore, being deeply convicted of our sin, and the way of salvation by Jesus Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy and grace. At the same time, we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and openly confess His as our only Savior
      • References: Acts 20:21, Mark 1:15, Acts 2:27-38, Luke 18:13, Romans 10:13, Psalm 51:1-7, Isaiah 55:6-7, Luke 12:8, Romans 10:9-12
  • Freeness of Salvation
    • We believe in God’s electing grace, that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel. We believe that the immediate duty of all men is to receive the free gift of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel.
      • References: I Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 3:12, I Peter 1:2, Titus 1:1, Romans 8:29-30, Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 55:1, Revelation 22:17, Romans 10:13, John 6:37, Isaiah 55:6, Acts 2:38, Isaiah 55:7, John 3:15-17, I Timothy 1:15, I Corinthians 15:10, Ephesians 2:4-5, John 5:40, John 3:18, John 3:36
  • Justification
    • We believe that the great Gospel blessing which the Lord Jesus Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification. That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness, that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in Jesus’ blood, His righteousness is imputed to us.
      • References: Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, Romans 8:1, Romans 5:9, Romans 5:1, Titus 3:5-7, Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, Romans 4:1-8, Hebrews 10:38
  • Eternal Security & Assurance of Believers
    • We believe that once a person is saved, he is kept by God’s power and remains secure in Christ forever. Eternal life is forever, thus, a saved person can never lose their salvation.
    • 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.
      • References: John 6:37-40, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39, I Corinthians 1:4-8, I Peter 1:4-5, Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2:11-15
  • The Priesthood of the Believer
    • We believe that each believer has the ability and privilege to go to God himself through the Lord Jesus Christ without need of any other mediator. We decry any fashion of exalting one member of the body of Christ over another, or one gift of the Spirit above another

The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifest in a body of human flesh. Thus, we believe that He was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous fashion, born of Mary, a virgin who had not known a man, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman. He is the only begotten Son of God, He is God & He is God the Son.

  • References: Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, Mark 1:1, John 1:14, I John 5:7-8, Psalm 2:7, Galatians 4:4, I John 5:20, I Corinthians 15:47

 The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body & bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again believers. The New Testament pattern for this is simple: Jesus Christ is the Head of the church. It has no human headquarters or government outside the walls. There is no denominational hierarchy or massive institution to make rules for or take money from a local congregation. While we fellowship with all Christians holding basic Bible truths, we are not formally or informally joined to any group or organization of churches. Our sole accountability is to God and to one another.

  • We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. The church is founded on the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who also is the Head of the church. We believe in the autonomy of the local church. That the church is free of any external authority or controls, and any affiliations, societies, organizations, associations or agencies and that they have no authoritative power in matters of church practice or belief.
  • We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.
  • 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. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander
  •  Missions
    • We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, kindred, and tongue 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 we are to support missionaries, both foreign and domestic, through our prayers and finances to see to it that the Gospel is sent out all over the world. We believe it is Biblically correct to be good stewards of the things God has entrusted us with, therefore, we strive to maintain regular correspondence with our missionaries and require them to send the church a regular update at least once every three months under penalty of forfeiting their financial support.
  • Giving
    • We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established giving in the New Testament, and that Christians should give cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and, above all, the spreading of the Gospel. We believe that a Christians relinquished all rights to direct the use of his offering once the gift has been made.
      • References: I Corinthians 12:12-14, II Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:25-27, Acts 14:27, Acts 20:17, Acts 20:28-32, I Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11, Acts 13:1-4, Acts 15:19-31, Romans 16:1-4, I Corinthians 3:9-16, I Corinthians 5:4-13, I Peter 5:1-4, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 8:36-38, I Corinthians 11:23-26, I Corinthians 6:1-8, Ephesians 4:31-32, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, II Corinthians 5:20, Genesis 14:20, Proverbs 3:9-10, Acts 4:34-37, I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:6-7, Galatians 6:6, Ephesians 4:28, I Timothy 5:17-18, I John 3:17

Church Ordinances

  • Believer’s Baptism 
    • We believe that baptism by immersion should follow salvation by obedience to the Scriptures, in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost according to the Scriptures. It is an outward showing of the inward faith in the death, burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper
    • We believe that the Lord’s Supper is observed in remembrance of the sacrifice that was made by the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary. We believe that all believers are welcome to participate in the taking of the unleavened bread and wine to commemorate the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ respectively. We do not believe that the wine should be alcoholic in nature, therefore, the church elects to use grape juice; also, we staunchly oppose the heresy that the bread and wine becomes the literal body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We completely reject this idea, seeing as the consumption of human flesh and blood is cannibalism.
      • References: Acts 8:36-39, Matthew 3:6, John 3:23, Romans 6:4-5, Matthew 3:16, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12, Acts 2:41-42, Matthew 28:19-20, I Corinthians 11:23-28

Separation

We believe that believers should maintain a godly testimony and live in such a way that their lives do not bring reproach upon their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. God commands His people to separate themselves from all apostasy, all worldly and sinful activities, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings. We stand against any and all worldly philosophies and those things that seek to destroy or undermine the truth of Biblical Christianity.

  • References: Leviticus 19:28, Romans 12:1-2, Romans 14:13, I Corinthians 6:19-20, II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, II Timothy 3:1-5, I John 2:15-17, II John 1:9-22

Love

We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engage in such sinful actions.

  • References: Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:44-48, Luke 6:31, John 13:34-35, Romans 12:9-21, Romans 13:8-10, Philippians 2:2-4, II Timothy 2:24-26, Titus 3:2, I John 3:17-18

Eschatology

  • The Doctrine of Last Things or the End Times
    • The Second Coming
      • We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, imminent, pre-millennial, pre-tribulation return of The Lord Jesus Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return to the earth, with His saints, to establish His earthly Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel.
    • Resurrection & Eternity
      • We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await the First Resurrection, when body, soul & spirit are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. We believe every believer will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ where they will be judge according to their works to receive reward for their labors. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until they are raised to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, where they will be judged according to their works and cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment.
        • References: Matthew 25:46, John 5:28-29, John 11:25-26, Revelation 20:5-6, Revelation 20:12-13, Luke 23:43, II Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23, Philippians 3:21, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 20:4-6, Romans 14:10, II Corinthians 5:10, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:19-26, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, Jude 1:6-7, Revelation 20:11-15

Civil Government

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 are to be 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

  • References: Romans 13:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Hebrews 13:7, I Peter 2:13-14

Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures rightly divided in their natural, literal sense, reveal divinely determined dispensations of times in which God dealt with man, always in grace and mercy, but in different ways. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. There are seven dispensations total: Innocence (Creation to the Fall), Conscience (The Fall to the Flood), Human Government (The Flood to the Tower of Babel), Promise (Babel to Mt. Sinai), Law (Sinai to the Cross, Acts 8), Grace (Calvary to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus), & The Millennium (The Second Coming to the end of time and the final judgment)

  • References: Genesis 1:28, I Corinthians 9:17, II Corinthians 3:9-18, Galatians 3:13-25, Ephesians 1:10, Ephesians 3:2-10, Colossians 1:24-27, Revelation 20:2-6

Hell & The Lake of Fire

We believe that all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ shall be cast into hell, a literal place of weeping, wailing, fire, brimstone, torment and darkness, to be separated from the Lord for all eternity. There they will suffer conscious torment for all eternity. We believe that those who died lost will be resurrected to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment to be sentenced and cast in the Lake of Fire to be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

  • References: Psalm 9:17, Isaiah 5:14, Matthew 8:12, Matthew 10:18, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 24:51, Mark 9:42-48, Luke 16, Revelation 20:10-15

Music

There are many different ways to praise the Lord in music and in song. We have chosen to use the singing of traditional songs and hymns, played and sung in a conservative fashion. It is our belief that this style of music allows for greater participation by men and women of all ages and lends itself to more rapid memorization of these songs of faith. The depth and quality of the lyrics, and their ability to teach Biblical truth to the singer is another important reason why we use this style of music.