What We believe

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired & without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, & that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith & conduct. II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 3:16-17.

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living & true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, & that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence & redemption. Matthew 28:19; John 14:26.

God The Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power & love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears & answers prayers, & that He saves from sin & death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 10:10; Deuteronomy 6:4.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people & personal visible return to earth. Luke 1:16, 35; I Timothy 3:16.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father & Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness & judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify & empower all who believe in Christ, & that He is an abiding helper, teacher & guide. John 15:26; John 16:7-11.

Regeneration

We believe that all men are sinners by nature & by choice & are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins & trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Romans 3:23; Acts 2:38-39; Romans 6:23.

The Church

We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head & all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, & associated for worship, work & fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:41.

Rapture

(Catching up into the air of the church): We believe Jesus will return for His body, the Church. At this time, the dead in Christ will be raised first. Then we who are still alive and in Christ will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-15; Hebrews 6:18-19.

Judgment

Seat of Christ: We also believe in the judgment of the believers. Romans 14:10-12; I Cor. 3:11-15. This has to do with the judgement of the Christian's work, not the Christian's salvation. Salvation is a free gift. Eph. 2:8-10; Tutus 3:4-7; Gal. 2:16; II Tim.1:9.

Further:

We also believe in the personal visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth & the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of the righteous, & the endless suffering of the wicked. Acts 1:11; Romans 2:5-10, Rev. 20:11-13; Matthew 13:36-43; Acts 17:31.

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God & the well-being of his/her fellow men; that his/her conduct should be blameless before the world; that he/she should seek to realize for himself/herself & others the full stature of maturity in Christ. I Cor. 10:31; Phil 2:15-16.

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church - baptism & the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed & administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 11:2, 11:23-29: Rom. 6:4-6.

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God & is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent & must be free from dictation or patronage of the other. I Timothy 2:5.

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, is voluntary & may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with other fundamental churches who agree with our Statement of Faith.