We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence. That in the unity of the Godhead there are three(3) distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—yet one in essence and equal in every divine perfection.(II Cor.13:14; “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God,and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”.; Ex. 20:2-3; Matt. 3:13-17; I Cor. 8:6)

We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, being the very God of the very God, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (John 1:1-2; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, The same was in the beginning with God.”and Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-38; I John 5:20).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth; that He is the Agent in the new birth; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. (John 15:26; “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me.” and John 14:16-17; Rom. 8:14-27; II Cor. 13:14).


THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Scriptures: accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the inerrant Word of God, verbally inspired (i.e. every word in the original language was inspired) in all parts, and therefore, all together sufficient as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice.(II Tim. 3:16-17; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” and II Peter 1:19-21).

 

THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence. That in the unity of the Godhead there are three(3) distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—yet one in essence and equal in every divine perfection.(II Cor.13:14; “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God,and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”.; Ex. 20:2-3; Matt. 3:13-17; I Cor. 8:6)

We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, being the very God of the very God, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (John 1:1-2; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, The same was in the beginning with God.”and Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-38; I John 5:20).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth; that He is the Agent in the new birth; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. (John 15:26; “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me.” and John 14:16-17; Rom. 8:14-27; II Cor. 13:14).

 

THE DEVIL, OR SATAN

We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers of darkness and sin, the adversary of every Christian,and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:10; “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” and Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4).

 

CREATION

We accept the literal Genesis account of creation believing that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each after its own kind”, by direct immediate act, and not by the process of evolution. (Col. 1:16-17; “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” and Gen. 1-2; John 1:3).

 

THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam was created in innocence,but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the entire human race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shaped in iniquity and become willful sinners through personal choice, and so are without excuse before God. (Rom. 5:12: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” and Gen. 3; Rom. 1:18-32; 5:10-19).

 

THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial office of the Son of God who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His atonement consisting not in setting us and 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 tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and united in His wonderful person the tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable,compassionate and all-sufficient Savior. (II Cor. 5:21: “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” and Isa. 53:3; Eph. 2:8; Phil 2:7; Heb. 2:14; I John 4:10).

 

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 sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is bought about on a manner above our comprehension solely by the power or the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of live. (II Cor. 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”

and John 3:3, 6-8; Acts 16:30-33; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:19; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13; II Pet. 1:4; I John 5:1).

 

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, the gift of eternal life, and principles of righteousness.

(b) That it 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. (Rom. 5:1; “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” and Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1;Acts 13:29; Rom. 5:9,8:1; Titus 3:5.

 

SALVATION

We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection is the only method of salvation from sin and that this salvation is wholly by God’s sovereign grace; and that no works, however good that we can do merit salvation. (Eph. 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” and Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9-11; Titus 3:5-7).

 

THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

We believe that all who receive Christ as their personal Savior are born from above and are eternally secure in Christ in a relationship forged by God which He will not break and which cannot be broken by anyone, including ourselves.The Christian has no license to sin (Rom. 6:1-4). The presence of sin will break the fellowship but not the relationship between the Christian and God and may bring the Christian under divine chastisement. (Phil 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” and John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39).

 

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 real 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 and hierarchy of individuals of organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41; “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three(3) thousand souls.” and Acts 2:42; 15:13-18; 20:17-28; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11; 5:23-24; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:1-7).

 

TWO ORDINANCES

We believe that there are only two church ordinances: Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Believer’s Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called “believer’s baptism”. It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, with the effects of that faith in our lives as it produces death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Rom. 6:4-5;“Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.” and Acts 2:41-42;8:36-39).

The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of out Lord’s death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him. It should always be preceded by careful self-examination. (I Cor. 11:26; “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come.” I Cor. 11:23-32).