We believe that the Bible (limited to the 39 books of Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament) is the supernatural, inerrant, authoritative, and inspired revelation of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21). We believe that God is the source of the Bible and that He miraculously worked through human instruments (2 Sam. 23:2; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 1:22; 1 Thes. 2:13). We believe the completion and sufficiency of Scripture so that there is no need for continuous revelations of God in the form of modern dreams, prophecies, and visions (Deut. 4:2; Heb. 2:4).
We believe the power of the Word to sanctify believers (Ps. 119:9-11), give life (John 6:63), grant faith (Rom. 10:17), illuminate and reveal spiritual truth (1 Cor. 2:9-14), and so on (Heb. 4:12-13).
We believe that God has preserved His Word for centuries through the faithful duplication of manuscripts and translation into modern languages. We do not teach that inerrancy extends to copied manuscripts or modern translations but trust translations that are faithful to the manuscripts (Neh. 8:8).
Based upon this high view of the Holy Scriptures, we believe that mankind is to fervently search the Scriptures, through historical-grammatical interpretation in order to discover God’s intended meaning (2 Pet. 1:21) and apply the unchanging truth to modern settings.
We Believe that the Father is Father of all creation in general (Eph. 4:6) but that He is a special Father to believers (Rom. 8:14-15). We teach that God is personal in that He relates with His creation, especially mankind. As such, He has attributes of purity, integrity, and love.
We believe that God is much greater than men and nations and that nothing compares to Him. As such, He has attributes of majesty and greatness. (Ps. 103; Ps. 139; Is. 40).
We believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Gen. 1:1, John 1:1-3, Col. 1:16-17, Heb. 11:3) – creation involving all three persons of the Trinity (1 Cor. 8:6; Job 26:13; Ps. 104:30). We teach the literal interpretation of Genesis 1 and therefore a six day creation and a young earth (Ex. 20:11). We reject Theistic Evolution (Gen.2:7; Rom. 5:12).
We believe that God is actively involved in the preservation of His creation (Ps. 36:6; 63:8; 145; Acts 17:28; Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:17). We teach that God has intervened in the course of history. He is not a passive observer. We reject Deism (belief in the existence of God on purely rational grounds and denial of His continuing control, influence, and involvement in His creation). We teach God’s miraculous intervention in the history of man (Ex. 4:1-9, 31; John 20:30-31), including the miraculous inspiration of His Word, the miraculous conception of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-23) and His miraculous resurrection (1 Cor. 15). We teach that God is still miraculously and providentially involved in the affairs of mankind and acts of nature (Dan. 4:34-37; Ps. 104; Prov. 16:33; Phil. 4:19).
We believe that, though God is not responsible for sin and its consequences, He is not defeated by evil (Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28; Job).
We believe that salvation is, beginning to end, the work of God (Eph. 1:4-6; Rom. 8:15; John 1:12; Gal. 4:5; Heb. 12:5-9).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son (John 20:31; Phil. 2:6-8). More specifically, we teach that Jesus Christ is Jehovah! We believe the Holy Spirit conception and Virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:22-23).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only perfect prophet (Mt. 13:57; 21:4, 11; Jn. 14:26; 16:13), priest (Jn. 17; Heb. 5:5-6; 7:25; 9:24), and king (Is. 9:7; Mt. 13:41; 28:18-20).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and is distinct from the Father and Son. In that He is eternal (Heb. 9:14), non-derived, and possesses intellect (1 Cor. 2:10-13), emotions (Eph. 4:30), and will (1 Cor. 12:11), we teach that the Holy Spirit is a person of the Trinity and not just a “power.”
We believe that His works include creation (Gen. 1:2), glorifying the Son, convicting the world of sin (John 16:7-14), testifying of Christ (John 15:26), interceding for believers (Rom 8:26), and inspiring Scripture (John 14:26).
We believe that believers are indwelled by the Spirit of God the moment of conversion (Rom. 8:9) and that the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). Believers are to continually be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 5:18) by yielding to Him (Rom. 6:13) and by submission to the Word of God (Col. 3:12-17). The Holy Spirit transforms believers into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9; Rom. 8:29), empowers believers for ministry (John 14:12; 16:7; Acts 1:4-5) and gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the edifying of the Body of Christ (1 Pet. 4:11; Eph. 4:11; Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11).
We believe that the Spirit of God is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints and that speaking in tongues and the working of verification miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were not intended to be characteristic of the life of every believer (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2:1-4). The authenticity of a messenger, today, is determined by His faithfulness to the truth of the completed Scriptures (2 Tim. 2:15). We recognize that miraculous phenomena can be counterfeited in order to lead people astray (Matt. 24:24).
In the image and likeness of God, we believe that man was originally righteous but as a result of the fall into sin, all men are sinners by nature and choice (Rom. 3:10-12; 3:23; 5:19) and are entirely incapable of saving themselves (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Is. 64:6). Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God judges each man for his own sin (Ezek. 18:4; Deut. 24:16) but that one person’s sin has an effect on others (Josh. 22; 2 Sam. 21).
We believe that all men sinned through our representative, Adam (Rom. 5:19). Mankind is completely depraved (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 7:18); we do not seek God, we do not obey God’s commands, we are not able to save ourselves (Rom. 3:10-12; Is. 64:6). Every man, woman, and child has sinned and possesses a sinful nature through natural generation (Ps. 51:5-6). The sinful nature must be replaced with a new nature that Christ and His Spirit alone can produce in us (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; 6:15).
We believe that the punishment of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). We believe that this includes physical death (Rom. 5:12; ), spiritual death (separation from God) (Is. 59:2), and eternal death (the second death – separation from God forever in a literal lake of fire) (Matt. 35:46; Rev. 20:12-15).
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God’s grace (not earned or deserved) received by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16). We believe that repentance is necessary for salvation (Matt. 3:5-12; 4:17; Acts 2:38; 17:30). We believe that saving faith demonstrates itself through works and is not simply talk (James 2:14-26).
We believe that because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross sin is forgiven (Heb. 9:22; Rom. 3:25), the believer is reconciled to God (Rom. 5:1), and he receives a new life (Rom. 6, Col. 3) through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5-6; John 3).
We believe that God has graciously elected believers (John 6:37, 44, 65; Acts 13:48; Rom. 9:11, 15-16). We also believe that the legitimate offer of salvation to all man is possible because the atonement of Christ is sufficient for all mankind (Is. 53:6; 1 Tim. 2:3-6; 4:10; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Jn. 2:2). It is obvious from the Bible that not all believe, therefore we reject universalism.
Scripture presents a balance between God’s sovereignty as the Author of Salvation (Matt. 11:25-27; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4-11; 2 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:1-2) and man’s responsibility to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Matt. 11:28-30; Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18, 19, 36; 5:40; 2 Thes. 2:10-12). It is vital to maintain balance and not reject either truth. We believe that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16).
We believe that a believer is judicially declared to be completely righteous (justified) the moment he trusts Christ as Savior (Rom. 3:24-28). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Conversion begins the process of sanctification (practically living righteously) which continues throughout the rest of a believer’s natural life (Rom. 6, 8; 1 Thes. 5:23). We believe that there is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23). There will be a day in which we are completely sanctified and our bodies glorified; the moment we are like Him for we shall see Him as He is (Rom. 8:18-25; 1 John 3:2).
We believe that it is possible for one to know and be assured of His eternal life through a relationship with Jesus Christ (1 John 5:11-13). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). We recognize that not all who claim to be born again are truly saved and do not offer false assurance to someone who does not demonstrate fruits of salvation.
The End Times – Eschatology
We believe the futuristic interpretation of the prophecies found in the book of Revelation and literal interpretations of Old Testament prophecies concerning Israel and the future glorious kingdom.
We believe that upon a believer’s death, he is immediately present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:19-26). We believe that upon an unbeliever’s death, he is immediately separated from God and punished in hell. We believe the distinction between Hades and Gehenna. We reject the idea of purgatory (Gal. 3:1-14).
We believe the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Rom. 8:10-11, 2 Cor. 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Dan. 12:2; John 5:29; Rev. 20:13-15).
The Rapture of the Church and the Tribulation Period
We believe the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the tribulation to translate His church from the earth (1 Thes. 1:10; 4:17; 5:9; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Rev. 3:10; 7:1-3, 14). We believe that Christ can return at any time to rapture His church, followed by a seven-year tribulation of Israel and an unbelieving world (Daniel 9:24-27; Rev. 16), at the end of which Christ will physically return in power and glory and will establish a literal kingdom on earth lasting one thousand years. We believe that Christ will reward believers according to their works at the Judgment Seat of Christ (1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).
The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign
We believe that after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David and establish His messianic kingdom for a thousand years on the earth (Rev. 20:1-7; Ezek. 37; Acts 1:10-11). We believe that the kingdom will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel to restore them to the land promised to Abraham and to His promise to David to establish his kingdom. We believe that the Lord’s reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, and righteousness (Is. 11; 65:17-25; Ezek. 36:33-38).
The Judgment of the Lost
We believe that the millennium will be followed by the temporary release of Satan (Rev. 20:7), the judgment of Satan, and the judgment of all unbelievers at the Great White Throne judgment, at which the lost will be cast forever into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15; Matt. 25:41).
We believe that after the closing of the millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers (2 Thes. 1:9; Revelation 20:7-15), the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10) and replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells (Eph. 5:5; Rev. 20:15; 21-22). Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven (Rev. 21:2) and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another (John 17:3; Rev. 21-22). Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father (1 Cor. 15:24-28) that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (1 Cor. 15:28).
We believe that there is a literal enemy of the believers, Satan (1 Pet. 5:8), who was created as a perfect angel named Lucifer (Ezek. 18:12-15). We teach that Lucifer rebelled against his Creator and took a host of angels with him (Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:17). Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-4) and Jesus in the wilderness (Matt. 4). We believe that the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ defeated Satan (Rom. 16:20) and that he awaits eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:1-3). We believe that spiritual warfare against Satan and the Kingdom of darkness is primarily a battle in the minds and hearts of men (Eph. 5:12).
We believe that demons exist as fallen and sinful angels. Demons have had power to cause dumbness (Matt. 9:32-33), blindness (Matt. 12:22), insanity (Lk. 8:26-35), personal injury (Mk. 9:18), and suffering and deformities (Lk. 13:11-17). These demons are the principalities and powers against which believers wrestle (Eph. 6:12). We believe that they propagate false teachings (1Tim. 4:1).
We believe that baptism is a significant first step of obedience in the Christian life (Mark 16:15-16). Baptism is a public statement of a believer’s faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (Acts 8:36-38). Baptism is also identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6). We believe that it is an excellent object lesson to teach the new life in Christ truths and as an object lesson, we believe that immersion is the best method, which pictures the identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. We believe that baptism is to be reserved for believers only (Acts 8:36-38) and reject infant baptism. We prefer the “dedication of infants” and their parents.
We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is the body of all born-again believers (Matt. 16:18; John 3:3,5; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:10; 5:24-25; Col. 1:18; Heb. 12:23). We believe that believers in a particular region should join together in a local assembly for edification, equipping, and worship (Acts 2:42; 14:23; Rom. 16:5; Heb. 10:25). We believe that the formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:13-18).
We believe that the church is distinct from national Israel (Rom. 11; 1 Cor. 10:32).
The Mission of the Church
We believe that the primary mission of the church is to glorify God by preaching the Gospel to every creature and teaching them to do what He commands (Matt. 28:19-20). We teach that the leadership of the church has been given to equip saints to do ministry (Eph. 4:12).
We believe that Christ is the Head of the Church and is the supreme authority for the church (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18). We believe that there are two offices of leadership given to a church: elders and deacons (1 Tim. 3) – both of whom must be spiritually qualified (Titus 1:5-9). As leaders lead or rule as servants of Christ (1 Tim. 5:17-22), the congregation is to submit to their leadership (Heb. 13:7, 17).
We believe in the plurality of elders (Acts 14:23; 20:17; James 5:14). “Elders,” “bishops,” or “pastors” (all synonyms) are to shepherd the flock by feeding them the word (Acts 6:4; Ezek. 34:2-10), leading them by example (1 Pet. 5:3; Jer. 23:1-4; Ps. 78:72), protecting them from false teaching (Acts 20:28), tending the flock (John 21:15-17), and praying for them. They are to be spiritually qualified (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1), gifted, and called to shepherd.
Deacons are spiritually qualified men who serve in the spiritual capacity of ministering to the physical needs of the church and protect the priorities of the elders so that they do not neglect the ministry of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:1-7).
I believe in One God – the eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Who directly created the heavens, the earth, and mankind; The inspiration, authority, and sufficiency of the Bible; The incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; His identification as the Son of God – fully God yet fully man; His substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross; The resurrection of His body from the tomb; His power alone to save everyone who believes; The new birth through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit; And the gift of eternal life by the grace of God.
Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church and the spread of the Gospel through all nations, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry and the expenses of the church.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for one another.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each others’ happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows, including the relief of the poor.
Having been symbolically and spiritually buried by baptism and raised with Christ, we recognize the special obligation and divine power to lead a new and holy life. We will seek, by Divine grace, to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.