CORE BELIEFS

The Holy Scriptures

We believe all Scripture was given by verbal, complete, and inerrant inspiration of God, and that God’s Word has been preserved through the ages. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Bible is our final authority for all matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet.1:20-21; Psalm 119:152, 160)


God

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt.28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14, I Jn 5:7)


Jesus

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 Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18- 36; Rom. 3-24-25; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; Heb.9:24; 7:24; 1 John 2:1-2)


The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph 1:13-14) We believe that He is the divine Teacher 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. (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27) 


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 sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3-22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph 2:1-3; 4:17-19)


Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that salvation is being born into God’s family, and that it cannot be reversed or lost, because it is kept by the power of God. (Matt. 12:31-32; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:9; John 6:37-40; 10:27- 30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)


The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32, 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11) We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 12:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16-1,4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)


Christ’s Return

We believe Jesus will return again to earth to reign. We believe that before Christ’s return, all genuine believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and the world will experience a period of tribulation. (Ps 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18: Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)


Eternity

We believe all people will spend eternity with Christ or separated from Him. We believe those without Christ wait in Hell for the day of final judgment. We believe those with Christ wait with Jesus for their resurrection and eternal inheritance. (Jn. 5:28-29; 3:16- 18; Lk. 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15; 1Th. 4:13-18; 2 Jn. 8; Lk. 19:11-27)


Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)

CHURCH DISTINCTIONS

Unity in Preaching and Teaching

For the sake of consistency and unity in the church, we use the King James and/or New King James translations in all preaching and teaching environments.


Dispensationalism

While we appreciate the insight of other approaches to Scripture, we consistently employ normal, or literal or plain, interpretation of Scripture and teach that it reveals a distinction between Israel and the Church that is maintained throughout history, and that the underlying purpose of God in all things is His own glory. (Gen. 1:28; Is. 43:7; Rom. 11; 1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 4:11)


Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer and that He uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. While we understand that God can do whatever He wants whenever He wants, we teach that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as the gifts of speaking in tongues and healing, were essentially temporary. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12; 1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)


Sovereignty and Free Will

We recognize that the sovereignty of God and the freewill of man are both biblical truths. At the same time we acknowledge that in regard to salvation, how these two truths relate is beyond the finite understanding of man. We adhere to a balanced, biblical understanding of God and man’s role in salvation.


Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. We distinguish water baptism as total immersion in water, after salvation, picturing and identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)


Holy Living

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations. The Bible clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2, 13-14; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:17-7: 1; Gal. 5:13; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 2:11-15; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11) 


Future Events

We teach the pre-tribulational rapture of the church.


Creation

We teach that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20-11)


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 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)


Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, 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. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13: Gen. 26:8-9: Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4) We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)


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 the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12) 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 the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23-13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)


Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that God intends for marriage to be a life-long union between one man and one woman. At the same time, we recognize that God did make provision for divorce and remarriage in some cases (i.e. – adultery, abandonment). As a church we seek to provide biblical counsel and loving care to those in need of healing and comfort due to painful separation or divorce. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3, 1 Cor. 7:1-15)


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 unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teachings that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother is acceptable. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51-5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44-24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)


Love

We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both 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 the 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 engages in such sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)


Personal Disputes

We believe personal disputes between members of the church should be handled in a manner that demonstrates Christian love and humility, and without bringing civil lawsuits against one another. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)


Missions

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group 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. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 14:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)


Giving

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37: 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)