This Is Our Statement Of Faith
Concerning the Bible in general, we believe the Bible is inspired and inerrant, and is the perfect revelation of God regarding Himself and His works unto men (II Timothy 3:16). We believe it to be wholly authoritative. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone compose the entirety of the Biblical canon. We don’t embrace what some call the “Golden Tablets” view of Scripture — instead, we believe God used the pens and personalities of men to communicate these Divine Scriptures to us in a process described in II Peter 1:19-21.
We believe furthermore that the Scriptures must be read in their sometimes-ancient and proper contexts in order to fully understand what God is communicating to us; a failure to do so leads to a whole host of errors that negatively inform our beliefs and behaviors. We don’t claim to understand this library known as “the Bible” perfectly, but we sure are trying!
We use the King James Bible at our church for a few reason we won’t get into here. But this being said, we obviously recognize that many believers read from and present the Gospel using the newer English translations of the Bible, and we rejoice in the fact that God is being magnified and glorified and souls are being saved in the ministries of those individuals and churches with whom we might differ regarding the textual issue.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived in physical form by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work of atonement on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification and new life in Jesus Christ is made possible and sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
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; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves 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; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary and are now passed. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God does at times certainly choose to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. We believe that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition on his own (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Psalm 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).
The Way of Salvation
We believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace through faith” and that men are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Ephesians 4:32b; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19)
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 2).
We believe that the institution of the Church was established by Jesus Christ (Matthew 16), the first church having begun with the calling of the 12 apostles (Luke 6). This first church was empowered by the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), and was eventually scattered (Acts 8), spurring great reproduction and multiplication of many more churches as a result.
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; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
The Ordinances of the Church
We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the partaking of the Lord’s Table as a Scriptural means of testimony for the believer (Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner “as becometh saints,” so as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. We believe that separation from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
The Appearing and Return of Christ
We believe that the Lord’s appearing is literal, personal, visible, and imminent. There’s a whole host of views about the end-times with regards to the timing, the exact sequence of events, the nature of the rapture, and so forth. However, what is clear is that Christ will return as promised to right all wrongs and unify the realms of heaven and earth once again (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4). Even so, Lord, come quickly.
Our Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13). We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers tragically remain, after death, in conscious misery and torture until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
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