The Articles of Faith, adopted by the members, do not exhaust the extent of our
faith. The King James Bible, the official Bible version of our church, is itself
the sole and final source of all that we believe.
The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament
to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant,
infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and
life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine
revelation of God to man and is the very Word of God.
We believe there is 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, but having
distinct offices in the work of redemption. God is eternal, immutable, omnipotent,
omniscient, omnipresent, sovereign, holy, righteous, loving, and just. He is the
creator and preserver of all.
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 by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem
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 resurrection from the dead.
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.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine 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, sealing, guiding and sanctifying them unto the day
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.
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to
every believer and these gifts are to be used within the local church. God
uniquely uses evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip other believers in
the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in
tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. 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
frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical
The Depravity of Man.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in
Adam and Eve's sin of disobedience the human race fell, inherited a sinful
nature, and became alienated from God. Man is depraved and, of himself, utterly
unable to remedy his lost condition.
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man
by grace and received by a personal profession of faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our
sins. Salvation is instantaneous and not a process; its evidence appearing in
repentance, faith, and newness of life. It is offered to all people.
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.
We believe that all the redeemed, once truly saved, are kept by God's
power and are thus eternally secure in Christ forever.
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the
assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which,
however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to
We believe that the local church, which is the "called-out assembly" of
believers here on earth, is made up of born-again baptized persons. The
church is the body and the espoused bride of Christ.
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is
clearly taught and defined in the New Testament.
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external
authority or control. The Scriptures do identify two specific leadership
positions in the church with specific qualifications, duties; and
responsibilities; pastors (or bishops/elders) and deacons. Overall, Jesus
is the head of the church.
We recognize water baptism and the Lord's Supper (or communion) as the
two Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. Water
baptism is the immersion in water for those who profess an outward faith in
Jesus for their salvation. It does not itself bring about salvation, but is
a commandment that symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection
of Jesus. The Lord's Supper is a memorial service in which the unleavened
bread and unleavened cup (or juice) symbolically represent the broken body
and shed blood of Jesus Christ.
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner of holiness as not
to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to
separate themselves from all religious apostasy as well as all sinful
pleasures, practices, and associations. The church also must remain separate
from those who practice false and unscriptural doctrine.
The Second Advent of Christ.
We believe in that "blessed hope", the personal, imminent return of Jesus
Christ Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation
period. At the end of the tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly
return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was
promised to the nation of Israel.
The Eternal State.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal
life in Heaven, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from
the body and present with the Lord, where they consciously await their
bodily resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be
glorified forever with the Lord.
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after bodily death, in
conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with
soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne
Judgment. They shall then be cast into the Lake of Fire along with Satan,
not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and
The Personality of Satan.
We believe that Satan is an unholy god of this world, the father of lies, the
author of sin, and the deceiving cause of the fall of man; that he is the open
and declared enemy of God and man. He eventually shall be eternally punished in
the lake of fire, a place prepared for him, his angels and the unsaved.
We believe the Genesis account of creation; that God created the universe and
all earthly life in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap
Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of
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
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be
engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that homosexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery
and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.
We believe that any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or outward
appearance is not acceptable to God.
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man
and one woman.
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 both in the home and in 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.
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.
Divorce and Remarriage.
We believe that God intends marriage to last until a spouse dies and that He
does not condone divorce. Although divorced and remarried persons or
divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly
used of God for Christian service; they are, however, Biblically disqualified
for the offices of pastor or deacon.
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child i
a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of
unborn human life. We reject any teaching that the abortion of a pregnancy
due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population
control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother is acceptable.
We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow
believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those who
oppose us. 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.
Lawsuits Between Believers.
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits
against another Christian or against the church corporately to resolve personal
We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to
resolve personal disputes between it and it's members.
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 and witnesses of Jesus Christ, we must use each
available means to go to all people throughout the entire world and not wait
for them to come to us.
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's
entrusted wealth, is obligated to support their local church financially.
We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for this giving, but
that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and
cheerfully to the support of the church, to the relief of those in need, and to
the spread of the Gospel.
We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to
direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made.