1. THE SCRIPTURES – We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; that it was written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit so that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be. They are the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and so are the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.(2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17)

2. THE TRUE GOD – We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

A. GOD THE FATHER – We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son. (Ex. 15:11; Lev. 11:44; Is. 63:9; Jn. 3:16; Job 12:13; Col. 2:3; Ps. 115:3; Jer. 32:17; Micah 7:18; Mat 6:25-34; Luke 11:9-13; 2 Cor. 5:19)

B. GOD THE SON – We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary: sinless in His nature and life, infallible in His teaching, making atonement for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and His glorious second advent according to promise. We believe that the promise of His second coming includes: First: “The Blessed Hope” of the believer, namely the personal, premillenial, and pretribulational return of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to rapture His church according to I Thes. 4:13-18. Second: His later return to earth with His saints to set up His millennial reign. (John 1:1; Matt. 1:18-23; 2 Cor. 5:20-21; Heb. 1:1-3; 1 Jn. 2:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Lk. 24:50-51; Rom. 8:34; 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Rev. 1-7; Rev. 20:1-6)

C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the Deity and the personality of the Holy Spirit. We believe that He came from God to convince and convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell, and to conform and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 12:3; Eph. 4:30; Acts 13:1-3; Jn. 16:7-14; Rom.8)

3. MAN – We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought and deed by choice. (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 3:1-19; Rom. 5:13-21; 6:23a; Rom. 3:9-20)

4. SATAN – We believe in the reality and personality of Satan. (Gen. 3:1-5, 14-15; Job 1: 2-7; Matt. 4:1-11; Rev. 12; 20:1-10)

5. SALVATION – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who by faith receive Him as their personal Savior, are justified on the grounds of His shed blood on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead, and are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God. (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 4; Eph. 2:4-10; 1 Pet. 1:3-4; Rom. 8:9-11; Jn. 1:12-13; Rom. 8:14-17)

6. THE CHURCH – We believe in the visible church which is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, the Word, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon these churches the task of preaching the Gospel to every creature, and the edification of the individual members of the Body of Christ. We believe that to these visible churches was committed for perpetual observance, two ordinances: The baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 11:26; Acts 8:26-38; Heb. 10:19-25; 1 Cor. 1:17-23; 2 cor. 5:9-11; Ephe. 2:10; 4:11-16; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

7. BAPTISM – We believe Baptism is for the professing believer and the scriptural method is immersion, inasmuch as it symbolizes the saved sinner’s identification with Christ, whose death, burial and resurrection ascribes vicariously to the believer as judicial acceptance with God; it is not a means of nor a requisite for salvation but an evidence of a conviction to be obedient to the Lordship of Jesus-Christ. (Acts 2:38-41; 8:12-13, 26-38; 9:1-18; 10:44-47; 16:14-15, 30-34; 18:8; 19:1-5; Rom. 6:3-10; Matt. 28:19-20)

8. THE LORD’S SUPPER – We believe that the Lord’s Supper is not a sacrament but a memorial service and the elements are to be received reverently as representing the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is for baptized born-again believers only but not restricted to members of the church. Its observance affords a time of heart searching, thanksgiving for our Lord’s passion, and affirming our expectation of our Lord’s return. (1 Cor. 10-16; 11:23-24)

9. LAST THINGS – We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead; the saved to eternal life and blessedness in Heaven and the unsaved to eternal, conscious suffering and woe in Hell. (John 5:29; Rev. 20:11-15)

10. ASSURANCE – We believe in the eternal security of the believer. (John 6:35-40, 47; 10:27-29; Rom. 8:29-39; Eph. 2:4-7)

11. CHURCH AND STATE – We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of all faith, and that each church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from any interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority, that, therefore, the church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of each other. (1 Pet. 2:5, 9)

12. CHRISTIAN LIVING – We believe that every saved person should manifest the Christ-life in a consistent walk in the Holy Spirit, fully and constantly yielding his members to the indwelling Spirit, so that he may always by life and word “show forth the praises of Him who has called him out of darkness into His marvelous light.”. We believe in a separated life for all believers as set forth in 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1, including separation from mixed marriages (i.e., believer and unbeliever), and worldly alliances, pleasures, methods of work, worldly societies, etc. (Rom. 8:4; 13:14; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 4:18; 1 Pet. 2:9; Titus 2:11-12; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 5:21)

13. HOMOSEXUALITY – We believe the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. (Genesis 1:27; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 22:5; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thes. 4:3-7; I Timothy 1:8-11) Self-avowed, practicing homosexuals are not to be accepted as ministerial candidates, ordained as ministerial candidates, ordained as ministers, appointed to serve in any ministry position (i.e. pastors, deacons, Sunday School teachers, children / youth workers, nursery workers, ushers, music ministers, trustees, church / missions treasurers, clerks, superintendents, and missions committee members) or received into membership. Practicing homosexuals are welcome to attend any services. It is the desire of our Lord and of the congregation that all homosexuals would hear the Word of God, repent of their sins, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and grow in Christ likeness.

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