"Holding fast the faithful Word ... by sound doctrine" (Titus 1:9) The Articles of Faith and Teaching of this Church are as follows:
We believe the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God in their entirety. We believe that the Old and New Testaments are without error in the original writings, and believe they are the only authority in the matter of faith, daily life and final destiny (Psalm 19:7‑11; II Timothy 3:16; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:21).
We believe in the one true GOD: who is the intelligent, sovereign, spiritual and personal Being; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things. He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but without division of nature, essence of being, and each having a distinct ministry in God's relation to His creation and people (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 15:11; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18; 139:7‑9; Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; John 10:30; 15:26; 11 Corinthians 13:14).
A. 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 apart from a physical father and was born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14).
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24,25; I Corinthians 15:1-5;Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3‑5; 2:24).
C. 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 1:9‑11; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1,2).
We believe that man was created by God from the dust of the earth in God's image, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death which is separation from God. As a result of Adam's sin all people are born with a sin nature which makes them sinners in thought, word and deed (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:7; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10‑12; 3:23; 5:12).
A. We believe that the only escape from the penalty and power of sin is to receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith; He alone is our Sacrifice and Substitute, having suffered the wrath of God for us; and His blood cleanses us from all sin. (Luke 13:3; John 1:29; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 1:7)
B. We believe that the unsaved, even though they may have never heard the Gospel, are still lost; and that it is the tremendous responsibility of every child of God to do all he can to see that they hear the Gospel which alone can save when acted upon in faith. ( John 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:18‑20).
We believe that all who have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ shall be raised from the dead into everlasting blessedness in God's presence in Heaven; and that all others shall be raised from the dead into everlasting, conscious punishment in Hell (I Corinthians 15:20‑23; I Thessalonians 4:13‑18; Revelation 20:11‑15).
A. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convinces 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 at the moment of salvation, indwelling and sealing them unto the Day of Redemption. (John 3:5,6; 16:8‑11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12‑14; Ephesians 1:13,14).
B. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit, that is, living in daily yieldedness to His guidance and control. (John 16:13; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; I Thessalonians 5:19).
We believe that all who truly receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose for them, become children of God, being born again by the Holy Spirit, and that such have eternal life and shall never perish. We also believe that all such are members of the true Church or the Body of Jesus Christ which knows no bound of denomination or sect. (John 1:11‑13; 3:5,6; 5:24; 10:27‑29; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 1:13,14; 5:25‑27)
We believe that sanctification of the true believer is threefold: first, that our standing in Christ is now perfect (II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 10:10‑14); second, that our daily walk is imperfect, but we must endeavor to grow in grace (II Corinthians 7:1; Philippians 3:10‑14; 11 Peter 3:18); third, that we shall all be made perfect like Christ when we shall see Him face to face (I Corinthians 15:51‑53; Philippians 3:20,21; I John 3:2).
We believe that every saved individual, having been born into the family of God, is a new, spiritually alive person, having a new divine nature as a new creation in Christ. Although the believer is no longer spiritually dead, the Scripture is clear that the child of God still contends throughout his earthly life with the sinful tendencies and desired manifestations of the flesh. Because of the reality of being a new creation in Christ and having the enablement of the indwelling Holy Spirit, there is provision for victory for the believer over the flesh. We believe that all claims to the eradication of the potential to commit sin in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:1‑13; 7:18; 8:12,13; Galatians 5:16‑25; Ephesians 2:1‑10; 4:22‑24; Colossians 3:1‑10; I† Peter 1:14‑16; II Peter 1:1‑4; I† John 3:5‑9).
We believe that believers should live lives worthy of their calling (Ephesians 4:1). The believer should endeavor to live a life separate from sin.† We believe in ecclesiastical separation from apostate organizations.† We believe that separation from† religious apostasy is commanded† by† God.† We reject the ecumenical movement. When it becomes necessary to separate from a group or individual,† we believe in doing it in a kindly, sensitive manner††† (Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14‑7:1; II Timothy 3:1‑5; I Peter 1:14,15; I John 2:15‑17; II John 9‑11).††
A. We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual entity made up of all born‑again persons from the Day of Pentecost until the Lord's return at the rapture to receive believers unto Himself (I Corinthians 12:12‑14; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25‑27).
B. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches †is defined and clearly taught in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17,28‑32; I Timothy 3:1‑13; Titus 1:5‑11).
C. We believe in the importance of the local church: that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born‑again believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out The Great Commission† (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; I Corinthians 11:2;† I Peter 1:23).
A. We believe that the Scriptures teach that all believers are to be baptized by water. We teach and practice baptism by immersion, following the biblical example and its symbol and proclamation of the believer's death to sin and his resurrection in newness of life in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; 8:35‑39; Romans 6:1‑18).
B. We believe that the Lordís Supper is an ordinance given for believers only to be observed in remembrance of Christ until He comes. It serves as a proclamation of His death, a reminder of our gathering together unto Him; it symbolizes the fact that an abiding fellowship in the Lord Jesus Christ can only be maintained by self‑examination and confession of sin; it pictures our need of constantly partaking of Christ for spiritual sustenance; it bespeaks a unity of the Body of Christ, the Church (Matthew 26:26‑29; I Corinthians 11:24‑31; 10:16,17).
A. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of Spiritual Gifts to each believer; and, that speaking in tongues and working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. We also believe that God has given evangelists, pastors and teachers and that they are sufficient under His enablement for the perfecting/equipping of the Church today (I Corinthians 12:1‑11; 13:8‑10; II Corinthians 12;12; Ephesians 4:7‑12).
B. We believe that speaking in tongues (human languages unlearned by the speaker) was one of the visible signs which accompanied the advent of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost; that it was one of the signs of an apostle; and that it occurred under God's direction to convince unbelieving Jews and Gentiles of God's truth; and that this gift was used of God to confirm a great salvation (Acts 2:4‑11; II Corinthians 12:12; Romans 15:18,19; I Corinthians 14:22; Hebrews 2:3,4).
C. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith for the sick and afflicted, in accord with His own will. We do not believe that there is physical healing in the atonement (James 5:14‑16; I John 5:14,15).
We believe that it is the obligation and privilege of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19,20).
We believe that according to the Word of God, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of that "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air (Rapture) for His redeemed ones (the Church). We believe that the taking away of the saved ones will be followed by the 7‑year tribulation period on the earth which was predicted by our Lord, and that he will bring to end that time of judgment for the whole earth by His own appearing to establish His Millennial (1000 year) Kingdom (Matthew 24:19‑31; John 14:1‑3; I Corinthians 15:51,52; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:13‑18; 5:1‑10; II Thessalonians 2:7‑10; Titus 2:11‑14; Revelation 3:10; 19:11‑16; 20:1‑6).
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations which define man's responsibilities in successive ages.† These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.† Three of these: the age of Law, the age of the Church and the age of the Millennial Kingdom, are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (John 1:17; I Cor. 9:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25; Heb. 7:19; Rev. 20:2-6). This is referred to as the Historic Dispensational position. We do not hold to the Progressive Dispensational position.
We believe that Satan is an angelic person, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning and the great deceiver of all the nations; that he opposes the Kingdom of God, but that he will be overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ the seed of the woman, cast into the bottomless pit for 1, 000 years and finally be committed to the Lake of Fire with all his angels to be tormented forever and ever (Genesis 3:1‑5,14,15; Job 1:6‑12; Isaiah† 14:12‑14; John 8:44; II Corinthians 11:13‑15; Ephesians 6:12‑16; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:1‑3,7‑10).