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Statement of Faith

The following Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. We believe the Bible is the only and final source of everything that we believe. The following statement, however, accurately represents the teaching of the Bible. All literature used in the ministries of the church shall be in complete agreement with this Statement of Faith.

Section 1. The Doctrine of the Scriptures

We believe that God's Word is inerrant and infallible (John 17:17), and that the writings of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and plenarily inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21). God is the actual author of the Bible (I Thessalonians 2:13). We believe that God in His sovereignty preserved His Word and words for all generations (Psalm 12:6-7; Matthew 24:35). Therefore, we have absolute confidence in the Greek testament known as the Textus Receptus and the Hebrew Masoretic text from which the King James Bible was translated. All preaching and teaching of the church must be from the King James Bible (or its equivalent in other languages).

 

Section 2. The Doctrine of God

There is only one God who exists as three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7). Each person of the Godhead is identical in nature, eternal in being, equal in power, and possesses the same divine attributes (John 4:24; Hebrews 1:3). He is the self-existent source of life and creator of all that exists (Exodus 3:14; Jeremiah 32:17; John 5:26; Colossians 1:16-17). God is absolutely holy (Leviticus 11:44-45). He is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and immutable (Psalm 139:7-10; Proverbs 15:3; Job 42:2; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).

 

Section 3. The Doctrine of Christ

Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1; 10:30; 20:31). He is eternal and was manifest in the flesh (John 1:14). He is the second person of the Godhead and was not created, having neither beginning nor end (Micah 5:2). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-23). He lived a sinless life on earth in the form of a man, and died a voluntary, substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross at Calvary to atone for the sins of mankind (Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 2:24).

 

Section 4. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, existing eternally as the third person of the Godhead. He is equal in essence with both God the Father and God the Son (John 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19). The ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is that of indwelling, sealing, empowering, guiding, teaching, and filling (John 16:13; 14:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, 11, 16; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18). The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). He sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to every believer for the edifying of the body of Christ (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:8-11; Ephesians 4:11-12). The temporary sign gifts of the Holy Spirit are not applicable to believers today since we have the completed written revelation of God's Word (I Corinthians 13:8-10).

 

Section 5. The Doctrine of Angels

We believe that God created a perfect host of angelic beings known as angels or "sons of God" (Job 38:4-7). The holy angels are ministering spirits who minister to God's people (Hebrews 1:13-14; Genesis 19:11, 15-16; Psalm 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Acts 27:23-24). They carry believers home after physical death and will be used as God's agents of judgment during the tribulation period (Luke 16:22; Revelation 16:1). We believe that Satan, who was created as part of the perfect angelic host of angels, was an exalted angel. Because of his pride, he rebelled against God's authority and was cast from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19). Satan is a real, personal, evil spirit being who is the father of all lies, and the god of this world. He blinds the minds of unbelievers and is destined for eternal punishment in the lake of fire (John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:7-10). In his rebellion, he led a third part of the angels with him. These fallen angels are now demons which cooperate with Satan in his efforts to hinder and destroy God's people and God's work (Revelation 12:4; Ephesians 6:12).

 

Section 6. The Doctrine of Creation and Man

The creation of man was a direct act of God on the sixth 24-hour day of God's creation as recorded in Genesis 1 and 2. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. God took the dust of the ground, formed Adam, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; therefore, man's origin is not the result of an evolutionary process (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7). Man was created in the image of God possessing a moral not a physical likeness to God (Genesis 1:26). In a state of innocence, he willfully sinned by disobeying God's command (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6). As a result of this single act of sin, all humanity became subject to sin and death; therefore, all men are sinners born with a sin nature, condemned, and without excuse (Romans 1:20; 3:10, 23; 5:12, 19; Psalm 51:5; John 3:19).

 

Section 7. The Doctrine of Sin

Sin is the transgression of God's law (I John 3:4). It is the inability to conform to God's standard (Romans 5:6). It is a "missing of the mark" (Romans 3:23). Every human being is born with an inherited sin nature as a result of Adam's disobedience in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12), therefore making all men sinners. All men are condemned to death (physical, spiritual, eternal) because of this sin nature (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11, 15).

 

Section 8. The Doctrine of Salvation

Salvation is a free gift of God that cannot be merited on any basis of good works (Romans 6:23b; Titus 3:5). It is wholly by God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) on the merit of the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24-26). The elements of conversion are repentance and faith (Acts 2:38; 20:21). Once an individual turns from his sins to God and places his faith in Christ (I Thessalonians 1:9), he is eternally secure and can never lose his salvation (John 3:16, 36; Ephesians 1:13; I John 5:11-13). At the point of salvation, a believer is justified (Romans 5:1). We reject the doctrines of Calvinism represented by the TULIP as misinterpretations of Scripture (II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2:1-6; I John 2:1-2).

 

Section 9. The Doctrine of Hell

Hell is a literal place of everlasting punishment. It was prepared for the Devil and his angels, but all those who reject the salvation offered through Christ will spend their eternity there (Matthew 25:41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; II Thessalonians 1:7-8). Man will suffer in hell according to the evil he has done in this present world (Luke 12:47-48).

 

Section 10. The Doctrine of Heaven

Heaven is an actual place where God dwells (Matthew 6:9). The Lord Jesus Christ is presently preparing it for all who have put their faith in Him for salvation (John 14:1-3). Heaven is the place from which Christ descended and to which, after the completion of His earthly ministry, He ascended after His resurrection. He now sits in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father where He makes intercession for the saints. All believers immediately go to God's presence in Heaven upon death (Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; II Corinthians 5:8).

 

Section 11. The Doctrine of the Church

The church that Jesus established is a local, organized, sovereign assembly of regenerated, baptized believers (Acts 2:41), voluntarily united together for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-28; 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-30). Believer's baptism is by immersion in water under the authority of the local church (Acts 8:36-39). Baptism is an outward expression of the believer's identification with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4-5) and unites that believer to the particular local church in which he is baptized (Acts 2:41, 47). The Lord's Supper is a memorial picturing the broken body of Christ that was sacrificed on the cross and his blood that was shed to pay for man's sin (I Corinthians 11:23-30). Acts 2:41-42 sets a pattern for those eligible to partake of the Lord's Supper (i.e., those who believed, were baptized, and belonged to the local church).  The offices of the church are pastor and deacon. The qualifications for these offices are clearly defined in the Scriptures (I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9; Acts 6:1-7). The church is an autonomous, self-governing, self-propagating, self-supporting organism with Jesus Christ as its Head (Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 13:1-3; 15:23-28; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18). No hierarchy of individuals or organizations, religious or political, either within or outside of the church, has any authority over the local church (Matthew 22:17-21).

 

Section 12. The Doctrine of Last Things

We believe in the imminent, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3). Jesus will receive unto Himself all those who have trusted in His shed blood to wash away their sins (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). After the Rapture, believers will give an account at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12; I Corinthians 3:10-15; II Corinthians 5:9-11). Christ's return will be followed by seven years of tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 13:5), at which time Jesus will return to earth to destroy all wickedness (Revelation 19:21). A thousand year reign of Jesus Christ will follow this event which will culminate with the destruction of Satan and all his evil forces (Revelation 20:4, 10). At the end of the thousand year reign, all lost sinners will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:12-15). The new heaven and the new earth will be prepared for God's saints for all eternity (Revelation 21).

 

Section 13. The Doctrine of Separation

We believe that the saved should live in such a way as to not bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. God commands believers to separate from religious apostasy, worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings (Leviticus 19:28; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 7-11).

 

Section 14. Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained all authority consisting of three institutions: the home, the church, and the government. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by God's Word. No institution has the right to infringe upon the other (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-17).

 

Section 15. Human Sexuality and Family

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 any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-27, 29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that the only legitimate Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:22-23). 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 (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).

 

Section 16. Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that God disapproves of divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. 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 may not hold the offices of pastor or deacon (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).

 

Section 17. Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is murder, and we reject any teaching 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 are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

 

Section 18. Euthanasia

We believe that the direct taking of a human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift from God and must be respected from conception until natural death. We believe, therefore, that any act or omission which causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment (Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28).

 

Section 19. Lawsuits Between Believers

We believe that believers are prohibited from bringing lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. The church possesses the resources necessary to reconcile disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32; Matthew 18:15-17).

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