WHAT WE BELIEVE

“Our vision is to be a loving community that invites our neighbors to join us
in becoming devoted followers of Jesus who impact the world for Him.”

Our Priorities as a Church

A Christ Centered Church… A person, Jesus Christ, not a program, is the foremost. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

A Bible Believing Church…We stand for the historic fundamentals of Biblical Christianity. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life.

An Independent Church…As a self-governing church we have no synod, conference, presbytery or other form of human organization that exercises control over the local congregation.

An Evangelistic Church…We maintain a steadily expanding program of missions, seeking to bring all to the Savior.

A Fellowshipping Church…Christian love, harmony, and unity are found in all our activities.

Scriptures

We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testaments, that holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20; Proverbs 30: 5,6; I Thess. 2:13.

God

We believe in one God, eternal, living, true, and self-existing; who consists of three persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Who are the creators. Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 5:3-4; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3.

Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is the very God manifested in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His substitutionary and vicarious death, His blood atonement on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension and present intercession at the right hand of God in behalf of believers. We believe in His personal, imminent and pre-millennial coming again, the rapture, the judgment of the nations and His glorious reign of one thousand years upon the earth. Matt. 11:27; Luke 1:3-35; John 8:46; I Peter 2:21-25; Eph. 1:7; Matt. 28:7; Acts 1:8-111; Heb. 7:25; I Thess. 4:14-18; I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 20:6.

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Ghost, the third person of the Godhead, as eternally existing with the Father and the Son; that He is a real person, not merely an influence, but the source of all power, acceptable worship and service; that He is our abiding comforter; that He never takes His departure from the church nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves nor experiences. We believe that He leads man to repentance toward God and to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation, by whom such saved ones are added to the one body; that He indwells and seals from the moment of our acceptance of Christ. John 7:38-39; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:13-14; I Cor. 3:16; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; Phil. 3:3; Eph. 1:13-14.

Fall of Man

We believe that man, made in the image and likeness of God, has fallen under condemnation through sin and is now totally depraved in his natural state. Gen. 1:26-27; 3:7-13; 6:5; 6:11-13; Ps. 51:2-5; Rom. 5:12-18; Eph. 2:2-5.

Salvation

We believe in salvation through the new birth and that this is possible only by grace through faith in the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior. John 3:3-7; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:20-26; 4:24-25; 5:1, 9,19,20,21; II Cor. 5:19-21; Eph. 1:5-7; I Pet. 1:23; 2:24.

Grace

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and without works of the law, but that they who believe should be careful to maintain good works.Acts 16:31; Rom. 4:1-5; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-8; James 2:18-22; Gal. 5:6.

Perseverance

We believe that those who are born again are secure in the eternal salvation of divine provision and are kept by the unlimited power of God, the unbounded love of Christ and the unbreakable seal of the Holy Spirit. Heb. 9:12-15; I Pet. 1:3-5; Rom. 8:35-39; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30.

Sanctification

We believe that scriptural sanctification is a setting apart unto a holy use: that it is progressive in the consecrated believer through the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. I Cor. 1:2,30; Heb. 10:10; II Cor. 7:1; I Cor. 6:9-11; I Peter 1:2; II Thess. 2:13; I Thess 5:23-24; 3:13; Eph. 5:25-27.

Church

We believe in the divine institution and the unity of the true church which is composed of all true believers and which constitutes the mystical body of Christ. Matt. 16:18; I Cor. 12:31; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:14-22; 5:25-27.

Church and Government

We believe the church is self-governed and independent so far as relates to its own affairs. It is answerable to no ecclesiastical body. It controls the admission, discipline, and removal of its members according to its own understanding of the Word of God. Eph 5:23; Matt 18:15-20.

Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan as a fallen created being; that the course of this world is under him as its prince and as the prince of power of the air and that he will finally be cast into everlasting torment in the lake of fire. Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-15; II Cor. 11:13-14; Gen. 3:1, 4, 14-15; Job 1:6-12; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Eph. 2:1; Rev. 20:2,7,10.

Wicked

We believe that all who reject the Gospel of Christ in the present and only day of grace have nothing to await but the righteous judgment of God in the endless retribution of the impenitent. II Thess. 1:7-10; Mark 9:43-48; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15.

World to Come

We believe that the apostasy (false teachings, etc.) of the present age will culminate in the judgment of the nations at the Lord’s second coming. Matt. 24:14-15, 21; I Tim. 4:1-3; II Tim. 3:1-5; 4:1-4; II Thess. 2:3-12; Rev. 15:1; 16:1-21; 19:11-16.

Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the body when the just are caught up in the air at the coming of Christ with the then living saints to enjoy everlasting peace with the Lord; that the unjust live not again until the thousand years are finished at which time they will be judged at the white throne judgment and suffer eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:5,15.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe in the Scriptural form of baptism for all believers and that they be immersed without delay. The Lord’s Supper shall be observed as often as the church directs and all baptized believers and candidates for baptism shall be admitted, yet we will deny no one. Matt. 3:13-17; 26:26-30; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:31-34; Acts 8:35-39; 16:30-34; I Cor. 11:23-24.

Election

We believe in election based upon the foreknowledge of God, which means that God knew from the beginning who would be saved, and not upon God electing only those he wishes to be saved. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come unto repentance. I Peter 1:2; II Peter 3:9; John 3:16.

Practices

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel through all nations. We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense but always ready for reconciliation, mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay. We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

A Christ Centered Church… A person, Jesus Christ, not a program, is the foremost. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

A Bible Believing Church…We stand for the historic fundamentals of Biblical Christianity. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life.

An Independent Church…As a self-governing church we have no synod, conference, presbytery or other form of human organization that exercises control over the local congregation.

An Evangelistic Church…We maintain a steadily expanding program of missions, seeking to bring all to the Savior.

A Fellowshipping Church…Christian love, harmony, and unity are found in all our activities.

God’s Clear Plan for Salvation

We all have sinned… Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory (perfect standard) of God.”

The penalty for sin is death… Romans 6:23 “For the wages (payment) of sin is death (Hell).

Jesus Christ died for our sins… Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth (proved) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Believing that Christ’s death paid for our sin debt, we have eternal life (Heaven)… Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast.”

What We Believe
Verbal Inspiration of the Bible
Trinity of the Godhead
Judgment
Genesis Account of Creation
Original Sin
The Virgin Birth
The Blood Atonement
The New Birth
Justification by Faith
Local Church Government
Believers Baptism by Immersion
Commemorative Lord’s Supper
Security of the Believer
Resurrection of the Body
Pre-Millenial Return of Christ
Millenial Reign of Christ
Hell-Eternal Torment
Heaven-Eternal Glory
Personality of Satan