We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men under the inspiration of God and is both verbal and plenary inspired, 2 Peter 1:19-21; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is and shall remain the only complete and final revelation of the Will of God to man. It shall be the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions must be tried.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105; Luke 24:25-27; Psalm 19:7-11; Proverbs 30:5-6; 1 Peter 1:23; Rev. 22:18-19; Romans 15:4
The Triune God
We believe that there is one and only one, true and living God: infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of Redemption.
Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Cor. 8:6; John 4:6; Psalm 90:2; Jeremiah 10:10; John 15:26; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Cor. 13:14
The Devil or Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty God, he fell, and that now he is the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. He is the enemy of God and His Christ, man’s great tempter, and the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, and powers of darkness, but destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Ephesians 2:2; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 2 Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 20:1-3; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41
We believe the literal account of the Genesis creation.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:21-23; Genesis 1:11; Genesis 1:24
Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his maker, but by voluntary transgressions fell from his sinless and happy estate, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, both by choice and practice; and are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 1:18; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Galatians 3:22; Romans 5:19
Of the Virgin Birth of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Psalm 2:7
Of the Atonement of and for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; that its author is God, and that by the Son, the Lord Jesus, who took upon Him our nature, and yet was without sin, by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting an example or not in martyrdom, but was rather the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, that He might bring us to Himself. Having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in the heavenlies, where he is the repentant sinner’s representative, advocate, and intercessor.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Philippians 2:7; Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; John 10:18; 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 9:12-15; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:2
We believe that in order for sinful man to be saved, he must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. We believe that this work is done in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit, and that its proper evidence appears int he holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:31; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; John 1:12-13; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:9; John 3:18; John 3:36
We believe that the church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe also that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Cor. 12:8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 20:17-18
We believe in water baptism, which signifies our relationship with the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, and also identifies us, as dead to sin, and raised to newness of life by the in-dwelling power of Christ. We believe that baptism is only a symbol or picture of that which is already accomplished in the life of the believer in Christ, and is in no way propitiatory.
Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12
We believe in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, and that as oft as we commemorate it, we should remember His death for us until He comes again. We believe participation in the Lord’s Supper should always be preceded by solemn self-examination.
1 Cor. 11:23-28
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, is commanded by God.
2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.
Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-20
The Security and Assurance of the Believer
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5
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 the flesh.
Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in that “blessed hope” of the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation rapture of the Church as set forth in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. We believe in the premillennial coming of Christ with His saints to earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
Zechariah 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:5-6; Rev. 20:12-13.
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
Matthew 25:46; John 5:38-39; John 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12, 13.
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
Luke 23:42; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.
Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48 Revelation 20:11-15