Declaration of Faith
About the Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, plenarily and verbally inspired, and is the sole authority in all matter of faith and practice.
We believe in one God, the divine Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternally co-existing, equal in essence and attributes, yet distinct in office and activity.
About Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God; in His preexistence; His virgin birth; His incarnation; His sinless life; His miracles; His substitutionary, atoning death on the cross; His bodily resurrection from the grave; His high priestly work in Heaven; and His personal, visible, glorious, imminent, premillennial return to earth to take all born again believers unto Himself and to set up His kingdom on the earth.
About the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead; who convinces the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates, leads, comforts, enlightens, and sanctifies believers.
We believe that God originally created all things, not by evolutionary processes, but directly and immediately, and that He sustains and guides all things to their predetermined end.
About Man and Woman
We believe that man was made in the image of God, originally sinless and pure, and sinned in Adam as the natural head of the race, and is now sinful by nature and by choice and in need of salvation.
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ apart from human works or ceremonies.
About the Church
We believe that the universal church of Christ is a spiritual body of which He is the Head, and or which all regenerated people are members. We believe that the local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed on a credible confession of faith and voluntarily associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to these local churches were committed for perpetual observance the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and that God laid upon these churches the task of proclaiming to a lost world the gospel of Jesus Christ.
About the Ordinances
We believe that the ordinances of the church are only two in number: baptism being the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, thus symbolizing the believer’s previous experience of regeneration through faith, and his union in death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as set forth in Romans 6: 3-11; the Lord’s Supper instituted by Christ being a memorial of His atoning sacrifice.
About the Local Church
We believe that the local church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority, and that church and state must be kept separate, as having different functions.
We believe in the resurrection of the body, the eternal existence of all men either in heaven or hell, in divine judgment, in rewards and punishment, and in certain fulfillment of all Bible prophecies.
About Christian Living
We believe that we should earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, and that we should preach the Word, being instant in season and out of season, reproving, rebuking, exhorting, with all longsuffering and doctrine. (II Timothy 4:2; Jude 3)