Our Beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writing. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21) They are of supreme and final authority in matters of faith and practice, the true center of Christian union (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21).

God

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:23,28, 19:20; John 1:1)
Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is true God, and true man, and is the only sufficient Mediator between God and man; and in the Vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins, in the resurrection of His body, His ascension into Heaven, and His personal and visible future return to the earth; and that eternal salvation is received only through personal faith in Him – through accepting Christ as personal Savior (Luke 1:26-38, 24:39; I Timothy 2:3; John 3:16, 36, 14:3, 6; Acts 10:43; Revelation 1:7)
The personality of the Holy Spirit; and that His ministry is to convict men of sin, to reveal Christ, to indwell, sanctify, instruct, and empower each believer for worship and service (Luke 11:13; John 14:16,17, 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:8)

Grace

We believe in the eternal security of the believer; that it is impossible for one born into the family of God ever to be lost (John 1:12, 10:27, 28; I John 5:9-13; I Peter 1:3-5; Jude 1)
We believe in the Priesthood of all Believers. A believer is once and for all saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:5-10) and has free access to God the Father through the one and only High Priest, Jesus Christ our Savior, at any time for spiritual comfort and forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:11-28). With this principle of individual competency under God in all matters of religion, Baptists have opposed any distinction between clergy and laity, suggesting that the clergy are a continuation of the Old Testament priesthood. We believe that Christ has made every believer become a priest under God (Revelation 1:6; I Peter 2:5; Hebrews 7:26,27, 10:10 and 12: I Timothy 2:5)

Creation

We believe the literal Genesis account of Creation. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings since the fall are born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, are sinners in thought, word, and deed (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:23, 5:12)

The Resurrection

We believe that the soul and spirit of the Christian leave the body at death and go immediately to be with the Lord (Luke 16:19-31; Philippians 1:21-23; II Corinthians 5:8).

Baptism and The Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Spirit baptism is the immersion of the believer into the body of Christ, and this occurs for every believer at the time of salvation and is performed by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5)

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is only for those who already have been saved by receiving Christ. Through baptism, the believer publicly professes his faith in Christ and acts out his desire to be dead (buried) to sin and alive (resurrected) to walk in newness of life for his Savior (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:44-48, 16:31-34; Romans 6:1-6)

The observance of the Lord’s Supper in which the Lord commanded believers to take the Bread and the Cup (the fruit of the vine) in remembrance of His body which was broken for us, and His blood, which was shed for our sins. Believers are to observe this service with self-examination and with anticipation of the Lord’s return (I Corinthians 11:23-29)

The Church

We believe that the New Testament Church is a body of baptized believers with Scriptural offices of pastors and deacons associated with worship, service, the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally and worldwide, and observing the ordinances and carrying out the principles, precepts, and commission of Christ (Matthew 18:15-20, 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42, and 47, 14-23; I Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 3:21, 4:11-16; I Timothy 3:15; Acts 1:8).

We believe in the local Church’s autonomy (independence, self-government) and in cooperating with and encouraging Baptist brethren who also believe in and stand for the fundamental doctrines of the faith. We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of the age of grace. We believe in the principle of Religious Liberty and the separation of Church and State (Romans 15:5,6; Ephesians 5:22-32; I Timothy 3:1-15; I Peter 5:1-4).

In the Church Age, commonly known as the Dispensation of the Age of Grace, the Holy Spirit indwells every believer the moment he receives Christ as Savior. We believe this indwelling alone makes living a victorious Christian life possible. We believe that speaking in tongues and divine exhaling movements are not related as outward evidence of the Spirit-filled life. We believe the Spirit-filled life is to be the everyday experience of a born-again Christian that regardless of one’s place or station in life, he is filled with the Spirit when he is yielded to the Holy Spirit and is occupied with Jesus Christ and the Word of God (I Corinthians 6:19, 20; Romans 8:1-14; John 14:16-18, 16:7-14; Ephesians 5:18, 6:17; Hebrews 4:12).

End Times

We believe in that blessed hope: the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, personal, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus when the Church will be “gathered unto Him” (Titus 2:13; Acts 1:10,11; I Thessalonians 4:13-19; I Corinthians 15:51-58).

Separation

We desire to raise a standard of Biblical separation from worldliness, modernism (new-evangelicalism, neo-orthodoxy, ultra-Calvinism, ecumenism), and all organizations and individuals who are not in complete agreement with biblical separation (Acts 20:26-31; Romans 16:17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; Titus 3:10,11; II John 7-11; Jude 3; II Thessalonians 3:14, 15; John 3:16; II Peter 3:9)

 “And the things that thou has heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others, also.” II Timothy 2:2