Statement Of Faith
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Bible is the Holy inspired Word of God. The 66 books of the Bible make up the entire Word of God. God’s Word was verbally and plenary inspired by the Holy Spirit, The Word is revealed and planted in our hearts by that same Spirit, Even as God miraculously inspired His Word, He has miraculously preserved it. We accept only the King James Version as the preserved Scriptures for the English-speaking people.
We believe Scriptures must be interpreted according to the immediate context, and also according to the entire Bible. No verse will stand alone, but must agree with the rest of the Scripture.
2. GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father as revealed in the Scriptures, as being omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is a member of the Trinity, which exists in three Persons, yet is one God. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
3. GOD THE SON
We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God; born into this world by the virgin Mary, that He lived a perfect life, that He voluntarily shed His blood on Calvary for the sins of mankind, and that He arose in victory over sin and death. It is His blood alone that can make payment for our sins.
4. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Person, that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, that He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God, that He permanently indwells each believer, and that He is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service, and spiritual worship.
5. CREATION AND FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created by God by a direct creative act during the 6 literal days of creation. Man was created in the image of God. When man sinned, he not only brought upon himself physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe all men have been born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and for those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed, and that they must be born again to be accepted of God.
We believe a man is saved by grace being made possible by the finished work of Christ on Calvary. The requisites of salvation are faith and repentance. The salvation of man is an undertaking of the Holy Spirit whereby He convicts man of his sins, enlightens him of the Scriptures, and leads him to faith in Christ.
We believe that at the moment of salvation a person is born again spiritually, that this life never has an end, and that it will be distinctively different from the life of sin.
We believe the blood shed by Christ on the cross is sufficient for every person ever born, but that it is efficient only for those who accept it as payment for their sins.
7. THE CHURCH
We believe the church to be the body of Christ in this world, that it is composed solely of born-again believers, and that its purpose in the world is to glorify God. Glorifying God includes the practices of evangelizing the world, and grounding Christians in the Word.
We believe the local church to be the institution through which God works in the world. We are a Baptist church, holding to the Baptist distinctive. We are fundamental as opposed to new-evangelical, modernist, liberal, and charismatic.
The two ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper.
We believe the two ordinances of Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be exercised by the church as an act of obedience, identification, and fellowship. We do not believe these are sacraments. Baptism is by immersion, and is for a person who professes by word and life that his soul has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a time of fellowship and soul-searching to be partaken by Christians who are in fellowship with Christ and each other.
9. THE ETERNAL STATE OF THE SAVED AND LOST
We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. Heaven is a place of eternal, conscious joy for all that receive Christ as their personal Savior. Hell is a place of eternal, conscious torment prepared for all that fail to accept Christ as their personal Savior.
10. THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the Pretribulation, Premillennial return of Christ.
We believe all that have died in Christ will experience a bodily resurrection.
We believe one of the privileges of the church is to support missionary endeavors around the world. We believe the Missions Program of a church must be Christ’s working from beginning to end. The harvest belongs to the Lord, and it is He Who calls laborers into His harvest. Those laborers include the missionary who goes, and the church that supports.
We believe a missionary has a responsibility to God to minister, not only on his field, but also among the supporting churches. The ministry to the supporting churches includes prayer, communication, and visits. The missionary should support the supporting pastor, and that pastor’s vision for his church.
We believe a missionary should be honest concerning his financial needs, and accountable to those who support him. Monies received by a missionary should be viewed as monies given to God, and taken from the offering plate. For this reason, the missionary must regard his support as a holy thing for which he will give account to God.
We believe a missionary should be honest concerning his doctrine. If there appears to be a difference in doctrine between the missionary and his church, the missionary should not conceal it, but should humbly and honestly discuss the difference with his supporting pastor.
We believe a missionary should be a person of integrity, who has received a personal call to missionary service and who is settled in his doctrine, morals, finances, and interpersonal relationships.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1