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The Godhead We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons...Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature and co-equal in power and glory. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26)

The Person and Work of God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace. (Genesis 1; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 104; Hebrews 1:1-3)

The Person and Work of God the Son
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became a man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Ephesians 1:7).\We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14)

We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17-18, 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-44, 28; Ephesians 4:7-13)


The Holy Scriptures We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed. They are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Bible are the complete and divine revelation of God to man and shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Total Depravity of Man We believe that man was creataed in the image and likeness of God but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12, 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:17-19)

Salvation Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results. In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God and full assurance of future glorification (Matthew 1:21; Ephesian 2:8-9; Romans 3:20-22, 24-26).

The Way of Salvation Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works. Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:9; Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Romans 10:17)

The Provision of Salvation Christ died for the sins of the whole world. Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons. All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Hebrews 2:9; John 1:29, 3:16,18; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:4-6)

Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom God's sovereignty and man's freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience. The two Bible truths are in no way contradictory in the great salvation so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty purposed, planned and executed salvation in eternity while man's freedom enables him to make a personal choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved or to reject it and be damned. (Ephesians 1:9, 1:13-14, 2:4-6; John 1:12-13)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

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, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5; Hebrews 13:5)

We believe that believers are born again, made new creatures in Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit enabling their perseverance in good works. A special providence watches over them. (Ephesians 2:19; John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:1; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 8:9,28; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 4:4)

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 sin. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

Sanctification All believers are set apart unto God at the time of their regeneration. (Hebrews 10:12-14; 1 Corinthians 6:11) They should grow in grace by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God's Word to their lives, conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness and making them partakers of the holiness of God. (2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 Peter 2:2; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:15-16)


The Church

The Nature of the Church We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; Acts 2:41-42)

The Perpetuity of the Church We believe that the local church was instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth and that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Matthew 16:18; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51; Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28:32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

The Autonomy of the Church We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. The church acknowledges Jesus as her only Head and the Bible as her only rule of faith and practice, governing herself by democratic principles under the oversight of her pastors. (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Isaiah 8:20; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Acts 6:1-6, 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20-28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:1-7, 13; Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

The Ordinances of the Church We recognize water baptism and the Lord's Supper as the scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Fellowship of the Church We believe the church is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture. In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation. (Matthew 20:25-28;2 Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:10, 15:16; Galatians 1:8-9; 1 John 2:19)

Separation We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances. (Romans 12:1-2, 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; Leviticus 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

The Second Advent of Christ We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His church prior to the seven year tribulation period. Christ will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 22:20)

The End of the Tribulation At the end of the tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16; 20:1-6)


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 5:28-29, 11:25-26; Revelation 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 God. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6)

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with body and soul reunited, they shall apear 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 and torment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)

Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed who, in their glorified bodies, will live in the presence of God forever in ultimate blessing. Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering for the devil, his angels and the unredeemed. (Matthew 25:41; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:10-15, 21, 22)

The Personality of Satan We believe that Satan is a person, not a personification of evil, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. He, with his demons, opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel, tempting saints to do evil and warring against the Son of God. (John 8:44; Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 10:1-10; 20:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 6:11; 1 Peter 5:8, Genesis 3:15)


Creation

The World We believe that God created the universe in six literal twenty-four hour periods. We reject the Theory of Evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. God created all things for His own pleasure and glory as revealed in the biblical account of creation. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Revelation 4:11; John 1:2-3; Colossians 1:16)

The Angels God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will while fallen angels serve Satan seeking to hinder God's purposes. (Colossians 1:16; Luke 20:35-36; Matthew 22:29-30; Psalm 103:20; Jude 6)

Man God created man in His own image. As the crowning work of creation, every person has dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons. (Psalm 8; Genesis 1:27, 2:7; Matthew 19:28-31)


Civil Government We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church and (3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective, biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13-14)

Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24, 26:8-9, 19:5, 13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)


Family Relationships

We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensing and ordination by the church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:8-15, 3:4-5, 12)

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including scriptural corporal correction. (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)


Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that God disapproves of divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. (Malachi 2:14-17)

God's goal in marriage is a lifelong union within which two people love one another and enrich one another's lives. Successful lifelong marriage is possible for any two people willing to follow Jesus' guidelines for developing a supportive personal relationship. (Matthew 18, 19:3-12)

Because human beings are marred by sin, it will not always be possible for a marriage to achieve this ideal. In some cases hard-heartedness may so distort the marriage relationship that God demonstrates His willingness to accommodate Himself to fallen humanity's weaknesses and allows for divorce and remarriage. (1 Corinthians 7:8-40)

Hard-heartedness may display itself in a number of ways including, but not limited to, mental and physical abuse, sexual abuse and repeated adulteries. In such cases the marriage covenant may be abandoned by one or both parties.

It is the responsibility of spiritual leaders to give guidance and to enable those willing to keep on trying to live with their spouses in Jesus' way.

Spiritual leaders are responsible to lead persons who divorce and remarry to accept responsibility for the failure of the first marriage, to confess the sin involved to God and to enter another marriage only upon the clear and definite leading of the Lord. (1 John 1:9; Matthew 12:31)

Persons divorced or divorced and remarried have the right to be fully involved in the life of the local church without prejudice. Their spiritual gifts are to be recognized and affirmed and they are to be encouraged to find the place of service for which their gifts equip them. (Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)


Abortion We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control or the physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18, Luke 1:44)

Love We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers but also toward those who are not believers and those who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:9-10, 12:17-21, 13:8-10; Philippians 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)

Lawsuits Between Believers We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve such disputes between members. We do believe that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32)

Missions We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ehtnic group and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20)

Giving We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3;9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)


This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe that the forgoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.


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