Doctrinal Statement

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority of all Christian faith, life, and doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; John 6:63).

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (II Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19-20).

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1,14; 8:58; I Corinthians 15:3,4; I John 2:1; Hebrews 4:14; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; Matthew 28:5,6).

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 14:16,17,26; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:13).

We believe in the existence of the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, prince of the power of the air, author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; Ephesians 2:2; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10).

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:6; Romans 5:12; 6:23).

We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death and should be observed until He comes again. Partaking of the Lord's Supper is for believers only and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. (I Corinthians 11:23-33).

We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.  (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:20-22; Colossians 1:18).

We believe that the Word of God clearly demands that the believer walk in the path of separation from worldly pleasures and questionable practices which stunt spiritual growth and become a stumbling block for others.  We believe, therefore, that all believers should live whole-heartedly for the Lord Jesus Christ and forsake those worldly practices which detract from their Christian testimony. We further believe that Christians should neither marry unbelievers, nor enter into any other entangling alliances with them.  (I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 14:21; Colossians 3:17).

We believe that marriage is ordained of God and is further a human object lesson of a divine relationship ( Genesis 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:21-33; Hebrews 13:4) and is dissolved by the death of one of the partners (Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 7:39).  However, divorce is permitted because of fornication and adultery (Matthew 5:32; 19:3-9) or because the unbelieving partner forsakes the believing partner and institutes the divorce (I Corinthians 7:10-24).  Before divorce is to be considered, every means of reconciliation, forgiveness, and restoration is to be sought.  In those cases where divorce and remarriage have already taken place before conversion, God's desire is for the best in every marriage; thus, present marriages are to be built on His love, forgiveness, and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society and that leaders are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and, together with the laws, obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-3).

We believe in the personal and premillenial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Titus 2:13; Matthew 24:44).

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (Revelation 20:6; Luke 14:14; John 5:28-29).

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- Galatians 6:7
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