What We Teach

What We Teach

 

I. The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writing, infallible, and God-breathed (1 Tim. 3:6, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13).

II. The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:26, 11:7; Matt. 28:29).

III. The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man; that He is the only Savior of mankind, and the proper object of our worship (Is. 7:34; Matt. 1:8-25; Col. 1:18-19; 2:9).

IV. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who reproves the world of sin; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers in the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:7-11; 1 John 2:20-27; Eph. 5:18).

V. The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).

VI. Salvation

We believe that faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, arose from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, is the only hope of salvation (Eph. 1:7; Rev. 1:5); that this faith is begotten through hearing the Word of God, wholly apart from human works (Eph. 2:8-9); that by a new birth one dead in trespasses and sins is quickened unto eternal life, made righteous, justified (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 1:30; Rom. 3:21-26), and is made partaker of the Divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4), eternally secure unto the praise of His glory.

VII. The Eternal Security 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; Rom. 8:1; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:5).

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 excuse for willful sin (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

VIII. The Priesthood of the Believer

We believe that every Christian is a priest unto God with free access, through prayer, to the throne of grace, and has responsibilities to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God (1 Pet. 2:1-10; Heb. 10:19-22; Eph. 2:18; 3:12).

IX. Separation from the World

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior, Lord, and their Church, and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 2:13-14; 12:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1).

X. The Local Church

We believe that the local Church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ governed by His law, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by His Word. Principally, its officers are a pastor (elder; bishop) (Eph. 4:10-11; Acts. 20:26-31; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Titus 1:5-9; Phil. 1:1), and deacons (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:8-13).

The Church has absolute right of self-government, directed by the Holy Spirit, and it is answerable only to Christ and that in all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline, and benevolences, the will of the local Church is final (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23-24; Col. 1:18; Acts 20:17-18).

XI. The Universal Church

We also believe and recognize that we, as an assembly of believers, are only a part of a greater body, the bride of Christ, made up of believers of every tribe, tongue, and nation. This group is called the body of Christ – the Church (Col. 1:18; Rev. 7:9-12).

XII. Separation of Church and State

We believe that the civil government is the minister of God, and that we have responsibility to obey the laws of the land. However, we also maintain that the Church and state must always remain separate in operation and that neither should strive to dominate the other (Rom. 13:1-7; Matt. 22:17-22).

XIII. Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and instrumental in the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-18; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)

XIV. 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 (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 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 wait the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. This first resurrection will occur prior to the tribulation period and all true believers, living and dead, will be raptured at this time (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17).

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

XV. Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one 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. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)

We believe that the only scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)

XVI. 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 licensure and ordination by the Church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 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 a 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. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)

XVII. Baptism

The Pastor or some ordained person of the same faith and order, authorized by the Church, shall administer the ordinance of baptism by immersion, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way, our faith, in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, its effect on our life of death to sin, and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of Church membership. (Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

XVIII. The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper shall be served to the congregation by the Pastor, or some ordained person authorized by the deacons of the Church. The ordinance will be commemorated at the discretion of the Pastor and deacons. Since it is the Lord’s table, none who are His shall be barred, but the Pastor shall frequently state the scriptural order, which places conversion as a prerequisite to communion, and shall explain the meaning of the ordinance.

Believers who are physically disabled and are unable to participate in the public observance of the Lord’s Supper, may request private commemoration of their ordinance at a time and place of mutual convenience (1 Cor. 10:21; 11:24-27; Matt. 26:28).