Doctrinal Statement

Articles of Faith

 

Section 1 – Doctrine of HOLY SCRIPTURE

Quality and extent of Scripture

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally and plenary inspired of God in 66 books of the original writings.

Authority of Scripture

The Holy Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Preservation of Scripture

We affirm with our Baptist forefathers that God, by singular care and providence, has preserved His word pure in all ages (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:2 1; John 10:35).


Section 2 – Doctrine of GOD

Reality of God

We believe in One Triune God, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4-6).

Relation to creation

As Creator, God is both separate from and above the world. As Upholder of all things, He is everywhere present in the world (Is. 55:8,9, Psa. 113:5,6; John 8:23; Jere. 23:24; Act. 17:27,28).

Triune nature

God is revealed to us from scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: three distinct persons but without division of essence. Each has a distinct ministry in God’s relation to creation and people, and each is worthy of precisely the same honor, confidence, and obedience (Mt. 28:19; John 14:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 2 Peter 1:2).


Section 3 – Doctrine of JESUS CHRIST

Deity of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is eternally the Son of God and exists co-equally with the Father and Holy Spirit (John 1:1).

Incarnation of Christ

We believe that God the Father sent forth His Son through the birth of the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Incarnation Son united fully and perfectly Deity and humanity without mixture, change, division, or separation in one person forever (1 Tim. 3:16; Col. 2:9; Php. 2:6,7).

Resurrection of Christ

We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord and His bodily ascension to heaven. He, being seat at the right hand of the Father, acts for us as High Priest and Advocate (1 Cor. 15:1-4, 20-25; Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 7:25).

Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a representative and voluntary substitutional sacrifice for the sins of all men (Romans 5:9; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Peter 1:18,19).


Section 4- Doctrine of the HOLY SPIRIT

Deity of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, is co-equal with the Father and the Son by possessing the same perfection, immutability and eternality. (Heb. 9:14; Act. 5:3; 1 Cor. 3:16,17; 1 Cor. 2:10,11; Matt. 28:19).

Particular work of the Spirit

The Holy Spirit regenerates all who become children of God through Christ (Tit. 3:5). He indwells to draw together believers for worship and proclamation, to reveal the truth to those yielded to the Spirit’s prompting, to equip for service, to seal the promise of things to come, to elicit faith, hope, and love, and to remedy the pattern of sin (John 14:20,26; 15:26; 16:8-12; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 1:2-11; 1 John 2:20).

Consummation work of the Spirit

The Spirit works in human history to attest God-the-Father and God-the-Son by convicting and convincing the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).

Sign gifts of the Spirit

We believe the supernatural sign gifts such as speaking in tongues, workers of miracles, healing and prophecy were temporal; and they are now under suspension for the remainder of the church age.


Section 5 – Doctrine of CREATION

Origin of the universe

We believe God created the universe out of nothing in six literal 24-hour periods (Gen. 1:1-31).

Preservation of the universe

We believe God sustains, provides care, and watches over all of creation, Col.1:17; Heb. 1:3).

Philosophies rejected

We reject evolution, the day-age theory, big-bang theory, and theistic evolution. All are errant theories for the origin of reality (Gen.1-2; Ex.20:11; Psa. 102:25-28).


Section 6 – Doctrine of SATAN

We believe that Satan originally was created a holy being but rebelled against God. He is the agent of the Fall, adversary of God and His people, and a prince and powerful deceiver of this world. Satan shall be judged and eternally punished. We believe we are able to resist and overcome him in salvation and though the power of prayer (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-19; Revelation 20:1-10; Ephesians 2:1-4; 6:11-18).


Section 7 – Doctrine of MAN

We believe that God created man in His own image. Though created in a state of holiness and righteousness, Adam willfully sinned against God and fell from that state. Consequently, all human beings are now sinners by birth and by choice. Fallen man is devoid of ability to please God and merit salvation. Man, therefore, apart from the grace of God, is already under the condemnation of God and will be consigned forever to eternal, conscious punishment (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; Psalm 58:3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 1:20; 5:12-21; 6:23; I Corinthians 2:14).


Section 8 – Doctrine of SALVATION

Necessity of Salvation

We believe that no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again and that a new nature imparted by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential to salvation (John 3:3,7; Php. 3:4-9; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5).

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1;7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).

Eternal Security

We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and thus are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5).

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 occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).


Section 9 – Doctrine of THE FUTURE

Final 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). The result of this Judgment will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (2 Thess. 1: 6-9; Rev. 20:11-15).

Intermediate State

We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence and there remain until the resurrection of the body at the rapture, when soul and body are reunited. We believe all believers shall stand before Christ to be judged of their Christian works for the giving of rewards; and they shall then be associated with Him forever in glory (I Cor. 3:11-15; 11 Cor. 5:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection for judgment, which shall occur at the end of the millennium (Luke 16:19-26).

End Time Events

We believe in the imminent, pretribulational rapture of the church to heaven, followed by a seven-year tribulation upon all the earth. At the end of the tribulation, Jesus shall come to earth in power and glory with his church to establish his millennial reign. Satan shall be bound and Israel shall be re-established in the Promised Land. At the end of the glorious reign, Satan shall be loosed and lead a rebellion against Christ, at which time Satan shall be defeated and then banished in the Lake of Fire forever.


Section 10 – Doctrine of HUMAN GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment (Rom.13: 1-7) for the interest and good order of human society. We should prayer for all governmental leadership (I Tim. 3:1-6) and conscientiously honor and obey such, (Rom. 13:1,5-7), except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:19-20; 5:29).


Section 11 – Doctrine of LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that the local church is an autonomous company of believers in Jesus Christ baptized by immersion upon a credible confession of faith. The local Church congregates for worship, service, fellowship, observance of the ordinances, and the spread of the Gospel to all the world. The church has two scriptural ordained offices: pastor and deacon, which positions are to be held by men only (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2: 41-42; 10:47,48; Phil. LI; I Tim. 2:12; 3:1-13; Heb. 10:25).

The Ordinances of the Church

We believe there are two ordinance of the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the initiatory symbol of one’s faith, and a testimony that one has been united with Christ in his death and resurrection. Immersion is the symbol for the graphic picture of the truth baptism conveys (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 36-38, 16:15, 19:45; Ro. 6:3). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a memorial of the Lord broken body and shed blood until He comes, (Mt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

The Mission of the Church

The fundamental mission of church is to proclaim the gospel and make disciple of all nations through missions, on foreign and on the home fields (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:1; Acts 1:8, Rom. 10:13-15).


Section 12 – Doctrine of SEPARATION

We believe that separation is a doctrine as well as a practice and that the separation principle runs through the entire Bible. We believe there are several aspects of Biblical separation.

Political separation

The separation of the church from state government (Luke 20:25).

Personal separation

The separation of the believer from the world and sin in order to serve God. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon the Savior and Lord. Therefore, personal separation involves a separation from acts of sin, the world system, heretics, and false teachers (Josh. 24:15; Rom. 12:1-2; 14; 11 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; Titus 3:10; 1 John 2:15- 4:1; 11 John 10-11).

Ecclesiastical separation

We believe that true spiritual fellowship is the result of common faith and practice. Ecclesiastical separation is the separation of the church from apostasy. While recognizing the unity of all true believers, it is also evident that unbelief and error in many organized fellowships have developed to the point where recognized apostasy exists. We believe we are to reprove apostates rather than recognize them, to rebuke rather than to reason with them, to reject rather than to receive or unite with them. We believe that loyalty to Christ also demands separation from those groups content to walk with or tolerate religious unbelief (11 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-15; 11 Tim. 4:211 John 10-11).

Familial separation

The separation of the believer from an erring brother, when doctrinal or ethical compromise creeps into his life or ministry. We believe that we must separate from those brethren who continue in disobedience to the Word of God. (Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:11; 11 Thess. 3:6, 14-15)