1. The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be verbally and plenary  inspired Word of God.  The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life.  The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man.  The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical  meaning.  The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the Church (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).

2. The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26).

3.  The Person and Work of Christ

a.  We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became 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; II Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5- 8).

b. 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; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians  1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).

c. 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; I John 2: 1-2).

4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, or righteousness, and of judgment;  and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling and sealing believers unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians  1:13-14).

b. 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 (controlled by) the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:17-18, 5: 18; I John 2:20, 27).

c.  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; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12).

d. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary.  We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that  ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (I Corinthians 1:22, 13:8, 14:21-22).

5. 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 human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that 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).

6. Salvation

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 (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19).

7.  The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

a. We believe that all believers, 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, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5).

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

8. The Church

a. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again believers (I Corinthians 12:12-14; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27).

b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 20: 17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

c. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).

d. We recognize water baptism and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.  We believe valid baptism is conducted solely under the authority of a local church.  We believe the Lord's Supper is for those saved, baptized obedient members, of the local New Testament church.  We believe the elements that are to be used is that of grape juice and unleavened bread.  We believe that the church has the right to invite those visiting the church (who are saved, baptized, obedient members of churches of like faith and practice) to partake in the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 28: 19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 20: 1-7; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

9.  Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God (Romans 12: 1-2, 14: 13; II Corinthians 6:14- 7:1; II Timothy 3: 1-5; I John 2: 15-17; II John 9-11).

10. The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in that "blessed hope", the personal, imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture every born-again believer prior to the seven-year Tribulation period.  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 Israel (Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10, 19: 11-16, 20:1-6).

11. The Eternal State

a. 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).

b. 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 in the Lord (Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation  20:4-6).

c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment 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 and torment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16: 19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).

12. Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of 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; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 20: 10).

13. Creation

We believe that God created the universe in six literal 24-hour days.  We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11).

14. Civil Government (The State)

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basis 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 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; I Peter 2: 13-14).

15.  Human Sexuality

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

16.  Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage by the choice of a person is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication or desertion.  Although divorced and remarried persons may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon, they may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Mark 10:2-12; Romans 7:1-3; I Timothy 3:2, 12: Titus 1:6; I Corinthians 7:15).

17. 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 mental well-being of the mother are unacceptable (Job 3: 16; Psalms 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49: 1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20: 15-18; Luke 1:44).

18.  Missions

We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the gospel to all nations, tribes, ethnic groups, and language groups, so that they may believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to home and foreign fields 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; II Corinthians 5:20).

19.  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 personal disputes between members.  We do believe, however, 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 (ICorinthians 6: 1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32).

20. Giving

a. 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.

b. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (See Article XI) (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5: 17-18).

21. Our Baptist Faith

We believe that our Baptist Faith is closer to the Word of God than any other religious group, cult or sect calling themselves Christian, and that the groups of Christians who down through the history of Christianity have held to the Word of God closer than others have been Baptist by doctrine and/or name.  We do reject any implication that Baptists are the only saved Christians and we reject the idea that Baptists are the only ones who will be at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  We believe a person is saved solely by a relationship to God established through what Christ did on the cross, and that relationship qualifies every born again Christian to a relationship in Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe that Heaven and its benefits are not gained by belonging to a particular group but by belonging to Jesus Christ through the new birth (John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-9; Revelation 19:7-9).

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