Statement of Faith
This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the following Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members.
The Word of God
The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:16).
God is three Persons, all equal to the Others, and existing in One Being (Matthew 28:19).
The Father -- He is the Father of the Nation of Israel (Isaiah 63:16), of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17), and of believers in Christ (Matthew 10:32-33).
The Son -- The Son of God is the Word (Logos) which was made flesh (John 1:1-14), born of a virgin and conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-25).
The Holy Spirit -- The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Trinity Who reveals
to men their need of Christ as well as reveals Christ Himself to men (John 16:7-15).
In his original state in the garden of Eden man was sinless (Romans 5:12). Through the sin of Adam, man fell from that original state, thus becoming sinful by nature and choice (Romans 5:12). Man became subject to the curse of sin and its consequences which include spiritual death immediately (Romans 6:23), suffering (Romans 8:22,23), physical death (Hebrews 9:27), and eventually the second death (Revelation 20:11-15). By faith in Christ alone man is able to be restored.
Salvation is granted to people upon the basis of grace and faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9). Biblical faith involves repentance, having a change of mind toward sin (particularly the sin of rejecting Christ) and the Savior (Luke 13:3; Acts 26:20). To reject Christ's salvation is to, upon physical death, embrace a literal hell and eventually the lake of fire (Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:11-15).
The local church is a group of baptized believers organized for the purposes of edification (through preaching, teaching, and fellowship) (Ephesians 4:11-13), evangelism (II Corinthians 5:18-21), keeping the ordinances, and fulfilling the Great commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Not all issues concerning the doctrine of future happenings are crystal clear. What we do know beyond question is that both dead and living saints will be changed into glorified bodies to live in the presence of the Lord
(I Corinthians 15:51-57), and that after the world has been thoroughly scourged by a just God (Revelation 4-19), the unbelievers and Satan will be cast into a place called the "lake of fire" to remain eternally (Revelation 20:11-15).
The Personality of 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).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11).
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 (Romans 13:1-7).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of the marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, or pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex (Romans 1:26-29).
Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may be considered for positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Romans 7:1-3).
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 acceptable (Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-18).
We believe that God has given the church the Great Commission to proclaim the gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matthew 28:18-20).
Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christian are scripturally prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve personal differences (I Corinthians 6:1-8).
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 (II Corinthians 9:6-7).