What We Believe

Purpose - The purpose of this local church is to glorify God at all times, and to accomplish the will of the Lord Jesus Christ through the uniting of Christians in fellowship, for spiritual edification, for winning sinners to Christ, to observe ordinances, promote missions, and to encourage Christians in their walk with God.

What we Believe About:

The Bible - We believe the scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God. Because of the many versions available today we endorse the King James Version.  The KJV is translated from the most accurate majority text.  (II Peter 1:21, II Tim. 3:16-17)

Godhead - We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: in one substance, perfect, yet varied in office. (John 14:7-12, Matt. 28:19)

Jesus Christ - We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. (Matt. 1:18-20, John 1:1-2, 14) We believe Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who receive him by faith alone are justified on the ground of his shed blood. (I Cor. 15:3,4, II Cor. 5:21, Rom. 3:21-26) We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his bodily ascension into heaven; and in his present life there for us as our only high priest and intercessor. (Matt. 28:5-6, Acts 1:9, Heb. 7:25-26)  We believe in "that blessed hope".  The personal, visible, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (I John 3:2-3, I Thess. 4:14-17, I Cor. 15:51-52, Titus 2:13)

Holy Spirit - We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine person, equal with the Father and the Son.  We believe that the Holy Spirit is true God and that he convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgement, bears witness to the truth, etc.  We believe that certain spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church such as apostleship, prophecy (inspired words from God equal to scripture), and tongues have ceased. (Acts 5:1-4, John 16:7-11, I Cor. 13:9-12)

Man - We believe man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.  We believe all human beings are born with a depraved, sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Rom. 5;12, Eph. 2:1-6)

Salvation - We believe that salvation is the gift from God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins.  Salvation is only through faith in that shed blood and is not earned by any good works whatsoever.  All those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated and become the Sons of God. (Eph. 2:8-9, John 1:12, John 3:3-7)

Sanctification - We believe sanctification is in three tenses; Every saved person has been sanctified through the death of Christ, is being sanctified by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, and will be sanctified completely when he goes to be with Christ. (Heb. 10:10, John 17:17, Eph. 5:25-27) Every believer has two natures, an old and a new, and the old cannot be eradicated during his life. 

The Church - We believe in the church, the bride of Christ, now being prepared including only born-again people; in the local church as a body of believers in the Lord, baptized as believers, and associated for worship, instruction, evangelism, discipleship, and the observance of the ordinances, and fellowship.  We believe that to the local church are committed the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.  We believe that the task of reaching the world for Christ is the responsibility of the local church. (Acts 2:47, I Tim. 3:15)

Ordinances - We believe there are two church ordinances: baptism and the Lords Supper.  Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, and is the only mode of baptism revealed and commanded by Christ according to the scriptures.  This baptism sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.  The Lord's supper is a church ordinance in commemoration of the Lord's death until he comes, and signified the continual fellowship of the believers with Him and with each other in Him. (Acts. 8:36-39, Rom. 6:3-5, I Cor. 11:23-32)  We believe that the administration of the ordinances is the responsibility of the church.

Great Commission - We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned and equipped the local church to take the gospel to the world. (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts. 1:8)

Last Things - We believe in the imminent return of Christ to raise the bodies of departed saints and to translate his church for eternity to heaven.  The wicked dead shall be raised for the great white throne judgement and be condemned to everlasting, conscious punishment, in hell. (Rev. 20:11-15, Luke 16:22-24)

Creation - We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, "each after his own kind",  in six twenty-four hour days, and then He rested. (Gen. 1-2, John 1:3, Col. 1:16-17)