What We Believe

The Bible
We believe the Holy Bible is a living and supernatural book, that it is the very Word of God.
 We believe that the Author of the Bible is God the Holy Spirit, and that by plenary (complete) and verbal (spoken) inspiration, holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).  It is infallible (unfailing; absolutely trustworthy) and it is inerrant (free from error) (John 17:17).  We believe God’s Word is preserved in the English language in the King James Version 1611 (Psalm 12:6-7).  We reject all modern translations and paraphrased versions, as these commonly alter or delete Bible doctrines, including the pure meaning of redemption and the virgin birth and deity of Christ.  It is the sole and final authority for all matters of faith and practice in life (John 8:32; Psalm 19:7-9).

The Godhead
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all God (1 John 5:7).

God the Father
We believe and teach that there is one, and only one, true and living God. He is absolute in nature, perfect in attributes, and holy in character. God is the Creator of all things. (Genesis 1:1; Col. 1:16) He is immutable (unchanging), omnipresent (all present), omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), eternal and sovereign.  (Genesis 17:1; Ezekiel 10:5; Gen. 35:11; Rev. 4:8).

God the Son (Jesus Christ)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1-14; 1Timothy 3:16).  He was born of a virgin and incarnate (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35).  He was one-hundred percent God and one-hundred percent man.  He was without blemish and without spot (sinless) (Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19-20). 
He was given by God the Father to die for the sins of all mankind as the ultimate sacrifice and fulfillment of Old Testament law (John 3:16; 1Timothy 2:6; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 5:6).  He willingly laid down His life (John 10:15-18) and is the true Saviour.  According to the Scriptures and by His own statement, He rose from the tomb on the third day (Matt. 16:21-28; 17:22; 20:17-19).  He ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of the Father as the believers' High Priest ever making intercession for them (Mark 16:19; Rom. 8:34).

God the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit)
God the Holy Ghost is the third person in the Godhead.  The Holy Spirit indwells every believer.  The Comforter will come and reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-15).  The Spirit that seals the believer unto the day of redemption also bears witness that we are the children of God (Romans 8:11, 16).

The Church
The Church is a local visible body of baptized believers covenanted together to carry out the Great Command (Matthew 28:18-20).  Jesus began to build the first church on the seashores of Galilee when he called out twelve disciples and called them Apostles (Matthew 10:1-8).  The Foundation of the church is that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:18).  Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone of the church (Ps. 118:22; 1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:20; 1 Peter 2:4-8).  Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it (Eph. 5:25).

There are two ordinances in the church:
  • Baptism – This ordinance adds a believer to that local body of Christ.  It does not save them and it is not a part of salvation.  It is a portrayal of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and shows to the world what has already been done.  It is also by immersion (Romans 6:3-4; Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:38-39; Col. 2:11-12).
  • The Lord’s Supper – This ordinance consists of two elements: Unleavened Bread and Fruit of the Vine (Matthew 26:26-30).  The elements are representative of His broken body for us and the blood that He shed for us.  It is exclusively for the members of the local church which means it is a closed supper (John 13).
Salvation
Salvation is by grace through faith.  It doesn’t come by good works that we do (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).  Repentance and believing are necessary (Acts 20:21).  One needs to be deeply convicted of their guilt and turn in repentance towards God.  A person must have faith in Christ to receive the free gift of salvation.  Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6).

Sin
When God created man and woman, they were perfect. The Serpent (the Devil) beguiled Eve and she ate of the fruit (Gen. 3:1-8).  When Adam disobeyed God, death passed upon all men spiritually and physically.  Sin entered into the world because of Adam (Rom. 5:12-21).  All mankind apart from God are sinners and condemned to die.  Sin does not have dominion over the believer after they have been born again (Romans 6:14).


Separation of Church and State
The original intent of our founding fathers was to keep civil government in its proper perspective.
  We believe civil government should be influenced by the prayers, preaching, teaching and involvement of all believers in Christ.  We believe Christians should be actively involved in the electoral and legislative processes, and working to promote Godly government.  The requirements of license, certification and taxes on the church of Jesus Christ are unconstitutional and non-Biblical.  The churches’ ministers are God-ordained and need no man’s approval or control.  The Holy Spirit calls and maintains the work of God.  The state is not above -nor equal to- God.  The state is to be a “servant of God” to the people for good; it is accountable to God for its acts.  God is the Supreme Sovereign, and as such is the Ultimate Authority, and should be obeyed above any other delegated authority.  We believe that we should, “as much as lieth in us,” live peaceably with all men.  However, we will resist peaceably all efforts of civil governments to control the churches of Jesus Christ.  There is nothing in the first amendment to the United States Constitution which supports the idea of “separation of church and state.”  The original intent was clear: our founding documents clearly prohibit the establishment of a state religion and guarantee the free exercise of religious belief.  The division between church and state is one of function; it is a division of labor; the church is to be a minister of grace; the state is to be a minister of justice.  Both are divinely-established institutions, and both are to serve the Lord God.  God never intended for church and state to exist independently and separately.  The church is to influence the state to Godly and righteous rule.  The state is to protect the good and prevent the evil.  We, therefore, exhort our members to be active in praying and working for Scriptural, Godly civil government (I Timothy 2:1-2; Acts 5:29; Matthew 22:15-21; Proverbs 8:15-17; Rom. 12:17-18; I Peter 2:13-20; Job 34:24).

The Return of Christ
We believe that Christ will return as the King of kings and will gather all the saints to heaven before the Tribulation (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-55).