What Our Church Teaches

We believe the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God, inspired in the original autographs, providentially preserved, and capable of changing lives by the power of God (Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is the sufficient Word of God for us, thus we do not believe modern apostles and prophets exist who can add to or improve on the Scriptures.

  

We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead; that there is only one true God, eternally existing in three uncreated Persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), distinct in their harmonious offices, yet having the same essence, nature, and attributes; equal in every divine perfection. (Matthew 28:19). God is both one and three, and in all things He is holy, completely set apart from sin (1 Peter 1:15-16; James 1:13); infinite, without limitation (Job 42:1-2; Jeremiah 23:24); and eternal, without beginning or end (Psalm 90:2).

   

We believe Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became flesh (Hebrews 1:8), was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21), died on a cross as the substitute for sinful people (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24), and bodily rose again on the third day (Matthew 28:6; 1 Corinthians 15:20).


We believe that God the Holy Spirit convinces men of sin, righteousness, and judgment; by whom all believers in Christ are called, regenerated, baptized into the body of Christ, indwelt, sealed, gifted, filled, and empowered for service (1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:18). Thus, the Holy Spirit is active today, but we do not agree with the continuationist views of the Charismatic movement, thus we do not practice tongues-speaking or healing miracles.


We believe God directly created the universe from nothing in six literal days, apart from any process of evolution (Genesis 1-2; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).

 

We believe all people are created in the image of God, but that through willful disobedience, Adam fell from his original state; that consequently every man is born with a totally corrupt sin nature, that he is personally guilty before God, and that he is under divinely decreed condemnation because of his sin (John 3:18-19; Romans 3:23; 5:12).


We believe in the salvation of people by grace alone on the basis of the vicarious, atoning death and shed blood of Jesus Christ, which is made effective to a person only upon his repentant faith (turning from sin to Jesus), which faith is not in any way a meritorious work or act of personal reformation, but it is a work of the Spirit of God, regenerating the one who was formerly dead in his trespasses and sins, but is now alive unto God (John 1:12-13; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 7:18; 10:9).


We believe that one who is truly born again will, by the grace of God, persevere in belief and be kept saved forever, with the prospect of continually experiencing in his life the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit to mature him through the Word of God. Our belief in eternal security is not a freedom to live however we please but freedom and power to live how Christ pleases, without fear that he will lose us. The fact that we are eternally secure does not minimize our sinfulness; it magnifies Christ and His grace that abounds more than our sin (John 10:28; Romans 5:18-6:4; 8:38-39; Hebrews 13:5).


We believe that every Christian should live in a manner that honors and glorifies Christ, separating himself from the worldly system, and setting his affections on the things of God (Colossians 3:1-3; 1 John 2:15-17).

 

We believe in the local church, an assembly of immersed believers, as God's ordained institution for the perpetuation of the Truth and the advancement of His work in this age. We believe that it is the responsibility of the local church to glorify God, to edify itself, to evangelize the world, and to observe the ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper. We further believe that the two offices of a New Testament church are those of pastor and deacon (Matthew 16:18; 26:26-20; Acts 2:41; 8:35-37; 1 Corinthians 11:2, 23-26; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:24-25).

  

We believe in the imminent, personal, and visible return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to destroy His enemies and create a new heaven and a new earth for His people, where there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, pain, or sin (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Revelation 21:1-8).