Doctrinal Statements

 Doctrinal Statement:

 "Things Most Surely Believed among Us"


Concerning the Scriptures
    We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy of the whole Bible, and that it is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. (I Timothy 3:16-17)
 
Concerning God
    We believe in a personal God eternally existent in three Divine Personalities:  the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:19)
 
Concerning Creation
    We believe in the Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1:1-31), and that all things exist as objects of the creative power of God.
 
Concerning Jesus Christ
    We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Son of man; He is the only Savior of men; He was born of a virgin, and He is the only Mediator between God and man. (Matthew 1:18-25)
 
Concerning the Deity of Jesus Christ
    We believe that Jesus Christ is very God, was existent in eternity past with the Father and the Holy Spirit and is described as the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (John 10:30)(Colossians 2:9)
 
Concerning the Suffering and Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
    We believe the suffering and death of Jesus to be substitutionary and vicarious.  (II Corinthians 5:4)
 
Concerning the Resurrection
    We believe the in the historical bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the future bodily resurrection of His saints (I Corinthians 15); the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, personal and bodily, are the crowning events of this Gentile age (Acts 1:11), in order to set up His kingdom on earth and to rule upon this earth for one thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)
 
Concerning the Fall of Man
    We believe that by the transgression of Adam and Eve, all men are fallen which has resulted in the inherent depravity of the whole human race and the need for divine intervention for salvation by the grace of God through faith alone.
 
Concerning Salvation
    We believe that salvation is wholly by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9); and that all believers are preserved eternally. (I Peter 1:5)(John 10:27-30)(Romans 8:35-39)
 
Concerning Eternal Punishment
    We believe in an eternal punishment for those who reject Christ as Savior. (Luke 16:19-31)(Revelation 20:15)

Concerning the New Testament Church
    We believe a Scriptural church is a visible assembly of baptized believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, having an unbroken succession from the personal ministry of Jesus Christ on earth to this present day.  We reject the unscriptural universal, invisible church theory.
 
Concerning the Great Commission
    We believe that the Great Commission was given by command of Christ to His churches only; that in kingdom activities the church is the only unit associated work; that each church should exercise equal authority; and that the churches should meet their responsibilities according to their several abilities.
 
Concerning Cooperating Bodies
    We believe that all cooperating bodies, such as associations, conventions, boards, committees, etc., are, and properly should be, the servants of the churches. (Matthew 20:25-28)
 
Concerning Scriptural Baptism
    We believe that Scriptural baptism is immersion in water of a born again believer in the name of the Tri-une Godhead by the authority of a Scriptural New Testament church.  We reject, as unscriptural, the baptism of institutions with human origin.  We further believe that baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and, in likeness, it is typical of the burial and resurrection of the believer. (Romans 6:4-6)(Matthew 28:19-20)(Matthew 3:13-17)
 
Concerning the Lord's Supper
    We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the faithful members of a given local assembly. (I Corinthians 11:20-34)
 
Concerning Church and State
    We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Romans 13:1-7)(I Peter 2:13-15)