STATEMENT OF FAITH
I. VERBAL INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURES- We believe in the infallible inspired Word of God. We accept the Textus Receptus manuscript as the foundational material from which we derive the King James 1611. The Old and New Testament scriptures were written by human authors divinely inspired and edited by the Holy Spirit, preserved, unbroken and passed down to us today.
II Timothy 3:16; John 10:35; I Peter 1:19; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:89;
II. GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION- We believe the Genesis account of creation, and that what you believe will determine your philosophy of life. We believe creation was a direct act of God, literal days, instantaneous, and miraculous. We believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction was “after their kind.”
Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:3;
III. TRINITY- We believe God is a person, eternally existing. One true God but in the unity of the Godhead. There are three eternal and co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the same in substance but distinct subsistence. One Godhead made up of three persons who are the same in attributes, power, characteristics and desires.
Romans 1:7; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5: 1-3; Matthew 28:1 0; I Corinthians 8:6
IV. DIETY- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God because of His character, His miracles, His influence, His power to forgive sins and to make people free from Satan. Jesus Christ was God in the Flesh because He claimed to be, died making this claim, and arose victorious over death.
Mark 12:6; John 5:22-23; Matthew 26:63, 66; John 14:9; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8; John 20:28; Romans 9:5; I John 5:1-5;
V. VIRGIN BIRTH- We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost and in miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:30-35; Isaiah 7:14;
VI. SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH OF CHRIST- Jesus took the sinner’s place, bore his sins, and met the penalty, through a substitutionary death for all men. Jesus satisfied the law, becoming our accepted substitute. His righteousness, His right-doing, is imputed to us by faith and so we through Him have kept the law. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses, instead of merely covering the sins of man.
Isaiah 53:5; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:28; I Peter 3:18; Matthew 26:28; Acts 20:28;
VII. SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH- The sacrifice made by Jesus is the only basis of salvation, the only means of reconciliation, and the only ground of justification. We hold and believe many important truths, but the most important thing to every individual is the personal salvation of his own soul. God’s order is first salvation, works follow after.
Acts 4:12; I Thessalonians 5:9; Hebrews 5:9; John 24:46; John 20:31; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:9-10; Titus 3:5-8;
VIII. HEAVEN AND HELL- We believe that Heaven and Hell are real, literal physical places. So throughout all eternity, Heaven is the final eternal dwelling place of the saved, and Hell is a place of eternal punishment of the lost and total separation from God.
Matthew 6:20; Luke 10:20; John 14:2; Daniel7:10; Isaiah 33:14; Matthew 14:42; Mark 9:51; Revelation 14:10
IX. DEPRAVITY- Man is wicked, corrupt, and all are under sin. As it is written “There is none righteous, no not one;” proving that all were alike under sin in an unregenerate condition. “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” So every man, all men, are depraved, sinful and corrupt.
Genesis 6:5; Job 15:16; Psalm 14:3; Isaiah 1:6; Jeremiah 16:12; Matthew 23:37; Mark 7:21; Romans 1:24; II Peter 2: 12;
X. HOLY SPIRIT- The Holy Spirit is not the author of confusion concerning the tongues movement of this church age. The Holy Spirit regenerates, baptizes (not water), indwells, seals and fills the believing sinner. The Holy Spirit ministers to the Christian. The believer does not get more of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit more of the believer. Therefore, these ministries of the Holy Spirit happen instantaneously to the believing sinner.
I Corinthians 14:33; Titus 3:5; Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 3: 16; Acts 2:4; I Corinthians 1:22;
XI SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD- We believe that all the saved are called into a life of separation from the world and sinful practices. A person, once he has truly accepted Christ as Saviour, is a new creation in Christ and he should live a holy, consecrated life. He should separate himself from the world and all its lust in obedience to the command of God.
Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; H Corinthians 6:4-18; Colossians 2:6; I Peter 2:9; II Corinthians 5: 17; II Timothy 2: 19;
XII. RAPTURE AND SECOND COMING – The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is coming in the air at any moment to catch up as many as receive Him. Those saved of all ages will stand at the judgment seat of Christ and following is the marriage supper of the Lamb. We believe in the personal, bodily, visible, pre-millennial return (second coming) of Christ. Those left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ Himself shall return to the earth visible in body to set up His Kingdom of one-thousand years of righteous rule; after this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy with the Lord.
Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11-20: 15; Matthew 24:42; Matthew 25:31-34;
XIII. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER- We believe there are two ordinances of the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is immersion in water of believers, in the name of the Father, of the son, and of the Holy Spirit, administered by the authority of a New Testament Church and is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance of the local church members according to the individual examinations and teaching of I Corinthians 11:17-34. The members of this local church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, grape juice, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ.
Acts 8:38; Mark 1:9-10; Romans 3:6;
XIV. DEVIL OR SATAN- We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the god of this world, blinding “the minds of them which believe not,” and the author of all the power of darkness. We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. Satan is the author of all false religions, the chief power of the present apostasy, and the author of the power of darkness destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Matthew 4:1-3; Revelation 20:1-3; II Corinthians 4:3-4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20: 10; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17
XV. RESURRECTION – We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that He arose bodily “the third day according to the scriptures: from the tomb, ascended bodily into the heavens, that through His resurrection a sure hope of immortality and everlasting life is given to all who have been saved by His grace. He is at the right hand of God as our “Mediator, merciful and faithful High Priest, and Advocate.”
John 20; I Corinthians 15:12-28; Luke 24:1-7; Romans 4:25
XIV. ETERNAL SECURITY- We believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person is born again, they have everlasting life which never ends, and cannot be taken away from them. He is saved forever. God’s children are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and sealed unto the day of redemption.
John 10:27-30; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 8:35-39; John 5:24;
XVII. SOUL-WINNING AND MISSIONS- We believe that the Great Commission to evangelize the world was given to the church by our risen Lord and that this evangelization is the mission of the church. The Great Commission was given to the local church who was commanded to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Christ commanded His church to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8;
XVIII. SANCTIFICATION- We believe that sanctification is a personal separation from the things that are unclean to things that are holy, clean and sacred; that it is a progressive work that is begun in regeneration; that it is carried on in the hearts of the believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The sanctification of the believer will be complete at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then and only then will we have entire sanctification or be sanctified wholly, body, soul, and spirit.
I Thessalonians 5:23; I Thessalonians 4:1-10; I Corinthians 6: 11; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 8:5;
CHURCH MISSIONARY COVENANT
“For the Scripture saith … How shall they believe on Him of Whom they have not heard.”
BELIEVING: That God would have “all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”;
That Christ’s death fully atones for “our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world”;
That the Holy Spirit empowers us for witnessing unto Him “unto the uttermost part of the earth”; and realizing,
That the Saviour’s last comment ought to be our first concern; and also,
That the Great Commission, having never been rescinded or modified must be obeyed.
WE THEREFORE, do, individually and corporately,
Acknowledge our moral obligations to live and labor for the evangelization of all mankind;
Accept the responsibility to do our full share in taking or sending the Gospel “to the regions beyond”, and
Affirm our loyalty to Christ by aiding and abetting the “preaching of His Name among all Nations!:
Hence THE LORD HELPING US, we shall in the future
Pray more frequently, fervently, and more specifically for Missionaries, both foreign and national;
Contribute more generously to missions “As God shall prosper”, reviewing periodically our material possession in relation to the world-wide extension of the Kingdom of Christ; and,
Dedicate ourselves more fully to the unfinished task entrusted to us, knowing we dare not “appear before the judgment seat of Christ: without having done our utmost to make “the Gospel, which is the Power of God unto salvation” available “to every creature.” Amen!