What We Believe

Articles of Faith

  1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.  (II Timothy 3:16;  II Peter 1:21)
  2. We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead, that they are co-equal; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, that he was both God and man. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1;  1:14;  8:58)
  4. We believe in God the Holy Spirit as an individual personality. His current ministry involves reproving and restraining the world of sin, while He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and fills believers.  (I John 2:27;  II Thessalonians 2:7;  John 16:7-11;  3:6;  I Corinthians 12:13;  Romans 5:5;  Ephesians 1:13;  Galatians 5:16)
  5. We believe in the Genesis account of Creation and that man was created in the image of God; that man sinned and thereby incurred physical death as well as spiritual death which is separation from God. All who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word deed.  (Genesis 1:27;  3:6;  Romans 5:12)
  6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and resurrection. (Romans 4:26;  II Corinthians 5:21)
  7. We believe in the literal resurrection of the crucified body of the crucified Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and advocate.  (I Corinthians 15:4;   Hebrews 4:14;  I John 2:1)
  8. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God; are kept saved for eternity by God the Father for Jesus Christ.  (John 5:24;  1:12;  Romans 8:28 – 39)
  9. We believe in separation for both the personal individual as well as the local church. We base our purpose for separation in Romans 12:1-2 . We desire to keep ourselves from any practice or organization which will conform us into the world’s mold or hinder us from being transformed into what God would have us be.  As personal individuals we desire to separate from those things specifically stated and referred to by Scripture as being wrong and of this the world’s system.  (II Corinthians 6:17;  I John 2:15-17)
    Society today makes us especially aware of certain activities such as the care of our bodies, all forms of visual and audio entertainment, and substance abuse.  (Psalm 101:3;  I Corinthians 3:16-17;  Proverbs 20:1;  31:4-7)
    As a church body we separate ourselves from all organizations or church groups which deny the Deity of Christ in any way.
    We also separate from all church organizations with which, due to their doctrinal stand, we could not worship without compromising our beliefs or having our message limited.  (I Timothy 6:3-5)
  10. We believe that Christian baptism is immersion in water of a believer. It is done in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.  (Romans 6:4;  Colossians 2:12)
  11. We believe that the Lord’s supper is a memorial service and is the setting forth in a sacred and symbolic manner the death of our Lord Jesus Christ upon our behalf. The emblems of the Communion Service are not literally the body and blood.  The service is for believers only, and to partake has value only as it is mingled with faith and repentance upon the part of communicant.  (I Corinthians 11:26-32)
  12. We believe that the Scriptures do foretell certain future events, among which are the following:
    Rapture of the Church.
      We believe that Jesus Christ will return to the atmosphere of this earth; that the dead in Christ will rise first, then the believers who are still living will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air and to ever be with the Lord; that the Rapture is the next event on the revealed calendar and that no prophecy need be fulfilled before it occurs. (I Corinthians 15:51-54;  Titus 2:13;  I Thessalonians 4)
    .  We believe that the Rapture of the church will be followed on earth by Israel’s seventieth week; that, although there will be salvation, this will be a time of great judgments.  Revelation 7:4, 9, 14;  13:6-17;  Daniel 9:26-27)
    Second Coming.  We believe that following the tribulation, Christ will return to the earth with His glorified saints to establish the millennial kingdom; that during the 1000 years of peace and prosperity, Satan will be bound and Christ will reign with a rod of iron; that at the end of the millennium, Satan will be released for a short time, deceive many and lead them in final rebellion but be destroyed with his armies.  (Psalm 2;  Isaiah 26:20;  Daniel 9:24;  12:1,2;  Revelation 20:1)
    Eternal State.  We believe that unsaved men of all ages will be resurrected and together with the evil angels will be finally judged and condemned to everlasting, conscious punishment in hell; that all saved of all ages in glorified bodies will enjoy everlasting blessing in the presence of God.  (I Corinthians 3:13-15;  II Corinthians 5:10;  Revelation 20:6,7,15;  Revelation 21:22)
  13. We believe that God ordained marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. The result of this marriage is that the two become one flesh.  This marriage is to be viewed as a covenant of one man and one woman by God and mankind.  God used the marriage relationship to picture His own unfailing commitment to Israel.  In the New Testament marriage pictures Christ’s relationship with His church.  (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:3-6, Ephesians 5:22-23)

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