Doctrinal Statement

VERBAL INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURES

We believe in the infallible, inspired Word of God. We accept the Textus Receptus manuscripts 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 by the Holy Spirit, preserved, unbroken and passed down to us today. The Scripture is the final Authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:89; II Peter 1:20,21)

GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION

We believe the Genesis account of creation, and that what one believes about his origin will determine his philosophy of life. We believe creation was a direct act of God, in six literal 24 hour solar 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 1:16-17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6,9; John 1:3)

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.  One Godhead made up of three Persons Who are the same in attributes, power, characteristics, and desires. (Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:1-3; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 3:16,17)

SON

Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God.  He became a man totally apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15)

SIN

Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death–separation from God. Now all mankind is totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature, is bent toward sinning, and has become sinful in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:16,17; 3:16-19; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23)

SACRIFICE

The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified.  He ascended into Heaven in the glorified body, where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father as Head of the Church, making intercession for the saints as our High Priest. (Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 1:20-23; I Peter 3:18)

SALVATION

Man is lost and must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. Salvation is by grace alone through personal faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. (John 1:12; 3:3-7; Ephesians 2:8,9)

SECOND COMING

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is coming again in the air at any moment to “rapture” up those that have received Him as their Personal Saviour and to reward their service. The unbelievers left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ shall return visibly to the earth 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 in Heaven with the Lord. (Matthew 24:29-42; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11 - 20:15)

SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD

We believe that all the saved are called unto a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. A person, once he has truly accepted Christ as Saviour, is a new creation in Christ and 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; II Corinthians 5:17; 6:14-18; I Peter 2:9; II Timothy 2:19)

LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that a Scriptural church is a visible assembly of baptized (immersed) believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus on earth to this present day; that this church is a self-governed independent body having Christ as the Head, the Holy Spirit for its Guide, and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice. The only Scriptural offices of the church are the bishop (Pastor) and deacons. The two ordinances of the local church are Baptism and Lord’s Supper. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, etc. the will of the local church is final. (Mk. 16:15; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:21; I Tim. 3)