The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor. The King James Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21) 

The Godhead. We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 6:9,26; John 14:6)

The Person and Work of Christ. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His shed blood and death on the cross as a representative sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We further believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exhalted at the right hand of God where He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 2:24; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We also believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with and controlled by the Spirt. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. We further believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary and that God still on occasion uses tongues to cross over language barriers to get the Gospel out. Speaking in tongues was never a common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (Romans 8:9; II Corinthians 3:6; John 16:13; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-12; I Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)

Salvation. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, are forgivable. (Matthew 12:31-32; John 1:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:9)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's powered are thus secure in Christ forever. We further believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 8:1; I Peter 1:4-5; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; Romans 13:13-14)

The Church. We believe that the local church, which is the body of the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. We recognize water baptism and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 14:27; Titus 1:5-11; Romans 16:1, 4; I Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42)

The Second Coming of Christ. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent, return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalms 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; I Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

Creation. We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)

Civil Government. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. We believe that we must obey the state unless it requires us to act contrary to our faith at which time we must obey God rather than the state. (Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1-2; Hebrews 13:17)

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