Our Doctrine

1.) The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary 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 Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal-literal- grammatical-historical meaning. (See 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21)

2.) 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 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26)

3.) The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, having the dual characteristics of God and man. Incarnated unto the world, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He bore the sins of the world, and was crucified on the cross as the sin offering for the world, that all who believe in Him shall be saved, and through the blood He shed shall be deemed righteous. He arose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and became the intercessor for the believers. He shall come again to judge the world. His Kingdom shall have no end. (John 1:1,2,14; Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 1:33)

4.) Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God-Head and that He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation. We believe the Holy Spirit permanently indwells all believers and that He is sovereign in the giving of spiritual gifts. These are the gifts of edification, which are for the building up of the body of Christ. We do not follow the practices of the Charismatics. Also some gifts were for the founding of the church and are no longer required. (I Corinthians 12:13; John 14:16,17; I Corinthians 12:11; Hebrews 2:3,4; Ephesians 4:11; 2:20)

5.) Sin

We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. The consequence is that all mankind is born sinful and their souls are destined for conscious eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 5:12; Revelation 20:10) We believe sin to be anything contrary to the scripture and character of God.

6.) Salvation

We believe Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's salvation, and that on the cross Christ took on Himself the sins of all mankind and died in our place. We also believe eternal salvation is the free gift of God, apart from works, and is possessed by all who have by faith received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We further believe that salvation once possessed can never be lost or forfeited. (Acts 4:12; I John 2:2; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; John 10:27-29; I Peter 1:3-5)

7.) Doctrine of the Church

We believe only those people possessing salvation are Christians, and that each Christian is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. As God brings Christians together in any given area they must unite and form a local church. We believe a local church is to be organized under the leadership of spiritually qualifed men. The church is organized for evangelism and edification and provides a base of operation for each believer to grow and become equipped so that he can maintain a balanced life and minister to all people. We believe baptism and the Lord's Supper are Christ's only ordinances to the church and that believers are to be obedient in regard to both. We believe baptism is a step of obedience whereby the believer is immersed in water to illustrate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ and his desire to walk in newness of life. We believe the Lord's Supper is a provision of bread and cup, used to represent the body and blood of Christ, and that it is a commemoration of the Lord's death until He comes. (Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:24,25; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5; Acts 8:36-37; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

8.) Doctrine of Future Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the bodily resurrection of the redeemed to be with God eternally, and the bodily resurrection of the unredeemed to judgment and eternal punishment.