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(A) The Holy Scriptures.

1. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament 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 Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning.

2. We believe the King James Version of the Bible to be the best English translation of God's preserved Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. While we believe in preservation of the scriptures, we do not believe that scriptures teach that the translations were inspired as the original writings were. Therefore, we reject secondary inspiration.

(B) Dispensationalism. We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations - the Mosaic Law dispensation, the Church Age, and the Kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Genesis 1.28; First Corinthians 9.17, Second Corinthians 3.9-18; Galatians 3.13-25; Ephesians 1.10; 3.2-10; Colossians l.24-25, 27; Revelation 20.2-6).

(C) 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; Second Corinthians 13.14; John 14.10, 26).

(D) The Person and Work of Christ.

1. 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 (Isaiah 7.14; 9.6; Luke 1.35; John 1.1-2, 14; Second Corinthians 5.19-21; Galatians 4.4-5; Philippians 2.5-8).

2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2.18-36; Romans 3.24-25; First Peter 2.24; Ephesians 1.7; First Peter 1.3-5).

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, personally, visibly, and bodily ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1.9-10; Hebrews 9.24; 7.25; Romans 8.34; First John 2.1-2).

(E) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.

1. 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, indwelling and sealing unto the day of redemption those who come to Christ (John 16.8-11; Romans 8.9; First Corinthians 12.12-14; Second Corinthians 3.6; Ephesians 1.13-14).

2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher Who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 1.17-18; 5.18; First John 2.20, 27).

3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses gifted men to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Romans 12.3-8; First Corinthians 12.4-11, 28; Ephesians 4.7-12).

4. We believe that the sign gifts (including but not limited to tongues, healing, miracles) of the Holy Spirit are not presently bestowed upon believers. We believe that 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 (First Corinthians 1.22; 13.8-10; 14.21-22; James 5.14-16).

(F) The Total Depravity of Man. We believe that 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 and unwilling to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1.26-27; Jeremiah 17.9; Romans 3.22-23; 5.12; 6.23; Ephesians 2.1-3; 4.17-19).

(G) 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 (John 1.12; Romans 4.1-5; 5.1; Ephesians 1.7; First Peter 1.18-21).

(H) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6.37-40; 10.27-30; Romans 8.1, 38-39; First Corinthians 1.4-8; First Peter 1.4-5).

2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, as they are obedient to God. God's Word clearly, however, forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to sin or an occasion to live in the flesh (Romans 13.13-14; Galatians 5.13; Titus 2.11-15; First John 2.3).

(I) The Church.

1. We believe that it is God's will for the local Church to be solely made up of born-again persons who have been baptized by immersion subsequent to salvation (First Corinthians 12.12-14; Second Corinthians 11.2; Ephesians 1.22-23; 5.25-27).

2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local Churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures to carry out the Lord's work. In them men and women exercise their spiritual gifts and knowledge. The local Church is to be the pillar of truth, light to the world, salt to the community, and a restraint to evil. The local church is to evangelize, nurture new believers to maturity, maintain its purity, educate and edify her people. While we acknowledge the existence of all saved people everywhere and while we recognize our right and responsibility to individually fellowship with them as long as they are not in doctrinal error, practicing heresy, or in blatant sin, we hold to and practice the supremacy of individual churches as the means and institutions by which the Lord equips His saints for the work of the ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Acts 14.27; 20.17, 28-32; Ephesians 4.4-5; First Timothy 3.1-13; Titus 1.5-11).

3. We believe in the autonomy of the Church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13.1-4; 15.19-31; 20.28; Romans 16.1, 4; First Corinthians 3.9, 16; 5.4-7, 13; First Peter 5.1-4).

4. We recognize water baptism of believers by immersion and the observance of the Lord's Supper as ordinances of obedience, and not sacraments, in that the Lord's Supper is a memorial to be observed by all born-again Christians who examined themselves. We practice "open communion". (Matthew 28.19-20; Acts 2.41-42; 18.18; First Corinthians 11.23-26).

5. We recognize water baptism of believers only. The proper mode is full immersion signifying the believer's identification with death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The proper candidate has given verbal testimony and affirmation of his conversion and understands the ordinance. The baptizer need not be a pastor but must be a born-again man, nor does the baptism need to take place in a church. However, the baptism must no diminish the clarity of the public testimony which it declares. One may follow the Lord in baptism without choosing to join the local church.

(J) Separation. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Romans 12.1-2; 14.13; Second Corinthians 6.14-7.1; Second Timothy 3.1-5; First John 2.15-17; 5.19; Second John 9-11).

(K) The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture all believers 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 (Psalm 89.3-4; Daniel 2.31-45; Zechariah 14.4-11; First Thessalonians 1.10; 4.13-18; Titus 2.13; Revelation 3.10; 19.11-16; 20.1-6).

(L) The Eternal State.

1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25.46; John 5.28, 29; 11.25-26; Revelation 20.5-6, 12-13).

2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23.43; Second Corinthians 5.8; Philippians 1.23; 3:21; First Thessalonians 4.16-17; Revelation 20.4-6).

3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matthew 25.41-46; Mark. 9.43-48; Luke 16.19-26; Second Thessalonians 1.7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20.11-15).

(M) The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is an angel, a person, a created being, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1.6-7; Isaiah 14.12-17; Matthew 4.2-11; 25.41; Revelation 20.10).

(N) 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).

(O) Civil Government. We believe that all legitimate authority is granted by God and that God has granted authority to 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 in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God are equal and sovereign (Romans 13.1-7; Ephesians 5.22-24; Hebrews 13.17; First Peter 2.13-14).

(P) Human Sexuality.

1. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and in the Church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the Church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the Church (Galatians 3.28; Colossians 3.18; First Timothy 2.8-15; 3.4-5, 12).

2. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. Any employee or office holder of the Church becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, or who commits any of the above sins shall be terminated from employment or released from office. Any Church member guilty of any of the above sins will be subject to immediate church discipline (Genesis 2.24; 19.5, 13; 26.8-9; Leviticus 18.1-30; Romans 1.26-29; First Corinthians 5.1; 6.9; First Thessalonians 4.1-8; Hebrews 13.4).

3. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Genesis 2.24; Romans 7.2; First Corinthians 7.10; Ephesians 5.22-23).

(Q) Divorce and Remarriage. We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, no person who has divorced or without Scriptural grounds for remarriage may be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Malachi 2.14-17; Matthew 19.3-12; Romans 7.1-3; First Timothy 3.2, 12; Titus 1.6).

(R) Abortion. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. We reject any teaching as acceptable that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother (Job 3.16; Psalms 51.5; 139.14-16; Isaiah 44.24; 49.l, 5; Jeremiah 1.5; 20.15-18; Luke 1.44).

(S) Missions. We believe that God has given this Church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available scriptural means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matthew 28.19-20; Mark 16.15; Luke 24.46-48; John 20.21; Acts 1.8; Second Corinthians 5.20).

(T) Lawsuits between Church Members. We believe that Church members are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against this Church or other members of this Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a member may seek compensation for injuries from another member's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. We believe that once the instructions of Matt. 18:15-17 have been exhausted that the one who refuses to follow the decision of the Church in the matter at hand is then treated as a "publican and sinner" thus allowing the other party to pursue the matter in a court of law (First Corinthians 6.1-8; Ephesians 4.31-32).

(U) Giving. We believe that every Church member, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his Church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe, and offerings in addition to the tithe, as a basis for giving, but that every member should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully through this Church to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. (Genesis 14.20; Proverbs 3.9-10; Acts 4.34-37; First Corinthians 16.2; Second Corinthians 9.6-7; Galatians 6.6; Ephesians 4.28; First Timothy 5.17-18; First John 3.17).




    Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profesion of and plausible demonstration of our faith by means of personal testimony and visible conduct, gaving been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

  We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

  We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and all others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the very appearance of evil and wordliness,believing that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associatons is commanded of God.

  We further engae to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rule of our Savior, to secure it without delay.

  We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant, and the priciples of God's Word. 




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