What We Believe

THE BIBLE:
The Scriptures are inspired, inerrant, infallible, and altogether authoritative. They are preserved in the English Authorized Version, commonly know as the King James Bible.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Timothy 3:16

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalms:12: 6-7

THE CHRISTIAN:
We believe that the individual Believer is responsible to God, and God alone. The Holy Scripture is the individual Believer’s final authority, not a particular denomination, clergy, or the local church body no matter what doctrines, bylaws, or constitutions they may adopt for themselves. He, the individual Believer is free to believe as he is guided by the Holy Spirit in all matters of the Christian faith.

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. I Corinthians 3:13

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12

SALVATION:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10: 9-13

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. I Corinthians 15:3-8

The Trinity
WE BELIEVE in one God (monotheism), eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit — the Trinity (I John 5:7; Matt. 28:19).

Jesus Christ
WE BELIEVE in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was supernaturally begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and is truly totally God and truly totally man (Matt. 1:20-21; Luke 1:35-36, 2:10-11). He is the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 3:16; 3:18; I John 4:9) and at the same time God the Son, therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ, sinless, omnipotent, omniscient, Saviour of sinners, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

WE BELIEVE in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His literal, physical, bodily ascension into Heaven and in His present work there as High Priest and Advocate for us (Heb. 9:24; 10:20-21; I Tim. 2:5-6; I John 2:12).

Man
WE BELIEVE man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is the eternal separation from God and an everlasting abode in Hell, that all human beings are henceforth born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, become sinners by choice and practice in thought, word, and deed, and that sin creates a debt which no man can pay for himself (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Gen. 1:26-27; I Cor. 11:7).

The Gospel
WE BELIEVE the Gospel is the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried and arose alive and triumphant from the grave, and in so doing He made the necessary sacrifice for atonement, became the substitute for our redemption which thereby paid our sin debt and purchased our salvation for us, and that all who place their faith in full trust to Him are saved by His shed blood (I Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 1:14; Eph. 1:7; Rom. 5:9; Acts 4:12).

Believer’s Baptism
WE BELIEVE each person claiming Christ as Saviour should promptly make public his/her profession of Christ, that each new Christian should follow the Lord’s command for believer’s baptism, that such scriptural baptism is always by immersion, that baptism does not save but that it is the Lord’s prescribed way for us to identify ourselves with Him in open confession, that baptism is a symbolic representation, a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Matt. 10:32-33; 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 16:30-34; Rom. 10:9-10).

The Holy Spirit
WE BELIEVE that at the time of the New Birth the believer receives the Holy Spirit and by Him is baptized into the body of Christ, is forever indwelt by the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Teacher, and Guide, and if yielded to Him, is filled by the Spirit and is empowered for service (John 1:32-34; Acts 15:8; Rom. 6:13; 12:1-2).

Eternal Security
WE BELIEVE each believer, at the time he puts his trust in Christ, is born into the family of God and does instantaneously become a son or daughter of the living God, thus is redeemed by the Lord’s purchase price paid for us, is preserved in Christ and therefore is secure in Christ, possesses everlasting, eternal life, and is sealed for eternity. (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38-39; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13)

World Evangelism
WE BELIEVE the Lord’s Great Commission is to get the Gospel to the world; therefore, we carry forth an extensive program of soul-winning evangelism in the homeland and a worldwide missionary program abroad, with the goal of winning people to Christ, baptizing them, and teaching them everything the Lord has commanded us (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

Heaven and Hell
WE BELIEVE in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:5-6), the everlasting blessedness of the saved (Heaven) (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21-22), and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (Hell) (Luke 16:29-31; Rev. 20:12-15).

Satan
WE BELIEVE Satan is a real being, a personal devil, that he is the enemy of God, the “father of lies,” the great deceiver of mankind, the instigator of all false systems of religion, and that both he and all his followers will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire (II Cor. 11:13-16; Ephesians 2:2; II Cor. 4:3-4; Rev. 20:2).

Personal Separation
WE BELIEVE that Christians should be separated unto God and separated from the world and that all believers are called into a life of personal separation from all worldly and sinful practices (James 4:4; Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor. 6:14-18).
WE BELIEVE a Christian should seek to live a life that is clean, holy, and above reproach. He should exhibit both attitude and actions so as to be of good report. Practices which are questionable or which may cause another person to stumble or which may mar the testimony of Christ should be avoided altogether. Therefore personal standards of demeanor and deportment are expected (Eph. 2:10; 4:1; 5:1-4; Phil 1:27; 3:14-21; 4:8-9).