Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures

We believe that the King James Version of the Scriptures which make up the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, are the verbally, inspired, inerrant, Words of God, and that the Scriptures are providentially preserved, kept forever by Almighty God without error or omission.  We believe that a Christian’s only rule for what he is to believe about God and how he is to serve Him, must be Scripture alone. (II Timothy 3:16, Matthew 4:4, Psalms 12:6-7, Isaiah 40:8, Luke 4:4)

The Godhead
We believe that there is one true and living God,  the Creator of all things, and that He is a Trinity: One God, existing in three eternal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  
(I Timothy 2:5, I Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 4:11, I John 5:7, and II Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19)

The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that the eternal Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, became man without ceasing to be God, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, and born of a virgin, and that He lived a sinless, perfect, life on earth.  We believe that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures and that He was buried and rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.  We believe that He ascended to Heaven and that He now sits at the right hand of the Throne of God, making intercessions for us.  We believe that one day He will return for His bride, and will judge the living and the dead. (Mark 1:1, John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18, 23, Hebrews 4:15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, John 20:17, Mark 16:19, Romans 8:34, and II Timothy 4:1)

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy  Spirit of God baptizes every believer into the body of Christ at conversion and that He dwells in every believer, and that every believer is sealed by him unto the day of redemption, and that every believer should be filled with the Holy Ghost so that he may have power to serve God. (I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18, Acts 4:31)

The Gift of Eternal Life
We believe that eternal life is a free gift of God, and that man is saved only by the Lord Jesus Christ, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and not by church, works, sacraments, water baptism, or moral reformation.  We believe in the eternal security of the every believer. (Romans 6:23, Acts 4:12, Acts 16:31, John 3:16, Titus 3:35, John 14:6, John 10:27-30)

Heaven and Hell
We believe in a literal Heaven for the saved and a literal Hell with literal Fire for the lost. (II Corinthians 5:1-8, John 14:2, Hebrews 12:22-24, Luke 16:19-28, Matthew 5:29-30)

The Church
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only head of the church, and that every Christian should be a member of, and faithfully attend a local, independent, Bible-believing church.  We believe that every local church should have only two officers the pastor and the deacon, and two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as a memorial for the death of Christ. (Ephesians 5:23, Hebrews 10:25, I Timothy 3:1, 10, Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 11:23-26)

Water Baptism
We believe that water baptism is for believers only, & not for infants, or for the unsaved, & that it is to be administered by immersion of the whole body in water and not by sprinkling or pouring.  (Acts 8:36-39)

Last Things
We believe that the rapture of the church will take place before the seven year tribulation period, and that after the seven year tribulation period, Christ will return with His saints to rule and reign for one thousand years in a literal, earthly kingdom.  (I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, Revelation 3:10, Daniel 2:31-45, Zechariah 14:4-11, Revelation 20:1-6)

The Great Commission
The Great Commission is the command of the Lord to propagate the gospel to the world.  In order to completely fulfill this commission we must not only take the gospel, but also teach and disciple converts.  The principle of indigenous church planting is to be followed.  Social improvements are  an inevitable by-product of missions, but are not the fulfilling of the Great Commission.  It is the responsibility of each believer to take part in this great task by either going or sending. (Matthew 28:19-20, II Timothy 2:2, Acts 3:6)

Ecclesiastical Separation
As believers we ought to maintain a testimony that brings glory to Christ, and no offense to the unsaved and weak.  We must separate from any habits or worldly pleasures that compromise an effective witness.  We must separate from any religious movement that does not adhere to fundamental doctrinal positions. (Romans 16-17:2, II Timothy 3:14, III John)

The Ecumenical Movement
Ecumenism is a movement whose goal is to unite all churches regardless of doctrine or practice.  The World Council of Churches whose end goal is to bring together all world religions spearheads it.  Such a movement is wrong and contrary to Scripture.  One of the uniting factors in the early church was the steadfast continuance in the apostles’ doctrine.  To forsake Biblical truth would be apostate and lead to confusion and ineffectiveness.

The Charismatic Movement
The Charismatic movement is a loosely affiliated group of non denominational churches that focuses strongly on the supernatural gifts that were given to the apostles as being applicable and available today.  They are instrumental in the ecumenical movement by uniting people through shared experience rather than doctrinal truth.  Such a movement is wrong under the basis of:  They seek the sign gifts of which some were for the unbelieving Jew, and promised to cease
upon the perfect canon of Scripture.  They promote extra-Biblical, authoritative revelation.  They claim a “Focus on Jesus” that paves the way to ecumenism.

Neo-Evangelicalism
Neo-Evangelicalism is an attempt to make evangelical teachings more palatable to the modernist and liberal.  While they hold some of the bible to be true they do not  guarantee it to be an authority in matters of Science and History.  This is a teaching of compromise because it attempts to bring hand in hand the orthodox with the liberal through many para-church
organizations such as Promise Keepers, and other crusades.