Bible Beliefs


Beliefs




(A) 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 (66) 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
grammatical-historical meaning. We affirm our belief
in the Textus Receptus from which the authorized or King
James Bible was translated and hereby establish the policy
of using only the King James Bible in both our pulpit and
teaching ministries and we recommend to our congregation the
confidence and use of the King James Bible. II Timothy 3:16-17;
II Peter 1:20-21.

(B) Doctrine of God


We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite
wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself
mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer;
and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through
Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons Ė
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one
God, having precisely the same homage, confidence and obedienceó
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:25; John 1:1; John 14:16,17; Isaiah 6:8.

(C) Doctrine of Jesus Christ


We believe in the essential deity and virgin birth of our Lord Jesus
Christ that He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin
Mary and having no human father, sinless in His life, and is the true
God and true man; that He is manís only hope of salvation from sin
being the only Mediator between God and man; that He died and was
buried, and bodily rose again the third day for our sins according
to the Scriptures; that His return for His church (the Body of Christ
which He will take with Himself into Heaven is imminent;) and that
He will come to this earth to set up His millennial reign.
Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-4; John 10:30; Jon 14:6;
Philippians 2:5-8; I Timothy 2:5-6; I Thessalonians 4:13-18;
Revelation 20:4-6.

(D) Doctrine of The Holy Spirit


1) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person; equal with
God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He
was active in the creation; that in His relation to the
unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until Godís
purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness,
and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the
Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in
the New Birth; that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides,
teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8;
Luke 1:35; Luke 3:16; Luke 24:49; John 1:33; John 3:5,6;
John 14:16,17,26; John 15:26,27; John 16:8-11,13;
Acts 5:30-32; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:14,16,26,27;
Ephesians 1:13,14; II Thessalonians 2:7, 13;
Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:2

2) Regarding the ministry of spiritual gifts, we believe
that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His
gifts; that the gifts of evangelists, pastors,
teachers and members are sufficient for the perfecting
of the saints today; that speaking in tongues and the
working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New
Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority
became established. I Corinthians 12:4-11;
II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12

3) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer
of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and
afflicted. John 15:7; James 5:14,15; I John 5:14,15

(E) Doctrine of Sin


We believe that God created man in His own image and that
man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death,
but also spiritual death which is conscious and eternal
separation from God. We believe that all men are born
with a sinful nature, evidenced by sinful acts; that man
is totally depraved and that if he is not born again, he
is eternally lost. Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 3:1-24;
Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 16:23; Revelation 21:8;
Romans 3:10-23;Romans 5:12; I Corinthians 15:21,22;
Revelation 20:11-15.

(F) Doctrine of Salvation


We believe that a person is eternally saved when he
exercises repentance towards God, and faith toward our
Lord Jesus Christ. The believer is kept by the power of
God and is eternally secure in Christ. Acts 20:21
We believe that the scope of salvation includes
forgiveness of all our sin, past, present, and
future; a perfect standing before God as in Jesus
Christ; and the changing of our earthly body to be
conformed like unto the body of our Lord at His
return for His own. Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:23,29

We believe that enmity toward God is eternally
fixed at death. We further believe that there
is an appointed day for the judgment of the wicked,
when they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire,
there to remain in everlasting conscious punishment
and torment. John 1:12; John 5:24; John 10:28,29;
Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 5:21; I John 5:17;
Romans 8:19,23; I John 3:2; II Thessalonians 1:7,9;
Hebrews 9:27; II Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:12,15;
Revelation 21:8

(G) Doctrine of Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers


1) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are
kept by Godís power and are thus secure in Christ
forever. John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39;
I Corinthians 1:4-8; I 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 Godís Word, which, however,
clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an
occasion to the flesh. Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13;
Titus 2:11-15.

(H) Doctrine of The Church


1) The Church as the Body of Christ
The Church in this sense is composed of all true believers
in Jesus Christ from the day Christ began the church until
the coming of the Lord for the Church. The Holy Spirit,
placing them into this Body of which the Bible speaks, is
forming the Body of Christ. When this Body is complete,
the Lord will come for it and take it to Himself as His
bride. Ephesians 1:22; 3:6; 4:15, 16; Matthew 16:18;
I Corinthians 12:12-27.

2) The Local Church
We believe that the Local Church is;

a) Composed of a local group of believers who are
autonomous, self-governing and have no ecclesiastical
organization in authority over it; and completely
independent.

b) Composed of believers who are baptized by immersion.
Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; (Basic meaning of the word Ė
immersion):

c) Composed of believers who are organized. They
have for their officers Pastor, Deacons, and such
other leaders as God has given special gifts to render
as a ministry to the Church. Romans 12:3-8;
I Corinthians 14:33-40.

d) Composed of believers who meet regularly for
fellowship, preaching and Bible study. Hebrews 10:25.

e) We believe that there are two ordinances
for the ChurchesóBaptism and the Lordís Supper. Baptism is the
immersion of the believer in water and is properly called
ďBelievers Baptism.Ē It sets in a beautiful and solemn way
our identification with Christ in His death, burial and
resurrection and the resultant responsibility to ďwalk
in newness of life.Ē Baptism is a prerequisite to church
membership. The Lordís Supper is the commemoration of the
Lordís death until He comes, is a reminder of our continual
fellowship with Him, and should be preceded by careful
self-examination. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5;
I Corinthians 11:23-32; Acts 2:4-42.

f) Composed of believers who carry out the
Great Commission. I Corinthians 12:13; Matthew 28:18-20;
Acts 2: I Thessalonians 4:3-18; Hebrews 10:25; I Corinthians 11:23;
I Timothy 3:1-13.

g) Divinely authorized to discipline its members
if they walk in disobedience to the Word of God. Matthew 18:15-17;
Romans 16:17, 18; I Corinthians 5.

(I) Doctrine of Satan and Fallen Angels


We believe that Satan is a fallen angel. He was created perfect,
but sinned and became the archenemy of God and His creation.
He is the chief adversary of Godís children. He seeks to keep
man from the Lord, and when he cannot succeed in this, he seeks
to weaken the testimony of Christians; he has at his command a
great host of fallen angels and demons to carry out his purposes.
He is not omnipotent, and can be overcome by the power of God.
His doom is sealed in the Lake of Fire forever and ever.
Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah14:12-14; Revelation 12:10; Revelation 20:10.

(J) Doctrine of Last Things


We believe there will be a resurrection of all, first the
just at the coming of Jesus and finally the unjust after
the millennium. The saints are raised to be forever with
the Lord, and the unsaved will be confined for eternity in
the Lake of Fire. We believe in the ďBlessed HopeĒ which
is the personal, bodily, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial,
and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, for His church
(the rapture) and His later return to the earth in power
and glory (the revelation) with His saints to set up His
kingdom (the millennium). John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11;
Acts 2:25-31; I Corinthians 15:3-20; Philippians 3:20;
I Thessalonians 4:14-18; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 21:1-8.

(K) Doctrine of Separation


We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as
not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and,
that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly
and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is
commanded by God. Romans 12:1-2; 14:13;
II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17;
II John 9-11.

(L) Doctrine of 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.

(M) Doctrine of 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.
Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14.

(N) Doctrine of Human Sexuality


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 Godís
gift of sex. Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5,13; Genesis 26:8-9;
Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9;
I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.

(O) Doctrine of 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 an act of 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, they may
not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon.
Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3;
I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6.

(P) Doctrine of 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. Abortion is murder. We believe that
abortion, of pregnancies for any reasons, including rape,
incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or
population control, or the mental well-being of the
mother are entirely unacceptable. Job 3:16;
Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5;
20:15-18; Luke 1:44.

(Q) Doctrine of Missions


We believe that God has given the 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 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; II Corinthians 5:20.

(R) Doctrine of Lawsuits Between Believers


We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing
civil lawsuits against other Christians or the 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 Christian may seek compensation for
injuries from another Christianís insurance company
as long as the claim is pursued without malice or
slander. I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32.

(S) Doctrine of Giving


We believe that every Christian, as steward of that
portion of Godís wealth entrusted to him, is obligated
to support his local Church financially. We believe
that God has established the tithe as a basis for
giving, but that every Christian should also give
other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to
support of the church, the relief of those in need,
and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a
Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use
of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made.
Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37;
I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7;
Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:17-18;
I John 3:17.

(T) Doctrine of Dispensationalism


We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their
natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined
dispensations or rules of life, which define manís
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 Ė the Law, the Church and
the Kingdom Ė are the subjects of detailed revelation
in Scripture. Genesis 1:28; I Corinthians 9:17;
II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25;
Ephesians 1:12; 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24-25,27;
Revelation 20:2-6.

(U) Doctrine of Authority of Statement of Faith


The statement of faith does not exhaust the
extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the
sole and final source of all that we believe.
We do believe, however, that the foregoing
statement of faith accurately represents the
teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding
upon all members.











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