Statement of Faith, Character, Belief, and Ordinances


God

1)      We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8, 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

2)      We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; 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 those who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2, 102:27; John 3:16, 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).

3)      We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34, 35; John 1:1-2, 8:58, 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).

4)      We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26, 15:13, 16; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 9:14).

5)      We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide (John 6:13, 14:16-17, 16:8-11; Romans 8:26).

6)      We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as a distinct and separate experience to that of regeneration, occurring either subsequent to or simultaneous with salvation, evidenced by a greater dynamic in the Christian’s life, enabling that person to be a bold and more effective witness. The supreme evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the fruit of the Spirit, love. We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us (1 Corinthians 12-14).

 

The Word of God

7)      We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates and is the basis for which the church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. We hold the New King James Version of the Holy Bible as an accurate English translation, among others. It is from this translation that we establish our doctrine and Statement of Faith (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 21).

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Sin

8)      We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments, and, therefore are under God’s righteous judgment. Yet, God is merciful, compassionate, and gracious. He saves and gives new life to all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. At the cross, Jesus Christ died in our place as our substitute, absorbing God’s wrath that should have come upon us. Because Jesus died for the sins of the world the invitation to believe is open to all, and whoever desires may come unto Jesus for new life and the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 11:28; John 3:16; Acts 3:19-21, 20:21; Romans 3:23, 10:9, 10; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9; I John 2:2; Revelation 22:17).

 

The Church of Jesus Christ

9)      We believe in the universal Church, the living spiritual Body, of which Christ is the Head and all who are born again are members of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16).

10)      We believe in the pattern and principle of male leadership and responsibility in both the home and the church. We believe this limits the roles of pastoral leadership and doctrinal authority to qualified men (1 Corinthians 11:1-12, 1 Timothy 2:1-15).

 

The Ordinances of Jesus Christ

11)      We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the Church (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26):

a.       Baptism: Full immersion (when available) water baptism of believers.

b.       The Lord's Supper: Communion available to all believers in Jesus Christ.

 

The Return of Jesus Christ

12)      We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His Millennial Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless condemnation of the wicked (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15).

13)      We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16, 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10, 7:13-14).

 

Heaven and Hell

14)      We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15).

 

Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

15)      We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such, He created them equal in value, dignity, and worth, but different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Holy Bible consistent with the Old and New Testaments (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18-25; Matthew 15:18-20, 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-5, 8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; Hebrews 13:4).

16)      We believe that marriage is exclusively the uniting of one adult genetic male and one adult genetic female sanctioned by the state and evidenced by a marriage ceremony. Therefore, we will only perform marriage ceremonies between one genetic male and one genetic female.

17)      We believe that legitimate, intimate sexual activity is exercised solely within marriage.

18)      We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage. Hence, sexual immorality such as, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, pre-marital sex, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, transgenderism, bisexuality, cross-dressing, pedophilia, and bestiality are inconsistent with the revealed will of God in the Holy Bible. Further, lascivious behavior, the creation, viewing, and/or distribution of pornography and efforts to alter one’s physical gender or gender related appearance are incompatible with a true Biblical witness.