What We Believe
Our Doctrinal Statement:
Below is an excerpt from our Church Constitution.
Of The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men; and therefore is truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe that God has preserved His Word without allowing any error to enter into the Scriptures through the process of transmission from generation to generation, meaning that we now possess the infallible and inerrant Word of God in the Received Greek Text of the New Testament and Masoretic Hebrew Text of the Old Testament, of which the King James Bible is the only current English translation based upon these sources. We believe the Bible is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creed, and opinions. (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21).
Of The True God
We believe the Scriptures teach there is one and only one living and true God, and infinite Spirit, the maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. (Exodus 20:2, 3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11).
We believe the Scriptures teach the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from all eternity, and being the perfect, sinless One; that He never ceased to be God for one instant; that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; and that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born. (John 1:1-2; I Peter 2:22; I John 5:20; Luke 1:26-38).
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel; that He is the Agent of the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer; and that He is abiding in every true Child of God. (John 16:7-11; John 3:3-5; Ephesians 4:30; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; John 14:26; Romans 8:16; Romans 8:26-27; John 14:16-17).
We believe the Scriptures teach that in the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (I John 5:7; I Peter 3:2).
Of The Devil, Or Satan
We believe that the Scriptures teach the distinct personality of Satan; that he is the unholy god of this age; that he is the tempter; that he is the author of all powers of darkness; and that he is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 20:10).
Of The Creation
We believe the Scriptures teach that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, each "after its own kind", by direct act and not by the process of evolution. (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3).
Of The Fall Of Man
We believe the Scriptures teach that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice; and therefore are under just condemnation without excuse before God. (Genesis 5:1-2; Genesis 3:1-7, 24; Romans 5:10-19).
Of The Atonement For Sin
We believe the Scriptures teach that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ, whose suffering and voluntary death made a full and vicarious atonement for the sins of man; and that having risen from the dead for our justification, He is now enthroned in Heaven uniting in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. (Hebrews 9:16-22; I Peter 1:18-19; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 5:6-9; John 10:18; I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 10:12-14).
Of Salvation By Grace
We believe the Scriptures teach that faith in the shed blood and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin; that this salvation is wholly by grace; and that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure. (Romans 5:1; Acts 16:31; John 3:36; John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).
We believe the Scriptures teach that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour are born from above becoming new creatures in Christ Jesus; that the new birth is instantaneous and not a process; that it is effected solely by the power of God; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature, receives eternal life, and is eternally secure in Christ; and that proper evidence of our sanctification in Christ appears in our walk of newness of life. (I John 5:1; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:1; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; John 10:27-30; II Corinthians 5:17).
Of The Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church universal is a New Testament institution; unknown to the Old Testament prophets; established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head; composed of believers in Jesus Christ as Saviour, both Jew and Gentile, called out from the world and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It Began with the New Testament saints and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the Rapture. (Ephesians 3:5; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; John 3:3, 5; I Peter 1:23; Galatians 3:28; I Corinthians 6:19; I Corinthians 12:12, 13; Acts 2; I Thessalonians 4:14-17).
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church universal is manifest through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers whose mission is the faithful witnessing of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; holding the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and answerable only to Christ; and sovereign in all its matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence. (I Corinthians 12:12, 13; Acts 15:41; John 4:24; Hebrews 10:25; I Corinthians 16:2; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 11:2; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 13:2, 3).
Of The Ordinances
We believe the Scriptures teach that there are two Church ordinances: namely, Baptism and the Lord's Table.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour with the effect of that faith in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Acts 8:26-39; Romans 6:4, 5; Colossians 2:12).
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Lord's table is a provision of bread and fruit of the vine, as symbols of Christ's body and blood which were broken and shed for us on the cross, partaken by the believer in commemoration of our Lord's death until He comes and of our continual fellowship with Him. It should be preceded by solemn self-examination. (Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-32).
Of The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in God's esteem; that all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in this life and after death, in the everlasting happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Matthew 25:34-41; Romans 6:23; John 3:36; John 5:24; John 14:1-6; Revelation 22:3-5, 23-27; Matthew 25:46; II Thessalonians 1:8, 9; Luke 16:23-31).
Of The Resurrection, Return Of Christ And Related Events
We believe the Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His Church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; that others known as the tribulation saints will be raised at His coming in Glory; and that the wicked dead shall be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom to stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom. (I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 7:9-17; Revelation 20:4, 5; John 5:29; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily, personal, imminent, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ; and that He will come before the tribulation period to catch away His Church, coming only into the air. (I Thessalonians 4:14-17; II Thessalonians 2:3-8).
We believe the Scriptures teach that at the end of the tribulation period, Christ will come with His Church to execute judgment upon the living nations and establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth. (Revelation 19:11-21; Isaiah 11:1-12:6).
Of Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should 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, pedophilia, adultery and pornography is a sinful perversion of God's gift of sex. We believe throughout the whole of Scripture, heterosexuality is both assumed and affirmed as God's order of creation. (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5-29; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
In that a New Testament Church cannot join anything outside itself, but only affiliate therewith on the grounds of fellowship, this church declares itself to be an Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church. While separatist, we are not isolationist and therefore seek to cooperate with other Independent, Fundamental Baptist Churches in the areas of fellowship, youth, and missions.