Beliefs & Purposes

Beliefs
Purposes

Below, you will find an abbreviated version our Statement of Faith.  Although this does not encompass all of the doctrines espoused by our congregation, it does give you an understanding of where our church stands regarding the key doctrines of the faith.


Bible

The King James Bible is the basis for every doctrine we hold to be true. We believe it is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, and that any other modern English version has violated the commands of God not to change It (Revelation 22:18, 19). Because of this, we reject any other modern English version (so-called) of the Bible.

Salvation

We believe that in order to go to Heaven, one must be saved. Salvation is nothing more than placing faith and trust in Jesus Christ and accepting His payment for sin. There is only one way to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6); no baptism, no good works, no catechism, no rosary, no works of any kind. Jesus, and Jesus only, is what takes a person to heaven. In order to go to heaven, one must accept the gift for which Jesus paid (Romans 6:23).

Baptism

We believe that baptism is an outward action to show an inward change. It is the new convert’s way of telling others what they believe about Christ’s sacrificial offering for their salvation (He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead).  We believe baptism is one of two ordinances given to the church and is for believers only; and that it is to be done by immersion immediately after salvation (Acts 2:41).  We also believe it brings a believer into fellowship and membership with the local church in which he was baptized. We do not believe baptism brings about salvation in any form. Baptism is a symbolic picture of the "old man" being buried, and the "new man" being resurrected to walk in the way of Christ (Romans 6:3-6).

Church

We believe the church is a local, separated body of believers who have voluntarily united around the common bond of the Gospel and the ordinance of Scriptural baptism who are sent into the world to get people saved, baptized, and added to it. We further believe that Jesus Christ started the first church during the time exhibited in the Gospel accounts for the purpose of propagating His Gospel to the world. (Matthew 16:18; 18:17) We believe the Apostles were the first members of the first church and that every true church since that time has extended from this first congregation.  (I Corinthians 12:28; Matthew 10:2). We believe the church was empowered and expanded during the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.   From here, the church grew daily as the apostles prepared for the coming kingdom until this present time.  We believe that every local church is autonomous and not answerable to a fellowship, conference, synod, or denomination; but is responsible directly to Christ for protecting and uplifting the Gospel.

Creation

We believe God created the heavens (sun, moon, stars, galaxies, etc.) and the earth in six literal days, as we know them today. God knew that man would cast doubt upon His Word, so He defined for us what His definition of a day is in Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31 as a 24 hour period.

Godhead

We believe God is the Great Three-In-One. He is three persons in one.

  • God the Father – He is the 1st Person of the Trinity. He is mentioned in John 3:16 as the One Who gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of the world. It is through God the Father’s love for us that we can have salvation.
  • God the Son (Jesus Christ) – He is the 2nd Person of the Trinity. Jesus is the promised seed of Genesis 3:15 and Isaiah 7:14. Jesus is the One Who fulfilled His Father’s desires to have a perfect, sinless, spotless sacrifice for the sins of the world (II Corinthians 5:21).
  • God the Holy Spirit – He is the 3rd Person of the Trinity. He is known as the Comforter (John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit indwells the believer upon salvation. John 1:1-5 gives us the proof of the Trinity, and Revelation 19:11-13 shows us that Jesus Christ is “the Word”.

The Last Days

We believe in the grammatical and historical accuracy of God's Word as found in the King James Bible and subscribe to a literal interpretation of the Scripture.  We believe that Christ will return one day to "rapture" out His saints from the church era. This event will mark the beginning of the seven years of the Great Tribulation on earth and the Judgment Seat of Christ in Heaven, where the saved will be judged according to their works and rewarded by God for their service to Him (II Corinthians 5:9-10).  We believe in the pre-Millenial return of Christ to the earth after this period and His literal rule upon the earth for 1,000 years. Following this reign, every person who has ever lived and rejected Christ as their Saviour will be judged for their sins at the “Great White Throne Judgment”, which will take place after Satan has been cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10 – 15). We believe that God will create a new Heaven and a new Earth at this time where the saints will dwell with Him for eternity. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-9; & Revelation 19-22)

Heaven and Hell

We believe Heaven and Hell are literal places reserved for the saved and the unsaved, respectively. Heaven is reserved for those who have placed their faith and trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 21), and Hell is reserved for those who have not (Luke 16).

Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to remember Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. It is to be observed only after Scriptural baptism by immersion. This second ordinance of the church is observed after a solemn self-examination in a public service with other members of the church.  I Corinthians 11 details the events of the Lord’s Supper.

Resurrection

We believe in the bodily, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as recorded for us in the Gospels. At this very moment, Jesus Christ sits on the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest, making sure the blood is applied for us. The fact that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived an absolutely sinless life, shed His perfect blood for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days and three nights after being buried is the basis for all salvation.  We believe that all those who have put their faith in Christ for salvation, although their bodies may have perished, will be resurrected again in the last days to new bodies.

Separation

We believe that a born again Christian (one who is saved) is to be separated from the world unto Christ (II Corinthians 6:17).  We believe that God commands His children to abstain from all worldly and sinful pleasures, from apostasy, and from immodest appearances and markings.  II Corinthians 6:14 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…”  II Corinthians 6:17 – “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate…”

Soulwinning

We believe soulwinning is a direct command from our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). Luke 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to earth to “seek and to save that which was lost”.  Jesus tells us in John 20:21 that He is sending us to do the same work His Father sent Him to do.  Therefore, we are to follow in His footsteps as we have been commanded.

Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14, and that her name was Mary as stated in Luke 1:27. We also believe that Luke 1:27 was the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14. Jesus Christ had to be born of a virgin in order to be our Sacrificial Lamb. Without it there is no salvation.


 

The Priority of the Local Church is to win the lost, baptize them as new believers, and to teach them to spread the Gospel.  We have developed five purposes that help each member keep their focus on what is important in our ministry.


Lift up Christ

To make our Lord preeminent in our preaching, teaching, and in all of our service; being aware that everything we do is for Him and His glory.

Loyal To Christ's Commands

To motivate every individual to master the Christian life by being faithful to read God's Holy Word, and to conduct their lives according to His precepts.

Labor in the Commission

To minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world and to every creature through personal soulwinning and the faithful support of missions.

Love The Church

To maintain the sacrificial love of Christ to each member, showing the support and importance of every individual in the body of Christ.

Live In Compassion

To manifest the love of Christ to all, that all may have the opportunity to grow, be loved, and be involved.