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Our Beliefs

Church Covenant

Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we so now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another. As we are one body in Christ, so shall we be one in this local assembly.


We purpose, therefore, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the growth of this church in all knowledge, holiness service, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to attend it services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talents in its activities; to contribute cheerfully in its activities; to contribute cheerfully as God has prospered us, to support the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor members, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations by supporting missions and missionaries directly.


We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossip, backbiting and unrighteous anger; to abstain from all forms of fleshly or worldly activities which dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer or hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ, our Savior; and to give him Preeminence in all things.


We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lordís return; to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, mindful of the rules to our Savior to seek it without delay.


We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word. In the event there is no such church, we shall seek, with the Lord's help, to establish one.

 

Adoption

We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers in to the honored position of mature son, in contrast with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefit of the position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord and the redemption of the body. Ephesians 1:5,13,14; Galatians 4:1-7; I John 3:1,2; Romans 8:15,23.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth in a like figure or emblem our submission to and faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that this baptism is to be administered by the under shepherd or pastor and thereby is a witness that the believer is in subjection to the position of pastor whatever church he may be in; that only one baptism is necessary in the life of any believer; that baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by serious self-examination and confession. Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Peter 3:21; I Timothy 1:1,6; Acts 9:18; I Corinthians 9:25; 10:1-2; 11:23-32; Matthew 28:19,20.

Christ's Atonement

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him a body of flesh, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins by his death, which reconciles the sinner to God; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Him self in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen bodily from the dead, He is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour and only High Priest for the believer. We believe this atonement is not limited but effectual to any sinner accepting it by faith. We believe this atonement is eternal and, therefore, covers all sins, past, present, and future of the redeemed. Therefore, and individual under this atonement is eternally saved from eternal condemnation because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-26; John 3:16; IT Corinthians 5:18-21; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3,4; II Corinthians 5:21; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:2; Hebrews 9:14; John 5:24; Romans 5:8-11.

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King of Kings. Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-16; I Timothy 2:1,2; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19-20.

Israel

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God's eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she is being regathered to Palestine and, after the rapture of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ. Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11:1-32; Ezekiel 37.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin; and that He is both completely man and completely God. He was subject to temptation, yet was without ANY sin. He is the Messiah for Israel, the Saviour of the world, the ONLY way any man can come to God the Father for forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. He is to be worshipped and glorified as the LORD. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6,7; Luke 1:31-35; Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:22; John 4:42; 14:6; John 20:28; Luke 24:52; John 16:14; Philippians 2:9-11.

Justification

We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be just and righteous through faith in Christ Jesus; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God's righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood. Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; II Corinthians 5:18-21; Romans 3:24-28; 5:1,9.

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of a soul requires a belief in God, repentance towards God, which involves genuine sorrow for sin and a willingness to turn from it; and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that this salvation is thereafter permanent and eternal to the believer. Hebrews 11:6; Acts 16L31; 20:21; II Corinthians 7:9,10; I Thessalonians 1:9; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30.

Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer's spirit, or "new man" in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second, a continuing process in the soul of the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the inner man; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord's return when the body, or the old man, will them be changed and transformed in to a perfect sinless body in the image of Christ. I Corinthians 1:30; 6:11; 15:51-54; Hebrews 10:10-14; I John 3:2,9; Ephesians 4:24; 5:25,26; John 17:17; I Thessalonians 4:3,4,13-17; 5:23,24; Philippians 3:21; II Corinthians 3:18; 4:16.

Satan or the Devil

We believe he was created perfect, as a Cherub called Lucifer, in the original creation, and because of pride, rebelled against God and became the author of sin. After the recreation of heaven and earth, he appeared as an angel of light to Eve in the Garden of Eden and tempted her to willfully disobey God's command, resulting in the fall of man. We believe he was then cursed, to be henceforth referred to as a serpent, of the dragon. Now as a great red dragon he abides in the great deep and as the devil he appears on earth and in heaven as the god of this world to fulfill the ultimate will of God in judging, killing, deceiving, hindering, tempting and accusing. During the fulfillment of Daniel' s 70th Week, of the Great Tribulation, he will come down to earth to indwell the anti-christ. After the antichrist is destroyed, he will be chained in the bottomless pit for 1000 years, at the end of which he will be loosed to assemble an army of sinners for his last attempt to overthrow God. He and his army will be destroyed and he will be cast into a lake of fire forever. Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-15; II Peter 3:3-7; Genesis 1:1-3,28; II Corinthians 4:3,4; 11:14; Genesis 3:1-6, 14-19; Romans 5:12; Revelation 12:3,9; Job 41:31-34; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Jeremiah 51:20-25; John 8:44; I Thessalonians 2:18; II Thessalonians 2:3-9; Revelation 19:11-20; 20:1-10.

Spiritual Gifts, Miracles, Signs and Wonders

We believe the gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12 are given, today, for the ministry to all parts of the body of Christ with the exception of those gifts, which are specifically called "signs". Those gifts which are signs, wonder, or miracles were given by the Spirit during the beginning of the church in the book of Acts for these purposes: (1) to identify an "apostle" (2) to get the Jews to listen to the gospel or to believe a new revelation (3) to confirm the Word of Scripture that was being spoken by the apostles, but not yet in written form as we have the Scriptures today. Since there are NO apostles present to day and that the gospel ministry is almost totally to the Gentile and we have a complete Bible, we reject "speaking in tongues," "supernatural healing" as found in the apostolic ministry (we believe God heals today in accordance with His Word and divine will through faith and confession) and any other "sign or wonder" as heresy and "lying signs and wonders" produced by Satanic power in these last days to deceive the whole world. I Corinthians 12:1-11; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 2:4,5,43; 3:7,12; 5:12; II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 1:21,22; 14:21,22; Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:3,4; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 11:20-32; II Thessalonians 2:8,9; I Timothy 4:1,2 Matthew 24:5,11,24.

The Church

We believe in the unity of all true believers in the Church which is the Body of Christ, which was established on the day of Pentecost, and that all believers, from Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jews and Gentiles, are added to this church by the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the exact time that they trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour.

We believe that this Church is manifested through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws in accordance with Pauline revelation, exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; and that it's officers are pastors, also called elder, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe the true mission of the church is for the edification, perfection, exhortation and comfort of its members in spiritual matters; the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only head and shepherd of the local church is the God-called and Spirit-filled pastor, just as Jesus Christ is the Head and Chief Shepherd over the entire church; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Ephesians 1:10,22,23; 3:1-6; Galatians 3:26-28; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Acts 1:5; 2:4,41,47; I Corinthians 11:2; Titus 1:5-7; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:1-7; I Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:7,17; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23,24; Acts 15:13-18

The Creation

We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God in the person of Jesus Christ without any evolutionary process; that man make up of spirit, soul, and body, was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. Genesis 1&2; Colossians 1:16,17; Matthew 19:4; John 1:3.

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in a state of innocence as a free moral agent under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, as a result of which all men are totally depraved (excluding the will), are partakers of Adam's fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct; and therefore, are under just condemnation without defense of excuse. Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12,19; Ezra 7:13.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation' that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in our preaching and testimony; that he is the agent of the New Birth; that He seals, fills, leads, intercedes, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and comforts the believer. II Corinthians 3: 17; John 14:16,17; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:16,26; Luke 1:35; John 1:12,13; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-8; Ephesians 1:13,14; John 1:33; Romans 8:14-16; Romans 8:26,27; I Corinthians 2:10-13; 6:11; 12:13.

The New Birth

We believe that the new birth (being born again) is the regenerative act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner when he repents of his sins believes the Gospel according to the Scriptures, receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal saviour. As a result of the new birth, the sinner is made a new creature in Christ Jesus, partaking of the divine nature and receiving eternal life as a free gift of God. Regeneration of the spirit, resulting in the "new man" and consequently partaking of the divine nature in the spirit is brought about in a manner above comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth. John 3:3,6-8; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 1:12,13; I Corinthians 4:15; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1,15; 4:24; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5. 

The Resurrection, Judgments, Pre-millennial Return of Jesus Christ and Related Events

  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:6,7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6.

  2. The ascension of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19.

  3. The imminent pre-tribulation resurrection of all born again believers at the end of this dispensation. Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-17; 5:6,11; Titus 2:13; Revelation 4:1; I Corinthians 15:51-53.

  4. The judgment seat of Christ after the rapture of the Church, before the throne of God, where the believer's works and motives for service will be tested by fire, with the promise of literal rewards and inheritance during the millennial reign. Romans 4:1; I Corinthians 3:9-15; 4:5; Colossians 3:23,24; II Timothy 2:10-12; Luke 19:11-26.

  5. The future conclusion of Daniel's 70th week, called the Great Tribulation, determined on the nation of Israel, involving the coming world church, a one-world government both of which will be dominated by the Anti-Christ. Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:4-26; Revelation 6-19.

  6. The personal visible return of Jesus Christ to this earth to destroy Antichrist and all his enemies either at Armageddon or the judgment of the nations and then to establish the 1000 year reign with the Jew in Palestine as the head of the nations, the earth regenerated, and Himself the King of the earth ruling with a rod of iron on the throne of David in Jerusalem. Revelation 19:11-21; Acts 1:10,11; Revelation 16:12-16; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:1-6; Romans 11:25-27; Deuteronomy 28:13; Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:1-10; Luke 1:32,33; Isaiah 24:23.

  7. The Last Judgment, or Great White Throne Judgment, involving all the unconverted or unbelievers since Adam. This judgment will only determine the extent or degree of their damnation and eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:11-15; 20:5,6; Matthew 23:14; Revelation 14:10,11; 21:8.

  8. The new Heavens and Earth, eternal bliss and life of believers of all dispensations. Revelation 21:1-22:5; Psalm 16:11; John 3:16.

The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of the Spirit-filled men and has been divinely preserved to date in the Authorized Version of 1611, and, therefore, is the truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. We believe the Bible to have only one interpretation, which may be revealed to any believer by the Holy Spirit.

  1. By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as written and preserved in the Authorized Version of 1611, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the Ward of God.

  2. By "Inspiration," we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and preserved, free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; John 17:17; Psalm 12:6,7.

  3. Whereas there are a number of other versions of the Bible in circulation, all of which are not reliable due to their omission of word and their being translated from corrupt manuscripts, we consider it, therefore, a necessity and privilege to use only the King James Version, AV 1611 in our pulpit and in our classrooms. Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5,6; Revelation 22:18 19.

The True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost or Spirit - equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Isaiah 44:6; 57:15; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7.