1.    The Holy Scriptures – The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The original autographs are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six 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. (1 Cor. 9:17; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24,25,27; Rev. 20:2-6)

2.    The Godhead – God is Triune, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 14:10,26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 5:7)

3.     The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

a.    He is the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4,5; Phil. 2:5-8)

b.    He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24,25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7)

c.    He ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1, 2)

4.     The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

a.    He is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He regenerates and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13,14)

b.    He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers in understanding the Scriptures. (Eph. 1:17, 18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)

c.    He is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. (Rom 12:3-8, 1 Cor 12; Eph 4:7-12)

d.   The apostles and prophets were gifted men that God used to organize the first Church, proclaim the Gospel message and formulate the New Testament Scriptures (Ephesians 2:11-20 2Peter 1:19-21). To confirm the authenticity of the messenger and the message, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, the effecting of miracles, distinguishing spirits, and various kind of tongues were given to the apostle and prophets and various individuals accordingly (Heb 2:2-4, Mk 16:20, Acts 14:3, 2 Cor 12:12). Now that the Word of God has been completed, the Church foundation laid, and the Gospel message authenticated, these offices of authority and gifts have seemingly served their purpose. Although God can do anything at any time He wills, we believe that He is not using these particular offices of authority and gifts at this time in this local church. However, we do embrace the reality that God still heals and works miracles according to His will and good pleasure.

5.    The Depravity of Man – Man was created sinless and in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is depraved, and, of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

6.     Salvation

a.     Salvation is the gift of God to man by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ. (John 14:6; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18,19)

b.    Repentance is the fruit of saving faith. (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38, 20:21)

c.    It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word regarding the sealing of the Holy Spirit, the unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, and the keeping of our souls by the power of God through faith. (Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11, 1 John 2:1, Heb 7:25, 1 Pet 1:3-5, Jude 24)

7.     Separation –We are commanded to live holy lives separated from the world so as not
to bring reproach upon our Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious
apostasy and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.
(Rom. 12:1,2; 2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1; 1 Pet 1:13-16, 1 John 2:15-17)

8.    Sanctification – Sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is threefold:

a. It is already complete for every saved person; that is, because of his position
in Christ, he is set apart unto God in the measure in which Christ is set apart
unto God. (Eph 1:5-6, Col 1:22, Heb 10:10-14, 1 Jn 5:11-13

b. The believer while living on earth will struggle with indwelling sin which is
also called the “flesh”. Therefore, there is a progressive sanctification wherein
the Christian is to “grow in grace”, and to “be changed” by the unhindered
power of the Holy Spirit. We are called with a holy calling to walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling
Spirit that we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. (2 Cor 3:18, Gal 5:13-26,
Eph 4:22-24, 1 Pet 2:11)

c. Scripture gives us hope that the child of God will yet be fully sanctified in his
standing in Christ when he shall see his Lord and shall be “like Him”. (1 Thes
5:23-24, Jude 24)

9.     Marriage – Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman; therefore, we are
opposed to same sex marriage and will only perform and recognize marriages
between a man and woman. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8,9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29;
1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)

10.     Sexuality – Homosexuality as well as any other sexual activity outside of Biblical
marriage including lesbianism, bisexuality, tran-sexuality, bestiality, incest,
fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex, and
if un-repented from warrants removal from fellowship. (Gen 2:2; 19:5, 13; 26:8-0;
Lev 18:1-30; Rom 1:26-29; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thes 4:1-8; Heb 13:4)

11.  Abortion – Human life begins at conception; therefore, abortion constitutes murder.
(Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

12.  The Church

a.    The church is the body and the espoused bride of Christ solely made up of
born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22,23; 5:25-27)

b.    God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the
assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Eph 4:7-12)

c.    The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and
defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17,28-32; 1 Tim.
3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

d.    The local church is autonomous in its governance. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31;
20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; 1 Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7; 13)

13.  Ordinances – Water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are the Scriptural
ordinances to be observed. (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

14.  The Second Coming of Christ – Christ will return literally, bodily, and visibly with
the church to establish His earthly Millennial Kingdom. (Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-
11; 1 Thess. 1:10; Titus 2:13)

15.  The Eternal State – There will be a bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to
eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46;
John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Rev. 5-6; 12-13)

16.  Satan – He was an angel who fell by rebelling against God; he tempted man in the
Garden, and he is now the accuser of the brethren; he shall be eternally punished in
the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; 25:41; Eze 28:12-19; Rev. 12:10, 20:10)

17.  Creation – God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. (Gen. 1-2)

18.  Civil Government – God has established civil government, which Christians are
commanded to obey unless in conflict with their obedience to God. (Acts 5:29; Rom.
13:1-7; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13, 14)

19.  Missions – God has commissioned believers to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.
(Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

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. Due to a number of bad translations of the Bible,
for settling issues of doctrine we will use the NASB, KJV or ESV.