Beliefs

The Bible. We believed the Bible to be God’s inspired Word to us, inerrant, and perfectly preserved for us. God used human penmen to write down the words, and then preserved them to every generation. We believe God’s Word has been preserved for us, the English speaking world, in the Authorized (King James) version. Therefore, we preach and teach solely from the King James Version.   2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 12:6-7

God. We believe in the one Triune God, manifested in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one, but distinct in personality. We only worship the one True God. Deuteronomy 4:39, John 10:30, 17:3, 1 John 5:7

Jesus Christ: His birth, death, and resurrection. We believe Jesus Christ is the sinless Son of God, Who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and gave His life on the cross for the sins of the world. (Isaiah 7:14, 2 Corinthians 5:21). His death was the substitutionary sacrifice for all (Hebrews 10:10, 1 John 2:2). We believe He rose again the third day, bodily, and thereafter ascended into Heaven where He ever lives to make intercession for us. Matthew 20:18-19, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 8:34

The Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is a Person of the Godhead, co-equal, and co-existent with God the Father and God the Son. His work in this world is to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the Comforter Who indwells, convicts, leads, guides, and fills the believer in everyday life. The filling of the Spirit is a commandment, and must actively be sought for in the believer’s life.  John 6:7-13, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 4:30, 5:18

Salvation. We believe that all men are sinners by nature since the Fall, and therefore wholly unable to save themselves; and that salvation is only through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:10, 23, 6:23, John 14:6). We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone, and is not obtained or kept through good works, but by the power of God. We believe salvation involves receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior through confessing that we are a sinner, and trusting in the atoning, complete work of Christ, and His shed blood on the cross. We believe salvation is available for all who will believe. Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 1:5, John 1:12, Romans 10:9-13

Rapture and second coming of Christ. We believe in the imminent return of Christ, which begins with the rapture of the church before the Tribulation period begins. In the rapture, all living saints will be “caught up to meet the Lord in the air” with those who have already died in Christ. After this will ensue the Tribulation period, in which the wrath of God will be poured out on the unbelieving world. At the end of this Tribulation, the Lord Himself will return bodily to this earth to rule and reign with the saints for a thousand years, before the Lord ultimately destroys Satan and all His army, including the unbelieving, to be tormented in the lake of fire for ever and ever. The Lord will create a new heavens and a new earth for all the believing in which dwells righteousness. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 20:4-10, 21:1, Zechariah 14:1-5, 2 Peter 3:13

Satan. We believe that Satan is a created being, who was once a beautiful angel, but was cast out into the earth, and became the subtle serpent that tempted Eve in the garden. Satan is the enemy all righteousness, the god of this world, the tempter, and the accuser of the brethren. Satan can be defeated in the Christian life by being sober and vigilant, and by submitting ourselves to God daily. The Devil (Satan) will in the end be cast into the lake of fire where he will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Isaiah 14:12-15, Genesis 3:1, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Revelation 12:9-10, 1 Peter 5:8, James 4:7, Revelation 20:10

Heaven and Hell. We believe in a literal Heaven, and a literal Hell. Heaven is where God dwells, and will be the eternal habitation of the saved saints, whose names are in the book of life (Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 25:46, Colossians 1:4-5, Philippians 4:3). Hell was created for the devil and his angels, and will be the eternal habitation of the unsaved—those that do not know the Lord, and have not received the love of the truth. Hell is a place of torment, where pain and sorrow will be felt and will be accompanied by wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 7:21-23, 25:41, 13:49-50,    2 Thess. 2:10, 12, Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:11-15

The Creation of the world. We believe that God created the earth and all things in six literal days. We reject the idea of evolution, and the gap theory, or any other evolutionary concept. We believe that Jesus Christ was the agent in creation, and by Him all things consist. Genesis 1:1-31, Colossians 1:15-17

The church: purpose and practices. We believe that the church of Jesus Christ was instituted by Christ Himself, and was empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The church was established for the purpose of making disciples of all nations, and teaching the truths of God’s Word. We are called to carry the gospel to every creature, beginning in Jerusalem and Judaea, and spreading it to Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. Therefore, we support missionaries taking the gospel to foreign lands. Matthew 16:13-19, 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-49, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4

The ordinances of the church. We believe there are two ordinances given to the church by Christ Himself to be observed until He returns. (1) Baptism. Baptism is a picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It is for those who are saved. Baptism does not save a person, but shows to others that they belong to Christ. Baptism is an act of obedience that should be done by each believer after their salvation. The mode of baptism is immersion. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 8:36-38).  (2) The Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ at the last supper that He had with His disciples before His death, and we are commanded to observe it to “show the Lord’s death till He come.” We use unleavened bread, and unfermented grape juice to picture the sinless body of Christ that was broken for us, and his perfect, sinless blood that was shed. Leaven is a picture of sin, and therefore would mar the picture and beauty of this ordinance. The Lord’s Supper is always preceded by a time of examination. Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11:2, 20-34

Separation of the believer. We believe that the believers are to live their lives in such a way that is “becoming of the gospel of Christ.” Therefore, we abstain from worldly activities, and from the appearance of such things. This includes but is not limited to: drinking alcohol, engaging in sexual activities outside of marriage, or participating in any other personal or public activities that are not pleasing to our Savior. Philippians 1:27, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, 5:5-8, 22