We believe that in preparation for the completeness of the Kingdom of God, certain future events must take place, which are of vital interest and must be taught and accepted by the Church. (Matt. 24:29-31; I Cor. 15:15-38; I Thess. 4:13-18).
We believe in a personal, visible imminent returning of Christ. (Acts 1:11b). This advent will take place in two stages: “Rapture” in which Jesus comes in the air for believers before the seven year time of world-wide judgment called “The Tribulation”, (Jn. 14:1-4; I Thess. 4:13-18), and “Revelation” in which Jesus comes to the earth with His saints at the end of the Tribulation to judge the nations and begin His 1,000 year reign on earth called “The Millennium”. (Zech. 14:1-8; Matt. 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-16;20:1-6).
A. Second Coming:
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (Matt. 25:46; Jn. 3:36; Rev. 20:12-15).
We believe that the Souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body, are reunited, to be glorified with the Lord. (Lk. 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; I Thess. 4:16, 17; Rev. 20:4-6).
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with the soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mk. 9:43-38; Lk. 16:19-28; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 1:6; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe that the church should be separate from the state and we are opposed to any form of religious coercion. Functions of church and state are in different realms and one has no right or authority over the other. Baptists have pioneered the idea of “universal inalienable human rights, liberty of conscience, and the right of free religious conviction”. (Matt. 22:21).
We believe that the principles of the Word of God in regard to giving are clearly set forth so the Christian will do his part in the spreading of the Gospel. We believe that Tithing, the giving of ten percent of one’s income to the Lord, is honoring and glorifying to God in that it recognizes God’s ownership of all; that it was practiced by Abraham before the Law was given; that it is a beginning point of giving; that giving should be more under Grace than under Law; that the local church is the storehouse for giving, and that offerings are given above the tithe. (Deut. 8:18; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:8-10; Matt. 6:19-21; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 8:12; II Cor. 9:6-7)
We believe that the New Testament Church is a body of believers baptized by immersion on a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, sovereign in polity, and banded together for the observance of the ordinances, worship, fellowship, witness, and worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. (Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:18-33; Col. 1:18; I Thess. 1:1; I Tim. 3:1-3).
We believe that the true mission of the Church is found in the Great Commission, first, to make individual disciples; second, to follow the Lord's instructions in Baptism; third, to teach and instruct in the truths which Christ presented; and that the gospel message is to be proclaimed both locally and world-wide. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which God secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that is, God declares the ones righteous who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior; that it includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on the principles of righteousness; that it is not bestowed in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in Christ Jesus’ blood. (Ro. 4-5; 5:1, 8-9; Gal. 3:11; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38; I Pet. 1:18-19).
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, and a cleansing of sin, is threefold:
1 - It is already complete for every saved person because his position toward God is the same as Christ’s position. Since the believer is in Christ, he is set apart unto God in the measure in which Christ is set apart unto God. We believe, however, that man retains his sin nature, which cannot be eradicated in this life.
2 - Therefore, while the standing of the Christian in Christ is perfect, his present state is no more perfect than his experience in daily life, but the saved person may have occasion to grow in the realization of his blessings to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of his life more fully to God. Thus 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.
3 - Furthermore, the child of God will yet be fully sanctified in his state as he is now sanctified in his standing in Christ, when he shall see his Lord and shall be “like Him”. (Jn. 17:17; Ro. 12:1-2; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10).
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, “Lucifer, son of the morning”, the highest in rank, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall and are associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains unto the judgment day.” (Isa. 14:12-17; I Tim. 3:6; Jude 1:6). Also, a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. (Lk. 15:10; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 1:14).
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the “god of this world”, “the prince of the power of the air:, the leader of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to Judgment in the Lake of Fire. (Ezk. 28:11-19; Matt. 4:1-11, 25:41; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father, and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world he restrains the evil one, Satan, until God’s purpose has been fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He witnesses to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He regenerates, indwells, sanctifies, seals, and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ; and that he empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses to, quickens, and upholds the believer. (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 3:5-8; 14:16-17; II Thess. 2:7-8; Heb. 9:14).
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the ministry of the Holy Spirit by which He, at the moment of salvation, places the believer into the body of Christ; that it is not experiential but positional and that it is not subsequent to salvation. (I Cor. 12:13).
We believe that every believer receives at least one spiritual gift at the time of salvation, sovereignly bestowed by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the body of Christ; that certain sign gifts such as speaking in tongues (unlearned foreign languages, Acts 2:6, 8) interpretation of tongues, the gift of healing, miracles, the gift of prophecy, the gift of special knowledge and revelations as well as certain offices, apostle and prophet (Eph. 2:20) were temporary in nature and ceased with the completion of the New Testament; that the sign gifts were given to the unbelieving nation of Israel as a sign of God’s impending judgment by Rome in 70 AD (I Cor. 14:21); that therefore tongues were not a sign to a believer of anything (I Cor. 14:22); and that God is not now giving the gift of tongues in any form either privately for personal edification for use in prayer or publicly in the Church. (I Cor. 13:8, 14:19).
We believe that, as provided and purposed by God, and as pre-announced in the prophecies of Scripture, the Eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ, came into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived among men, died on the cross of Calvary, was buried, rose bodily from the tomb, and ascended visibly into Heaven, having perfectly completed the work His father sent Him to do. (Lk: 1:30-35; Lk. 24:1-9, 33-43; I Cor. 15:1-8; Phil. 2:5-10).
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace; that the Son of God, by divine appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our sin, being Himself without sin, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience; that by the shedding of His blood, He made a full and complete atonement as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. (Jn. 3:16; Acts 15:11; I Cor. 15:3; II Co. 5:21; Eph. 1:17; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:22-28; I Pet. 2:21-25).
We believe in the Genesis account of creation; that the six days of creation were literal 24 hour solar days; and that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God. (Ex. 20:11; Gen. 1-2; Heb. 11:3). Therefore, we reject as unscriptural, the atheistic Theory of Evolution, including Darwinism in any form. Also we reject Theistic Evolution, The “Gap Theory”, and the Day-age theory all of which attempt to accommodate the Bible to evolutionary theory. (I Tim. 6:20; Col. 2:8; II Pet. 3:3-7).
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Matt. 4:16-17; 28:18-19; Jn. 5:23; 1 Corin 12:3-6; 2 Corin 13:14).
We believe that there is one true and living God, perfect in holiness and justice, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of mankind; that He hears and answers prayers; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. (Ex. 20:2-3; Matt. 6:8-13; I Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11).
We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scriptures. We believe that the Bible is the complete Revelation of God; that it has been Divinely preserved since the time of its writing; that with the completion of the New Testament Scriptures God’s Revelation ceased and the Canon was closed; that the Bible, therefore, is our sole authority in faith, conduct and practice. (Ps. 119:89; Matt. 5:18; 24:35; II Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2; I Pet. 1:25; II Pet. 1:19-21).
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of society; that magistrates and rulers 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 our conscience, and the coming King of Kings of the earth. (Acts 4:19-30; Acts 23:5; Ro. 13:1-7; I Tim. 2:1-4; I Pet. 2:13-17).
We believe that all the saved are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. (Jam. 4:4, I Jn. 2:16; II Cor. 6:14; Ro. 12:1-2).
We believe that God’s Word commands every believer and only believers to be baptized by immersion. We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper should be observed as Christ said; “In remembrance of Me” (of His broken body and shed blood for us) by believers only and that it has no sacramental value. (Acts 8:36-38; Ro. 3:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-30).
We believe that Christians who are born into the family of God are obligated to serve Him; that divine, enabling gifts for service are bestowed by the Spirit upon all who are saved; that each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will. (Ro. 12:6; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11).
We believe that Christians should so perform their services as members of a local congregation that believers may be edified and the lost drawn to the Savior. (Matt. 5:16; Ro. 12:1-2; Ro. 15:1-3; I Cor. 10:23-24).
We believe that all who have been and are “called out” to unite with the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the church which is the body and bride of Christ; that this body is manifested as congregations of believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His Teachings, and exercising the gifts, right, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its spiritual leaders are pastors whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; that each congregation is the sole and only judge of matter of membership, polity, government, and discipline. (Matt. 16:16-18; I Cor. 5:11-13; II Tim. 3:1-16).
We believe that only real believers are able to endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation”, and are thus eternally secure in Him. However, we believe that God is a holy and righteous Father and that since he cannot overlook the sins of His children, He will, when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love. (Phil. 1:6; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 12:3-15; I Pet. 1:3-5, I Jn. 5:13; Jude 24).
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation; that sinners, in order to be saved, must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one who was dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine life which is brought about in a manner above our comprehension solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth. (Jn. 3:3, 6-7; Acts 16:30; Ro. 10:17; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:1).
We believe that sin is the lack of conformity to the moral law of God, either in act, disposition, or state, (Job 1:5: I John 3:4; 5:17). We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state; in consequence of which all of mankind are now sinners, not only by nature, but by choice, and are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse which necessitates the need of the new birth. (Gen. 3:1-3, 24; Jn. 3:1-21; Ro. 1:32; 5:12-19).