Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures The Authorized King James Bible is “The Word of God” for English speaking people.It was translated from the most accurate Greek and Hebrew manuscripts (Masoritic; Textus Recptus)It was translated using the most accurate methods (word-for-word; diligent comparison)It was translated by the highest standards of scholarship and accuracy  It has been universally accepted as the Word of God for centuries The King James Bible is not “advanced revelation”; it does not supersede the original manuscripts in inspiration or authority

God We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, whose name is JEHOVAH. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being; the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and all other perfections. God is all- powerful and all-knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things- past, present, and future-including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Satan We believe in the reality and personality of Satan; that he is a created being, once known as the “anointed cherub that covereth”; that through pride and ambition to be as God, he fell; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We believe he is destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s only Son, that the judgment already passed onto him will be executed at the Revelation of Jesus Christ; and that ultimately he will be cast into Hell’s lake of fire, for eternity.

Creation We believe in the Genesis account of creation, that man is the special creation of God, made in His own image, not by evolution. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Therefore, as soon as man is capable of moral action, he becomes a transgressor and is under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

God’s Purpose of Grace “Once saved always saved.” Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

The Church We believe that the New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. The church’s scriptural officers are pastors and deacons; these offices are limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Church Ordinances We believe that the church ordinances are only two in number, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism We believe that Christian baptism is the complete immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and that baptism is a pre-requisite to church membership. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

The Lord’s Supper We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of remembrance and obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.