Our Statement of Faith and Doctrine

 

 

 

I. Scriptures:

We believe that holy men of old wrote the Bible as they were moved (literally “being borne along”) by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), which harmonizes with 2 Timothy 3:16, which teaches that all Scripture is inspired (literally “God breathed”) or “breathed out by God”. This means that the Holy Spirit so super intended the writers of the Holy Scripture that, although they utilized their own vocabularies and experiences, they wrote the very exact message God intended without any omissions, additions, or error which means that the Bible is theologically, historically, scientifically, and geographically correct since the Holy Spirit is incapable of erring. Being plenary verbally inspired guarantees the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible in every area in which it speaks and makes it the highest authority and guide for the believer. We believe the Scriptures of the Old Testament and the New Testament, are preserved for us in the Masoretic text (Old Testament) Textus Receptus (New Testament) and in the King James Bible. We accept only the King James Version of the Scriptures as the official standard of use in this church, both in the Sunday school classroom and public worship services. We believe the King James Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God through preservation.

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II. Trinity:

We believe there is but one true and living God whose essence is spirit and who exists in a Trinity of equal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that they are each equal and infinite in their being, power, glory, and attributes.

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III. The Father:

We believe that God the Father is the First Person of the divine Trinity who is absolute in His deity possessing all the attributes of deity and equal with the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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IV. Jesus Christ:

We believe in the absolute deity of Jesus Christ our Lord and that he shares equally in all the attributes of deity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We believe in his virgin birth, in His perfect and sinless humanity, in His miracles and their literalness, in His substitutionary, satisfactory, propitiatory, atoning death on Calvary, in His bodily resurrection, in His intercessory ministry, and in His personal return for the Church.

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V. Holy Spirit:

We believe in the absolute and full deity of the Holy Spirit, the Third Member of the blessed Trinity, who is equal with the Father and the Son. It was the Father who gave His Son, the Son who gave His life, and it is the Holy Spirit who today gives spiritually life to those who believe in Christ. He indwells the believer and empowers him and Christ’s Church for service giving the various gifts to the members of the body of Christ to aid the Church in accomplishing the Great Commission.

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VI. Salvation:

We believe in salvation by grace totally apart from any human merit. Salvation is bestowed by a gracious God upon unworthy man conditioned solely upon his faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 3:16).

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VII. New Birth:

We believe that all men are born with a depraved nature and are sinful by nature and by choice and as such are alienated from God, born dead in trespasses and sin. We believe that this condition can only be reconciled by the new birth, which is a work of regeneration wrought by the Holy Spirit (John 3:5-6; Titus 3:5), conditioned upon a man’s personal faith in the atoning work of Jesus on Calvary as sufficient payment for sins (Ephesians 2:8-10).

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VIII. Security of the Believer:

We believe that God has given to the true believer Scriptural grounds for knowing positively that he is saved; that God has promised and provided to keep His children even in times of failure, when they fall out of fellowship with Him; that God has assured His followers that as believers they are secure in Christ and shall never perish. The life that Christ offers is everlasting and his redemption is eternal. (1 John 5:11-13 / John 10:27-30 / Romans 8:35-39 / Philippians 1:6 / Heb. 9:11-15; 10:10-14) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. God’s people should live holy, honorable & separated lives in this world for their Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

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IX. Resurrection:

We believe in the future bodily resurrection of the believer, at which time he will receive a resurrected glorified body, and that the new body will be joined with the soul so that the child of God will spend eternity to come as a body/soul being. We believe likewise that the unbeliever will be resurrected with a body and soul, which will forever suffer the torments of Hell (Luke 16:19-31; Mark 9:43-49).

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X. Judgment:

We believe in the future Judgment Seat of Christ at which time the believer will stand before Christ and be judged for the deeds done in the body whether they be good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10 & 1Cor. 3:8-15). We also believe in the Great White Throne Judgment for the unsaved where their lives will be reviewed and judged according to their works, which will determine the degree of their “torments” (Luke 16:23) in the eternal flames of Hell (Rev. 20:11-15). All Saints receive the same Heaven, but individually they will receive rewards for their good works on earth. All Sinners will receive the same Hell fire, but individually they will receive various “torments” for their evil works on earth.

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XI. Devil:

We believe in the existence of a literal personal evil and malicious being call Satan or the Devil who led a rebellion against God at some point before creation and was cast out of Heaven along with the angels who followed him. He and his demonic hordes seek to tempt men to sin and thereby doom them to eternity in the fires of Hell. His doom and that of mankind who follow him had been pronounced as the lake of fire where he shall one day be banished and shut up forever.

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XII. Creation:

We believe in the literal Genesis account of God’s creating this earth and man in six literal twenty-four (24) hour days, and that he rested on the seventh day sanctifying it as a day of rest (Gen. 1:1-2:3).

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XIII. Human Sexuality:

1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. And therefore, because these acts violate Gods law according to the Bible, no person committing such acts will be permitted to hold any office in our church, nor obtain church membership until they have repented of and stopped these sinful acts. (Gen. 2:24; Gen.19:5, 13; Gen.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)
2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman by mutual covenant. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
3. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination to preach by this church, or to preach in this church (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12).

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XIV. Abortion:

We believe that the human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes as the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortion of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

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XV. Ordinances:

1. Baptism: Baptism by immersion of believers in Christ is recognized as a Scriptural Ordinance signifying the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. (Matt. 3:13-15; 28:18-20; Acts 8:35-39).
2. The Lord’s Supper: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is for the truly born again believer (1 Cor. 11:17-34). The Lord’s Supper will often be administered in connection with the Washing of the Saints’ Feet. While we will not argue over whether or not Washing of the Saints’ Feet is an ordinance, we do often times practice this along with The Lords Supper because Christ demonstrated it as the ultimate form of servant-hood. (John 13:1-17).

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