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Love
1. We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests
our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as
New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of
the LORD Jesus Christ upon which allothers are dependent. (Matt. 22:35-40;
John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-2; Rev. 2:4,5)

 

2. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward
fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those
who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently,
patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of
revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal
conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor
sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such
sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35;
Rom. 12:9- 10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2;
1 John 3:17-18)

 

The Holy Scriptures.

We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testaments of the
whole Bible, which constitute the complete Holy Scriptures, and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17) The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official translation of record and rule used by the church. All issues of interpretation and meaning of the Scriptures shall be determined by the Senior Pastor.

 

Dispensationalism.

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and the kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6)

 

The Godhead.
We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection. (Matt. 28:19)

The Person and Work of Christ.

1. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 1:18-20;2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22)
2. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19)
3. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe. (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2)
4. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints. (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor.15:42-58; 1Thess. 4:13-18)

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

1. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His Churches. (Luke 24:49; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4)
2. We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts. (1 Cor. Chapters 12 – 14)

The Total Depravity of Man.

We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners. (Gen. 1:26; Gen 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19)

 

Salvation.

We believe that the depraved sinner is saved (born again) wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6: John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

1. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish. (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5)

2. We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient. (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12)

 

The Church

1. We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches. (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:14020; John 1:35-51;
Eph. 3:21)

2. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1,2,17-20;26)

3. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church: pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.

4. We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches. (Matt. 20:25-28)

 

Separation.

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest appearances. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; Lev. 19:28; 1 Cor. 6:19-20)

 

The Second Advent of Christ.

We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age. (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8)

 

The Eternal State.

1. We believe in the 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. 20:5-6, 12-13)

2. 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 forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)

3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with 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 and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)

 

The Personality of Satan.

We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire. (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek.
28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:10-17; Rev. 20:10)

 

Creation.

We believe in the literal six day account of creation as recorded in the Genesis account of Creation. (Gen. chapters 1-2)

Civil Government.

1.We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15)

2.We believe civil government is ordained by God. God authorized and established civil government (Romans 13:1-4). Civil government, along with the family and the church, constitute the three great institutions created by God. Each operates as a distinct creation of God, placed under the Lordship of Christ for a specific purpose in God’s plan (Colossians1:16-17). God’s role for government is to provide a civil structure where that which is good and right is encouraged and can excel, while restraining and punishing that which is evil (1Peter 2:14).

3.We believe political freedom is accompanied by a biblical duty. As citizens, we are subject to the governing authorities. However, in a political system open to individual citizen participation, a portion of God’s authority for civil government is entrusted by God to the individual (Daniel 2:21, 4:17, John 19:10-11a). Therefore we are both subject to, and simultaneously responsible for, civil government. Through our participation in helping bring civil government into conformance with Biblical principles and Judeo-Christian values, we honor God and bless the nation (Proverbs 14:34, 29:2).

 

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. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (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 marriage ordained by
God, and is an exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)

 

Family Relationships

1. 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 by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)

2. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife
is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to
the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through a consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal
correction. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; I Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; I Pet. 3:1-7)

 

Divorce and Remarriage.

We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication (Matt. 5:31,32). Although divorced and remarried persons, or divorced persons, may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, their effectiveness in the offices of Senior Pastor or Deacon may be compromised (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2-5, 12; Titus 1:6). In particular, men shall not remain in the office of Deacon or Senior Pastor if they file for divorce while holding such an office (I Tim. 3:2-5,12). Should the wife divorce the husband, a Deacon or Senior Pastor shall not remain in office if they remarry. (I Cor. 7:7-40.) Note, in particular, that Associate Pastors, Music Ministers, Youth Ministers, and others, may at the discretion of the Senior Pastor, with the consultation of the Deacons, continue to serve in some limited capacity. We believe that the husband, as the head of the household, bears the sole responsibility for the health of his marriage. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; Mal. 2:14-17).

 

Sanctity of Human Life.

We believe that man was created in God’s image, and human life is special above all other creation. We believe that life begins at conception, and the intentional taking of innocent human life at any point from conception to natural death is murder. We believe abortion, suicide, euthanasia, or any other human intervention that brings about death other than God’s divine act, or by God’s divine justice as exhibited in his word are considered murder in God’s eyes. We also recognize that God’s word vests the authority of the power of the sword in the hand of government, and in such God knows the hearts of mankind and he alone can judge the intents of the heart for individual acts in wartime. We reject any teaching that embraces termination of life due to rape, incest, birth defect, genderselection or population control, or the physical or mental well-being of an individual or mother of the unborn child. (Gen 1:27-28;
Ex 21:12-14, 22-23; Job 3:16; Ps 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa 44:24, 49:1, 5; Jer 1:5, 20:15-18, Luke 1:44, Rom 13:1-6)

 

Lawsuits Between Believers.

We believe that born-again believers (John 3, Ephesians 2-8-10) are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other born-again believers or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a born-again believer may seek compensation for injuries from another born-again believer’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. This may include lawsuits if the insurance company is unwilling to accept responsibility without litigation. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)

 

Missions.

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21;Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

 

Giving.

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7;Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17, Mal. 3:8-11)

Section 3.02 – Authority Of Doctrinal Statement

 

The Doctrinal Statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Doctrinal Statement accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the Doctrinal Statement.

 

Section 3.03 – Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and discipline; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our language, conversation, and self-control; to avoid the sinful acts described in Galatians 5:19-21; to avoid all gossiping, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of illegal narcotic drugs, or recreational use of any narcotic drugs; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage; to abstain from the sale and use of pornography; to abstain from gambling; to develop the fruits of the Spirit in our Christian walk, as described in Galatians 5: 22-23; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.