Doctrinal Statement

Of the Scriptures

The King James Bible is the Word of God kept intact for English speaking people by way of God's divine work of preservation. (The Authorized Version translators were not "inspired" but were used of God to preserve His words (for English speaking people).

The "Holy Bible" from Genesis to Revelation, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.

We believe that God has inspired His word, that holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and God moved on them in such a way that their writing were divinely and verbally inspired and free from error.

God through the ages has preserved the very words that He inspired, and in the King James Bible, we possess the complete, perfect, preserved, inerrant Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

Of The True God

There is one, and only one, true and living God, who is infinite, without beginning or ending. He is a spirit. John 4:24 - "God is spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." God is a trinity, and in the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct yet equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

1 John 5:7 - "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. The Holy Spirit is the agent in the new birth.

John 14:16-17 - "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."

Of the Devil, Satan

Satan once enjoyed heavenly honors (anointed cherub that covereth), but through pride and ambition to be as God, he fell and drew after him a host of angels. Satan is now the prince of the power of the air, and the author of all the powers of darkness. He is destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal, just punishment in the lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angels.

2 Peter 2:4 - "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment."

Of creation

We believe the Genesis account of creation and that the Genesis creation record is to be accepted literally; that man was created in God's own image and after His own likeness; that by God's own handiwork in the space of six twenty-four hour days, all things were created.

Genesis 1:27 - "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them."

Of the fall of man

Man was created in innocence by God, but by voluntary transgression fell from this sinless state. By the sin of one man, all are now sinners and under the judgment and condemnation of that sin.

Romans 5:12 - "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."

Of the virgin birth

Jesus Christ was made flesh when He was begotten of the Holy Ghost, born of a virgin woman, Mary. Jesus Christ is God incarnate, both the Son of God and God the Son.

Isaiah 7:14 - "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Of Atonement for Sin

The salvation of sinners is by grace through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who took upon Himself the likeness of man, yet without sin.

By His death He made a full atonement for the sins of man, providing redemption through His blood, because without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin, and the shed blood of Christ cleanses man for all sin.

This atonement only comes to man by his individual repentance, confession, and faith.

Christ's atonement was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust.

Philippians 2:7-8 - "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Of the Resurrection

Jesus Christ rose from the dead bodily the third day, and the Lord's resurrection was attested to by many infallible proofs, and forty days after His resurrection He ascended back to heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:3-5 - "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once."

Of Grace in the New Creation

Sinners must be born again in order to be saved. This new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus. The new creation is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit. Evidence of the new birth is seen in repentance, and faith, and newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Of the freeness of salvation

Salvation is a free gift of God. All men can accept this gift of salvation by a humble, repentant, obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel.

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Of Justification

Those who are saved are justified. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life. Justification is bestowed not by any works of righteousness which man has done, but God's righteousness is imputed him through his faith in Christ's shed blood.

Romans 3:24 - "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

Of Repentance and Faith

Repentance and Faith takes place in the soul of man by the Holy Spirit of God. Being deeply convicted of his own guilt and sin, and of the way of salvation through Christ, man must turn to God with sincere repentance while at the same time believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, openly confessing Him as Saviour.

Romans 10:9-10 - "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved; for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation."

Of the eternal security of the saints

You cannot lose your salvation. Once we are saved we are kept by the power of God and are eternally secure in Christ. Eternal security is a work of God which insures that the gift of salvation, once received, cannot be lost.

2 Timothy 1:12 - "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

Of the return of Christ and related events

Jesus Christ will physically return to the earth. His second coming will be preceded by a chronology of last day's events, beginning with a pre-tribulational, pre-millennial rapture. The rapture will be followed by a seven-year tribulation and reign of antichrist. The tribulation will culminate with Armageddon when the Lord Jesus Christ returns victoriously. Upon the second coming of Christ, the Lord shall reign in righteousness for one thousand years, climaxing with the final condemnation of Satan and the last judgment of Revelation chapter twenty. Eternally thereafter, the Lord Jesus Christ shall reign for ever and ever.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

Of the righteous and the wicked

There is an essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who through faith are saved by the Grace of God, are truly righteous in His esteem. All those who continue in unbelief are in God's sight wicked and under the curse. Both in and after death there exists this great eternal distinction: the everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious suffering of the lost.

John 3:36 - "He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

Of separation

One distinguishing mark of biblical Christianity is a separation from worldly conduct, interests, philosophies, and unions. Separation from the worldly unto the godly should be maintained in two primary areas: The personal and the ecclesiastical (church). Personal separation is the believers responsibility to live circumspectly and godly in this world. Ecclesiastical separation is an adherence to holiness in all matters related to the church.

Psalm 1:1 - "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."

Of the church

The New Testament church is a local, visible, autonomous assembly. Jesus Christ established His church during His earthly ministry, prior to the events of Acts chapter two and the day of Pentecost. A Baptist church is a congregation of baptized believers. Church officers are pastors and deacons. The church has the absolute right of self-government and Christ is the head of the church.

Colossians 1:18 - "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."

Of baptism and the Lord's supper

Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, under the authority of a New Testament Baptist church to show one's faith in and identification with Christ. Baptism is requisite to the place and privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper in which after solemn self-examination, and by the use of unleavened bread and grape juice, the members only of a given Baptist church are to partake in remembrance of Christ.

Matthew 28:19 - "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

Of missions

Missions is the endeavor to reach all the world with the gospel. The great commission is a command to and responsibility of the church. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the gospel to be preached at home and abroad, to the uttermost part of the earth.

Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen"

Of the grace of giving

God's plan for financing his church is that by which every believer gives tithes and offerings to God through their local church.

Luke 6:38 - "Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again."

Of civil government

Civil government is ordained of God for the good order of society. Believers are commanded to honor, obey, and pray for all those in authority. Government has no jurisdiction in respect to the free exercise of the church.

Romans 13:1 - "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers, for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."