WHAT WE BELIEVE
PERVADING MOVEMENTS OF THE DAY There are many false teachings today that are gaining much popularity in many of our churches. We believe the Bible teaches a ‘whosoever will’ gospel. We, therefore, reject the Calvinistic teachings of election, limited atonement, etc. We also do not stand with those who would hold to a lordship salvation position. Nor would we agree with the teaching today known commonly as ‘Easy-believism’ (We believe a person must believe in both the Person & Work of Jesus Christ). We oppose the charismatic movement (its tongues and other sign manifestations.), Neo-orthodoxy, Neo-evangelicalism, as well as the Ecumenical movement. 
The Bible We believe the thirty-nine books of the Old, and twenty-seven books of the New Testament to be the complete verbally, and plenary inspired Word of God. All Scriptures are God-breathed; they are therefore inerrant, and thus infallible (Psalm 12:6-7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20). They are therefore fully sufficient for all doctrine and life. The Unity of God We believe in one triune God, eternally existent in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 10:30; 1 Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7-8; Revelation 1:17). Jesus Christ We believe Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became the physical manifestation of the Godhead to man through conception of the Holy Ghost in Mary. He was fully man; fully God. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, and His bodily resurrection (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; I Cor. 15:1–4). The Holy Spirit We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person of the same essence as the Father and Son. He is the agent of conviction for both the world and believers. He bears witness to the truth and is the agent of the believer’s new birth. He is our divine teacher that indwells every true believer, endowing him with power, wisdom, and guidance; He teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, helps, and comforts believers in the Church Age (John 16:7-11, 13-14; 14:16-17; Romans 8:14, 27; II Thessalonians 2:7). Man We believe God created man in His image, and he was given a free will by God. Man volitionally chose to sin against the commandment of God and thus was the cause his own fall. This sin, and its subsequent penalty of death, has thus passed to all mankind since that fall. Man is depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Man’s greatest purpose is to glorify His God through faith in His salvation, and subsequently honoring and serving Him with his life (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:6-13; 6:12; Psalm 10:5; Romans 3:12-16; Psalm 14:2-3; Romans 1:31; 3:11-16; I John 1:1-10). Sin We believe the Bible defines sin to be everything that does not measure up to the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). All men are equally guilty for Adam’s sin. Still, it is because of his personal acts of sin, that man is justly condemned before God. For the unsaved, the consequences of imputed sin were eternally satisfied at the cross but are appropriated to man only through the gift of salvation offered through Christ. For the Christian, the consequences of personal sins are satisfied through confession of sin and the restoration of fellowship (Romans 1:28; 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19; II Peter 3:9). Salvation We believe the Bible teaches that all men are sinners and justly condemned for that sin, worthy of the penalty to an eternity in Hell. God, in His mercy, has intervened and extended His grace to all mankind, in that He offers eternal salvation from this condemnation to all men freely through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ. This salvation is imparted to an individual upon his reception and faith in the Person and work of Christ. Once saved, a man is completely justified before God, and sanctified unto Him for service (Romans 5:1-11; 10:13; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:1). We believe in the eternal security and assurance of the believer (John 10:27-30; Romans 11:29; 5:8-10; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 7:25; II Timothy 1:12; I Peter 1:5). Repentance We believe the Bible teaches that without repentance a person cannot be saved. A good definition for Biblical repentance is 'a change of mind.' That repentance is a prerequisite to salvation is clearly taught throughout the New Testament. Jesus commanded the multitude in Mark one to repent and believe the gospel. Paul wrote in Acts twenty that his gospel taught repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31; 8:22; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20, Hebrews 6:1; 12:17; and 2 Peter 3:9). The Church We believe that a New Testament church is an assembly of baptized believers, immersed upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ. These, as an independent body, are together accountable solely to Jesus Christ, the Head of the church. Believers of each local church have voluntarily joined themselves together for work, worship, and mutual edification, observance of the two ordinances and the fulfillment of the great commission (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. God is doing His work in this world through local churches, and He has given His command to carry out the Great Commission to these churches. We hold that the great aim, or purpose, of a New Testament church is to be that of world evangelism. Christ gave this commission in a corporate setting, and to a corporate group of people. We do not believe that the Great Commission was given to only individuals. If that were the case, then the death of the individual would mean the death of the commission. The great commission was given, not to individuals, but to a specific group of individuals, i.e. the local church (Acts 1:8; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe a New Testament church is independent of all but God. I believe in the self-governing, or autonomy, of each local church. This autonomy can be seen in several areas: 1. To judge its own members (1 Corinthians 5:12-13). 2. To elect its own church officers (Acts 6:1-6). 3. To observe the ordinances (1 Corinthians 11:23). 4. To elect its own missionaries (Acts 13:1-4). No religious "hierarchy" outside the local church has the authority to dictate a church's beliefs or practices. Nor can a number of local churches scripturally elect a "board," "presbytery," or "pope" to lord it over the members of those churches. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47; Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-13; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4). End Times Many are very interested in exactly what eschatological position a believer holds. In our study of the New Testament, we find ample evidence of a pre-millennial, pre-tribulation rapture of the Church and the return of Jesus Christ in bodily form. (Titus 2:11-13; Acts 1:6-11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Luke 19:12; Matthew 24:34; I Corinthians 6:2-3; II Corinthians 5:10). We reject the post-trib, mid-trib, and pre-wrath rapture positions, believing these to be a clear misinterpretation of Scripture. We see clear distinctions between Israel and the church both in the study of eschatology, as well as in other areas. In regard to versions of the English Bible, we believe the Authorized Version to be the most accurate representation of the original text of the Bible. It is this translation which has been accepted by God and the church for over 400 years in the English-speaking world, and has been tested and proven through time. It has, and shall continue to be our strong conviction, therefore, that the King James version of the Bible be the only English translation used within any of our churches (both now and in the future), our personal study, and also within our family.
"I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light." -John Keith Falconer