" . . .a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us," (Luke1:1) KJV
The purpose of this church is to fulfil the Great Commission given by the Lord Jesus Christ. This will be accomplished by the edification of Christians through the teaching and preaching of God's Word, the salvation of souls, the world-wide proclamation of God's saving grace as revealed in the shed blood and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, the promotion of Godly worship, the administration of ordinances of the New Testament, promotion of Christian education and the defence of ". . .the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3) KJV
CONCERNING THE SCRIPTURES:
We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of both the Old and New Testament. The Bibe, the Word of God, is the full and complete revelation of God's will for mankind. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
SCRIPTURES: Ps 19:7-11; Prov 30:5-6; Isa 40:8; II Tim 3:16-17; Heb 4:12; II Pet 1:20-21.
CONCERNING THE ONE TRUE GOD:
We believe that there is only one true and living God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each with a distinct personality but all of one essence having the same attributes and perfections of God.
SCRIPTURES: Gen 1:1; Duet 4:35; 6:4; Matt 28:19-20; Joh 4:24; I Cor 8:6; II Cor 13:14.
CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. He possesses all the attributes of deity. He is co-eternal and co-equal with the father and the Son and of the same nature.
SCRIPTURES: Joh 2:24; Acts 5:3-4; II Cor 13:14.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the chief agent in the regeneration of the soul. The Holy Spirit convicts the unregenerate person of his sin. At the moment an unregenerate person exercises faith in Christ as Saviour, the Holy Spirit immediately indwells, justifies, sanctifies, and seals the believer unto the day of redemption.
SCRIPTURES: Joh 3:5; 16:7-11; Rom 5:1; 8:9; 15:16; Eph 4:30.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers in the truth of the Word of God. It is the privilage and duty of all saved people to be filled (controlled) with the Spirit.
SCRIPTURES: I Cor 2;14; Joh 16;13; Eph 5:18.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows at least one spiritual gift upon each believer according to His Will. The Holy Spirit no longer distributes the temporary sign gifts ( e.g. miracles, healing, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) to believers because: The age of miracles ended with the Apostles.
SCRIPTURES: II Cor 12:12; Eph 2:20.
We believe they were rendered useless when the New Testament was complete.
SCRIPTURES: II Tim 3;16-17; Heb 1:1-2; Rev 22:18.
We believe their purpose was to confirm the Word of God.
SCRIPTURES: Mar 16:20; Heb 2:4.
We believe the gift of tongues, or languages, was a sign of impending judgment on the Jewish nation. This gift ceased with the completion of the canon and the ending of the Apostolic age.
SCRIPTURES: Isa 28:11-12; Acts 2:8-11; I Cor 12:7; 14:21-22.
CONCERNING JESUS CHRIST:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ. the eternal Son of God and God the Son, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
SCRIPTURES: Matt 1:20, 23; Joh 1:1-2, 14; Phil 2:6-7.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our complete redemption through His death on the cross. He lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death, and arose from the dead in a literal, physical body.
SCRIPTURES: Eph 1:7; Heb 4:15; Rom 3:24-25; I Cor 15:3-4.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now seated and exalted at the right hand of the Father. As our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate.
SCRIPTURES: Heb 1:3; 4:14; I Joh 2:1-2; I Tim 2:5.
We believe that Satan is a real and personal being. As Lucifer he existed as the highest rank of all angelic creatures. He became the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man because of his sin of pride.
SCRIPTURES: Gen 3:1-19; Isa 14:12-17; Matt 4:11; Joh 8:44.
We believe Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He has blinded the eyes of unbelievers and is in continual warfare with believers. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
SCRIPTURES: II Cor 4:4; Eph 6:11-12; Rev 20:10
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively. We believe that all things were created by Jesus Christ, including mankind. The Scriptures contradict the evolution model, whether it be theistic or non-theistic. God established the law that life should bring forth only "after their kind."
SCRIPTURES: Gen 1-2; Exo 20:11; Joh 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb 11:3.
We believe in a literal heaven which Jesus is presently preparing for believers. Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding on behalf of believers. At the moment of death or rapture, believers will be with Jesus Christ in heaven.
SCRIPTURES: Joh 14:1-3; Heb 8:1; I John 2:1; I Thess 4:16-17; II Cor 5:8.
We believe in a literal hell of everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain in hell after death, in conscious misery, until "the second death". At the Great White Throne Judgment, unbelievers will experience a second death and be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting conscious punishment, not annihilation.
SCRIPTURES: Matt 25:41, 46; II Thess 1:9; Rev 20:11-15.
CONCERNING THE FALL OF MAN:
We believe that man was created in the image of God in a state of innocence. Through Adam's sin the whole of the human race fell, became alienated from God and inherited a sin nature. Man is under the just condemnation of death, both physical and spiritual, without defence or excuse. Man is helpless in his lost condition apart from the grace of God.
SCRIPTURES: Gen 1:25-27; Rom 1:20; 3:10, 23; 5:12, 16-18; Ps 51:5.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God provided for all men by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His shed blood. We believe salvation is wholly of God and apart from any works of righteousness by man. Salvation is exclusively through Jesus Christ and His vicarious atonement for sin.
SCRIPTURES: Joh 3:16; 14:6; Rom 3:24; 6:23; Eph 1:7; 2:8-9; Tit 3:5.
We believe that the Holy Spirit of God convicts unbelievers of their sin, drawing them to salvation. The two ingredients for man to receive salvation are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
SCRIPTURES: Lu 13:3; Joh 3:3,36; Acts 20:21; Rom 5:1; I Cor 6;19-20; Eph 1:13; 4:30; II Pet 3:9.
We believe that Christians are eternally secure in Jesus Christ and salvation may never be lost. The penalty of all sins is removed at salvation.
SCRIPTURES: Joh 10:28-29; Rom 8:1; 33-39; I Joh 5:11-13.
CONCERNING CHRIST COMING FOR HIS CHURCH:
We believe in the imminent, personal, pre-tribulational return of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will return bodily in the air to "catch away" both the dead and the living in Christ.
SCRIPTURES: Acts 1:11; I Thess 4;13-18; Tit 2:13.
CONCERNING CHRIST COMING WITH HIS CHURCH:
We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth seven years after the departure of the Church. He will destroy the remaining unbelievers and establish His Kingdom. He will reign for 1000 years on the throne of David.
SCRIPTURES: Dan 9:24-27; Mat 24;30; Rev 19:15-18; 20:1-6.
CONCERNING THE END TIMES:
We believe that at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will be loosed, defeated, and cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. Following the Great White Throne Judgment, all those whose names are not written in the book of life will also spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. A new heaven and a new earth will then become the perfect abode of God, together with all believers for eternity.
SCRIPTURES: Rev 20:3, 7-10, 11-15; 21:1-5.
We believe in the literal fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of the Scriptures which foretell and assure the future restoration and regeneration of Israel as a nation.
SCRIPTURES: Ezek 37:11-14, 21-48; Dan 9:24; Rom 11:26-27.
CONCERNING THE CHURCH:
We believe that a New Testament church is a local, organized assembly of baptized believers with the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ. Each church is to be autonomous, indigenous, and independent. The church is governed, first, as a theocracy; and secondly, as a democracy. The officers of the church are Pastors also called Bishops, Overseers, Elders and deacons. The church is to observe two ordinances established by Jesus Christ: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
SCRIPTURES: Mat 28:18-20; Acts 20:28; 2:41, 47; Col 1:18; I Cor 5, 6, 16; I Tim 3:1-13; Tit 1:5-13.
CONCERNING THE ORDINANCES:
We believe that baptism is a symbol of the believer’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is strictly an act of obedience following conversion. Christ only gave authority to His church to baptize by full immersion in water.
SCRIPTURES: Mat 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; Rom 6:4-5.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the shed blood and broken body of the Lord. It is a reminder of the death of Christ and His future return. Participants are to be saved, and should belong to a church. Self-examination is to precede participation in the Lord’s Supper.
SCRIPTURES: Mat 26:26-29; Acts 2:41-42; I Cor 11:24-29;