We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired Holy Spirit and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Isaiah 8:20; I Thessalonians 5:21
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, ever living, eternal God, intelligent Spirit, infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose, in His absolute, indivisible deity who's name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and supreme ruler of Heaven and earth; that He is inexpressibly glorious and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. We Believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three manifestations - the Father, the Son , and the Holy Spirit - equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. We believe He has revealed Himself as the Father in Creation, through the Son in redemption and the Holy Spirit by emanation. We believe that the fullness of the godhead bodily dwells in the man Christ Jesus, and these three are one. That Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no man can be saved and come to the Father but by Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 4:4-6; 2 Cor 5:19; 1 John 5:7-8; John 4:21; Psalm 83:18; Exodus 15:11; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Eph 2:18; John 14:8-9; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9.
The Son Of God
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son born of the Virgin Mary, born under the law, to redeem us from the law. Gal 4:4-5. In Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Col 2:9. That God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. 2 Cor 5:19. That no man can come unto the Father unless he comes through Jesus the Christ. He is the only way to salvation and to heaven.
The Fall Of Man
We believe that in the beginning man was created in the image of God in absolute true holiness to the law of His Maker, created man innocent, pure and holy, but yielded to the temptation of the serpent; which caused man to fall from that holy and happy state. In consequence of which all mankind are sinners. Being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God. Positively inclined to evil, and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse. Gen 1:27, 31; Gen 3:6-24; Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 18:19, 20; Rom 1:20; Rom 5:12-19.
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our soul to God, confessing ourselves as sinners, receiving forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood atonement for sinners, witnessed by the definite change from sin to righteousness. Jesus alone is the only and all sufficient Saviour. Acts 17:30; 11:18; 1 John 1:9; Mark 1:5; Acts 11:18; Eph 2:8; Acts 2:37-38; Romans 10:9-10.
We believe our redemption has been accomplished solely by the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made sin for us, dying in our form and stead, rising again from the dead, ascending with His glorified body to the right hand of God, and by believing in His finished work, we are justified before God, cleansed of all our sin and redeemed from the curse of the law. John 3:3; Rom 5:1; 10:9-10; Acts 13:39; 2 Cor 5:14-21; Gal 2:16, 3:13; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Tit 2:14; Rev 5:9.
Baptism in Water
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer and we administer it in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, through the authority given us in Jesus Name to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Acts 8:36-39; John 3:22-23; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:41-42.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Baptism into Holy Spirit is for believers and is obtained by obedience (Acts :38-39; 5:31-32), by asking (Luke 11:13), on of the evidence is speaking in other tongues as Holy Spirit gives utterance, this is a distinct, separate, and subsequent experience to conversion; also that it is the standard for the normal Christian experience since Pentecost.
The Gifts of Holy Spirit
We believe the gifts of Holy Spirit should be manifested in the local church today, and that all Spirit-filled believers should earnestly covet the best gift for the edification and up-building of the church. We believe that there are nine gifts of the Spirit, that they will remain in the church for our edification until He comes. That all the gifts should work at all times by love, and be manifested decently and in order. That God would not have us to be ignorant concerning these gifts. And that the spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace in all churches of the saints. We believe that all manifestations of the gifts are to be judged by the spiritual leadership of the local church. 1 Cor 12; 14:1; I Cor 12:1-12; Romans 12:4,6,8; Eph 4:11; I Cor 12; I Cor 14:18,19,26,32,33; I Cor 14.
The Fruit of the Spirit
We believe the Spirit filled believer will produce the fruit of the Spirit in their lives and their walk will be according to godliness and holy living.Gal 5:22-23; 1 John 2:6; 1 Pet 1:16, Tit 2:11-13; 2 Cor 7:1; James 5:20; Philippians 2:4; I Peter 4:8-9; Colossians 3:14; I Cor 13:1-3.
Tithes and Offerings
We believe that tithing is God's financial plan to provide for His work, and has been since the days of Abraham. Tithing comes with faith under Abraham; Moses' law enjoined it, and Israel practiced it when she was right with God; Jesus endorsed it (Matt 23:23), and Paul said to lay by in store as God has prospered you. Do not rob God of His portion, i.e., tithes and offerings (Mal 3). We believe as the tithe is the Lord’s, we don’t have the right to steal it, borrow it, withhold it, divert it, or use it. Tithing is God’s plan before the law, during the law and after the law. We pay it because God commands it, because we enjoy it and because we owe it. We believe that the tithe and offerings are the only biblical means whereby the local body is sustained and the Gospel carried to the Nations. That all tithes and offerings should be given into the local church body so there may be meat (solid teachings from the Word of God and the power of His Spirit) in the house, for records, tax purposes and distribution. Leviticus 27:30; Genesis 14:20; Matthew 5:7; Hebrews 7:2-5,8; Genesis 28:22; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 23:23; Deuteronomy 14:22; II Chronicles 31:5; Luke 11:42; Acts 5:1-10; Nehemiah 13:12; I Cor 16:2; Malachi 3:8-10
Ministry Gifts to the Church
We believe in the full operation of the Five-Fold ministry gifts that Christ gave to the church, (Eph 4:7-16), they are for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body, for the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, for the maturing of the church, to see her rise up in glory and power and to see all things summed up in Christ Jesus. Eph 4:7-16; Acts 21:8-9; II Timothy 4:5; I Cor 12:7,26-30; Romans 12:6-8.
Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again in person just as He went away. This is very clearly set forth by the Lord Himself and was preached and taught in the early Christian Church by the Apostles. Hence the children of God today are looking forward to the glorious event. Matt 23,24; Acts 1:11, 3:19-21, 1 Cor 11:26; Phil 3:20; 1 Thess 4:14-17.
The Final Judgment
We believe, that there will be a great and final judgment as recorded in the Word of god. Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:11-15. This is the judgment of the unjust where all the wicked are judged and all those who have never made Jesus the Lord of their life and who’s names are not found in the Book of Life shall be cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone, which God has prepared for the devil and his angles, Satan himself being cast in first. Matt. 25:41; Rev. 7-15; 21:8.
We believe that all followers of Christ should partake of communion, or Lord's Supper, in remembrance of His Death until He comes again. We believe that the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and wine are to commemorate the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always by solemn self examination. Luke 22:19-20; Matt 26:26-28; 1 Cor 11:23-34.
We believe in the practice of foot washing. John 13:2-17; 1 Tim 5:9-10.
We believe healing is in the atonement, that God is still the Healer of His people, and that the church should recognize and practice this ministry as directed by the Lord Himself and practiced by the early church. Ex 15:26; Isa 3:5; Mk 16:18; James 5:14; Heb 13:8.
Our Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who, by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature; that being conceived by Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, yet without sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour. Eph 2:8; Hebrews 7:25; John 3:16; Colossians 2:9; Isaiah 53 4-5; Philippians 2:16-17; Hebrews 2:18.
We believe that the great Gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life in principles of righteousness; that is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that justification brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:9; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:1-2.
Our Freeness Of Salvation
We believe that the blessing of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that is the immediate duty of all to accept them by the cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. Isaiah 55:1; John 5:30; Romans 16:25-26; John 3:19.
Our Grace In Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that reseneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its power evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; John 3: 8; I Peter 1:22-25; Ephesians 5:9; Galatians 5:16-23.
Of God’s Purpose Of Grace
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, God’s purpose comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that grace is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. I Timothy 1:8-9; II Thessalonians 2:13-14; Exodus 33: 18-19; II Timothy 2:10;
II Peter 1:10-11.
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness, that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means - especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. I Thessalonians 4:3; I John 2:29; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13.
Of The Perseverance Of The Saints
We believe that such only real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes the from superficial professors, that special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith in salvation. John 3:31; I John 2:19; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6.
Of The Harmony Of The Law And The Gospel
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen man to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; and that the one great end of the Gospel is to deliver them from this inability and to restore them, through a Mediator, to unfeigned obedience to the holy law and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. Romans 3:31; Romans 7-12; Romans 8:7-8; Romans 8: 2-4.
Of A Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that it’s scriptural officers are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, Teachers, Bishops, Elders, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles. I Corinthians 12:27-31; Ephesians 4:7-16; Matthew 18:17; I Corinthians 1:1-13; I Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:41-42; I Timothy 3; Titus 1.
Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the Kings of the earth, Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Matthew 23:10.
Of The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds men both in and after death; that those who are wicked, will after leaving this life, live in everlasting punishment in hell. Malachi 3:18; Romans 1:17; I John 5:19; Luke 16:25; Isaiah 5:14; Matthew 25:41; Psalm 9:17; Revelation 9:2; Revelation 20:11-15.
Of The World To Come
We believe that the end of this age is approaching. I Peter 4:7. We believe in "That Blessed Hope" - the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the resurrection of those who are asleep in Christ, that those who remain will be caught up to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. Acts 24:15; Matthew 24: 31-46; Revelation 22:11.