The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments
to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The
sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete
and divine revelation of God to man, and therefore, are
the final authority for faith and life (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet.
We believe in the one Triune God, eternally existing in
three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each
co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in
power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections
(Gen 1:1; Deut 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 10:30, Acts 5:3-4;
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son
of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been
conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary
in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
(Isa 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21;
Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious,
substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification was
made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the
dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1:7: 1 Pet 1:3-5,
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven
and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our
High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative,
Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor.
15:1-4, 20-25; Heb. 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2).
We believe in the “blessed hope” the personal,
bodily, pretribulational, premillenial, imminent return
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt 24:44; John 14:1-3;
1 Thess. 4:14-18; Titus 2:11-13).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts
the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and
that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing
all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing
them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom.8:9;
1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers
to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it
is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled
with the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:9-16; Eph. 1:17-19; 5:18; 1 John2:20,
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual
gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses pastors and teachers
to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can
do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11,
28 Eph. 4:7-12).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such
as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary.
We believe that speaking in tongues never has been a common
or necessary sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and
that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death
awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection
though God may choose to answer the prayer of believers
for physical healing (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8;14:21-22).
We believe in the direct creation by God of the physical
universe, all spirit beings, man, and lower forms of life,
without the process of evolution, and also that the early
chapters of Genesis are literal and accurate history. God
sustains all creation but exists in no necessary relationship
to it (Gen. 1, 2; Col. 1:15-17; John 1:3).
We believe that God created an innumerable company of
sinless spirit beings. One of these, though created holy
by God, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan, the
Devil, the enemy of his Creator, leading a host of angles
in rebellion against God. He became the god of this age
and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined
to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of
fire (Ezek. 29:12-17; Matt 25:41; II Cor. 4:3-4; Eph. 2:22;
Col. 1:16; Heb. 12:22; Rev. 12:7-9; 20:10).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that
he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but
also the spiritual death which is separation from God, and
that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and
are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined
to evil, and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal
ruin without defense or excuse (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; Ps.
58:3; Rom. 1:20; 5:12-21; Cor. 2:14).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to
men by grace and received by personal faith in Jesus Christ,
whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our
sins (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter1:18-19).
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s
power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40;
10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5).
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice
in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony
of God’s Word which, however, clearly forbids the
use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom.
13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
We believe in the personal, bodily, pretribulational,
premillennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ (Matt 24:44; John 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 4:4-18; Titus
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,
We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death
immediately pass into His presence, and there remain until
the resurrection of the body at the rapture when soul and
body reunited shall stand before Christ to be judged of
their Christian works for the giving of rewards; and they
shall then be associated with Him forever in glory (1 Cor.
3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Thes. 4:13-19).
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death
in conscious misery until the final resurrection at the
end of the millennium for judgment; the result of this judgment
will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not
to be annihilated but to be punished with everlasting separation
from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His
power (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thes. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15).
The Local Church
We believe that the local church is a company of believers
in Jesus Christ; baptized on an acceptable confession of
faith; associated for worship, work, fellowship, observance
or the ordinances, and the spread of the Gospel to all the
world; and having two offices; pastor and deacon, which
positions are to be held by men only (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts
1:8; 2:41-42; 10:47-48; Phil 1:1-1; Tim 2:12; 3:1-13; Heb.
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local
church is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament
Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of
any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31;
20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:407, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).
We believe in water baptism by immersion (Matt 28:19-20;
Acts 2:38; 10:47-48; Rom 6:3-5) and the Lord’s Supper
(Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:23-32) as the Scriptural ordinances
of obedience for the church in this age.
We believe that separation is a doctrine as well as a
practice and that the separation principle runs through
the entire Bible. We believe that true spiritual fellowship
is the result of common faith and practice. We believe there
are several aspects of biblical separation.
Political separation: the separation of the church from
the state (Luke 20:25).
Personal separation: the separation of the believer from
the world and sin in order to serve God (Josh 24:15; Rom
12:1-2; 14; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; Titus 3:10; 1
John 2:15-17; 4:1,2; 2 John 10-11).
Ecclesiastical separation: the separation of the church
from apostasy (II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-15; II Tim 4:2-4;
1 John 10-11).
Familial separation: the separation of the believer from
an erring brother, when doctrinal or ethical compromise
creeps into his life or ministry (Rom. 16:17; I Cor. 5:11;
2 Thes. 3:6, 14-15).
We believe that God has given the 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 we must use all available means to go to
the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us
(Mark 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts
1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).