Articles of Faith
The inspiration of the Bible.
We believe in the Holy Scriptures, accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts, an infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim 3:16.
The Doctrine of the Trinity.
We believe there is one God eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19; John 14:26, 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:4
The Deity of Christ.
We believe in the Deity of Christ; His virgin birth; His blood shed for our atonement; His bodily resurrection, and His bodily ascension into heaven where he is our intercessor. John 10:30, 38 14:10; 17:11, 22; Revelation 5:12
The Work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin. He makes believers children of God through the new birth, assures them of heaven and enables Christians, by His indwelling presence, to live a godly life. John 14:17, 16:8; 1 Corinthians 3:10; Romans 8:26.
The Depravity and Lost Condition of Man.
We believe that all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost and have within themselves no possible means of salvation. Romans 3:9-18, 23.
The Doctrine of Salvation.
We believe in Salvation by grace through faith. Salvation is a free gift of God and is received, not by any virtue or works of men (Eph. 2:8-9), but only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All true believers possess the gift of eternal life (Rom. 6:23), a perfect righteousness (Rom. 3:22), sonship in the family of God (1 John 3:20), and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish (John 10:29).
The Second Coming of Christ.
We believe in the pre-millennial second coming of Christ; that His return from heaven will be personal, visible and glorious. The timing has not been revealed but is always imminent. When He comes, He will first, by resurrection of the righteous dead and the translation of the righteous living, remove from the earth His waiting church and then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world. After which, He will descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal Kingdom on earth over all the nations for a thousand years. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:3; Colossians 3:4: 1 John 3:2.
The Doctrine of Satan.
We believe in the existence of Satan, the deceiver and prince of this present world. He was defeated and judged at the cross and his final doom is certain. He will be bound and cast into the lake of fire. 2 Thessalonians 2:8; John 12:31; Revelation 20:14-15.
The Eternal Destiny of Mankind.
We believe that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in heaven. Christ will judge their works at His second coming and determine their rewards. The spirits of the unsaved will at death descend immediately into hell until the final day of judgment at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged, and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment. 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Revelation 20:11-15.
The Priesthood of all Believers.
We believe in the priesthood of all believers. Christ is our great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest. The believer has the right and responsibility to study and interpret the Scriptures for himself as the Spirit Guides Him. Revelation 1:6, 5:10; Acts 10:21
The Doctrine of the Church.
We believe that the local New Testament Church is an organized body of born-again, baptized believers practicing scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission. Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23; Matthew 28:18-20.
The Ordinances of the Church.
We believe the two scriptural ordinances given to the local church are Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. In the Bible no one was ever baptized except by immersion. The very word “baptism” literally means to dip, to plunge, to submerge, or to immerse. Baptism shows our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. Baptism pictures the death of the old man, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection of a new life to be lived for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper typifies the suffering and shedding of the blood of Christ for our sins. It is a remembrance of the death of Christ for our atonement. Acts 8:12, 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
The Doctrine of Punishment and Blessings.
We believe in the everlasting conscious punishment of the wicked in hell and the everlasting, conscious blessedness of the saints in heaven. Matthew 25:46; Hebrews 10:28-31; Matthew 25:21.
Bible Version of Choice
This local church adheres to the exclusive use of the King James Version of the Bible in all of its ministry of preaching and teaching.