What We Believe
A. We believe in the Bible as the inerrant, verbally inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). We believe that it affords the basis of our doctrine, practices, and habits of both public and private life; and that it is the supreme and final authority (Psalm 119:105, 109, 111, 130).
B. We believe in the trinity of the God-head: one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 6:27; Ephesians 4:6; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:3, 4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7).
C. We believe in the deity (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8); virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-23); substitutionary death (Romans 5:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8); bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 13-19; Mark 16:14; John 20:26-29); and the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial return of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18); and that all who believe in Him are justified on the sole ground of His shed blood (Romans 3:25; 5:1, 9); and receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life (Romans 8:30; Titus 3:7).
D. We believe in the perfect creation of Adam (Genesis 1:26), that he sinned (Genesis 2:17), fell, and became totally depraved (Romans 3:10-12); and that, consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature (Romans 3:23; 5:12). This nature results not only in physical death, but also in spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Romans 6:23).
E. We believe in the personality and work of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 16:8; Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:26); through whom men are regenerated (John 3:6) and led to repentance and faith (Romans 8:14); and that He convicts of sin (John 16:8-11); indwells believers (1 Corinthians 6:19), comforts (John 14:26; 16:7), and gives utterance to believers (Matthew 10:19; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13).
F. We believe in the universal (world-wide) aspect of the church as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 3:11), which includes all believers and is called “the general assembly and church of the firstborn” (Hebrews 12:23).
G. We believe in the local aspect of the church as a body of believers, independent and self-governing, whose duty is to observe the ordinances (see paragraph H), edify itself (Ephesians 4:11-13), glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21), and evangelize the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
H. We believe the ordinances of the church are the memorial of the Lord’s supper (1 Corinthians 11:26), and baptism by immersion for believers only (Acts 8:35-29), which is a prerequisite for church membership.
I. We believe in the need for members of the local assembly to live fully separated from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy (Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17).
J. We believe that the local church should remain separated from Ecumenical movements such as the World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, New Evangelicalism, the Charismatic Movement, etc (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
K. We believe in the existence of angels (Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 12:22), demons (Luke 8:30; Jude 6), and Satan (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Luke 10:18).
L. We believe in the eternal security of the believer (John 10:29; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 1 John 5:13) and in the bodily resurrection and translation of all believers at Christ’s return (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
M. We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of all unbelievers after the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15).
N. We believe in the eternal life and blessedness of the righteous and the eternal existence and punishment of the wicked (Revelation 21:27; Revelation 20:10-15).
O. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage relationship between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
P. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion, which constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life, is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18, Luke 1:44).
Q. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church, and the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in the respective biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 22:13-14).