Our Beliefs

I. Concerning the Scriptures

We believe that the Bible, sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments, is without error in its original writing (1); its author was God (2); using Spirit-guided controlled men (3); being thereby verbally and plenarily inspired (4); it is the sole authority for faith and conduct (5).

Some places where taught: (1) Prov. 30:5, 6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18, 19. (2) II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 3:21; Jude 3. (3) II Pet. 1:19-21; II Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; I Cor. 2:13, 14. (4) II Tim. 3:16; Matt. 5:18; Gal. 3:16. (5) II Tim. 3:15; Rom. 1:16; I Cor. 10:6-12; Eph. 6:17; I Tim. 5:18; II Tim. 3:17; II Pet. 3:15, 16; John 10:35; Acts 17:11.

II. Concerning the True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God (1); an infinite, eternal, self-existing, perfect Spirit (2); He is a personal Being, the creator and upholder of the universe (3); in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (4); equal in essence and in every divine perfection (5); but having distinct functions (6).

Some places where taught: (1) Deut. 6:4, 5; Jer. 10:10. (2) John 4:24; James 1:17; Heb. 1:12. (3) Heb. 3:4; Ps. 139:1-16. (4) Matt. 28:19; Matt. 3:16, 17; II Cor. 13:14; Ps. 2:2; Isa. 48:16. (5) John 10:30; John 17:5; Phil. 2:5, 6; I Cor. 8:6. (6) John 3:16; John 15:26.

III. Concerning Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of Creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not figuratively (1); that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness and did not evolve from any lower form of life (2); that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God’s established law is that they bring forth only “after their kind” (3); and the work of creation was completed in six solar (24 hour) days (4).

Some places where taught: (1) Gen. 1:1-2:25; Heb. 11:3. (2) Gen. 1:26. (3) Gen. 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25. (4) Gen. 1:31; 2:1-2.

IV. Concerning the Fall of Man

We believe that man, although created without sin (1); by one transgression fell (2); so that all mankind are now sinners by state, disposition, and act (3); justly under condemnation. (4)

Some places where taught: (1) Gen. 1:27, 31; Eccl. 7:29; Gen. 2:16, 17. (2) Gen. 3:6. 7: Rom. 5:12, 19. (3) Eph. 2:2, 3; Isa. 53:6; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; Rom. 5:15-19: Rom. 8:7; John 3:6; Gal. 3:22. (4) John 3:18; Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 1:20, 32; 2:1-16; 3:19; Gal. 3:10; James 2:10.

V. Concerning the Way of Salvation

We believe that the only way of salvation for sinners is by grace (1); made possible by the substitutionary death of the Son of God (2); Who, though eternally God (3); was born of the virgin Mary (4); lived a perfect, sinless life (5); shed His precious blood on the cross (6); arose bodily from the grave (7); and ascended to reign on high (8).

Some places where taught: (1) Eph. 2:8; I John 4:10; Acts 15:11; John 14:6; Acts 4:12. (2) John 3:16; Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 18:11; Heb. 2:9, 14; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 3:25, 26: I Cor. 15:3; Heb. 9:14, 15; II Cor. 5:14, 15. (3) John 8:58; Phil. 2:6, 7; John 1:1, 14; John 17:5. (4) Matt. 1:20-25; Luke 1:30-35; Isa. 7:14; Gal. 4:4, 5. (5) II Cor. 5:21: Heb. 5:8, 9; Phil 2:8. (6) Eph. 1:7; I Pet 1:19. (7) Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6, 7; John 20:9; Rom. 4:25; I Cor. 15:4-8. (8) Acts 1:9; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 4:14; Heb. 1:3; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34.

VI. Concerning the Benefits of Salvation

We believe that all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified, their sin is pardoned (1); and the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed to them (2); that they are regenerated or born again (3); manifesting repentance and faith (4); and that such true believers grow in grace (5); and shall endure to the end (6).

Some places where taught: (1) Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:1, 2; Isa. 53:11, 12; Rom. 8:1; Zech. 13:1; Acts 10:43; Titus 3:7; I John 2:12. (2) II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:17, 19; Phil. 3:9; Rom. 3:24-26; Rom. 4:22-25; I Cor. 1:30. (3) John 3:3-8; I Pet. 1:23; I Cor. 2:14; Ezek. 36:26; Rom. 5:5; Col. 3:10; Rom. 8:9. (4) Acts 3:19; Rom. 10:9-13; Ps. 51:3-7; Rom. 1:17; Acts 16:31; Acts 17:30; 20:21; Luke 18:13; II Cor. 7:11; Heb. 11:6. (5) II Pet. 3:18; I Pet. 2:2; Col. 3:1, 2, 8-17; Rom. 6:22; Eph. 4:24; Gal. 5:16; Gal. 5:22-25; Phil. 2:12, 13. (6) John 8:31; Phil. 1:6; John 6:39; I John 2:19; John 10:27-29; Jude 24, 25; II Cor. 13:5.

VII. Concerning Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is presented in three phases in Scripture: that believers have been made partakers of Christ’s holiness (1); that they are being progressively sanctified (2); and that they will be completely sanctified at His glorification (3); We further believe that there is no complete eradication of the old nature in progressive sanctification (4); and that speaking in tongues is not a sign of either regeneration or sanctification, nor is the New Testament gift of tongues in existence today, but has ceased (5).

Some places where taught: (1) Heb. 10:10; I Cor. 6:11; I Cor. 1:30. (2) John 17:17; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 4:15; Eph. 5:26, 27; I Thess. 4:3; Rom. 1:17; II Cor. 3:18. (3) Col. 3:4; Phil. 3:21; Prov. 4:18; Phil. 2:12, 13; Eph. 1:4; II Pet. 1:5-8; I John 3:2. (4) Phil. 3:12-16; Gal. 5:17; Rom. 7:18-25. (5) Acts 2:8; 10:46; I Cor. 14:19; I Cor. 12:11, 30; I Cor. 13:8.

VIII. Concerning the Local Church

We believe that a local church is a congregation of baptized believers (1); associated together by a common faith and fellowship in the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ (2); and governed by His Word (3); seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth; that its only Scriptural officers are bishops (or pastors) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus (4).

Some places where taught: (1) Acts 2:41, 42. (2) Matt. 28:19, 20; I Cor. 11:23-26. (3) II Tim. 3:15, 16. (4) I Tim. 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-9.