We believe the Bible. We believe it to be the literal Word of God from start to finish. We believe it to be inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative in everything it says. We believe that the God who inspired it is the God who has preserved it for each generation and will until the end of time.
This Statement of Faith is neither exhaustive in content nor thorough in any subject, but does state forth the basics of Bible-believing Christianity. We want all to know that we believe the soul-saving, life-changing message of God’s Holy Word, and preach and teach it without apology.
I. THE BIBLE. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God and are the only infallible, inerrant rule of faith (what we believe) and practice (how we live). We believe the King James Bible to be authoritative in every matter it addresses. It is the eternal message of God to man. All preaching and teaching will be from the King James Bible only. (Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:89; II Timothy 3:16, 17; Isaiah 8:20; I Thessalonians 5:21)
II. GOD. There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver, and Righteous Governor of the universe, and in Scripture we see that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost make up the Godhead, yet as one God infinitely wise and good, who alone is worthy of our supreme love and worship. (Deuteronomy 6:4; I John 5:7; John 4:24; Psalm 83:18; Exodus 15:11; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18)
III. JESUS CHRIST. Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; in His divine nature truly God; in His human nature, truly man; 100% both. The mediator between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glorified and is our ever present Saviour and Lord. He is the virgin-born, sinless, eternally begotten Son of God. (John 1:1-4, 14; Philippians 2:5-11; John 3:16)
IV. THE HOLY GHOST. The Scriptures assign to the Holy Ghost all the attributes of God. He is personal and indwells every believer. He is the Reprover, Comforter, Guide, Sanctifier, and the Seal of our Redemption. (John 16:7-14; John 14:16, 17, 26; Matthew 3:16, 17; Ephesians 1:13, 14)
V. THE SINFULNESS OF MAN. Man was created innocent, but by disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation. His posterity, as a result of the Fall, inherit a fallen nature of such tendencies that all who come to the age of accountability sin and become guilty before God. (Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:12)
VI. TERMS OF SALVATION. Salvation is a free gift offered by God to man wholly based on grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (a genuine “born-again” experience). The Holy Ghost convicts the sinner, regenerates the one who believes, indwells, seals, instructs, reproves, and guides the believer that is wholly yielded to Him. (Romans 6:23)
VII. FREEDOM OF WILL. The human will is free and self controlled, having power to yield to the influence of truth and the Spirit and live, or to resist them and perish. (Revelation 22:17; Romans 10:3; Romans 6:16)
VIII. PERSEVERANCE. All believers in Christ are saved by grace through faith and kept by the power of God through faith. Salvation results when a man exercises faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. In doing so, the finished works of Christ settle his account in Heaven. Perseverance is the sustaining grace of God. (Ephesians 2:8; I Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 10:38, 39; Jude 24; Philippians 1:6)
Those who die without Christ will go straight to hell to await the final White Throne Judgment where they will be sentenced to spend eternity in the literal Lake of Fire and Brimstone. (John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 5:10; I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15)
X. HEAVEN. The Scriptures declare that Heaven is a definite place reserved for the saved. It is indescribably beautiful and the eternal reward that God has for all who have been born again. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10, 11; Revelation 21:1, 2)
XI. HELL. The Scriptures tell us that Hell is a terrible, eternal reality for all who die in their sin. As Heaven is indescribable beauty, Hell is indescribable horror. The Bible states the fire and torment of Hell to be an inescapable, eternal reality. (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 19:20 & 20:10; Luke 16:23, 28; Luke 13:27, 28)
XII. GOSPEL ORDINANCES. Baptism is the immersion of believers in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; also expressing to the world the Christian’s death to sin and being raised into newness of life. It is an outward symbol of what takes place on the inside, as one trusts Christ as his Saviour. Baptism takes place only after conversion. (Romans 5:4; Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:12; Titus 3:5)
XIII. LORD’S SUPPER. The Lord’s Supper is taken when the members of the church meet together to commemorate the dying love of Christ by the use of bread and wine (grape juice). The Lord’s Supper should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. (I Cor. 11:23-30)