We believe that the Holy Bible is written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, Salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain until the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We use the authorized King James Version in all our study and preaching in English. (II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:2; Ps 12:6-7; Mat 24:35)
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent spirit; the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; I John 5:7)
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 Ghost and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
We believe that 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. (Isa 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; II Cor. 5:19-21; Phil. 2:5-8)
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, immediately indwelling and sealing them unto the day of Redemption.
We believe that he is the Devine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege of all saved to be indwelled by the Spirit. We believe that the signed gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, and the gift of healing were temporary, ending with the culmination of the Scriptures. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the Resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of the believers for physical healing. (John 16:8-11; I Cor 12:12-14; Eph 1:13-14; I John 2:20, 27)
Man & Sin:
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race failed, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen 1:26,27; Rom 3:22,23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
Salvation & Eternal Security:
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
I believe that repentance is an ESSENTIAL ingredient in the doctrine of salvation. Repentance is a change of heart and mind that results in a change of action. In salvation we literally turn (repent) of our sin and accept Christ as our only Saviour, becoming a new creature in Christ and changing our lives to live for Him.
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. 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. (John 1:12; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; I John 5:13-15; Gal 5:13)
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not on any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us. (Acts 13:39; Rom 5:9; 8:1; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38)
Church: (Origin, offices and ordinances)
We believe that the Local Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born again persons. We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament; and in the autonomy of the local church is free of any external authority or control. We recognize two scriptural offices which are that of pastor and deacons. We recognize baptism by emersion and the Lord's Supper as the scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.
(Eph 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; 20:17; I Tim 3 1-13; Mat 28:19-20; I Cor 11:23-26)
Things to Come:
We believe the Scriptures teach both a physical and literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth, His return will be in two distinct phases separated by a seven year period of tribulation. In the first phase of His coming, Jesus will call His saints (both dead and alive) from the earth to meet Him in the air. At that time He will escort His bride to heaven to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. The second phase culminates in Jesus Christ returning to dwell on earth for a period of 1000 years. During this time, He will set up His kingdom and throne in the city of Jerusalem on Mount Zion. At the end of the 1000 year millennium, there will be a final battle between Christ and Satan. Christ's victory will result in Satan being cast into the Lake of Fire. (I Thess 4:13-18; I Cor 15:51; Mat 24:29-31; Rev 20:2,7,10)
Historic Baptist Principles (Distinctives):
-The preeminence of Christ as our divine Lord and Master.
-The supreme authority of the Bible and its sufficiency as our only rule of faith and practice.
-The right of private interpretation of the Bible and the competency of the individual soul in direct approach to God. (Priesthood of the Believer)
-The absolute separation of Church and State.
-A saved and baptized Church membership.
-The ordinances of believer's baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper in obedience to the command of Christ.
-The complete independence and autonomy of the Church.
-The solemn obligation of majority rule, guaranteeing equal rights to all and affording special privileges to none.
-The spiritual unity of all believers for which the Savior so earnestly prayed.
-A world-wide program of missionary fervor and evangelism in obedience to the final command of the Lord Jesus Christ.