1. We believe that
love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship,
proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament
churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ
upon which all others are dependent (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John
15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4, 5).
2. We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible
and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm
119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
3. We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
equal in divine perfection (Matt. 28:19).
4. We believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1; 2).
5. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man,
the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake
of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph.
6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).
6. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ
(Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
7. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14;
2 Cor. 5:19).
8. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ
in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4, 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4).
9. We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done
away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital
abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. chapters 12-14).
10. We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency
until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result
being that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12,
11. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary
for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isa. 53:6;
Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
12. We believe in
the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection
of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
13. We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ
as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the
resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will
be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment
in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven
age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6;
Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).
14. We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through
faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance
toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18;
Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts
sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John
3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).
15. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally
secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30;
Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).
16. We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He
chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt. 16:27;
Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).
17. We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry
on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally
baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission
of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing
body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it.
We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament
churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matt.
4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph.
18. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's churches:
Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of
penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament
church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper
is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing
the ordinance (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13;
1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 17-20, 26).
19. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church,
pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set
forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.
20. We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are,
and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches
21. We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government
and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations
of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7;
1 Peter 2:13-15).