Beliefs


The Bible
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, consisting of the sixty-six books as originally written (Genesis to Malachi, Matthew to Revelation) and that this Bible is the sole rule of faith and practice for the individual and the Church (Isaiah 8:20, Matthew 4:4,7,10, Mark 12:24, Luke 24:27,32,44,45, John 10:35)

God
There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29) who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is JEHOVAH; Father (Exodus 3:14), Son (Psalm 24:7-10 with James 2:1, Isaiah 40:3 with Matthew 3:3), Spirit (Exodus 17:7 with Psalm 81:11 with Hebrews 3:7, Numbers 12:6 with II Peter 1:21). Each is GOD; Father (Exodus 20:2), Son (John 20:28), Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). Each is a PERSON; Father (Genesis 1:26, 2:9), Son (John 1:15, 26-30), Spirit (John 14:26, 16:8-11).

Man
Man was originally created without sin (Genesis 1:26-31). That by voluntary disobedience he rebelled against God (Genesis 3:1-13). That thereby all men have inherited a sinful nature (Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12,21) and by their own acts (Romans 1:18-32, Revelation 20:12-15) and unbelief are condemned before God (John 3:18-20). That they that die in their sin shall perish (Romans 6:23). That man can be saved from the power and penalty of sin only through Jesus Christ who died for our sins (Matthew 1:21, Acts 4:12) according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:1-4, John 3:16). That, therefore, all men are called upon to repent (forsake sin) (Acts 17:30, Matthew 3:2, 4:17, Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38) and trust (rely on) Jesus to save them (John 1:12, 3:16, 14:1-6, Acts 16:30-31, Romans 10:13). That all such “saved” men are to walk humbly (Micah 6:8) and in the ways of holiness (Matthew 5:8, Romans 6:1-23, I Peter 1:15-16).

The Church
The Church may be viewed in two aspects:
a) The Church Universal is the invisible Body of Christ, composed of all believers in Christ in all ages, who are known only to God (II Timothy 2:19)
b) The Church Local is a gathered and visible company of baptized believers in Christ, who can testify to the saving grace of God in their lives. Is governed by itself under the headship of Christ and guided by His Holy Spirit (Matthew 18:20, Revelation 2:1, Acts 13:1-3, 15:22,28). Is to administer two ordinances: Baptism for Believers in Christ (Acts 2:41, 8:35-39) by Immersion (Romans 6:14, Acts 8:38). The Lord’s Supper, being a memorial feast (Luke 22:19) until He comes (I Corinthians 11:24-26). We do this in acknowledgement of our oneness with all believers in Christ everywhere (I Corinthians 10:17).

The Second Coming
We believe that Jesus Christ, who arose bodily from the grave, will come visibly again (Acts 1:11, Hebrews 9:28) to receive the Church to be with Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Eternal Life
We believe in the resurrection of both saved and unsaved, the saved to life everlasting, and the unsaved to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46).