|The following comprise the Scriptural beliefs of this church and its members.
The Holy Scriptures.
plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed
and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six (66) books of the
Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The
Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning,
and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor. We
believe that The King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God and
shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (Ps. 12:6-8; 2 Tim. 3:16-17;
2 Pet. 1: 20-21)
determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man’s responsibilities in
successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely
ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of
these dispensations – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed
revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:
10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6)
Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory,
and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14;
John 14:10, 26)
The Person and Work of Christ.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
The Total Depravity of Man.
sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is
totally depraved and, 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)
personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for
the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit,
are forgivable. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Matt. 12:31-32; 1 John 1:
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.
their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious
apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from
all immodest and immoderate appearances. (Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:
14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19-20)
The Second Advent of Christ.
His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation,
Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic
Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech.
14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
The Eternal State.
The Personality of Satan.
Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be
eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41;
evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural
theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11)
institutions; 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these
authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and
governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities
and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right
to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign
in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7;
Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)
Divorce and Remarriage.
until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on
the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced
persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for
Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal.
2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)
human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life.
Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape,
incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control or the physical or
mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:
24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those who oppose us.
We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God
forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence
as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God
commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who
engages in such sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35;
Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21, 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)
Lawsuits Between Believers.
Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses
all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do
believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another
Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.
See Article XII. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)
all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group,
and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we
must use all available means to go to all the nations and not wait for them to come to us.
(Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)
to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has
established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other
offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in
need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to
direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. See Article XI. (Gen.
14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1
Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
the free will offerings of our friends. No promotional sales or fund raising events that
involve the buying and selling of goods in which the chief motive is the attainment of a
profit shall be allowed. Non-profit sales of tape recordings, videos, etc., shall be
allowable. (Matt. 21:12-13)
AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF FAITH
sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing
Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is
binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete
agreement with the Statement of Faith.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our
Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly,
most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive
for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its
prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it
a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; and to contribute cheerfully and
regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and
the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to
seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and all others; to walk circumspectly in the
world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment;
to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from worldly amusements; to be
free from all oath-bound secret societies and partnerships with unbelievers; to abstain from the
sale or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to
be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in
prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and
courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful
of the rules of our Savior, and to secure reconciliation without delay.
We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite
with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of
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