STATEMENT OF FAITH
This is a succinct overview of what we believe the Bible to teach.
Article 1: The Holy Scriptures
Article 2: The Godhead
Article 3: The Person & Work of Jesus Christ
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification was made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25).
C. We believe that the Lord 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. (Acts 1:9-10; Rom 8:34; I Cor. 15:1-4, 20-25; Heb. 9:24; I John 2:1-2)
D. We believe in the “blessed hope” — the personal, bodily, pretribulational, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt.24:44; John 14:1-3; I Thes. 4:14-18; Titus 2:11f).
Article 4: The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
B. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (I Cor. 2:9-16; Eph. 1:17-18, 5:18; I John 2:20, 27).
C. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses pastors and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph 4:7-12).
D. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues never has been a common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling with the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness and death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God may choose to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing (I Cor. 1:22, 13:8;
Article 5: Creation
Article 6: Spirit Beings
Article 7: Mankind
Article 8: Salvation
B. We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8).
C. 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 to justify worldly sinfulness (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
Article 9: Christian Growth
Article 10: The Local Church
B. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught, defined and exemplified in the New Testament (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; Titus 1:5-11).
C. We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
D. We believe that the Bible teaches that the following offices of the church should be held by men only: Pastor, Assistant Pastor(s), and deacons (I Tim 2:12; Acts 15).
Article 11: Ordinances
A. Baptism – We believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed in the scriptures, that it has no saving power, but is only for those already saved; and that the new birth, which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is the scriptural prerequisite to baptism; therefore, only those old enough to believe for themselves should be baptized (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 10:47-48; Rom. 6:3-5).
B. Lord’s Supper – We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the death of Christ and that only those who have been saved through faith in his atoning blood and are walking in obedient fellowship with Him ought to partake of it. We do not believe in closed communion (Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:23-32).
Article 12: Separation
A. Political separation – The separation of the church from the state (Luke 20:25).
B. Personal separation – The separation of the believer from the world and sin in order to serve God. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. Therefore, personal separation involves a separation from acts of sin, the world system, heretics and false teachers (Josh 24:15; Rom. 12:1-2, 14; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; Titus 3:10; I John 2:15-17).
C. Ecclesiastical separation – The separation of the church from apostasy. While recognizing the unity of all true believers, it is also evident that unbelief and error in many organized fellowships has developed to the point where recognized apostasy exists. We believe we are to reprove apostates rather than recognize them, to rebuke rather than reason with them, to reject rather than receive or unite with them. We believe that loyalty to Christ also demands separation from those groups content to walk with or tolerate religious unbelief (II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-15; II Tim. 4:2-4; II John 10-11).
D. Familial separation – The separation of the believer from an erring brother, when doctrinal or ethical compromise creeps into their lives or ministries. We believe that we must separate from those brethren who continue in disobedience to the Word of God (Rom.16:17; I Cor. 5:11; II Thes. 3:6,14-15).
Article 13: Missions
Article 14: Giving
Article 15: Moral Issues
B. Human Sexuality – We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24, 19:5, 13, 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1, 6:9; I Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
C. Divorce and Remarriage – We believe that marriage is a divine institution and God intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. We believe divorce is a distortion of God’s institution of marriage. Scripture does teach that there is one circumstance in which divorce can be initiated (though not required) — in the case of unrepentant sexual unfaithfulness. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons will be encouraged to hold positions of service in the local church and may 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. 5:31-32, 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Tim. 3:1-7, 12; Titus 1:6).
Article 16: Civil Government
Article 17: Future Events
Article 18: Final Destinies
B. We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain until the resurrection of the body at the rapture when soul and body reunited shall stand before Christ to be judged of their Christian works for the giving of rewards; and they shall then be associated with Him forever in glory (I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:10; 1 Thes. 4:13-18).
C. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection at the end of the millennium for judgement; the result of this judgement will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; II Thes. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15).