what we believe

This condensed version of our doctrinal statement contains the scriptures that are the basis of our every teaching. You can examine these findings by delving into the scriptures for yourself.

  1. We believe in the infallible verbal inspiration of the whole Bible, II Tim. 3:16,17),
  2. The Triune God, Matt. 28: 19,
  3. The Genesis account of creation (Genesis Chapters 1 & 2),
  4. The Deity of Jesus Christ,
  5. The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, Matt. 1:20,
  6. His crucifixion and suffering as vicarious and substitutionary,
  7. The bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurection of His saints, I Cor. 15,
  8. The second coming of Christ, personal and bodily as the crowning event of this Gentile age, Acts 1:11,
  9. The Bible doctrine of eternal punishment of the finally impenitent, Matt. 25:46,
  10. We hold in common what real Baptists have ever held: that the Great Commission was given to the churches only. That in kingdom activities the church is the one and only unit that the churches have, and should exercise equal authority, and responsibility should be met by them according to their several abilities.
  11. Christ established his New Testament Church during his ministry on earth. The church is always a local, visible assembly of saved, baptized believers. To the churches, Jesus gave the Great Commission to carry out. Each church is an independent, self-governing body. The Lord promises the perpetuity of his churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 18:15-18, Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21).
  12.  All associations, fellowships, and committees are, and should be, servants of (controlled by) local churches (Matt. 20:25-28).
  13.  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).
  14.  Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; the requisites to new birth are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8,9; Rom. 8:9-11; I Cor. 6:19,20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).
  15.  All who trust in 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; I Peter 1:5).
  16. God deals with believers as his children – chastising the disobedient and rewarding the obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23, John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; II John 8; Rev. 22:12).
  17. Miraculous spiritual gifts – other than faith, hope, and love – were eliminated when the Bible was completed (I Cor. 12 - 14).
  18. There are only two church offices set forth in the Bible: Pastor and Deacon; these offices are to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Timothy and Titus.
  19. There are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: 1. Baptism — the immersion of penitent believers in water by the authority of a New Testament Church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 2. The Lord’s Supper — a memorial ordinance restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance. (Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 8:12,38; Rom. 6:4; I Cor. 5:11-13; I Cor. 11:1; I Cor 2:17-20,26)