WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT:

The Scriptures § The True God § The Holy Spirit § The Devil § Creation
The Fall of Man § The Virgin Birth § The Atonement for Sin § Grace in the New Creation
The Freeness of Salvation § Justification § Repentance and Faith § The Church
Baptism and the Lord's Supper § The Perseverance of the Saints § The Righteous and the Wicked § The Civil Government
The Resurrection & Return of Christ and Related Events § Missions § The Grace of Giving

 

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men, supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

(Explanatory)

  1. By ‘The Holy Bible’, we mean the collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God; and is preserved in the English King James Version of 1611.
  2. By ‘inspiration’, we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired. 

II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalms 119:160.

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THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God.  An infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the God-head there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in ever divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20:2-3; Genesis 17:1; I Corinthians 8:6.

    1. God is omnipresent – everywhere present
    2. God is omniscient – all knowing
    3. God is omnipotent – all powerful

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THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts the sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that he seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14

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THE DEVIL OR SATAN

We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world.  We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of all the powers of darkness – destined however to be finally defeated at the hands of God’s Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:9

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THE CREATION

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was – they should bring forth only ‘after their kind’.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3.

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THE FALL ON MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 1:18; Romans 5:12.

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THE VIRGIN BIRTH

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is born the Son of God, and God the Son.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14.

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THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but as the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust.

Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection.  He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-7.

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GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of the repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1.

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THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner of earth but their own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 4:12; Isaiah 55:6-7.

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JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the great blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood.  His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Titus 3:5-7.

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REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our sols by the quickening Spirit of God; there by, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
Acts 20:21; Psalms 51:1-4; Psalms 51:7; Romans 10:9-11.

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THE CHURCH

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word;  that its officers of ordination are pastors, and deacon, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. 
We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission:  First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded.
We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. 
We believe that the already formed church was empowered at Pentecost.  We find no Scriptural evidence to uphold the doctrine of the “Universal, Invisible Church” nor do we agree with this doctrine.  We believe “Independent” Baptist Church distinctives are as follows:

  1. A church that is self-governing.
  2. A church with a Bible centered program; the sole authority of the church is the Word of God.

Acts 2:41; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23.

We believe that a New Testament church, according to divine purpose and plan, is a visible, local, organized, body; that it is composed of baptized believers associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the gospel; that New Testament validity flows from strict obedience to essential principles of New testament law; That it is a sovereign, independent, democratic, and militant body; that its ministry is gloriously blessed with the presence and leadership of the Holy Spirit and the light and revelation of the written Word; that its work should ever be from within to without and never form without to within; that it is a self-governing body and is the sole judge, under the limitations of the Scriptures, of the measure and method of cooperation; that its judgment concerning membership, missions, benevolence, cooperative alignments, and support is final; that it was personally founded by Christ Jesus during His ministry on earth; that it is subject to His Laws and is the custodian of His ordinances; that the perpetuity of our faith, our doctrines and practices, ordinances and ordinations, has been effected through the Holy Spirit personally planting and preserving local Baptist churches of like faith and order down through the centuries even until now.

Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 1:1-3; Acts 2:41-42; II Corinthians 8:5;
Matthew 16:18-19 and 18:15-17; John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8 and 13:1-4;
Matthew 18:17-18; Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 28:19-20; I Timothy 3:15;
Mark 3:13-14; and Luke 6:12-13.

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BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; with the authority of the local church to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour; symbolic of our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s Supper; in which, the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; proceeded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4-5; I Corinthians 11:23-34; Luke 22:19-20.

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THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the great mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
John 8:31; I John 2:19; John 10:28.

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THE RIGHEOUS AND THE WICKED

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Malachi 3:18; Romans 6:17; Proverbs 11:31.

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CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
Romans 13:7; II Samuel 23:3; Matthew 22:21.

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THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily the third day according to the Scriptures; that He ascended to the right hand of the throne of God; that He alone is our merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God; ‘That this same Jesus which was taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven…’ bodily, personally and visibly; that the ‘dead in Christ shall rise first;’ that the living saints ‘shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;’ ‘that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David;’ and that ‘Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.’
Matthew 28:6-7; Like 24:39; Revelation 20:6.

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MISSIONS

We believe the command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches.
Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8.

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THE GRACE OF GIVING

Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the Faith. 
We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week. 
We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury of the church.
II Corinthians 8:7, I Corinthians 16:2, Malachi 3:10.

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