We believe the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally and plenarily inspired, written by Spirit-controlled men. Therefore, it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter and is, and shall remain through the ages, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. It is the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Ps. 119:160; Lk. 24:25-27; Jn. 17:17; Lk. 24:44-45; Ps. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6; I Pet. 1:23; Rev. 22:19; Jn. 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Rom. 15:4; Lk. 16:31; Ps. 19:7-11; Jn. 5:45-47; Jn. 5:39.
We believe “Holy Bible” to mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not merely contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.We believe “inspiration” to mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent, eternal Spirit who is the planner, creator, maker, and sustainer of all things. He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love. We further believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Ex. 20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; Jn. 4:24; Ps. 147:5; Ps. 83:18; Pa. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. ]:17; Rom. 11:33; Mk. 12:30; Mt. 28:19; I Cor. 12:4-6; Jn. 10:30; Jn. 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor.2:l0-11; Phil 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; that He became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary through whom He entered into this world to reveal the Father and perform His will in the redemption of sinful men; that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death and shed blood on the cross as our substitutionary, vicarious sacrifice through which the Father was propitiated and believing men justified. This justification is certain and sealed by His literal, physical resurrection from death. We further believe that the risen Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. We further believe in the “blessed hope,” and the personal, inrminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church, and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish and rule over His millennial kingdom. Jn. 1:1,2,14; Lk. 1:35; Rom. 3:24,25; I Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 1:3-5; Acts 1:9,10; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24; Heb. 7:25; I Jn. 2:1-2; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Car, 15:51-58; I Thess. 1:10, 5:9; 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6.
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God: the Son and of the same nature; He was active in the creation; in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled; He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony to the glory of Christ; He is the agent in the new birth; He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, comforts, and helps the believer. We further believe that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance) is the evidence of His indwelling rather than speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations. Jn. 14:16-17; Mt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; Jn. 14:26; Lk. 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; Jn. 16:13-14; 1I Thess. 2:7; Jn. 16:8-11; Jn. 15:26-27; Acts. 5:30-32; Jn. 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Mt. 3:11; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:15; Jn. 1:33; Acts. 11:16; Lk. 24:49; Jn. 16:13; Jn. 14:26; Rom. 8:14; Rom 8:16; II Thess. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:16; Rom. 8:26-27; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:18-21.
We believe Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors but, through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels. Because of this action, 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 false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the Antichrist, and the author of all powers of darkness. He is destined to final defeat 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. Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; Jn. 14:30; I Pet. 5:8; I Thess. 3:5; Mt. 4:1,3; I Jn. 3:8; Mt. 13:25, 37-39; Lk. 22: 3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; I Jn. 4:3; II Jn. 7; I Jn. 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11,16,20; 12:7-9; 20:1-3,10; Mt. 25:41.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, literally and not allegorically or figuratively. Man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or theistic evolution from lower to higher forms. All animal and vegetable life were made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.” Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts. 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; Jn. 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts. 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:7,21-23; Gen. 1:11,24.
We believe man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but, by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy state. As a result, all are now sinners, not only by nature but also by choice, and are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Gen. 3:1-6,24; Rom. 5:12,19; 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1,3; Rom. 1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:32, 20,28; Gal. 3:22.
We believe Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father and conceived of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; and is both the Son of God and God the Son. Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:14; Ps. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I Cor. 15:47.
We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God. By the appointment of the Father, He freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and, by His death, made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. We further believe His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but in making Himself the voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place the Just dying for the unjust. Christ the Lord bore our sine in His own body on the tree. Having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and, by uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be the suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour. Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; Jn. 3:16; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 52:4-7; Rom. 3:25; I Jn. 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; Jn. 10:18; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11; Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 15:20; Isa. 53:12; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25; I Jn. 2:2.
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 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, nor by character, nor 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 repentance and faith and newness of life. Jn. 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Lk. 5:27; I Jn. 5:1; Jn. 3:6-7; Acts. 2:41; 16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; Jn. 3:8; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
We believe in God’s electing grace according to the good pleasure of His will. We further believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel. This rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Tit. 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Mt. 11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; Jn. 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts. 2:38; Isa. 55:7; Jn. 3:15-16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; Jn.5:40; Jn. 3:18,36; Eph. 1:5.
We believe justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believing sinner righteous, no longer under condemnation through the merits of Jesus Christ to whom the sinner is united by faith. Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9;5:1; Tit. 3:5-7; Rom. 1:17; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:1-8; Heb. 10:38.
We believe sanctification has a threefold meaning: (1.) that things, days, or persons are setapart specifically for God; (2.) that the believer, at the time of his regeneration, is so set apart by God the Father; and (3.) that the progressive work of the Holy Spirit, whereby the believer who is obedient to the Word of God experiences the power of the indwelling Christ for holiness of life and victory over the old nature, will be completed when he stands in Christ’s presence. I Cor. 1:30; Heb. 10:10,14; Col. 1:26-28; Jn. 17:17; I Thess. 5:23; II Cor. 3:18.
We believe repentance and faith are solemn obligations and inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. Thereby we, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, helplessness, and way of salvation by Christ, turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy. At the same time, we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confess Him as our only all-sufficient Saviour. Acts 20:21; Mk. 1:15; Acts 2:27-28; Lk. 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Ps. 51:1-4; Ps. 51:7; Isa. 55:6-7; Lk. 12:8; Rom. 9:11.
We believe a local New Testament church is a congregation of organized, immersed believers who are associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. These believers observe the two ordinances of Christ, are governed by His laws, and exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. We further believe that the church’s scripturally designated officers are pastor (elder) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; and that the true mission of the church is found in the threefold teaching of the great commission: (1.) to make individual disciples; (2.) to baptize them; and (3.) to teach and instruct them, as He has commanded.
We hold the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization; that the one and only Lord and Master 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; and that on all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41,42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11; I Cor. 12:4,8-11; Acts 14:23; 6:5-6; 15:23; 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-7; I Tim. 3:8-13; Mt. 28:18-20; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1; Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 16:2; 6:1-3; 5:11-13.
We believe each born-again believer is baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit at the time of his regeneration through Christ. The Body of Christ is referred to in the Word as the Bride of Christ and called by men “the universal church”. We further believe the universal church began on the day of Pentecost with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and will continue until Christ returns in the air and raptures His Bride. I Cor. 12:13; Acts 2:1,4:31; Eph. 1:22,23; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23,24.
We believe Christian baptism involves the believer’s immersion in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This ordinance shows forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We further believe that, in scriptural order, baptism precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in which the elements of the bread and the fruit of the vine remind us of the love of God in Christ Jesus, “Who spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all.” This ordinance is to be observed in anticipation of His coming, and preceded always by self-examination, Acts 8:36,38-39; Mt. 3:6; Jn. 3:23; Mt. 3:16; Rom. 6:4-5; 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Act 2:41-42; Mt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-28.
We believe there is a fundamental difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who 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. All those who continue in Impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death, and in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the last. Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 4:18; Ram. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts. 10:34-35; I Jn. 2:29; 3:7; Rom. 6:16; I Jn. 5:19; Rom 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Lk. 16:25; Mt. 25:34,41; Jn. 8:21; Mt. 7:13-14.
We believe civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society. Magistrates are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of conscience and Prince of the kings of earth. Rom. 13:1-7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Mt. 22:21; Ti. 3:1; I Pet. 2:17; Acts 5:29; 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18; Phil. 2:10-11; Ps. 72:11.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, His bodily ascension, and His High Priesthood. We further believe in the bodily, personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will come to catch away His Church, coming only in the air; that He will come with His Church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations; and that He will set up His kingdom. Mt. 28:6-7; Lk. 24:39; Jn. 20:27; I Car. 15:4; Mk. 16:6; Lk. 24:2,4-6; Acts 1:9, 11; Lk. 24:51; Mk. 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; 12:2; 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I Jn. 2:1; Heb. 2:17;5:1-10; Mt. 25: 31-45; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-21.
We believe God is sovereign in the bestowment of His gifts, that evangelists and pastor-teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. We further believe speaking in tongues, prophesying, and the working of sign-miracles ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed. I Cor. 12:4,11, 28; II Cor. 12:12 Eph. 4:7-12; I Cor. 13:8-10.
We believe that the solemn obligation and glorious privilege of the saved is to witness by life and word to the truths, admonitions, and directives of the Holy Scriptures. We also believe that the burden and effort of the local church should be to support approved Baptist missions in their endeavor to carry the Word and its message to all mankind. Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19,20.