What We Believe
Our Statement of Faith
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;
(Exo 20:2)I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
(Exo20:3)Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love
(Jer 10:10)But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
That in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
(Mat 28:19)Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
We Believe that 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; The Holy Spirit bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God having been conceived by the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner and born of the virgin Mary as no other man was born or can be born of woman. He is both the Son of God and God the Son; and, that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
(John 1:1)In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:2)The same was in the beginning with God.
(John 1:14)And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.,
We believe that man was created in innocence and holiness and in the image and likeness of God and having perfect fellowship with God. He by voluntary transgression of the Lord's command, fell from the state in which he was created in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, are alienated from God, and are sinners by nature and by conduct.
(Rom 5:12)Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
(Rom 5:18)Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
(Rom 5:19)For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
(Rom 5:20)Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
(Rom 5:21)That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; 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
(John 3:3)Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
(John 3:6)That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(John 3:7)Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
That the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus;
(2 Cor 5:17)Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has 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.
By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
By "inspiration" we 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 and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
(2 Pet 1:20)Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
(2 Pet 1 21)For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
We believe that a Baptist Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. The church being understood to be the citadel and propagator of the Divine and Eternal Grace; that its officers of ordination are pastors 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: Matt. 28:19-20 First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded.
We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit;
We believe 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 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; (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9)
He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. Satan is the ruler of this world in that he controls the lives of all unsaved men. (2Co 4:4; Eph 2:1-3; Re 12:9)
We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, Satan, meaning "accuser," is one of the titles of the enemy of God (Re 12:9-10)
He is the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness. He is destined however to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Jude 6)