Doctrinal Statement

Our Doctrine comes for God's word.

Our Doctrine comes for God’s word.

The Holy Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally and plenarily inspired. This applies to the collection of 66 books as originally written. They represent truth without any admixture of error, the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. Ref: Psalm 119:160; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:19.

The Godhead: We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three equally perfect persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. He is infinite, intelligent, Spirit, and the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. He is glorious in holiness and worthy of all honor, worship, and love. Ref: Genesis 17:1; Exodus 15:1, 20:2-3; Psalm 83:18; 90:2; 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 4:24; 15:26; Romans 11:33-36; I Corinthians 8:6; 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:6; I Timothy 1:17; Revelation 4:11.

The Lord Jesus Christ: The only begotten Son of God’s name is Jesus. He is Lord and the Christ. He exists eternally with the Father. He became flesh without change in His deity through the miracle of divine conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless life. He died a vicarious death for all mankind on the cross at Calvary. He was buried and physically arose from the grave the third day defeating death and Satan. He ascended to Heaven; is presently fulfilling His intercessory and mediatorial ministry, seated at the Father’s right hand. Ref: Matthew 1:20-25; 17:5; Luke 1:26-35; John 8:28; 14:3; I Corinthians 15:4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 4:15; 9:24; 10:12; I John 2:2.

The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a divine person. He is equal with and of the same nature as God the Father and God the Son. His restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts man of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the agent in the New Birth. He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. Ref: Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 3:11, 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; 3:16; 24:49; John 1:33; 3:5-6; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:8-13; Acts 5:30-32, 11:6; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; Ephesians 1:13-14; II Thessalonians 2:7, 13; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:2.

The Devil or Satan: We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors. However, through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty he fell and drew a third of the angelic host with him. Satan is now the malignant prince of the power of the air. He is man’s tempter and accuser, the enemy of God. He will suffer the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Ref: Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Matthew 4:1-3; 13:25, 37, 39; 25:41; Mark 13:21-22; Luke 22:3-4; John 14:30; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2; I Thessalonians 3:5; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; I Peter 5:8; II Peter 2:4; I John 2:22, 3:8, 4:3; II John 7; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-10; 13:13-14; 19:11, 16, 20; 20:1-3, 10.

Creation: We believe the Genesis account of creation as the literal reading of the scriptures. It is neither allegory nor myth. God created man in His own image and after His own likeness. All animal and vegetable life was created directly through His spoken word. Ref: Genesis 1:1, 11, 24, 26, 27; 2:21-23; Exodus 20:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Jeremiah 10:12; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3: Revelation 10:6.

Fall of Man: We believe that man voluntary transgressed. He fell from his created sinless state. The consequence of the curse due to the fall is that all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice. Man is without defense or excuse for their sin before God. Ref: Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Ezekiel 18:19, 20; Romans 1:18, 20, 28, 32; 3:10-19; 5:12,19; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3.

Salvation – Atonement: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace through faith in the Son of God’s atonement. Jesus was appointed by the Father and freely submitted himself to be tempted and judged in all ways as man. Having no sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience. By His death, He made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. He volunteered His life once for all; the Just died for the unjust. Ref: Isaiah 53:4-7, 11, 12; Matthew 18:11; John 3:16, 10:18; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; I Corinthians 15:3, 20; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:7,8; Hebrews 2:14; 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2: I Peter 2:24; 3:18; I John 2:2; 4:10.

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. This church observes the ordinances of Christ, is governed by His laws, exercises the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its officers are Pastors, or elders and Deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. The true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission. This mission includes making individual disciples, building up the church, teaching and instructing believers as Christ commanded. The Local church has the absolute right of self-governance, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. The one and only superintendent of the Church is Christ through the Holy Spirit. Scripturally, churches can co-operate with one another in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel. The will of the local church is final concerning all manners of discipline and benevolence. Ref: Leviticus 27:32; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 6:1-3; I Corinthians 8:11; 11:2; 12:4; 16:1-2; II Corinthians 8:23-24; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11; 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:1-13; I Peter 5:1-4; Jude 3-4.

The Church – Baptism: We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, as a public testimony of faith in the Savior. The effect thereof is to display the believer’s death to sin and a resurrection to a new life and that it is a prerequisite for a proper church relationship and a God-blessed life. Ref: Matthew 3:6, 16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12.

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