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Church Doctrinal Statement

BIBLE:  We believe that the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testaments, is God’s infallible, inerrant Word, written by men who were uniquely moved by the Holy Spirit and that it is our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice1.  We affirm our belief in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in their original writings.

GOD:  We believe in one God, creator of heaven and earth, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

GOD THE FATHER: is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power.  We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

GOD THE SON: Jesus Christ, is God’s only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in life, who atoned for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross.  We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, His lordship2, and His personal, visible pre-millennial return to the world according to His promise.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  His works in the believer including (but not limited to):  (1) Salvation, baptizing into the body of Christ, indwelling, sealing eternally;  (2) progressive sanctification3, giving, filling, teaching, enabling; and (3) glorifying.

MAN:  We believe that man was created in the image of God and was originally without sin.  Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, all men are now sinners both by nature and by choice.  Man is unable to remedy his own lost condition.  Every human being is capable, under God, of deciding for himself in the matter of faith and life4.  Each man is also free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.

SALVATION:We believe that salvation is God’s gift to man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Sinful man is saved from the eternal penalty of sin as a result of receiving Jesus Christ, by faith, as the Savior and Lord of life.  We believe that all who are born-again through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ are eternally secure through His grace.

THE CHURCH:  We believe that the church is the body of Christ which is made up of every born-again believer since Pentecost regardless of race, sex, or national origin and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. The local church is an organized body of immersed believers5 voluntarily associated together for the worship of God, growth in godliness and sanctification, the fellowship of believers, the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ throughout the world, and the observance of the Biblical ordinances (believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper6).   The Scriptural officers of the church are described in 1 Timothy 3.  The local church is independent and autonomous7 and is free from all outside ecclesiastical or political interference8.

SATAN:  We believe that Satan is a personal created being, a fallen angel, and the author of sin and the cause of the fall.  He is the open and declared enemy of God and man.  He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.

ETERNITY:  We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the believer and the non-believer.  The saved will enjoy the wonders of God’s presence forever, and the lost will be eternally punished in the lake of Fire.

*Indicates an historical Baptist distinctive:

1 The Bible as the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice
2 The Lordship of Jesus Christ
3 Progressive sanctification
4 Priesthood of believers
5 A regenerated church membership
6 Two church ordinances:  Believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper
7 Autonomy of the local church
8 Separation of church and state