Our purpose – Our purpose is to glorify God as an independent Baptist church, in accordance with the Word of God. We seek to promote worship that honors God. As part of our worship we endeavor to spend time in prayer and spiritual fellowship. We desire to preach and teach the whole counsel of God. We observe and administer believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We seek to preach and train believers to share the good news of Jesus Christ to those who are hungry and searching for more than this life can offer. We are engaged in carrying on a worldwide missionary program; standing for the faith that was delivered to those who have since gone on before us. We endeavor to establish other independent, Baptist churches. We endeavor to uphold each other to practicing godliness and good works in the community while exercising Biblical discipline.
We believe in the verbal (very word) and plenary (complete) inspiration of the Scriptures in the original manuscripts; that the Old and New Testaments are equally inspired and without error or contradiction; that the Scriptures are the believer’s only rule of faith and practice; that they are accurate and reliable in science, history, and every other matter they discuss; that we have the complete revelation of God to man in the sixty-six books of the Bible as it now stands; and that anyone who adds to or takes away from this completed revelation is cursed by God. (Psalms 19:7-11; 119:89, 105; Mark 13:31; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
God the Father
We believe that God the Father is Father only to those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour; that He is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power; that He concerns Himself in the affairs of men; that he is the author of our salvation; that He hears and answers prayer; that He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; and that He is the object of our worship and praise. (Psalm 65:2; 139:1-24; 147:5; Matthew 5:45; 6:24-34; John 3:16; 14:6; I Timothy 2:5)
God the Son
We believe in the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His eternal existence as God; His incarnation by means of the virgin birth; that He is True God and True Man; His sinlessness; His vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross; His literal bodily resurrection; His ascension; His present high-priestly ministry in Heaven for believers; and His personal, visible return to earth. (I John 2:1; 5:20; John 1:18; Hebrews 1:8; 9:14; Matthew 1:18-25; I Peter 2:22; Acts 10:40, 41; Luke 24:51; I Thessalonians 4: 16)
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, equal and of the same nature to the Father and Son; that He convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that he bears witness to the truth; that He is the agent of the New Birth; that He restrains the evil one; that He baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, sanctifying, sealing and securing them unto the day of redemption; that He endues, guides, teaches, and helps believers; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit, the evidences being love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; not speaking in tongues. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; John 3:5-7; 14:16, 17, 26; Galatians 5:22-23; I Peter 1:23)
We believe the Genesis account of creation as a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God, without the involvement of any evolutionary process. (Genesis 1:1-2, 25; Colossians 1:16; John 1:3-10)
We believe that God created man in His own image; that man willfully sinned, thereby incurring both physical and spiritual death; that all men are totally depraved; that they are born with an inherited sinful nature that is evidenced by sinful acts; and that if man is not born again after the age of his personal accountability to God, he will suffer eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7-3:24; II Samuel 12:23; Matthew 18:10-14; Romans 5:12; 6:23; 8:5-8; Galatians 5:17; Revelation 20:14-15)
We believe that sin is the transgression of the law of God. We believe in the universality of sin; that it separates man from God; and that there is no remission of sin apart from the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Ezekiel 18:4; Luke 24:46, 47; Romans 3:10-26; I John 3:4)
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, as it is appropriated by faith; that all who receive Him are regenerated instantaneously by the Holy Spirit and become children of God; that no rite, ceremony, or work can avail for the sinner’s salvation or make the believer’s salvation more secure; that Christ is the only and all-sufficient Saviour; that the believer is legally justified by God; that sanctification is an act at the moment of regeneration and a process throughout life whereby God conforms the believer to the image of Christ; that every believer has two natures, the old and the new, which are in constant conflict, and that victory is only wrought in the life to the degree that the child of God submits to the Word and the Holy Spirit; that all who are saved are kept forever by the power of God, and shall be changed into His likeness when Christ comes for the church. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1:3,4; Titus 3:5-7; John 5:24; 1:12; 10:28, 29; Hebrews 9:14, 15; I Peter 1:5; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 5:1, 8, 9; 8:1; 8:29; 7:15-25; I Corinthians 15:51-54)
We believe that separation is a doctrine as well as a practice and that the separation principle runs throughout the entire Bible. We believe there are three major aspects of Biblical separation.
This is the separation of the believer from the world and sin in order to serve God. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon the Savior and Lord. Therefore, personal separation involves a separation from acts of sin, the world system, heretics, and false teachers (Josh. 24:15; Rom. 12:1-2; 14; 11 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:15-18; Titus 3:10; 1 John 2:15-4:1; 11 John 10-11).
We believe that true spiritual fellowship is the result of common faith and practice. Ecclesiastical separation is the separation of the church from apostasy. While recognizing the unity of all true believers, it is also evident that unbelief and error in many organized fellowships have developed to the point where recognized apostasy exists. We believe we are to reprove apostates rather than recognize them, to rebuke rather than to reason with them, to reject rather than to receive or unite with them. We believe that loyalty to Christ also demands separation from those groups content to walk with or tolerate religious unbelief (11 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 5:11-15; 11 Tim. 4:2; 11 John 10-11).
This is the separation of the believer from an erring brother, when doctrinal or ethical compromise creeps into his life or ministry. We believe that we must separate from those brethren who continue in disobedience to the Word of God. (Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:11; 11 Thess. 3:6; 14-15)
Ordinances of the Church
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that it sets forth in picture the essential facts in redemption-death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that it gives testimony to what has taken place in the heart of the believer-death to sin and resurrection to walk in newness of life. Baptism after salvation is an act of obedience and is a prerequisite for local church membership. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:41; 8:12, 26-39)
The Lord’s Table
We believe that the Lord’s Table is a commemoration of the Lord’s death to be observed until He comes; that the elements-the bread and the fruit of the vine-are symbols of His broken body and shed blood, and that our observance of it is a pictorial testimony of the believer’s fellowship with the crucified Saviour and should be preceded by solemn, heart-searching and self-judgment. (Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21; 11:17-34)
We believe in the personality of Satan, the fallen Lucifer, the Devil; that he is the author of sin, the initiator of man’s temptation and ultimate fall; that he is the god of this present world; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that his final doom along with his hosts shall be is eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 17:12-17; Matthew 4:1-11; 25:41; Revelation 12:9,10; 20:1,2, 7-10)
The Future Events
We believe that God has disclosed the general order of future events in His Word.
We believe that sin will wax worse and worse until the heavenly return of Christ for His saints (imminent, pre-tribulation rapture). This will be followed by a seven-year period of tribulation on earth, with the judgment seat of Christ and the marriage supper of the Lamb taking place in heaven for the Lord and His church. Following this period the Lord will return to earth with His saints (pre-millennial return of Christ) to put down the forces of evil and to cast Satan into the bottomless pit for one thousand years. The Lord will set up His millennial kingdom of righteousness on earth.
We believe that at the conclusion of this period, Satan will be loosed on earth for a short period and deceive the hearts of many. The Lord will then bring about Satan’s final and everlasting defeat. Eternal damnation is ushered in with the Great White Throne judgment of the unsaved. The saints of God shall dwell forever with Christ in eternal peace and joy. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; II Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20, 21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 2:1-10; Revelation 1:19; 19:9-13; 20:1-22:6)
We believe that all men are lost and bound for eternal punishment in a literal lake of fire, and that God has commanded us to proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad. To fulfill His command we must be witnesses by life and word, and must further support by prayer and financial aid those we send forth under Biblically -sound missionary agencies to represent us in other parts of the world.
We believe that the primary thrust of New Testament missions is sending out men to preach God’s Word and establish local, indigenous, self-supporting churches to the glory of God. (Romans 1:18-20; 10:14, 17; Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; Matthew 28:19-20)
The Security of the Believer
We believe that all who truly receive Christ as Lord and Saviour are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; 13:13,14; I Corinthians 1:4-8; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 1:5)
The Lord’s Day
We believe that in this age of grace, the Lord’s Day, which is the first day of the week, the day of the Lord’s resurrection, is the proper day for Christian worship and service, and that it should be kept sacred to spiritual purposes by abstinence from all unnecessary secular labor and other activities unbecoming to such a day. (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1, 2; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:25; John 20:1,19,26; Mark 16:2; Matthew 28:1; Luke 24:1)