The Bible
We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21)


God
We believe God is a triune being consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him the Son is eternally generated and from them the Spirit eternally proceeds. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, eternally begotten from the Father. He is God. He was conceived by the virgin Mary through a miracle of the Holy Spirit. He lives forever as perfect God and perfect man: two distinct natures inseparably united in one person.  We believe that He was provided as the perfect sacrifice for sin and that He lives and advocates for the believer.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son and equal in deity. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe. He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth. He restrains sin and Satan, and He indwells and sanctifies all believers.


Satan

We believe in the existence of a personal devil, Satan, who was created perfect, but who willfully sinned and became the enemy of God and His creation. Angels who participated in Satan's rebellion also became enemies of God and are called demons. The ultimate defeat of Satan and his demons was accomplished through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Salvation

We believe that people were created innocent, but rebelled. The sin of the first man and woman impacted all humanity so that now all are by nature sinful and lost. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation. We believe that men are justified solely by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that man is utterly unable in himself to yield to the Gospel, and that only God, in His sovereign wisdom, love, and power, works to achieve the salvation of His chosen people.


Security of the Believer
We believe those whom God has accepted in the beloved, and has effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit, and given the precious faith of His elect, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but they will certainly persevere in that state to the end and be eternally saved. (Romans 8:37-39)


Communion
The believer reaffirms his faith in Christ each time he/she participates in communion.  No prescribed frequency is contained in scripture however, as oft as it is administered the believer is encouraged to remember the Lord's death until He comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)
The communion table stands as a reminder of what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary.  It is a visual reminder to the believer and is therefore inappropriate for the unbeliever to participate. (1 Corinthians 11:27)

Baptism
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.


The Rapture
We believe in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church at which time Jesus Christ will descend from Heaven to call out of this world those who have received Him as Savior.  Those that have preceded the Rapture in death will arise first, and then those that are yet alive will follow them into the presence of the Lord.  (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).


Tribulation
We believe the tribulation to be a period of seven years immediately following the rapture during which time God will judge the human race for rejecting Christ.  The seven years will be marked by unprecedented death and destruction as described in the book of Revelation and will culminate with the bodily return of Christ to rule over mankind for the 1000 years marking His Millennial reign.

Charismatic Movement
The charismatic movement is characterized by an unbiblical emphasis on spiritual gifts.  It encourages the belief in experience and minimizes the value of and dependence upon scripture and has and will continue to lead many away from the saving power of Christ.


Fellowship Between Local Churches
The church universal is the combined total of all that have received Jesus Christ as Savior.  Local churches which share the same doctrinal statement should and must work together in order to effectively witness and win souls for Christ.  Fellowship is also an invaluable source of encouragement and strength.

Marriage/ Divorce
We believe God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies.  (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)  We believe scripture prohibits the saved from entering into a marriage relationship with the unsaved. (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)


Qualifications for Office in the Church
Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon.  (1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)  Additionally, the church has been blessed with many servants including its women.  While the new testament scripture acknowledges the sacrifice and service of several women, the text does not establish an official office of the church such as pastor or deacon for women.  Scripture clearly requires men to fill the offices of Deacon or Pastor and prohibits the offices to women.  (1 Timothy 3:1-16)


Abortion
We believe abortion is one of the most vile acts known to man.  The destruction of an unborn child is clearly condemned by God.  We believe the unborn life begins at conception and is in every way loved by God and must be preserved.


Homosexuality
Homosexuality is a sin which is clearly and unambiguously condemned by God.  It violates the individual, corrupts the society and provokes the wrath of God.  The individual engaged in homosexuality, however, is loved by God and should such a one confess his/her sin and repent of such activity, God is eager to forgive. (Romans 1:18-32)

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