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What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith

What we believe


There are eight fundamental, doctrinal beliefs that have characterized Bible believing churches throughout the ages.  These beliefs are how we trace our lineage back to the time of Jesus Christ.  The following beliefs are based directly on the Word of God, and have passed from one generation to the next.   


We believe that the BIBLE is the final authority for all faith and practice.


2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We believe in a verbal plenary inspiration.  That is, God gave the actual words of the Bible (Verbal), and the entire Bible is from Him (plenary).


We believe in the AUTONOMY of the Local church.


That is, each church is independently governed under God.

This is the pattern of the New Testament church throughout all of Scripture. 
(Acts 1:21-26; Acts 6; 1 Cor. 5; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 15.)


We believe in the PRIESTHOOD of all believers.


1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Jesus is our High Priest who gave each and every believer the privilege to go before the throne of God without an earthly intercessor.


We believe that there are TWO  OFFICES.


Pastors, whose qualifications and duties are found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.  They are to rule, or lead the flock (Hebrews 13:7).

Deacons, whose qualifications and duties are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.  They are to serve the flock (Acts 6).


We believe that each person has INDIVIDUAL  SOUL liberty and responsibility.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Each person is responsible for what the Bible teaches.


We believe in the SECURITY of the believer.


John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

We are saved from death and Hell by the power of God for all eternity.


We believe there are TWO  ORDINANCES of the local church.  Baptism and Communion.


Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show his faith in, and identity with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and the Spirit-filled life. It is a symbol and demonstration on the conversion experience.  Matthew 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.


Communion is a memorial of the atoning death, burial, resurrection, and personal return of Christ, and that only born-again believers are to participate in it. We believe that the elements, bread and the juice of the grape, are symbols of Christ’s body and blood and have no merit in themselves.  1 Cor. 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

We believe in the SEPARATION of the state from the church.

We are to obey the laws of the Government.

1 Peter 2:13-14 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.


However, we must obey God over the Government.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.