We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, wholly without error as originally given by God, and is sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice. We deny that other “sacred writings” are inspired by God the way the Bible is.
We believe in the one true and living God, the creator and sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the head of the Godhead. The Son is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, hence the God-Man. He died on the cross to redeem man, rose again within 3 days from the dead to justify the believer, ascended to the right hand of God, where He intercedes for us, and in the Father’s own time will return in visible, personal form to overthrow sin and judge the world. The Holy Spirit is the one sent from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and judgment, to regenerate and cleanse from sin. He is the resident guide, teacher, and the strength of the believer.
SATAN AND SINFUL MAN
We believe that man was created innocent, that he was tempted by Satan and sinned. Because of this, men have been born in sin since that time and are by nature the children of wrath. We believe that Satan is a personal devil who with his angels carries on the work of iniquity in this world. Sin is basically rebellion against God, and the end result of sin is eternal separation from God.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin for the world. He atoned for our sins on the Cross and rose again for our justification. Apart from Jesus Christ, there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and escape from condemnation comes through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This righteousness is imputed to the believer by grace through faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates the one who makes the life commitment to Jesus, and the life begun in regeneration is never lost.
We believe in the final resurrection of all men, just and unjust. We believe that those who commit their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life, but those who are not committed to Jesus Christ in this life will be raised to everlasting condemnation.
We believe that the New Testament Church is a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teachings of the Old and New Testament in doctrine, worship and practice. We believe the only ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We likewise believe that only those who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord are Scriptural subjects for baptism and that immersion is the only proper mode of baptism. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the Lord’s death. The bread symbolizes His body, which was given for us. The fruit of the vine symbolizes His blood, which was shed for us.
We believe that God established Civil Government. We likewise believe in the complete separation of church and state.
We are Baptists because we believe that Baptists stand for distinctive truths to which other denominations do not adhere. We believe that we cannot compromise those truths without being disloyal to our Lord and to His word. We do seek to cooperate with all others who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord. These distinctives include:
Autonomy of the local church (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 6:1-3). Each local assembly is self-governing without any outside hierarchy of conventions.
Priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5-9; 1 Timothy 5). Each believer is privileged to come to God individually without human or saintly intervention.
Two ordinances (believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper)(Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32). Two commands issued and instituted by Christ to His Church to be obeyed Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Table.
Individual soul liberty. (Romans 14:5-12). Every person has the right to worship God according to his conscience without coercion.
Saved church membership. (Matthew 16: 18; Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18). Church membership is open to all who have exhibited repentance toward God and exercised faith in Christ.
Two offices of the church (pastor and deacon). (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1-2). The Lord has established two offices, Pastor and Deacon, to minister to His flock. There is no additional hierarchy of offices. Pastors are also called bishops, overseers, or elders in the New Testament. Deacons are given to help the pastor in the daily administration and decision making of the church.
Separation of Church and State. (Matthew 22: 15-21). The Lord has established the State to administer civil, secular government and the Church to minister the man’s spiritual needs.