The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21).
We believe there is but one true and living God, who is everlasting, infinite in
power, wisdom and goodness; that He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible,
and preserver of all things (Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16). In the unity of this
Godhead, there are three Persons of one individual essence, who are coequal, coexistent
In eternal relationship as to priority (not superiority) the Father is greater than all (John 14:28; 1 Corinthians 15:28; John 5:18).
The Son is the eternally begotten of the Father, and accepted earthly limitations for the purpose of incarnation, being true God and true man; conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice.
The Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost is a Divine Person, Executive of the Godhead on earth, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide and to teach the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
Man, His Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12). "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil, and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (1 John 3:8).
Salvation is made possible through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ on the cross
and through Holy Spirit conviction. Godly sorrow works repentance and makes possible
the experience of the new birth, and Christ formed within us is the gift of eternal
life (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8).
Man is a free moral agent and can at any time after the new birth experience turn away from God and die in a state of sin, with the consequences of hell to look forward to.
The true Church, built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), is the Body of our Lord (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27); Christ being the Head (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). Its earthly constituents are all true believers, born again of the Spirit (John 3:6) and of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), who are living an overcoming Christian life (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 2 1:27).
To the Church, through its members, is delegated the various gifts and offices of
the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:7-
This universal, invisible sanctified Church is the chaste virgin Bride of Christ
(2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:26, 27; Revelation 21:9b, 27) and it is for this
Bride for whom Jesus Christ returns, just prior to the Great Tribulation, to catch
her away and take her to heaven (John 14:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-
God, through the Holy Spirit, definitely calls such as He desires to serve as evangelists,
pastors and teachers, apostles, prophets and specifically endues the one called
with the talents and gifts peculiar to that office or offices (Ephesians 4:11-
Baptism in water is by immersion, and is a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew
28:19), and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's
identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:4; Colossians
2:12; Acts 8:36-
The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted, to wit: "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11), is a Gift from God, as promised
by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation, and is received
subsequent to the new birth (John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 38, 39; 10:44-
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive, work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 13:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).
The Lord’s Supper
The ordinance of the Lord's Supper is a commandment of our Savior; and being a memorial to His death and resurrection, is strictly limited to Christian believers (I Corinthians 11:27). The time and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each congregation (1 Corinthians11:26). Only unfermented grape juice, the fruit of the vine, as recommended by our Lord (Matthew 26:29: Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18) shall be used in connection therewith.
Foot washing is recognized among many believers as a Christian practice, and the time, manner and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each local congregation (John 13).
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14, 15); it is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to all who truly believe.
The Resurrection of the Just
The Bible promises, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner" (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent; when He comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).
Setting a Time for the Lord’s Return
It is unwise to teach that the Lord will come at some specified time, thereby setting a date for his appearing, and it is also unwise to teach, preach or publish visions of numbers and dates which would tend to fix the time of the second coming of the Lord (Mark 13:32, 33).
Hell and Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally
lost in the lake of fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the
gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The lake of fire is literal (Revelation
19:20). The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of
the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-
Christians and War
Whereas, We believe that our government is ordained of God; and
Whereas, We are thankful to the government of the United States of America for the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience; and
Whereas, there are those within our church organization who conscientiously object
to the bearing of arms in the time of war; be it Resolved, that we as a church organization
affirm their respective right to this conviction as they offer their respective
services to our government in any way consistent with non-
We recognize the Scriptural duty of all our people, as well as ministers, to pay tithes as unto the Lord (Hebrews 7:8).
Tithes should be used for the support of the active ministry and for the propagation
of the gospel and work of the Lord in general and not given to charity or used for
other purposes (Malachi 3:7-
Marriage shall be between one man and one woman only (according to Genesis 2:20-
The Coming of the Lord
We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre-