We believe that the Holy Bible was verbally and plenary inspired in its original manuscripts; that God is the author (God-breathed); that it was written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit; that it is truth without any admixtures of error for its matter; that it is and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
The True God
We believe that there is one and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent, personal spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, worthy of all honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say He is Himself very God; He took upon Himself full humanity apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world; He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in that glorified body, where He is now our interceding High Priest; He will come again personally and visibly to set up His Kingdom and to judge the quick and the dead.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person: equal with God the Father and the Son and of the same essence; that He was active in creation; that He testifies to and glorifies Christ; that in His relationship to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is agent in the new birth; that He seals, baptizes, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer; and that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control) is the evidence of His filling.
The Devil or Satan
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the author of sin and the instigator of the original fall, that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, that he appears as an angel of light in order to deceive, that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angels.
We accept the Genesis account of creation that God created the universe in six literal 24-hour periods, without any gaps, that man came by direct creation of God in His own image and not by evolution.
We believe that man was directly and immediately created in the image and likeness of God, but that the transgression of Adam resulted in the condemnation of all men. All men are thus born spiritually dead and under the penalty of physical and eternal death. As a result of transgression, all men are born with an inherited sinful nature, and are alienated from God. We believe that man is totally depraved and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith through the mediatorial office of the Son of God who according to the will of the Father became man, yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. That His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners’ place, the just dying for the unjust. Christ the Lord bore our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior.
God’s Purpose of Free Grace
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves the sinner. That being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man it comprehends all the means of connection with the end. That it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness. That it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility. That it is the foundation of Christian assurance, and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
The Freeness of Salvation
We believe that in God’s electing grace, the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the Gospel. That it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith. And that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel which rejection involves an aggravated condemnation. (For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13)
Grace in Regeneration
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again and that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus. In the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. That the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel. That it’s proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and also inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe that justification is an act of God whereby He forensically (legally) declares righteous those who have faith in Christ alone. This righteousness is completely independent of any virtue, merit or good work of man, but is based upon faith alone. Justification involves both an imputation of the believer’s sin to Christ and the imputation of God’s righteousness to the believer. In this way Paul can say that God is “both Just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
We believe that sanctification has a threefold meaning: 1) that of setting apart of things, days, or persons specifically for God, and that the believer at the time of his regeneration is so set apart by God the Father; 2) the progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer, obedient to the Word of God experiences the power of the indwelling Christ for holiness of life and victory over the old nature; 3) that we shall all be made perfect like Christ when we shall see Him face to face.
Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over the welfare of believers; that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. This does not give liberty to the flesh to live in sin but rather the born again cannot practice sin as a habit because the Holy Spirit, who is in the believer, will not allow him to; He convicts, rebukes, and causes repentance and confessions. In salvation the believer has been saved from his sins past, present and future.
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in this life and after death; in the everlasting happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
The Universal and Local Chuch
We believe that the Church, the body of Christ, is composed of all those who have true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that the visible church or local assembly is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ, the true Head of the church; looking to the Holy Spirit, the Administrator, for guidance in exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in the believer by His work. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. We believe that the baptism of the Spirit is the act of the Spirit by which He immerses the believer into the body of Christ at the moment of new birth. At that same time He seals them unto the day of redemption. At that time He also gives them spiritual gifts for the building up of the church. We believe that there were two kinds of gifts given to the early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the Apostles’ message; and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another. With the New Testament revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the sole test of the authenticity of a man’s message and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no longer necessary to validate a man or his message.
Ordinances of the Church
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.
B. The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Lord’s Supper is a provision of the bread and wine, representing Christ’s body and blood, partaken by all who by faith have been born again and made a part of Christ’s body and who have assembled for that purpose. The Lord’s Supper is taken in commemoration of the death of our Lord and shows our faith and participation in the merits of His sacrifice, our dependence on Him for spiritual life and nourishment, and our hope of eternal life through His resurrection from the dead. Its observance is to be preceded by faithful self-examination.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming prince of the kings of the earth.
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent, and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones at the rapture prior to the seven year tribulation period and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom.
Death, Resurrection and the Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that at death, the souls of the redeemed are absent from the body and present with the Lord where in conscious bliss, they await the rapture of the church to be glorified forever with the Lord. We believe that after death, the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection when they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment.
The Grace of Giving
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel.
We believe that out of deep gratitude for the completely undeserved grace of God and because God is worthy of total dedication, all the saved should live in such a manner as to bring glory and not reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.
The Lord’s Day
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week became known as the Lord’s Day, for He was raised from the dead on that day. The early church met on that day for worship, communion, preaching and receiving offerings. The Old Testament laws of the Sabbath do not apply to the Lord’s Day; however, the Sabbath principle of one day a week for physical rest and spiritual refreshment should be applied. Our observance of the Lord’s Day is a sign of our relationship to Christ.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the following are immoral activities:
- Incest, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, premarital sex, bestiality, pornography and child sacrifices.
- Abortion and euthanasia are the direct taking of an innocent human life.
- We believe that life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death.
- Gambling in any form
- Drunkenness, intoxication, and drunken partying
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. Women may teach women and may minister to the physical needs of the congregation as deaconesses. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a gift from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
From Christian History Magazine, Volume IV, No. 2, 1985, Page 25
We hold to the Baptist Distinctives of:
1. The Supreme Authority of the Bible
The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
Thomas Helwys (1611)
2. Believers’ Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, given by Christ, to be dispersed only upon persons professing faith in Christ. The way and manner of dispensing this ordinance the Scripture holds to be dipping or plunging the whole body under water (Immersion).
The London Confession (1644)
3. Local Church Autonomy
Each particular church has a complete power and authority from Jesus Christ to administer all Gospel ordinances, provided they have sufficient, duly qualified officers . . . to receive in and cast out and also to try and ordain their own officers, and to exercise every part of Gospel discipline and church government, independent of any other church or assembly whatever.
Benjamin Griffiths (1746)
4. Preaching and Evangelism
The work of the Christian ministry, it has been said, is to preach the Gospel, or hold up the free grace of God through Jesus Christ, as the only way of a sinner’s salvation. Woe unto us, if we preach not the Gospel! It will not be denied that the Apostles preached the gospel: yet they warned, admonished and entreated sinners to repent and believe.
Andrew Fuller (1785)
5. Separation of Church and State
As religion must always be a matter between God and individuals, no man can be made a member of a truly religious society by force or without his own consent, neither can any corporation that is not a religious society have a just right to govern in religious affairs.
Isaac Backus (1781)
Scriptural references supporting each position is available upon request.