Our Beliefs

I. Of the Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men super naturally
inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its
matter; and therefore 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.

     1. By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection
of sixty six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally
written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the
very Word of God.
     2. By “inspiration” we mean that the books of
the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the
Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were
supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other
writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
II Tim. 3:18-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 2825; Psa. 119.160;
Psa. 119:105; Psa. 119:130; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45;
Psa. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:23. Rev. 22:19; John
12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:16; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psa. 19:7-11; John
5:45-47; John 5:39.

 

II. Of the True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an
infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and
earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible
honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are
three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every
divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the
great work of redemption.
Ex. 20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; I Cor: 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Psa. 147:5;
Psa. 83:18; Psa. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17;
Rom.11:33; Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John
5:7; John 10:30; John 17:5; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II
Cor. 13:14.
 

III. Of the Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and
God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation;
that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one
until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment
and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel
in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that
He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the
believer.
John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35;
Gen.11:1-3; II Thess. 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32;
John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14;Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33;
Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13;Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16; II Thess.
2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27.

 

IV. Of the Devil or Satan

We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but
through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after
him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power
of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s
great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the
saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the
present final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment
of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2;
John 14~30; I Thess. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; I John. 3:8; Matt.
13:39; Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John
4:3: II John 7; 1 John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev.
19:11, 16; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41. 

 

V. Of Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be
accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was
created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that
man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of
species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower
to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly,
and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after
their kind.”
Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev.
10:6; Ron. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1,26-27; Gen.
2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24

 

VI. Of the Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the Law of his
Maker, but by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy
state, in consequence of which all mankind are how sinners, not by
constraint, but of choice: and therefore under just condemnation
without defense or excuse.
Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1, 3; Rom.
1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom 1:32; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 1:28; Gal. 3:22.

 

VII. Of the Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a
miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever
born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God,
and God the Son.
Gen. 3:16; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14;
Psa. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I John 6:20; 1 Cor. 15:47.

 

VIII. Of the Atonement for Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through
the mediator offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the
Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, 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 sinner’s place, the Just dying for the
unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree;
that, having risen from the dead. He is now enthroned in heaven and
uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine
perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate
and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7;
Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:26; I John 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; II Cor
5:21; John 10:18; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4: I Pet. 2:24; I Pet.3:18; Isa.
53:11; Heb.2:2 ; I Cor. 15:20; Isa. 53:12; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25 ; I
John 2:2.

 

IX. Of Grace in the New Creation

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that
the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus: that it is
instantaneous and not a process; that 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 its proper evidence appears in
the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41;
II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John
1:12-13;   Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9

 

X. Of the Free Salvation

We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are
made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty or all to
accept them by a cordial, penitent and an obedient faith; and nothing
prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own
inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which
rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12: 1 Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29,30; Matt.
11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts
2:38; Isa. 55: 7; John 3:15-16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor: 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5;
John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.

 

XI. Of Justification

We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such
as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the
pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of
righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of
righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the
Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:1; Titus
3:5-7; Rom. 1:1 7; Hab.2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:1-8; Heb. 10:38.

 

XII. Of 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 Saviour.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:19; Rom. 10:13; Psa.
51:1-4; Psa. 51:7; Isa.55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11.

 

XIII. Of the Church

We believe that a Baptist church is a congregation of baptized
believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the
Gospel, said church being understood to be the citadel and propagator
of the divine and eternal grace; observing the ordinances of Christ;
governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges
invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are
pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly
defined In the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is
found in the Great Commissions: first, to make individual disciples;
second, to build up the church; third, to teach and instruct as He has
commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold
that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free
from the interference of any hierarchy of Individuals or organizations;
and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy
Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each
other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the
Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and
method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of
government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church
is final.
Acts 2:41; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; 1 Col:
12:4, 8–11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim.
3:1-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Col.1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; I Pet. 5:l-4; Acts
15:22; Jude 3-4; II Cor: 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32; I
Cor. 16:2; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.

 

XIV. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a
believer; in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,
with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and
beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour,
with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life;
that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to
the Lord’s supper; in which the members of the church. by the sacred
use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the
dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4-5; Matt. 3:16; Matt.
28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2: 12; Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor.
11:23-28

 
XV. Of the 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 their welfare; and that they are kept by the
power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
John 8:31-32; Col.1:21-23; 1 John 2:19; Matt.13:19-21; Rom. 8:28; Psa.
121:3; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. l:5; Phil.1:6; John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39.

  
XVI. Of 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 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 and after death, in the
everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious
suffering of the lost.
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 1:18; Rom.
1:17; I Cor: 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; John 2:29; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19;
Gal. 3:10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6.23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34,
41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.

 

XVII. Of Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the
interest 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.
Rom. 13:7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Titus
3:1; I Pet. 2:13-14; I Pet. 2:17; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18;
Matt.10:28; Matt. 23:10; Phil. 2:10-11; Psa. 72:11.

 

 XVIII. Of the Resurrection and
Return of Christ and Related Events

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at
their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ
arose bodily “the third day according to the Scriptures;” that He alone
is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;”
“that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so
come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” – bodily,
personally and visibly; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first,”that
the Living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump;” that the Lord God shall give unto Him
the throne of His Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a
thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His
feet.”
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor.15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke
24:2-7; Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb.
12:2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John
14:3; I Thess. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Malt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28; I Cor.
15:42-44, 51-53; I Thess, 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; I Cor 15:25;
Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20.6.

 

XIX. Of Missions

The command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable
and this Commission was given to the churches.
Matt. 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of
the world. Amen. “
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature.”
John 20:21. “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my
Father hath sent me, even so send I you. “
Rom. 10:13-15, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have
not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not
heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they
preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the
feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
good things!”

 

 XX. Of the Grace of Giving

Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith.
II Cor 8:7, “Therefore as ye abound in everything, in faith, and
utterance. and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us,
see that ye abound in this grace also.”
We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common
treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week.
I Cor 16:2, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by
him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings
when I come. “
Under grace, we give, and do not pay, the tithe Abraham GAVE the tenth
of the spoils”
Hebrews 7:2, 4 – and this was four hundred years before the law, and is
confirmed in the New Testament; Jesus said concerning the tithe, “These
ye ought to have done.” – Matt.23:23.
We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury of the
church.
Lev. 27:30, “The tithe…is the Lord’s.” Mal. 3:10, “Bring ye all the
tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and
prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you
the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall
not be room enough to receive it.”
In the New Testament it was the common treasury of the church.
Acts 4:34-35, 37, “And brought the prices of the things that were sold
and laid them down at the apostles’ fleet…Having land, sold it, and
brought the money, and laid it AT THE APOSTLES’
FEET.”