We Believe
  • the Bible is the inspired Word of God, is totally without error, and is preserved for English speaking people in the King James Version.
  • that when Adam sinned, his sinful nature passed upon all men so that all men are sinners by nature, as well as by practice, and as such are condemned already.
  • that mankind is totally depraved in his emotions, his intellect, and his will and cannot under any circumstances save himself.
  • that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and the second person of the triune Godhead and is equal with God in every way. Having been born of a virgin, He is wholly human and wholly divine. As such, He is the perfect sacrificial lamb, which can take away the sins of the world.
  • that when Christ died on the cross and then rose from the dead, He satisfied the demands of the Law and turned away God’s wrath and anger from repentant mankind.
  • that Christ atoned for everyone’s sin by the shedding of His blood, although only those who believe will benefit from it.
  • that the Holy Spirit works in conjunction with the Word of God, to bring men under conviction of sin drawing them to Christ for Salvation.
  • that God is sovereign and that man is free to choose Christ’s offer of salvation or reject it.
  • the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to "whosoever will" and everyone who believes in His Son Jesus Christ can and will be saved.
  • that salvation is by grace alone, thru faith alone, by Christ alone. We believe that God seals the believer by His Spirit and secures his salvation for all eternity.
  • that Heaven is the eternal abode of the redeemed and the lake of fire is the eternal abode of the damned.
  • in a literal Devil who is the god of this world, the Prince of the power of the air, is in command of a mighty force of fallen angels, is continually opposing the cause of Christ, and will one day cast into the lake of fire.
  • that Israel and the Church are separate entities, each having a distinct place in the plan of God. That being said, we reject Covenant Theology and its traveling companion Replacement Theology.
  • in the imminent, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial return of Christ; followed by the rapture His Church, seven years of tribulation, the 1000 year reign of Christ on this earth, the Great White Throne Judgment, and the new Heaven and new Earth.

 

Baptist Distinctives
We believe that the historical teachings of Baptists are faithful to and consistent with New Testament principles and practice; though the use of the term “Baptist” does not guarantee affirmation of these; that while no New Testament believer called himself a “Baptist,” it is clear that Baptist Distinctives were commonly held and practiced; and that the Baptist Distinctives may be summarized by the use of a simple acrostic, as follows:

Biblical Authority
The Bible is the only, sufficient, and final authority for all matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16, 17).

Autonomy of the Local Church
Each local church is sovereign in and of itself and cannot be controlled by any board, hierarchical system, association, or even another church (I Timothy 3:15; Acts 15) and has the responsibility for electing its own officers (Acts 6:1-7), sending out missionaries (Acts 13:1-4; 14:26, 27), and exercising final authority in disciplinary matters (Matthew 18:15-18; I Corinthians 5:1-5; II Thessalonians 3:14, 15).

Priesthood of Believers
Every “born again” believer may pray without human intercessor directly to God through our High Priest Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16; Revelation 1:5, 6).

Two Ordinances
Believer’s Baptism – Baptism of a believer by immersion is a step of obedience which identifies him with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 2:41, 42; Romans 6:3, 4).

The Lord’s Supper –
This ordinance was instituted by the Lord as a memorial to His death which is to be practiced by believers until His return (Matthew 26:26-30; Acts 2:41-43; I Corinthians 11:25, 26). These ordinances are not to be administered or partaken of apart from the local church.

Individual Soul Liberty
Every Christian has the right to interpret the Scriptures, to hold, profess, and to worship as he or she believes the Bible teaches (John 16:12, 13; I John 2:27); that these things are not to be forced upon anyone, and that all must give account to the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 14:10-12; II Corinthians 5:10).

Saved Church Membership
The membership of a New Testament local church is to consist of only those who have openly confessed Jesus Christ as Savior, demonstrated a willingness to obey the teachings of the Bible, and who agree to the doctrine and standards of the local church (Acts 2:41, 47).

Two Offices
There are only two offices in the local church that are recognized and required by the Bible, Pastor (Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:1-6; Titus 1:6-9) and Deacon (Acts 6:2-7; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:7-13).

Separation of Church and State
Every believer should respect, sustain, and pray for civil authority (Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-6; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-17), and should obey it so long as it does not cause violation to conscience or Scriptural convictions (Acts 5:29). There should be no organic union of church and state; but the state should protect, and neither dominate nor interfere with the affairs of the local church (Matthew 22:21).

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