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The Authority of the Bible

We affirm that the sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testaments are the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God, and are inerrant, infallible, authoritative, and fully sufficient in all that they teach so that they are without error in every aspect of the original writings. These Holy Scriptures represent the sole, complete and final special revelation of God to man. They are the Church’s full and final authority for all that we believe and how we behave. (Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

The Triunity of God

We affirm that there is only one God, eternally existing in three co-equal, co-eternal, and consubstantial persons. The three persons of the Divine Godhead are: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons equally and eternally share in the selfsame essential nature, attributes, and perfections so that each is to be honored and worshiped as God. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 18:30-31, 147:5; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; Luke 3:22; John 4:24, 5:23, 10:30, 14:9; Acts 5:3-4; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3)

The Person of Jesus Christ

We affirm that Jesus Christ is God the Son, the Eternal Word pre-existing with the Father, the promised Messiah, who for us and for our salvation became incarnate by means of being conceived in the flesh by the Holy Spirit. As such He was miraculously conceived and born of a virgin so as to become the sinless God-Man, true God and true man, innocent and impeccable in holiness, righteousness, and truth, and the one and only mediator between God and Man. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25; Mark 14:61-62; John 1:1-3, 14, 29, 5:18, 8:58, 10:30; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:2-9, 2:14-15; I John 5:20)

The Work of Jesus Christ

We affirm that as the God-Man, Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, paid for all sin, completely satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin, and provided redemption and forgiveness for all who believe. After His death, this very same Jesus arose bodily from the dead, was seen by many during a period of forty days, and then visibly ascended into Heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God as our Advocate, Intercessor, and High Priest, and from which place He will someday visibly return to establish His Kingdom on earth. (Isaiah 53:5-6; Luke 24:36-43; John 1:18, 3:16, 20:25-28; Acts 1:6-11; Romans 3:21-26; I Corinthians 15:3-8, 20-23; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:13-14; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Peter 1:18-19, 2:24; I John 2:1-2; Revelation 20:6)

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune Godhead who convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment, causes spiritual birth, indwells, seals, sanctifies, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, thus enabling him to walk in holiness and obedience to God and His Word. (John 3:5, 14:16-17, 26, 15:26-27, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 2:10-11, 6:11, 19, 12:4-13; II Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-18, 22-23; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18-21)

The Creation and Fall of Man

We affirm that Adam and Eve were real historical persons who stand as the progenitors of the entire human race. We also affirm that Man was supernaturally created and inbreathed by God in His own image and is not the product of any form of evolution. Through Adam’s primal act mankind fell into sin by means of wilful and personal disobedience to the revealed will of God; and as a result, all mankind is sinful in nature and practice, is unable to save himself, and faces eternal separation from God in a literal place called hell. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 18-24, 3:1-24, 9:6; Matthew 19:4; Mark 7:21-23; John 8:42-44; Romans 1:18, 3:10, 23, 5:1; Ephesians 2:1-3)

The Salvation of Man

We affirm that eternal salvation from sin, death, and hell is the free gift of God’s sovereign grace, and is appropriated solely by means of man’s personal faith and belief in Jesus Christ resulting from the quickening work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus voluntarily died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and arose bodily from the dead, thus guaranteeing our own resurrection to eternal life. This salvation is not received by, nor based on, any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part. Because salvation is of the Lord, the one who believes and receives Christ’s salvation is eternally secure. (John 1:11-13, 3:16, 5:24, 10:28-30, 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:24-25; I Peter 1:18-19, I John 5:11-13)

The Destiny of Man

We affirm that at death, the redeemed pass immediately into the presence of Christ and there remain in joyful fellowship until their bodily resurrection unto life. The unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until their bodily resurrection resulting in judgment and eternal and conscious torment in hell. (Daniel 12:2; Luke 16:22-23, 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 3:10, 11, 21; Revelation 20:11-15)

The Nature and Organization of the Church

We affirm that all who have placed their faith in Christ are united together immediately by the baptismal ministry of the Holy Spirit into one spiritual body, the church, of which Christ is the Head. In addition, the members of this one spiritual body are directed to associate themselves together in local churches. As such the Church is both a Universal Organism, and a Local Organization. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:46-47; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:25)

We further affirm that these local independent and autonomous churches are Baptistic in nature and have been given the needed authority and scriptural guidelines for administering that order, discipline, and worship which Christ, the sovereign head, has appointed. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the church are pastors and deacons. Being appointed and anointed by Jesus Christ the spiritual leaders are to be recognized and respected by each member in the body. (Acts 6:1-6, I Corinthians 14:40; Ephesians 4:11-12; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-5)

The Ordinances of the Church

We affirm that Jesus has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. This ordinance, being a command of Christ, is recognized as a prerequisite for membership in the local church. Likewise, the Lord’s supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration and celebration of His atoning death and future return. These two ordinances are to be observed until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41, 10:47-48; I Corinthians 11:23-29)

Future Events

We affirm that one of the coming great events in the fulfillment of prophecy concerning the church is the personal and visible return of the Jesus Christ to remove from the earth His waiting church and to reward them according to their works. (John 14:2-3; Romans 14:10-12; I Corinthians 3:11-15, 15:51-53, II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 3:10)

We also affirm that another event yet to come is the Seventieth Week of Daniel the prophet during which time the judgements of God will be poured out upon the unbelieving world. These judgements will climax with the visible return of Christ in glory to the earth. He will destroy His enemies and restore Israel to her land. (Daniel 9:27, 12:1; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-31, 25:31-46; II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16:1-19, 21, 19:1-21)

Christ will then establish His thousand-year kingdom in which the saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Isaiah 11:1-16, 65:17-25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Revelation 19:11, 20:1-6)

At the close of the thousand year reign the unsaved dead will be raised and committed to eternal punishment and the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God. (Mark 9:43-48; I Corinthians 15:24-28; II Thessalonians 1:9; II Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1-4, 22:5, 11)