What We Teach

OUR FAITH AND PRACTICE

Our statement of faith does not reflect the entire breadth of our beliefs but stand together as a  a condensed form in order to summarize our identity as a body. Although our beliefs are those of historical Baptists, our ultimate allegiance is to the Scripture alone. We believe that the Word of God is the sole authority for the beliefs  of the church. We only set forth these statements that we might publish the reason for the hope we have in Jesus Christ and that they will be a beacon of light for those seeking a fellowship of like faith. 

THE SCRIPTURES

The Holy Bible was written by men, divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction. God is its author, salvation its end, and the truth—without error—its matter. It reveals the fundamental principle by which God will judge us and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

THE TRI-UNITY OF GOD

There is but one God—the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things. He is infinitely perfect, and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

THE HOLY PROVINCE OF GOD

God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

THE FALL OF MAN

God originally created man in his own image and free from sin, but through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness, innocence, and righteousness. As a result, all men now inherit a nature corrupt and opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and—as they are capable of moral action—become actual transgressors in time. The Fall of Adam has left everyman dead in trespasses and sins and in need of a savior.

THE MEDIATOR

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered, and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again on the third day, and ascended to the Father, at whose right hand he ever lives to make intercession for us. He is the only mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the church and Sovereign of the Universe.

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the gift of God wrought in man by Divine influence and received while in a state of utter helplessness. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. 

REGENERATION

Regeneration is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickens the dead while yet in trespasses and sins, enlightening their mind to understand the Word and work of God in renewing their nature, and to acquire a love and desire to practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone and is comprehended somewhat in the expressions of language by the term ‘salvation.’

REPENTANCE

Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person is, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible to the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself in a change of thought, and agrees with God concerning the common detestation of his sin and self abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.

FAITH

Saving faith is the belief—on God's authority—of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ. By faith, we receive and rest upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and life eternal. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, is accompanied by all other saving influences, and leads to hope in this life of everlasting life in eternity.

JUSTIFICATION

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who rely upon the merits of Christ, from all sin—not for anything wrought in them or done by them, but to the credit of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ. We receive and rest in reliance on Him and His righteousness through the faith He authored and finished on our behalf.

SANCTIFICATION

God’s Word and indwelling Spirit also sanctify those who have been regenerated. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of divine strength, which all Saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.

THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

Such only are real believers as endure unto the end. Their persevering to Christ is the grand mark, which distinguishes them from superficial professors and temporary believers. A special Providence watches over their welfare, and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

BAPTISM

Baptism is an ordinance commanded by the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein the believer is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as an expression of the Deity and Fullness of the Godhead in bodily subsistence as revealed to us in the Holy Scripture. It is sufficient for fellowship with His death and resurrection, and, as a representation of the remission of sins, is granted when administered through His name.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance commanded by Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and fruit of the vine, and is to be memorialized in testimonies of his saving grace until the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed by Him to communicate to us a reminder of the new covenant He has been pleased to make with us, wherein our fellowship and communion in his aspersions and rejection may cause us evermore to rejoice through His death, resurrection and eternal priesthood and becomes our pledge, bond, and oath of allegiance in that covenant for His name’s sake.

THE LORD'S DAY

The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance as a memorial to the doctrine of the atonement wherein we are to cease from our own works as God did from His. We should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements—with only works of necessity and mercy excepted.

THE LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE

God alone is Lord of the conscience. He has freed us from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are contrary to his Word, but that without adequate instruction as to the mind of Christ, the conscience will succumb to the speculations of its fallen nature.

THE RESURRECTION

The bodies of man after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him and the wicked to be reserved under darkness unto judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised in their proper order.

THE JUDGMENT

God has appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment, the righteous, into everlasting life.

THE CHURCH

A visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant and assembled in faith and fellowship of the gospel message, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, ministries, and functions of privilege invested in them by His work. Its only Scriptural officers are bishops (elders) and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society, and that holy matrimony can only take place between one man and one woman. 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 heritage 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.

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one spouse dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication.

HUMAN SEXUALITY

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s intended provision. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.

ABORTION

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable.

CREATION

We believe that God created the universe in six literal 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.