We believe God's Word.
We hold firmly to the Holy Scriptures as The rule and measure of all things pertaining to life and Godliness. Subservient to that, as a systematized layout, we partially subscribe to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. We have also included a paragraph on our beliefs regarding the Spiritual gifts, yet these are not pertaining to salvation and are not to be considered Core beliefs (e.g., Sola Scriptura, Trinitarian God Head, Christology, the Death, Resurrection, Second Coming of Christ, nature of fallen man, Salvation by Grace alone through Faith alone.).
The Scriptures, consisting of the 39 books of the Old Testament, and 27 books of the New Testament, complete the divinely autographically inspired and infallible canon which is the only sufficient, certain rule of all faith, doctrine, and morals. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelation of the Spirit, or traditions of men.
(2 Tim. 3:15-17; Gal 1:8,9, 2 Peter 1:19-21).
The LORD our God is but one only living and true God who’s existence is in and of Himself, infinite in being and perfection, who is immutable, holy, most wise, free and absolute who rules over all and preserves all things to the praise of His own glory.
(1 Cor. 8:4,6; Deut. 6:4, Jer. 10:10; Isa. 48:12, Mal 3:6, Isa 6:3, Psa 115:3, Isa 46:10, Rom 11:36)
In the One divine and infinite Being of God there exists the three persons of the God head, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not being divided in substance, power, and essence yet with distinct personalities, .
(Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14, Exo 3:14, Joh 14:11, 1 Cor 8:6, Act 5:3-4)
God from eternity, decrees all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the human choices and genuine responsibility of all intelligent creatures as according to their nature showing His abundant eternal wisdom.
(Heb. 1:3; Mt. 10:39-31; Prov. 16:33, 1 John 1:5, James 1:13, Acts 4:27-28, Num 23:19)
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life, not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His free mercy in Christ, of which election they are called, justified and glorified to the praise of His glorious grace, others being left to their nature under Adam to act in their sin to their just condemnation. The elect, being a great multitude that is a particular definite people from every tribe nation and tongue, will supernaturally receive the gift of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ being their salvation.
(Rom. 8:30; Eph. 1:3-6; Acts 13:48, Romans 9:22, 23, Jude 4, Rev 5:9)
The Fall of Man
God created man in His own image, innocent and free from sin, with a righteous law and covenant; but through the temptation of Satan, he willfully transgressed the dominion mandate to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it and was herein subdued by Satan, the subtle serpent, and man fell from his original condition of original holiness and righteousness; whereby his future generations inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under divine condemnation, being conceived in sin and by nature children of wrath, mankind is therefore a slave to sin and cannot please God.
(Gen. 1:27-29; 3:4-7; Rom. 5:12-21; Rom 3:10-19, Gal 6:5, Tit 1:15, Jer 17:9, Eph. 2:1-3, Rom 8:7, Psa 51:5)
Of God’s Covenant
God, extending abundant grace to human kind by creating them in His image, has, prior to the fall, covenanted with the first Adam to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, thereby multiplying and filling the earth with righteous image reflecting glory back to God. With Adam as federal head, man has transgressed and broke this covenant incurring the covenant curses, broken communion with God, just condemnation from God, and the entrance of death in all of creation. In while man received the just penalty for breaking covenant, God graced man, even though broken, with retaining the image of God and initiating the covenant of redemption whereby God would be the fulfiller, seeker, redeemer, savior, being both the just and justifier, of this covenant. This covenant and divine council being satisfied in the righteous Seed of the woman, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and fulfiller of the Davidic Kingship; this seed being Christ Jesus, the Son of God, God incarnate, who fulfilled the law and covenant of God, yet taking on the covenant curses for all the elect as a propitiation for sin, gathering together a people from every tribe, nation, and tongue, giving them a new restored nature in the image of God.
(Gen 1:27-29, Gen 3, Deut 28:15-68, Luk 19:10, Joh 6:44, Rom 3:26, Isa 43:11, Jer 31:31, Ezek 36:22-32, Psa 2, 82, Mat 1:1-2, Act 2:30, Joh 1:1, 2 Cor 5:17, Rev 5:9, Isa 53)
The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being very and eternal God, the brightness of the Father's glory, of one substance and equal with Him who made the world, who upholds and governs all things He has made, did, when the fullness of time was complete, take upon Him man's nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities of it, yet without sin; being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit coming down upon her: and the power of the Most High overshadowing her; and so was made of a woman of the tribe of Judah, of the seed of Abraham and David according to the Scriptures; so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion; which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, Christ perfectly fulfilled the law and suffered and died upon the cross, was buried, and rose from death the third day for the redemption, justification, sanctification, and glorification of called sinners. He ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, King and Head of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe who all power and judgement has been put into His hand by the Father.
( Joh 1:14, Gal 4:4, Rom 8:3, Heb 2:14, Matt 1:22, 23, Luke 1:27, Rom 9:5, Mt. 3:17; 1 Cor. 15:3-7; 1 Tim. 2:5; Isa 53:10, Joh 17:6, Rom 8:30, Rom. 5:6-11; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb 1:3, 4:14-16, Matt 28:18, Act 2:36, Joh 5:22, 27)
Those whom God has predestined unto life, He is pleased in His appointed time to supernaturally change the heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, taking away their heart of stone and giving them a heart of flesh, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. Infants of whom God has, by His sovereign will, elected, are likewise regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit, who works when, where, and how He pleases.
(John 3:1-8, 5:25; Eph 2:1-6, Acts 26:18, Ezek 36:27, Titus 3:5; Ps. 110:3, 1 Pet. 1:3, Luke 1:41, John 3:3, 5, 6, 8, Matt 21:16, Ps. 8:2)
All of mankind being born in a nature of sin, do thereby act accordingly in the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the boastful pride of life. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God grants repentance whereby the sinner is made sensible of their depravity and manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself with godly sorrow and detestation of sin, with a purpose and supernatural power to turn from their sin and endeavor to walk before God, desiring to not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, to the glory of God.
(1 Jn 2:16, 2 Tim 2:25, Mk. 1:15; Acts 20:21; 2 Cor. 7:9, Rom 8:1-9)
Saving faith, wrought by the Spirit of God, is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word and renewing your mind by it; accepting and resting upon Him alone for all things pertaining to faith, doctrine, and life, embracing the promises of God in Christ with relation to justification, sanctification and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace. Faith, being a work of the Holy Spirit, is forever anchored in the victory of Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith, giving us proper desire to pursue holiness.
(Phil 1:29, 2 Cor 4:13, Rom 12:1-2, Col 2:2-3, Jn. 1:12; 5:24; Eph. 2:8-10)
God fully and freely justifies the elect, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning all their sin on the basis of the atonement of Christ, not by any works or anything in them, and by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the law, and passive obedience in His death, receiving the legal righteous declaration before God based on the merits of Christ and not their own for all who believe in Christ. Both the elect people of God prior to the cross of Christ and after the cross of Christ are justified by faith alone in Christ alone.
(Rom. 3:23-24; Rom. 5:1-2; 18, 19; Phil 3:9, 2 Cor. 5:21, Eph 2:8-9, Gal 2:16, Gal 3:5-6)
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them, not staying in sin but progressing toward holiness through the power and prayer of the Spirit. The person united to Christ wages war against the lusts of this life in pursuit of pleasing God, and relying on God for their failings being imperfect in this life.
(Jn. 17:17; 2 Thes. 2:13; Rom 8:26-27, Rom 7:23, Heb. 12:14)
Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation until the end.
(Jn. 10:28-29; Phil 1:6, 1 Jn. 2:19; Rom. 8:30, Luke 22:32)
The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all true believers of all time of whom the Father has given to the Son, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to gather together into local churches for their mutual edification and sanctification; and the body of Christ individually and corporatley willingly walk together in unity in subjection to the Lord. The Church is both the fulfillment and fulfillers of the mission and kingdom of God, whereby they call and are called through the proclamation of the Word. Under the authority of Christ, the regular officers of a Church are Elders, and Deacons being appointed in every gathering of believers
(Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18; 18:15-18; Matt 28:18-20, 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-4, Tit 1:5)
The Spiritual Gifts
All of the gifts of the Spirit are in function today and are to be operated in good and proper order as stated in the Scriptures. The gifts cannot be bought or garnered through works but are given to believers according to Gods free sovereign will. The gifts are given to equip the saints for work, build up the body, commune with God, call sinners to repentance, speak in foreign tongues of men and/or angels for personal or corporate edification, to be His witnesses among the nations, and to bring glory to God while the church longs to see Him face to face. The gifts include (but are not limited to) apostles, prophets, tongues, teachers, healers, shepherds, helpers, administration, mercy, giving, evangelism, and miracle workers. The gifts are to be desired, not despised, and tested by and through the completed Canon, the Scriptures.
(1 Cor 1:7, Eph 4:11-13, 1 cor 13:12, 1 cor 14, 1 Jn 4:1, 1 Thes 5:20)
The Kingdom of God
In fulfilling prophecy, and the restoration of all things in the covenant of grace, Jesus Christ, at His incarnation, inaugurated His Kingdom and is true, present, and growing here throughout time till the return of Christ. The proclamation of the Gospel and the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit is the primary function of the spreading of the Kingdom of God. Jesus reigns as King at the right hand of the Father as Lord of all where the elect will rule and judge with Him. His unshakeable Kingdom expands across the world expanding to all people groups, receiving worship by sovereignly restored image bearers of God.
(Matt 13:31-32, Matt 6:10, Matt 28:18, 1 Cor 6:3, Eph 3:8-12, Isa 19:24-25, Act 1:8, Isa 2:2-5, Isa 42:4, Ps. 2:8, Ps. 72:8, Dan 7:13-14, Luk 1:33, Heb 12:28)
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life.
(Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39)
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship and is to be taken in a worthy manner.
(Mt. 26:26-27; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26)
Marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman according to the scriptures.
(Gen. 1:27-28; Gen. 2:18-24; Mt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:31-33)
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God-the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
(1 Cor 15; Jn. 5:28, 29; Phil. 3:21)
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 into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.
(Mt. 25:31-46; 1 Cor. 15:35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10, Jn. 3:36)