believe the Old and New Testament Scriptures are the verbal and
plenary inspired, preserved Word of God. The Scriptures are
inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and are, therefore, the final
authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old
and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to
Man. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official
and only translation used by the church. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2
believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal
sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life that
define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These
dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely
ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His
purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and the
kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen.
1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10;
Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6)
believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three
persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being,
co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the
same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John
14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14)
Person and Work of Christ
believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became
man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy
Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God
and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2
Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious,
substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by
His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom.
3:24-25; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now
exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He
fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
(Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2)
Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
believe that the Holy Spirit is a person Who convicts the world of
sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the
Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the
body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of
redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6;
believe that He is the divine Teacher Who assists believers to
understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the
privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
(Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to
every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and
teachers to equip believers in the church to do the work of the
ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12)
believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in
tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in
tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or
filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body
from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in
the resurrection, although God frequently chooses to answer the
prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8;
Total Depravity of Man
believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but
that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature,
and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of
himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27;
Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and
received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose
precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our
sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy
Spirit, are forgivable. (Matt. 12:31-32; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7;
2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:9)
reject the false doctrine of Calvinism in all forms. No one is
pre-determined to go to Heaven or pre-determined to go to Hell.
Salvation is for Whosoever Will.
Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
believe that once a person is saved, he is kept by God’s power and
remains secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom.
8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)
believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the
assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s
Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian
liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus
believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused
bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again believers. We gladly
accept any race or creed. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph.
believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is
clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. (Acts 14:27;
20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external
authority or control
s, and any affiliations,
societies, organizations, associations, or agencies this church
affiliates with to further the objectives stated in the Purpose
Statement are not authoritative in matters of church practice or
belief. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16;
5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the
Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.
(Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
believe that believers should maintain a godly testimony and live in
such a way that their lives do not bring reproach upon their Savior.
God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all
worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to
refrain from all evil appearances. We stand against any and all
worldly philosophies and ecumenical movements that seek to destroy or
undermine the truth of Biblical Christianity. (Lev. 19:28; Rom.
12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John
2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
Second Coming of Christ
believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of
Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year
tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will
personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His
earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of
Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess.
1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal
life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt.
25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the
body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await
the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to
be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8;
Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in
conscious punishment and torment in Hell until the second
resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at
the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of
Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious
punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke
16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)
Personality of Satan
believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of
the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and
man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
(Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)
believe that the Genesis account of creation is neither allegory nor
myth, but a literal, historical account of God’s creation of the
universe in six literal, 24-hour days. We reject evolution, the Gap
Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural
theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11)
believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of
three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3)
the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but
all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and
governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific
Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with
the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon
the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and
sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of
responsibility under God. We believe that we must obey the
state unless it requires us to act contrary to our faith at which
time we must obey God rather than the state. (Matt. 22:15-22;
Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Titus 3:1-2; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet.
believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be
engaged in outside of a marriage between one naturally-born man
and one naturally-born woman. We believe that any
form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest,
fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of
God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids
any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen.
2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor.
5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of
one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman for
life. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before
God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual
functions for men and women in the home and the church. The
husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the
leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only
men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal.
3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)
believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational
institution of human society. 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 an heritage from the Lord.
Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual
and moral values through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate
discipline. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5;
Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph.
5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)
believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends
marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and
remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of
fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced
persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly
used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the
offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom.
7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)
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 due to rape,
incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control,
or the physical or mental well-being of the mother are acceptable.
(Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5;
20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim
the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude
from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who
believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we
must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not
wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke
24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)
believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s
wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support
his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe
as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give
other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the
church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel.
We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct
the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen.
14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal.
6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
This Church adopts the Baptist Church Covenant as follows:
"Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, toward its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance ; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ , and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word."