Statement of Faith
The purpose of this church shall be to promote the worship and glory of God by the preaching of
the Word at home and abroad in order that sinners will be converted and believers edified.
The doctrine held shall be those expressed in the following Confession of Faith and that which is
generally accepted by Baptist churches.
1. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired (II Timothy 3:16-17)
and the product of Spirit controlled men (II Peter 1:19-21), and therefore, has truth without any
error (John 17:17). We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible to be the true center of Christian
unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions, shall be tried
2. Of the True Godhead
We believe that there is only one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 2:5), infinite
in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons -- the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit -- yet one in substance and equal in every divine perfection (Isaiah
48:16; Matthew 28:19), and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of
creation (Genesis 1:1) and redemption (John 3:16).
a. Father: We believe in God the Father, not as being the one God, but merely one
distinction of the True God. The Son has voluntarily elected to do the will of the Father in
dependence upon the Spirit. He is the Father of creation (Malachi 2:10), Israel (Exodus
4:22), Jesus Christ (John 20:17) (not a relationship of derivation or inferiority), and the
believers (Romans 8:15-16).
b. Son: We believe that Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity is co-equal with
God the Father, and all the attributes of God are manifest in Him (John 1:1). When the
fullness of time was come, Christ became incarnate by a supernatural conception and
virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14) for the purpose of becoming "the sacrifice for sin". By His
vicarious death, He made possible a reconciliation of depraved man with a holy and just
God (Hebrews 10:12). We further believe that He physically died and arose from the
grave. Upon completing His post-resurrection ministry, He ascended on high where He is
presently interceding for the believers (Hebrews 7:15), and shall subsequently return for
the believers (I Thessalonians 4:15-17) and set up His earthly kingdom (Luke 1:33).
c. Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person (John 16:13), equal with the
Father and Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin,
righteousness, and judgment (II Corinthians 13:14), bears witness to the truth (John
14:16), is the Agent of the New Birth (John 3:6), and that He seals, endues (I Corinthians
12:7), guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every
true Child of God (Romans 8:14-27).
3. Of Angels:
Angels are created (Colossians 1:16; Psalm 148:5), spirit-beings of various rank
and order. This company of everlasting beings is super-human in intelligence and strength. They
were created holy and good (Genesis 1:31), but due to sin many fell from their holy state and are
now confirmed in wickedness (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28). Those who preserved their integrity are
God's messengers (Hebrews 1:14), whereas the fallen angels execute Satan's desires in hindering
God's work and afflicting God's people.
We believe in the distinct personality of Satan (Matthew 4:1-3), that he is the unholy god of this
age (II Corinthians 4:4), author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment
of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Revelations 20:10).
4. Of the Creation:
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1-2),
including all life (Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3), "each after its own kind" (Genesis 1:24), by
direct act, and not by the process of evolution (Psalm 33:6).
5. Of Man:
We believe that man in the person of the first Adam, was created in Innocence but
by voluntary transgression fell into sin (Genesis 3), thus plunging the whole race into
condemnation (Romans 5:12) and total depravity (Ephesians 2:1) in consequence of which all
men are born sinners and are directed by their sin natures to willful acts of sin. Thus having
knowledge of their sin and the manifestation of the power of God, are without excuse before God
(Romans 1:18-2:1). Apart from God's work of grace all men would be on their way to eternal
torment (Revelation 20:15). God enabling some men to receive the light of the glorious Gospel
of Christ, they are then passed from death to eternal life forever secure in Heaven (John 10:28-
29; Romans 8:29-39).
6. Of Salvation:
We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the
redemption wrought by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon Him a human body and
nature, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15), and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement
sufficient for all sin (I John 2:2), that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by
His death as a martyr, but a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying
for the unjust (I Peter 3:18).
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again (John 3:3), that the new birth is
a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous; that in the new birth the one dead in
trespasses and in sins is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and receives eternal life, the free gift of God
(John 3:16; Romans 3:24); and are eternally secure in Christ. The new creation is brought about
in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with
divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence
appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life (II Corinthians 5:17;
7. Of the Church:
We believe that the true spiritual church is a New Testament institution unknown to the Old
Testament prophets (Matthew 16:18); established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head
(Ephesians 1:22-23); revealed through the holy Apostles; empowered and perpetuated by the
Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8); His "body" for service (I Corinthians 12:13-28); and His "bride" for
glory. It began with Pentecost, after the ascension of Christ and will be consummated at the
coming of Christ in the Rapture (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the
immersion of a believer in water and is properly called "Believer's Baptism" (Acts 8:36-39). It
sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with
the effects of that faith in our lives as it produces death to sin and resurrection to a new life
(Romans 6:3-5). Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church relation (Acts 2:41). The
Lord's Supper is the commemoration of our Lord's death until He come and our continual
fellowship with Him, should be preceded by baptism and always careful self-examination (I
8. Of Last Things*:
We believe in the bodily (Acts 1:4), personal (John 14:3), premillennial
return of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:11-20); that He will come before the seven year tribulation
period (Revelation 3:10; I Thessalonians 5:9) to catch away His church, and that He will come
with his church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations (Matthew 25:31-46) and
to set up His kingdom on earth (Luke 1:33).
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead (I Corinthians 15:12-58) that believers
who die in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His church and caught up with
transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) and that the
wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:4-5), and stand
in their bodies at the Great White Throne of judgment to receive their final doom (Revelation
9. Of Civil Government:
We believe that the civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of
human society (Romans 13:1); and the guarantee of liberty of conscience. This guarantee
consists of absolute constraint of the government to the civil realm, not interfering or influencing
in the spiritual realm of the Church. For the believer to see that magistrates are to be prayed for,
conscientiously honored, and obeyed (Matthew 22:21); except in things opposed to the will of
our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29; 4:19-20) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the
coming prince of the Kings of the earth.
10. Of Marriage:
We believe that God created men and women in the image of God and that
marriage, as God ordained, is the union of one man and one woman spiritually and physically.
Men and women are also uniquely designed to display the glory of God in the gospel through
marriage. God creates marriage (Genesis 2:18-25) and Paul tells us that when we embrace biblical
headship and submission, we help to illustrate the gospel. As husbands and wives together
pursue this gospel picture of Christ and the church, they personally pursue Christlikeness.
*8. Of Last Things -
We do expect you to believe the Historical Christian view that according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. What differentiates us even from some Bible believing Baptist Churches is our position on the timing of the rapture and second coming of Christ. Members may disagree on this timing, but not on these events.