Battles and wars have been fought through the centuries over these doctrines and how they are set forth. We see them in the way they are described in the "beliefs" section at the right. It seems necessary to to lay a foundation at the first and then build upon it. For those that have went before us, we have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Of the Doctrine of God
We believe that here is only one true God. (Malachi 2:10, Deut. 6:4, Ex. 6:3) He is the first person of the Godhead. His existence is presupposed in scripture and his existence is known in man through the conscience. He has capacities of love, hate, seeing, hearing, knowing, feeling, desires and affections. In essence of being, God is a spirit (John 4:24) and invisible, incorporeal. God has personality as seen in his name, such as the “I AM’. He is the eternally self-existent one. He is the creator and sustainer of the universe (Col. 1:15-17). We believe in the unity of the Godhead or Trinity (John 17:22-23). The natural attributes of God are that He is omniscience, omnipotent, immutable, and eternal. His moral attribute is his Holiness which is reflective in his righteousness, justice, mercy, loving kindness and love.
Of the Scriptures
We believe that the process through which God gave us the Bible was Revelation, Inspiration and Illumination. Revelation is God directly revealing Himself to mankind; primarily, but not exclusively, through the 40 men who wrote the Bible over a period of 1500 years. Inspiration is God using men to write his words and illumination is mankind taking the penned words and publishing them to others as the Holy Spirit works to communicate God’s words to mankind’s heart and soul. Illumination is then a divine action on the mind of man. We believe in the plenary, verbal method of the inspiration of the scriptures in the original autographs. Inspiration attests to the accuracy of the scriptures, these said scriptures being “God breathed” were inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. We believe in the preservation of these scriptures in the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic texts but not in the English and translations into other languages. While there are many good translations of the scriptures into English, we prefer to use the King James translation. We trust the accuracy, methods, trustworthiness and honesty of the translators. These translations, the King James as well as others not mentioned here, still remain the "Authoritative word of God" and are indeed God's word kept intact and are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16. Of the scriptures we further believe they are God's record of his Revelation of Himself to mankind. On canonization we believe the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament (excluding the Apocrypha) constitute the Holy Bible in English. (2 Peter 1:21, 1 Thess. 2:13, Exodus 3:18)
Of the Trinity
We believe that God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4, 5) and also a Trinity (Matthew 28: 19). We believe in the unity of this Godhead in three eternal and coequal Persons, the same in substance but distinct in subsistence. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Isaiah 6:8; John 6:27; Ephesians 4:6; Hebrews 1:8; Acts5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16; John 1:1)
Of Deity and the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a miraculous manner: born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that he is both the Son of God and God the Son, manifest (incarnate) unto us in the flesh.
(Gen. 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psalm 2:7; Gal. 4:4)
Of the Atonement
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by personal obedience and by His death made a full vicarious atonement for our sins; His atonement consisted not in setting an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of himself in the sinners place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in his own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting his tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient Savior.
(Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24, Phil. 2:7, Isaiah 52:4-7)
We believe that Jesus Christ provided a way for every person to get to heaven as He became our substitutionary sacrificial lamb when He was crucified (Isaiah 53:10, 11). He paid the sin debt for all mankind by His shedding of blood,His death and ressurection. God the Father was satisfied (propitiated) with this payment for our sin debt. When a person as a result of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and being convicted of his sin by the Holy Spirit realizes he is a sinner and because of his sins he deserves to spend eternity in hell, recognizes He is guilty before a Holy God and by a volitional act of his own will turns (repents) and places his faith in the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ thereby receiving Christ into his heart, God reaches down and saves this persons soul for all time and eternity. We believe this happens instantaneously and is not a process. In this new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift from God; and this new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth.
We do not believe the God from eternity past chooses man to Salvation, but believe if Election is to Salvation that God chose from eternity past that all those who would trust in His Son, he would save, preserve and as a result of their salvation would predestinate them to all the blessings associated with Salvation and to eventually at the Rapure or when they die be conformed to the image of His Son.
Some words associated with this doctrine are; born again; justification; regeneration; imputation; redemption; remission, atonement; propitiation; conversion; vicarious; saved. (John 3:3; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 3:16; Romans 10:13)
We believe that Justification and righteousness are united in scripture by the fact that the same word is used for both. The believing sinner is justified because Christ, having borne his sins on the cross, has been “made unto him righteousness” (1 Corinth. 1:30) Justification originates in grace (Titus 3:4-5); it is through the redemptive and propitiatory work of Christ, who has vindicated the law (Rom 5:9); is by faith, not works (Gal 2:16) and may be defined as that judicial act of God whereby He justly declares righteous one who believes on Jesus Christ. It is the Judge himself who thus declares. The justified believer has been in court, only to learn that nothing is laid to his charge. (Romans 8:1, 33, 34)
Of the Grace of Giving
We believe that the example of giving to the New Testament believers in the Bible is tithing. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
(1 Corinth. 16:2; 2 Corinth. 8:7, Luke 6:38, Acts 20:35, Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9)
We believe that when one gets saved they are positionally sanctified or made partakers of Christ's Holiness. (1 Corinth. 6:11). It is progressive in our walk in that we are being conformed to the image of Christ . (1 Peter 1:16). Ultimate sanctification awaits our complete glorification with our resurrected bodies.(Eph. 5:26-27, 2 Corinth. 3:18, 1 Thess. 3:12,13, Jude 24, 24)
Of the Church
We believe that the church was started by Jesus Christ in its infancy while he was here on earth but did not come to fruition until Pentecost (Acts 2:4). Upon Salvation one is baptized into the body of Christ and is indwelt with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinth. 12:13). Distinguishing marks of the church are an accomplished redemption, a resurrected Savior and the indwelling Spirit, hence from a timeline perspective its beginning had to be after the Cross and at Pentecost. This body is sometimes called the “corporate” church, “family of God” or “body of Christ”. A saved person is to then get baptized by immersion and join a local New Testament church. A local New Testament church is a visible assembly of regenerated baptized believers in Christ who have assembled themselves together primarily for the purpose of fulfilling the will of God as stated in the “Great commission”. The purposes of the church are many, here are a few more. To love God (Rev. 2:4), to glorify God (Eph. 1:5, 6, 11, 12, 14), to display God’s grace (Eph. 2:7), to evangelize the world (Matthew 28:19, 20), to baptize believers (Matt. 28:19), to instruct believers (Mat 28:19), to discipline believers (1 Corinth 11:31, John 15:2 ,Mt 18:17), to provide fellowship for believers (Acts 2:42), to care for its own (2 Corinth. 8,9;1, 1 Tim 5:1-16, James 1:27), to provoke Israel to jealousy (Romans 11:11-15), to prepare rulers for the millennium ((Romans 8:17), to act a s a restraining and enlightening force in this present world (Mt. 5:13, 2 Thess. 2:6,7), to promote all that is good (Gal 6:10).We believe in the autonomy of the local New Testament church. The (2) two ordinances of the local church are baptism of believers only by immersion and the observance of the Lord’s Supper. The servants of the local church are Pastor’s and Deacons whose qualifications are spelled out in the books of Timothy and Titus. The Bible not the church is a person’s final authority on all matters of Faith and Practice.
Of Sole Liberty of the Conscience
The individual soul is answerable to Almighty God and to Him alone. This precludes giving up that independency to a pope, a priest, a system, an organization, a convention, a fellowship, an association, or any other human being. None of these are given the authority to interpose anything whatsoever between the individual believer and God concerning any matter of faith. A person may then choose to be a Baptist, a member of another Christian denomination or to choose no religious belief system and neither the church, nor the government, nor family or friends may either make the decision or compel the person to choose otherwise. Furthermore, a person may change his/her mind at any time. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Every individual Christian has the liberty to believe, right or wrong, as his/her own conscience dictates. While we seek to persuade men to choose the right, a person must not be forced to into compliance, realizing that it is not always the larger group who holds the truth when, in fact, our heritage as Baptists has demonstrated the worth of every individual believer. (Romans 14:12)
Of the Doctrine of Man
We believe that man was created by God (Gen. 2:7) and in his image (Gen 1:26-27). Man voluntarily choose to sin and in doing so became depraved marring this image of God within himself. When man sinned he experienced spiritual and physical death. Spiritually he separated himself from God and physically he will now die a natural death. This sin nature, as it is called, as well as man’s soul and spirit are passed on to every human being by the “traducian theory” or the DNA at conception. This “depravity” we understand as meaning that mankind and the entire person (body, mind and spirit) are affected and defected by sin from conception and natural birth as a result of the fall. The image of God was not lost in the fall but this image of God was marred by sin as was the conscience. Although totally depraved the intensity of sin in a person can increase. We do not hold to “inability” but believe that man is unable to remedy his lost condition in the sense that no good works or merit on mans part can account for righteousness towards ones salvation. We DO NOT accept monerogism as a Biblical method of a person accepting the Light of Christ. We believe every man is born with enough light to obey Jesus' command and plea to repent and believe the gospel. We are synergistic in the sense that we believe God uses man to reach others. Also, that man out of the volition of his will excercises his faith in Christ and in turn God responds to man's faith and saves him. We believe that mankind are born with a sin nature but when one sins they are then responsible and accountable for their own sin to God and hence in need of redemption and a Saviour. Thus, we hold that babies and those who have not reached their age of accountability go the Heaven.
Of the Resurrection
We believe in the literal bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and His bodily ascension into Heaven. We subsequently believe he will return likewise, bodily.
(I Cor. 15:1–4)
We believe the conditions of salvation are repentance and faith and this repentance precedes ones faith. It is Holy Spirit who convicts man of his sin. Repentance effects the emotions, the mind and the will, is defined as a change of mind and with respect to one’s salvation is a change of mind with respect to ones sin, his self and the Saviour and results in ones turning from sin to Christ in faith as his Saviour. A person must see himself in danger of Hell, that he is lost, personally stands guilty and has sinned against a Holy God before he turns in Faith to Jesus for salvation. This we call repentance. People are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of the Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 9:13, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9)
Of One’s Eternal State
We believe in the everlasting, conscious reward for the saved in Heaven (1 Corinth. 3:10, 12, 13,14) and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost in Hell and the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-5).
We believe in the biblical description of the existence of Satan, the adversarial spirit, who acts as tempter and accuser and who is an enemy of the work of God in Creation and human affairs.
(Ezek. 28:12-19; Mat.4:1; Luke 22:3; Rom. 16:20 Jude 9; Isaiah 14:12-14; Rev. 20:7-9)
We believe that God created man and woman and instituted marriage between one man and one woman. It is also a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church. Believers should not marry unbelievers. (I Cor. 7:1–17, Heb. 13:4, Matt. 19:3–12, Eph. 5:22–33)
Of End Times
We believe in the visible, personal, pre- tribulation and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ for his saints (the church) called the rapture (1 Thess. 4:15-17; 1 Corinth. 15:51-53), a (7) seven year tribulation period that ends with the battle of Armageddon, then the 2nd coming of Christ and a 1000 year reign of Christ here on earth. That Satan will be loosed at the end of this millennium and God will destroy his followers and cast him and them into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels. After this will be the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15) of sinners for their sin against God. Then God will create a new Heaven and a new earth where those who have been saved will live forever with Him.(2 Peter 3:10, 11; Isaiah 66:22; 2 peter 3:13 Rev. 21:1)
We believe God created the heavens and earth in six literal days, and that God created all life. We reject the man-made theory of evolution occurring over millions of years and believe in a young earth the age of which could be approximately from 100,000 to 6000 years old. We believe that man was created in the image of God but chose to sin. Hence, all persons inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation. We believe that the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively. God created man and the earth and the universe in this (6) day period, said “day” being a 24 hour period as a unit of time. That God created all life forms and established divine law that all things shall bring forth only “after their own kind.”
(Gen. 1:1and 2, Col. 1:16, 17, John 1:3)
Of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third person of the trinity is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, he convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent of the New birth: that He seal, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. (John 14:16, 17, Acts 11; 6, Romans 8:14, 16)
We are opposed to the charismatic movement and its tongues and other sign gift manifestations.
We believe that angels are created, spiritual being that possess great power and might (2 Peter 2:11, Col. 1:16, Heb. 1:14) There are ranks and orders of angels and they are innumerable (Jude 9:1, Heb. 12:22). They have a priestly service and worship in heaven. They generally take on the form of a man and are helps to the believers as ministering servants (Heb. 1:4). A great host of angels fell one who was Lucifer (Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14). Some are chained in the abyss (2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6). The fallen angels who are not changed work with Satan to thwart God’s purposes (Matthew 25:41, Rev. 12:7-9, Daniel 10:10-14, Ephesian 6:12)
Priesthood of the Believer
Every Christian has the same access to God at the throne of grace as another.
(1 Peter 2:5, Hebrew 4:16, 1 Timothy 3:5)
Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.(Romans 13:17, Samuel 23:3, Ex. 18:21-22, Titus 3:1, 1 peter 2:13, 14; 2 Peter 2:17)
Of the Preservation of the Saints
We believe that when one becomes a child of God he is safe, immune and preserved from the eternal consequences of sin and Hell forever. At the very moment a lost person accepts Jesus Christ as his personnel Savior for pardon, God grants him eternal life and immunity from the dangers of hell to which he was formerly exposed.
(2 Timothy 1:9; Psalm 37:28; john 5:24; john 314-18; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 2 Tim. 1:12; Jude 24; John 10:27-29; Psalm 89:29)