— Theology —
We believe there is only one true and living God, the Maker and Supreme Ruler over Heaven and earth. We believe that God is: Eternal He always was, he is and always will be.
Immutable Omniscient Omnipresent Omnipotent 32:17
He is an unchanging God.
He is all knowing.
God is everywhere at once.
God is almighty and all powerful
A three part Godhead — Trinity
1John 3:20 Psalms 139:5-12
J e r e m i a h
In the unity of the Godhead there are 3 persons:
Son, and The Holy Ghost. The 3 are equal in every divine perfection, but not equal in position. Each holds a distinct, but harmonious office. 1John 5:7
The Father- His office is to be the boss. He is greater than all.
He determines What is to be done, His will. He answers prayer.
He reveals truth
He keeps us saved
He is the source for all knowledge, power and truth.
The Son- His office is to carry out the Fathers will.
He is an example of obedience and Christianity.
He is our Savior – Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He bears witness of God’s truth.
He was born to save sinners.
God has given all judgement into His hand.
The Spirit- His office is to be the messenger of the Fathers goodness.
He abides within the body of all believers.
He delivered the Scripture to the holy men.
He brings comfort.
He brings wisdom.
He endues with power.
He brings conviction.
He reveals the future.
He Gives words we need to speak.
THE SON OF GOD Genesis 3:1-16
The Father, The
We Believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah Promised in Genesis 3:16! Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18-23
We Believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God as well as God the Son! Philippians 2:5-8 1John 2:1
We Believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of a virgin. Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner. Born of Mary, a virgin. As no other man has ever been born or could be born. Jesus is the son of God and God the son! Isaiah 7:14 ●
Matthew 1:18 ● Luke 1:35 ● Mark 1:1 ● John 1:14 Galatians 4:4 ● 1John 5:20
We Believe Jesus was to be payment for our sin on the cross at Calvary.
We Believe Jesus lived without sin, but became sin for us on the cross.
We Believe Jesus was 100% man and 100% percent God.
We Believe the death of Jesus was vicarious in that He died for others.
Isaiah 53:5,6 ● 1Corinthians 15:3 ● 2Corinthians 5:21 ● Romans 5:8
We Believe in the literal death and resurrection of Christ.
We Believe by His resurrection He conquered death, Hell, and the grave. 1Peter 3:21,22
We Believe He’s now in Heaven seated at the right hand of the Father. 1Corinthians 15:3-4
In The early chapters of the book of Acts it was the task of the apostles to convince the Jews that Jesus was the promised Messiah. They knew for generations that a Messiah was promised who would save them from their sins. Peter quoted Moses, David, Isaiah, and other Old Testament Passages to show the correlation between Jesus and the promised Messiah. Then they’d persuade them to trust Jesus Christ. We Believe all attributes of God the Father are found in Jesus Christ.
He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient
— Anthropology —
We believe God created man in a condition of innocence, but, by a direct act of his will, fell through disobedience. Through this disobedience, all men became sinners. (Romans 5:12) This was by choice and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse. By one man’s sin all were made sinners. Adam imputed to us his fallen nature. By the death of Christ, man can have righteousness imputed by faith in Jesus Christ. (2Corinthians 5:24) sin caused Adam to fall from fellowship with God, thus causing a sense of guilt. (Genesis 2:17) Along with spiritual death, physical death would now touch every man. (1Corinthians 15:22 • Genesis 3:19) Environmental changes also took place; a curse was placed upon the ground and on the beast of the field. Childbirth now is with
great sorrow and man would work for a living. (Genesis 3:14 • Romans 3:10-19 • Romans 1:8 • Romans 3:2)
We believe that man in the natural state is totally depraved in his nature and therefore must be regenerated by the chapel of Christ. When men hear the word of the God, the Holy Spirit convicts them of their need for regeneration and will convert them by grace through their faith. (Romans 10:17 • 1Peter 1:23) Man can not satisfy God in his depraved nature, the result being eternal separation from God in hell for eternity. (John 8:44 • Romans5:12-17 • 1Peter 4:6 • Romans 4:24,25) Through his death and resurrection Jesus has satisfied God’s requirement for righteousness therefore nullifying the results of sin (Isaiah 53:11 • 1Peter 3:18)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and is equal as God with the Father and the Son. (although we know that the Father is greater) He was active in Creation with the Father and the Son. He controls Satan until God’s promise is fulfilled. 2 Thessalonians. 2:3-9 He convicts the sinner as well as the saint of sin. He uses the preaching of the Gospel to bring about salvation in the lives of all who call upon the Name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the body of everyone who is born again. I also believe the Holy Spirit gives special indwelling to each Christian who asks God to fill him with the Holy Spirit for soul-winning, preaching, counseling, or other purposes for which youmayfeelincompetent.Infact,theBiblesteaches youaretobe filled with the Holy Spirit all the time. It’s not how much of the Holy Spirit we have, but rather, how much of ourselves we are willing to surrender to the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 The Holy Spirit is referred to in the Bible as a personality as personal pronouns are always used to refer to the Holy Spirit, He’s a person. John 14:16,17 Genesis 1:1-3 John 3:5
Jobs of the Holy Spirit;
He Works………… 1Corinthians. 12:11 He Searches………1Corinthians. 2:10 He Speaks………… Acts 13:2
He Testifies……….John 15:26
He Reproves………John 16:8-11
He Regenerates….John 3:5
He Calls……………Acts 13:2
He Fills…………….Luke 1:67 Acts 1:8 He Comforts…….. John 14:26
He Moves…………. 2Peter 1:21
He Reveals………..Luke 2:26
He Prays………….. Romans 8:26
Luke 1:35-The Holy spirit brought conception of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 12:12- The Holy spirit gives us words to speak in special times.
Acts 2:4 -The Holy spirit gives the gift of tongues. (1Corinthians. 14:1-33)
1Corinthians. 6:19-Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy spirit. Hebrews. 2:4-Specific gifts are administered by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation.
We believe that it is to be taken literally not figuratively.
We believe that there were seven consecutive twenty-four hour days.
We believe God created the world in 6 days & rested on the 7th.
We believe God created with age making things older than they’ve existed.
We believe that God created man in His own image and likeness.
We believe God created all living things telling them to be fruitful. We do not believe in the man made theory of evolution. (Theistic evolution) John 1:3
Genesis 1:2 “…the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep”
— God created then completed. He does the same thing with people. Genesis 1:6,7 “…a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
— God created the earth with a vapor canopy. No direct sunlight. That changed at the time of the flood.
Genesis 1:9 “And God said, Let the waters under the Heaven be gathered together unto one place…”
— We believe God created the Earth with one land mass and one ocean. This was changed at Babel. 1Chronicles 1:19 (Genesis 11 Babel & Peleg)
Genesis 1:26 “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”
— Man is the only life created after the image of God. A trichotomy, having body, soul and spirit.
Genesis 1:29 “I have given you every herb bearing seed…and every tree…to you it shall be for meat.”
— God initially made man a vegetarian. That changed at the fall of man, when God killed animals to give skins for a covering.
1. If God created all life at once, man and Dinosaurs coexisted.
2. Since God Created the heavens for the Earth, there is no extra terrestrial life.
3. The ages of early people would tend to say that there was little or no disease.
Disease was released at the flood. (Noah)
4. The Sabbath is not Sunday, rather it is Saturday.
We now celebrate the resurrection rather than the Sabbath.
SALVATION — Soteriology —
We believe that salvation of sinners is totally by grace through faith. (Ephesians2:8&9)Thissalvationispossiblethroughtheson of God who freely took upon himself our nature yet without sin. Jesus Christ, gave His life as a ransom on the cross of Calvary. He was obedient to the divine law and by his death he made a full atonement for our sins. This death was a voluntary substitution of himself in the place of the lost hell-bound sinner. (1Peter 3:18) We believe that the vicarious death of the Lord Jesus will not save every lost sinner automatically. Each of us must realize that we are sinners and that we cannot save ourselves. We must trust Christ completely for salvation calling upon his name.
Repentance is insisted upon as a prerequisite of salvation. That repentance is not a repentance of one sins, or even a Godly sorrow for sins, it is a change of belief. Turning from what we thought would save us (religion, works, baptism Etc.) and trusting Christ alone. Romans 6:23 • Romans 5:8 Romans 10:9-13. Do not misunderstand, A realization and admission of sin is a requirement of salvation. Each time Jesus personally witnessed the gospel He made sure of an understanding of the sinful condition. Then persuaded them to believe the truth of the sacrifice of the messiah for their salvation.
We Believe that when a sinner comes to Christ and calls upon his name and asks forgiveness repenting of the sin of unbelief, that he receives eternal life. Not eternal life until he sins again, but everlasting life that “fadeth not away”. John 3:16 as well as 1John 5:13 say that upon salvation we have Eternal life. That word is present tense meaning that we have it now. If I have eternal life then I am saved forever!
We believe when a sinner rejects the atonement of Christ for salvation he’ll be cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity, not just until his sins are purged, or God feels he’s suffered enough, but, forever. The same period of time the saved will spend in Heaven is the amount of time that the lost souls will be in hell.
John 8:31 • Colossians 1:22, 23 • 1John 2:19 • Matthew 13:19-21 • Psalms 12:1-3
Hebrews 1:14 • 1Peter 1:5 • Psalms 1:1-6 • John 10:28, 29 • Romans 8:35 – 39
We believe a person is justified in God’s sight by faith in the Jesus Christ. This is a judicial act whereby God declares a sinner righteous by his faith. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us by faith. We in essence trade places with Jesus, with him taking our punishment on the cross while we take on his righteousness.
Adoption is a position which believers enjoy in Christ and is in essence the placing of redeemed sinners as the children of God. And joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Adoption is given on the grounds of Jesus’ accomplished work of Calvary. John 1:12 • Galatians 4:4,5 • Ephesians 2:16 The holy Spirit being placed into the heart of the believer is proof of ones adoption into the family of God. Galatians 4:6
We believe sanctification is a position which we occupy with Christ. There are 3 aspects of sanctification: 1) Positional- 1Corinthians 1:2 We’re saved from the penalty of sin.
2) Progressive- 1Thessalonians 4:1-4 We’re being saved from the control of sin.
3) Perfect- Jude1:24 • 1Thessalonians 3:13 We will be saved from the presence of sin.
Acts 16:22 • 22:34 Three Different Baptisms Mentioned in Scripture
— John’s Baptism was one of repentance — works to show conversion.
— Jesus’ Baptism was for the Church.
— Baptism of the Holy Ghost
Matthew 3:11 • John 3:22 • John 4:1
Baptism Is a Symbol 1Peter 3:21 • Romans 6:3-6
Baptism Is a Statement Colossians 2:12 • Matthew 10:32
Baptism Is an Act of Obedience Acts 10:47,48
Baptism Should Be Administered After Salvation! Acts 2:42 • Acts 8:36-38
Baptism and salvation are not the same. 1Corinthians 1:17 Babies should therefore not be baptized until they are saved.
Babies are kept “safe” until they are old enough to understand. 1Samuel 12:18-25
Baptism Should Be Administered By Immersion Jesus and John went down into the water Matthew 3:13
Philip and the Eunuch went down into the water. Acts 8:38
Who Should Baptize? The Apostles are the only recorded baptizers of new testament baptism.
We therefore assume Pastors of N.T. Churches should baptize. Philip- Acts 8 Peter- Acts 2 Paul- Acts 1
What Happens at Baptism?
God is pleased — Matthew 3:16
Church membership is granted — Acts 2:41
A statement of Faith is made — Matthew 10:32
We believe that the Holy Bible is perfect. By the Bible, I am referring to the collection of sixty-six books beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation, translated from the original Hebrew & Greek as ordered by King James in 1609 & completed in 1611. These Books as originally written and preserved for us in the King James Version do not only contain and convey the Word of God, but are in fact, the very Word of GOD! We believe in the verbal word by word inspiration of the Bible.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” 2Timothy 3:16,
“Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalms 12:6 “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
“Matthew 4:4 “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4
— Demonology —
We believe in the personality of Satan, the devil. He first appears in the Bible as the tempter who beguiled Eve and tempted her to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-6). The devil is last seen in the Book of Revelation being cast into the Lake of Fire forever. (Revelation 20:10). In the Book of Isaiah chapter 14, we are told of the beginnings of Satan. Lucifer (as his name was originally) was the most beautiful and powerful angel, one of three archangels along with Gabriel and Michael, but, he was cast out of Heaven because he decided to lift himself up to be like God. Not only was Satan cast out of Heaven, but 1⁄3 of the angels were cast out along with him. Satan is called the prince of the power of the air. He is the unholy God, and the God of this world. He is as a roaring lion walking about whom he may devour. 2Corinthians 4:4 • 11:14 • John 8:44 • Matthew 4:3 • 13:19 • 1Peter 5:8 • 2Peter 2:4
Satan owns nothing. He will stop at nothing to have his way. Satan is the imitator of everything God does.
Hell is a place of eternal punishment prepared for the Devil and His angels. Because of His justice all unbelievers will also go there. The Bible describes this as a real place, a lake of fire, a bottomless pit “…where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.” Hell very possibly may be located in the center of the Earth. Mark 9:44 • Revelation 20:1-3 • Matthew 25:41 • Numbers 16:30
We believe in the visible local New Testament Church only. We believe the Lord Jesus established the Church during His earthly ministry with His twelve apostles. (Luke 1: 6-8, Luke 1:35-42). The Lord promised that the Church which He established have continuous perpetuity. (Matthew 16:18). We believe Pentecost to be the day the Church was baptized with the Holy Ghost, and being filled received an inducement of power as promised by God. (Acts 2:47) The Church is the nearest thing to the heart of God, so much in fact, He loved the Church and gave Himself for it, and soon He will
return and claim His Bride, the Church.
The Church is an assembly of born again, baptized believers called out of the world, commissioned by the Lord to evangelize, baptize, and train others. (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luck 24:46-48, Acts 1:8, Act 2:41, 42) Churches after the order of the one Christ established and commissioned have existed in every age and are in existence today. We believe these true Churches to be Baptistic with the following distinctives.
1.The Bible being their sole authority for faith and practice. (2Thessalonians 2:15, I Peter 1:25, 2:2)
2.The autonomy of the Church recognizing the sole leadership of Christ.
(Matthew 16:18, 23:10, 1Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 1:22,23)
3.The preaching of salvation by grace alone, eternal security and priesthood of the believer.
(Ephesians 2:8, 9, Titus 3:5, John 10:28,29, I Peter 2:5,9)
4.The observance of two Scriptural ordinances.
4.1.Baptism by immersion. Showing outwardly the inward possession of grace. Signifying the death, burial, and resurrection. It’s a prerequisite of Church membership (Act 8:36-39, 1Corinthians 11:2). 4.2.The Lord’s Supper. By use of unleavened bread and unleavened wine (grape juice) member of the Church are to commemorate the dying love of Christ, looking to His coming again. This remembrance should be preceded by a solemn self-examination and then participation. (1Corinthians 11:23-33)
5.The Scriptural officers of the Church being Pastor and deacons.
6.Tithes and offerings are the Church’s sole financial plan. (Malachi 3:10, 1Corinthians 16:2, Proverbs 3:9
7.Scriptural separation over doctrine (2John 9:11, Titus 3:10) 8.Scriptural separation from apostasy and the world. (1Corinthians 5:9-13, 2Thessalonians 3:6,14, 2Corinthians 6:14)
Scriptural separation of the Church and state. (Matthew 22:21)
LAST THINGS — Eschatology—
We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture and the pre-millennial return of Christ. The following is what we believe to be the order of events to take place in the future according to the Scriptures.
We believe the rapture is the coming of Jesus Christ in the air for His saints. These Believers will then be assembled into the Church of the firstborn. Which is the Bride of Christ. (Hebrews 12:23, John 14:3, 1Thesolonians 4:13-17) The dead in Christ shall be raised. (John 11:25,26, 1Corinthians 15:52,53, 1Thessalonians 4:14-16) These together shall be caught up in the air to meet the Lord.
(1Thessalonians 4:16,17, 2Thessalonians 2:1-7)
The tribulation is a period of time which is called Jacob’s Trouble in Daniel 9. The tribulation is the consummation of the seventy weeks spoken of in the Scriptures. We believe these weeks are period of years rather than literal weeks. Each week would constitute a seven-year period. The final week of seven is when God will deal very definitely with the nation of Israel for their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This period will not begin until the Church is taken out of the way. During this time the man of sin will be revealed. (2Thessalonians 2:7) The tribulation is divided into two parts, each having three and one half years. There will be a prince that shall come and make a covenant with Israel. (Daniel 9:27) In the middle of the week, after first three and half years, this covenant will be broken. (Daniel 1:27) This give us reason to believe that the first three and half years will be peaceful existence, and the last three and half years will be Great Tribulation, when this prince or Satan will disrupt the sacrifice and
will cause great suffering, persecution, and death.
— These Events Will Take Place in Heaven During the Tribulation on Earth —
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The celebration of our union with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Judgement Seat of Christ. Christians are judged according to their works.
(2Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:10-12)
….then after the seven year tribulation,
The Great White Throne Judgement. The unsaved will be judged and sent to Hell. Then… Eternity Begins.