What We Believe

1.  God the Father:

    There is one and only one living and true God.  He is the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth.  In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every way, yet exercising distinct roles in the work of redemption.                                          (I Corinthians 8:6; Psalms 90:2; I John 5:7; Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 12:4-6 (trinity)

 

2.  The Bible:

        We believe the King James version of the Bible to be a faithful translation, and the sixty-six books contained in it to be the total of inspired writings.  That it is to be accepted as our only guide in the faith and practice.  We believe it to be verbally inspired, inerrant, (without error) infallible, God breathed, and indestructible.  It alone will be used as the guide in all matters of church discipline.      (II Timothy 3:16-17; John 10:35; John 16:12; Luke 21:33; II Peter 1:20, 21).


3.  Jesus Christ:

        We believe that He is the only begotten Son of God, and that true faith in Him is the only means of salvation.  The Saviour took our place as a substitution sacrifice for our sin, was buried, and arose again the third day for our justification.  We believe in His preexistence, virgin birth, incarnate deity, present intercession, and second coming.                                                                                     (Ephesians 2:8, 9; II Corinthians 5:21; I Corinthians 15:3, 6, 51, 53; John 8:58; John  10:30; I Timothy 2:5; Titus 3:5).

 

4.  The Holy Spirit:

         We believe that He is the third person of the triune God, that He is the life giving agent in salvation, our help in understanding the Scriptures, emphasizing our prayers, discovers to us our sins, indwells every believer throughout life, making order out of chaos, and sealing every believer until the day of redemption.                                                                                                                                      (I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:5, 27; Ephesians 1:13, 14; II John 5:6, 7).

 

5.  The Church:

         We believe it is made up of born again believers who have followed in water baptism and are called out of this world unto Jesus Christ. It may also be known as the body of Christ.  However, it can only be recognized as such when a local group gets together.  Its main function is witnessing and testifying. Its continual function that of teaching, preaching and discipleship.

         Of all the denominations in existence, the Independent, Fundamental Baptist church is the closest true New Testament church.  It alone is Apostolic in doctrine, faith, and practice.               (Acts 2:41-42; I Timothy 3:15; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:19-20

 

6.  The Ordinances:

           We believe there are but two commanded to the church: The Lord’s Supper and Baptism.  At the same time there is no Scriptural liberty for them to be observed apart from the church.

            (A)  Baptism:   As soon as it is practical to do so, every born again person should submit to water baptism.  It is an act of obedience, one of the first steps in following Christ. The only way practiced by the Apostles, and the Early church was that of complete immersion. The word Baptize means to plant, bury, submerge. Every believer thus baptized Scripturally,  once backward,  not for the remission of sin                                                                                                                                (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 8:29,39).

            (B)  Lord’s Supper:  Members should not despise the Lord’s Supper by being carelessly absent but make every effort to be present for this service.  The Lords Supper was given by the Lord to His apostles and thus we will hold to this service as being "closed” and for our church members only. We do not practice “open” or “close” communion, but “closed,” in that it is for our church membership only.  We will not publicly embarrass anyone in this matter, but the statement will be made about our belief.                                                                                                                                                          (I Corinthians 11:20-34).

 

7.  Heaven and Hell:

         We believe heaven to be a place prepared for those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, and hell to be a place for the devil and all those persons who fail to accept Jesus Christ.  (Luke 16:19,31; John 14:2,3; Matthew 25:41,46).

 

8.  Christian Service:

         We believe that all members of this church should engage in some definite work in its behalf: that they should pray for it, with it, teach  in and out of it; seeking to bring the lost under its ministry.  We also believe that the Person should be respected, remembered, and encouraged.

          We further believe that one of the best evidences of faith and the leading factor in personal and church prosperity is obedience in tithing;  meaning one-tenth of the increase, placed in the church treasury on the first day of the week as often as it is received.                                                  (Ephesians 4:1; Titus 2:11,15; Malachi 3:10,12; I Corinthians 16:1,2; Romans 14:12).