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Our Beliefs

STATEMENT OF FAITH & BELIEF

I.  The Bible

 We believe in the absolute authority of the Holy Scriptures.

We believe the original manuscripts were given

by inspiration of God and were without error.

We believe the God who gave His word to man

has taken upon Himself the responsibility

for its preservation (Psalms 12:6-7). 

We believe the incorruptible word of God

which cannot pass away is available to the English

speaking world in the Authorized (King James) Version.

This Bible is our final authority in all matters. 

II.  God

We believe that God is one God, manifesting Himself in three persons:

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

These three are equal in all power and attributes. 

III.  Salvation and Consequences

We believe salvation is available to all men by grace through faith

in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ,

apart from human works or merit of any kind. 

We believe the saved child of God is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ,

and is sealed, taught, and comforted by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption.

We  believe salvation makes one a member of the body of Christ

and the members of this body should gather together in a local church

where they may minister one to another. 

We  believe all men rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity

in the conscious torment of a literal lake of fire,

while those receiving the Lord Jesus Christ

will spend eternity in the glorious presence of God. 

IV.  Gospel and Its Proclamation

 We  believe it is the responsibility of every believer

to proclaim the saving gospel to all men by personal testimony

and by giving of their means to finance the missionary efforts of the church. 

 V.  Separation

We  believe all saved men should be separate from the outward

and inner ways of this world, being holy in mind and body.

We  believe, however, that righteousness does not come

by keeping of laws and commandments but by an inner change of heart.

We therefore place emphasis on the inner condition,

trusting the outward appearance to follow accordingly. 

VI.  Baptism and The Lord's Supper

We  believe that there are two ordinances of the local church:

Baptism, and the Lord's supper.

Scriptural baptism of believers, by immersion in water,

in the name of the Father, of the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

This pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ

for our sins, and shows that we belong to Christ.

It is to be administered by the authority of the

Local New Testament Baptist church, and is a prerequisite

to the privileges of a church relation, and to the Lord's supper.

The Lord's supper is a memorial ordinance for the local church

according to the individual examination and teaching

of 1 Corinthians 11:12-34. The unleavened bread

and the fruit of the vine (unfermented grape juice),

are to commemorate together, the dying love of Christ.   

VII.  The Church

We  believe that the church is a body of which Jesus is the head.

Thus it is not a democracy to be run by the will of its members

but is to conduct its temporal as well as its spiritual business

in strict accordance to the word of God. 

VIII.  End Times and Events

We  believe in the Rapture-the personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational

and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ "in the air."

This has been the "Blessed Hope" of every born-again believer

in the Church Age.  At that time He will receive to Himself

the resurrected bodies of those who have "died in Christ"

and also all those who are presently alive and "in Christ."

He will then come "with His saints" seven years thereafter

to execute judgment upon the ungodly nations

before the inauguration of His earthly millennial reign

at His second coming to the earth.  The Lord will cast

the anti-christ and the false prophet into the lake of fire,

send Satan into the abyss and establish His earthly kingdom.

The Lord Jesus Christ will reign one thousand years,

thus literally fulfilling the covenant promises made

to a believing remnant of Israel through the Patriarchs of the Old Testament.

After the earthly reign of one thousand years, He will bring

all the unsaved dead to the judgment of the Great White Throne

and all who stand before that Throne will be cast into the lake of fire forever.

Satan will also be cast into the lake of fire.