These purposes are to be accomplished through prayer, singing praises, reading, expounding and preaching the Word of God, administering Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, exercising discipline, and making collections for the support of the ministry.
The Father: We believe that God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the Heavenly Father to all who have come to a saving knowledge of His only begotten Son (John 1:14; I Peter 1:3-5).
The Son, Jesus Christ: We believe in the absolute Deity of Jesus Christ. His incarnation by means of the Holy Spirit’s conception and virgin birth, His sinless life and miraculous ministry on earth, His death on the cross as a substitutionary atonement for the sins of all men, His bodily resurrection from among the dead, His exaltation to the right hand of the majesty on high as Lord, Mediator, Priest, and Advocate, and His personal imminent return to bring into consummation His work of redemption by ultimate triumph over Satan and his hosts (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-20; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; John 3:1-2; 20:30-31; I Corinthians 15:1-28; Hebrews 4:14; 7:25; 9:24; I Peter 1:18-21).
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that it is by His energy that sinners are brought under conviction of sin and are drawn to Jesus Christ for salvation, that through Him men are regenerated and sanctified, that by Him saints are indwelt with the Divine Presence, and that by His endowment and imbuement God’s people are to serve the Lord acceptably. We believe that He is the Divine Witness, Seal, Earnest, Anointing, Guide, Teacher, and Administrator (John 14:26; 16:7-13; Acts 1:5,8; Romans 8:14-27; 15:16; I Corinthians 12:1-14; II Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; I John 2:20,27).
The Second Advent of Jesus Christ
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers: We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Jesus Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of the believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
The Two Natures of the Believer: We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provisions for the victory of the spiritual nature over the carnal, fleshly soul-filled nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9).
Sanctification: We believe in the positional sanctification of each believer in Jesus Christ at the time of salvation, and a practical sanctification which is progressive, depending upon the believer’s appropriation of divine means; and all without a second work of grace (John 17:17; I Corinthians 1:2,30).
The Local Church: We believe that the establishment and the continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures; that a local New Testament church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ that have followed the Lord Jesus Christ through the waters of baptism, associated together under the direction and government of the Holy Spirit for worship, instruction, fellowship, service, and the spread of the gospel to the uttermost part of the earth; that it is absolutely sovereign, under the administration of the Holy Spirit, in the handling of its own affairs and in determining its own relationship (Matthew 16:17-18; 28:18-20; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-37; I Corinthians 3:9-17; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 5:25,17; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
The Lord’s Supper: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death to be observed until He comes; the bread and the fruit of the vine are only symbols of His broken body and shed blood, and that our observance of it is a pictorial testimony of the believer’s fellowship with the crucified Savior and should be preceded by solemn heart-searching and self-judgment(Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 10:16-21; 11:17-34).
The Separated Life
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord Jesus Christ, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body, are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6;l II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).