Old-Fashioned Preaching Church
We Believe in the Baptist Distinctives
1. Biblical Authority as the only Authority in matters of belief and practice.
2. Autonomy of the Local Church as an independent body accountable only to God.
3. Priesthood of the Believer - every believer has direct access to God through prayer.
4. Two Ordinances and Only Two - Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
5. Individual Soul Liberty - each person can choose what he believes based on the Bible.
6. Saved, Baptized Church Membership.
7. Two Officers - Pastor and Deacon.
8. Separation of Church and State.
Below is our Statement Of Faith
This church holds the following Statement of Faith as being a summary of Christian doctrine whose authority consists only in its agreement with the Word of God.
I. THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that It has truth without any admixture of error for Its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
1. By "Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written and preserved by God throughout the ages does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
2. By "inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from all error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
3. We believe that the preserved Word of God, for English speaking people, is the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 138:2; Psalm 119; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Revelation 22:18, 19
II. THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, worship, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption.
Malachi 2:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 28:19; Galatians 3:20; 1 John 5:7
III. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation, and in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; for He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that His is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
Acts 5:3,4; John 16:7-11; 1 John 5:7; Genesis 1:1; Titus 3:5
IV. THE DEVIL OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the Antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness - destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God's Son, and the final judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isaiah 14:12-19; John 8:44; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10
V. THE CREATION
We believer in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or developments through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animals and vegetable life were made directly, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind."
Genesis 1, 2; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:1-3
VI. THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3; Romans 5:12, 15, 17, 18
VII. 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 He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-35; Matthew 1:18-25
VIII. THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is completely by grace through faith, through the office 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 His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour.
Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 5:8, 9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:1, 2
IX. GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:1-7; Acts 15:11; 16:31; 2 Corinthians 5:17
X. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe God chose to save man by His grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 3:16; Romans 10:13; Matthew 19:25, 26; 1 Timothy 2:3, 4; 1 Timothy 1:15
We believe that the great Gospel which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works or righteousness which we have done but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness being imputed unto us.
Luke 18:13, 14; Acts 13:38, 39; Romans 3:24-28; Titus 3:5
XII. REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
Hebrew 11:6; John 16:8-11; Luke 13:1-5; Acts 20:21
XIII. THE CHURCH
We believe that the church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith, fellowship, and practice of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are the pastor (also referred to in Scripture as elders and bishops) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission, as follows: first, to lead people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; second, to build the church by having these converts follow the Lord in Scriptural baptism, which is by immersion; third, to teach and instruct all members of the church as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that it is Scriptural for churches of like faith to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence the will of the local church is final.
Acts 2:47; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 6:1-8; 20:17-31; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Ephesians 4:11-16
XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that Scriptural baptism is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privilege of church membership and the Lord's Supper; in which the members of the church by sacred use of the bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of the Lord Jesus Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 8:26-39; 1 Corinthians 11:23-33; Luke 22:19-20
XV. THE PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS
We believe that Christians are preserved for all eternity by salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ; that they are placed under God's watchful care; that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto all good works; that this preservation causes a deep and lasting love for the Lord which is displayed in the life and actions of the believer.
John 3:16, 17; 5:24; 6:37-39; 10:27-30; Romans 8:38, 39; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 24; James 2:17-26
XVI. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, and are truly righteous in His eyes; while all such as continue in impotence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting happiness of the saints and the everlasting suffering of the lost.
Psalm 14:1; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14; Romans 1:20-32; John 1:12; 3:18, 19
XVII. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of conscience and the coming Prince of the kings of earth.
Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Titus 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:1, 2
XVIII. THE PRETRIBULATION RAPTURE AND THE PREMILLENIAL RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ arose bodily "the third day according to the Scriptures," and that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of God;" "that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven" -- bodily, personally, and visibly; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first;" that the living saints "shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David;" and that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet;" that He shall rule and reign throughout all eternity.
Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20, 21; Acts 1:3, 10, 11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15
We believe that the saving of souls is the heartbeat of God; that all believers are to be a witness at home, at play, at work, and around the world. We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable with this commission given to the churches.
Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8
XX. THE GRACE OF GIVING
We believe that God's method of financing His earthly work of spreading the Gospel to all nations, the care of the churches, and the support of the ministry is by the tithes and offerings of His people; this it is to be given to the Lord through His church (also referred to as His storehouse) to be distributed as directed by the leadership of the Holy Spirit as the need arises. The time to give the tithe and offerings is upon the first day of the week; that everyone is accountable to the Lord for one-tenth of his income and that this was practiced by the early church. We believe that the offering is above the tithe and is an express display of a believer's love to the Lord beyond his duty of giving the tithe to Him.
Malachi 3:8-10; Genesis 14:20 with Hebrews 7:2; 1 Corinthians 9:13, 14; Proverbs 3:9; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8, 9
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