We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the entire Bible; that the Holy
Bible was written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit; that it is 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. By the “Holy Bible” we mean the collection
of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does
not only contain and convey the Word of God but is the very Word of God. 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 (II Tim. 3:16, 17). We also believe that the King James Version
of the Bible is the divinely preserved Word of God for the English speaking people
(Psalm 12:6, 7) and that it has enjoyed a miraculous manifestation of God’s approval
all during its history and use.
2. THE TRIUNE GOD (Matthew 28:19)
A. THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living God and infinite, intelligent
Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90);
that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worth of all possible honor, confidence
and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct
but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and in the accomplishment
of His eternal plan and purpose (I John 5:6-12).
B. THE SON, HIS DEITY AND VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30). We believe that Jesus Christ,
eternal with the Father, was begotten of the Holy Ghost and in miraculous manner
(Matthew 1:20); that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born
of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (I John: 1:2, John 10:30).
He is both true man, one person with two natures, tempted in all points like as
we are, yet without sin (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:14-17).
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; eternal and equal with God the
Father and God the Son and of the same essence (I John 5:7); and that He was active
in the creation (Genesis 1:2); that in the unbelieving world He restrains the evil
one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of
righteousness, that He bears witness of the truth of the gospel in preaching and
testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides,
teaches, bears witness with, sanctifies, and helps the believer (John 14:7; Romans
8: 14-27). Using Acts 1:8 as our criteria for evaluation, we believe that the evidence
of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is boldness to witness
for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
3. THE GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION
We believe the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically
or figuratively (Genesis 1); that the creation was accomplished in six (6), twenty-four
(24) hour days (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; 2:2; Exodus 20:11); that man was
created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness (Genesis 1:26,27);
that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species
or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that
all animal and vegetable life were made directly by God, and God’s established law
was that they should bring forth only “after their kind”. We deny any form of atheistic
or theistic evolution (Romans 1:19, 20).
4. THE VICARIOUS SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith (Ephesians
2:8); that the vicarious sacrifice Christ made provided in the mediatory offices
of the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature,
yet without sin and honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death
made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His statement was not merely
an example but was the voluntary substitution of the very Son of God for our sins.
He is the compassionate, and all sufficient Saviour (Hebrews 2:9; II Corinthians
5:21; Hebrews 4:14).
5. THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the bodily resurrection
of His saints (I Corinthians 15); the second coming of Jesus Christ, personal and
bodily, as the crowning event of this Gentile age (Acts 1:11) to set up His kingdom
on earth and to rule upon the earth one thousand years (Revelation 20:6).
6. ETERNAL PUNISHMENT
We believe in the Bible doctrine of eternal punishment of the finally impenitent
as taught in Matthew 25:31-46.
7. A SCRIPTURAL CHURCH
We believe that a scriptural church is a local, visible assembly of baptized believers,
covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great
Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus on earth
to this present day (Matthew 28: 18-20). We hold what true Baptists have ever held;
that the Great Commission was given to the church only; that in kingdom activities
the church is the only unit in associated work; that each church should exercise
equal authority: and that the church should meet their responsibilities according
to their several abilities.
8. CHURCH AUTONOMY
We believe that all cooperating bodies, such as associations, conventions, boards,
committees, etc., are and properly should be the servants of the participating church
or churches (Matthew 20:20-28). Thereby each local New Testament church is independent
and self governing.
9. SCRIPTURAL BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
A. We believe scriptural baptism is one of two ordinances given to the church and
is accomplished by immersion in water of born again believers in the name of the
Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost with the approval and authority of, and administered
by, a New Testament Church. It shows forth in a solemn and beautiful act of obedience
our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour as it pictures our death to
sin and resurrection to a new life (Matthew 28:19-29; Romans 6:3-4). Baptism is a
prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and observance of the Lord’s
B. We believe that the Lord’s Supper should always be preceded by solemn self-examination
of those gathered to participate; that the solemn use of unleavened bread and the
fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ for His church
until He returns (Matthew 26;26-29; I Corinthians 11:30). The prerequisites to participation
in the Lord’s Supper are those laid down by Christ and His apostles as a church ordinance
that include (1) salvation (I Corinthians 11:27-29), (2) baptism (Matthew 28:19,
20; Acts 2:41, 47), (3) church membership (Acts 2: 46, 47; I Corinthians 11:18, 22),
and (4) an orderly walk (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
10. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that the preserving attachment of a believer to Christ is the grand mark
that distinguishes them from superficial “professors of the faith”; that it is the
work of God the Father (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:30), God the Son (Romans 8:34; I
John 2:1), and God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30); and that they are kept by the
power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (I Peter 1:5). We believe that
God’s eternal election and predestination guarantee their ultimate conformity to
the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).