One of the most important choices in life is choosing a church to call home. There are many things to consider when doing this. Sometimes it may be confusing because there are so many kinds of churches and so many different beliefs.
We have included our doctrinal statement below in order to give you an overview of what we believe, and to assist you in this important decision. Above all, we believe that the Bible is our one and only authority in all matters of faith and practice. The following doctrinal statement correctly represents what we believe as a church body to be the truth of God’s Word, our guide for all areas of life.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the plenary and verbally inspired Word of God Almighty. We believe that the complete Word of God to mankind has been perfectly preserved in the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. Because of this, we believe that any other versions are corrupt and are NOT the inspired Word of God, and therefore are not used in any of our church ministries or services. We believe that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to mankind (2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe there is one God, existing in the three persons of the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit); each one equally eternal in being, power and glory, and having the same attributes (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26).
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God and that He became man while remaining God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that He might reveal God’s plan and be the sinless and spotless sacrifice for the redemption of sinful mankind (Isaiah 7:14; 9:16; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8).
We believe that our redemption and justification were accomplished through the literal death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Acts 2:18; 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where He, as our High Priest, fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate, on our behalf (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2: 1,2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the heart of man of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that His work is a necessary part of regeneration as He baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ, and indwells them and seals them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1: 13-14).
We believe that the Holy Spirit teaches believers to understand and put into practice the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. We also believe that it is the privilege and duty of all believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
We believe that spiritual gifts are given by Sovereign God to all believers and that He uses evangelists, pastors and teachers in a unique way to equip believers in the church to accomplish the work of the ministry of Christ (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 28; Ephesians 4:7-12).
We believe that certain sign gifts that were used in the New Testament, such as the gift of healing and speaking in tongues, were temporary gifts, and that they were never intended to be common or necessary as a sign of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Although we believe in the ability of God to heal physical disease and that He sometimes chooses to do so, we believe that the ultimate deliverance of the body will take place at the resurrection and consummation of our salvation (1 Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
We believe that God created man in his own image, but that the human race fell when Adam sinned, and therefore, all men inherited a sinful nature and were separated from God. We believe that man is completely depraved and incapable of changing his lost condition by any act of his own (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
We believe that God brought the gift of salvation to man by grace and that it can only be received by a personal faith in Jesus Christ, who was the perfect sacrifice for our forgiveness (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19). We believe that God offers justification to us through salvation which includes pardon from all sin, and also everlasting life, and that this gift of justification is given to every believer, not as a result of anything that we have done, but entirely through faith in the work that Christ accomplished by the sacrifice of His blood for the sin of mankind.
We believe that faith and repentance are inseparable and brought about by regeneration of our souls by the Holy Spirit of God. This regeneration is evidenced by a deep conviction of our sin and guilt before God, faith in the truth of the way of salvation through Christ, our turning to God with sincere contrition, confession of our sin, and plea for His mercy, while gratefully receiving Christ and depending on Him alone as our only Hope and All-Sufficient Saviour.
We believe in the progressive work of sanctification in every believer which brings about the holiness of God in us, according to His will, and that it is carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We believe that the Holy Spirit seals all true believers until the day of redemption; that He keeps us by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe that a Baptist church exists as an autonomous body free of any external authority or control, and that it is made up of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. We believe that the only Biblical offices of the church are the offices of pastor and deacons, and those only by the qualifications set forth in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus.
We believe that the scriptural ordinances of the church in this age are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Scriptural baptism is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that it is a commandment to the church.
We believe that tithes and offerings by the members of the church are to finance its ministry. We believe that God commands every Christian to be a steward of the wealth that God has blessed him with, and that he is obligated to support his local church with the portion that God has commanded in His Word. We believe that every Christian should give sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church and to the spreading of the Gospel in addition to the tithe commanded by God. We believe that all rights to direct the use of the tithes or offerings are relinquished once the gift has been made (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).
We believe that all believers should live a lifestyle that would not bring reproach upon their Saviour or His church, and that it is the commandment of God that every Christian should separate from all religious apostasy, worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ’s return in bodily form is imminent and at that time He will rapture His church out of the earth. We believe that immediately following the Rapture of the church, there will be a seven-year period of Tribulation, after which Jesus Christ will return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel in the Holy Scriptures (Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-26; 20:1-6).
The Eternal State of Man
We believe that there will be a bodily resurrection of all men, saved and unsaved; the saved to eternal life with Christ, and the unsaved to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
We believe that upon death, the souls of believers are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when their spirit, soul and body will be reunited and glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6).
We believe that, upon death, the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious punishment until the second resurrection, when they will be reunited with their body to appear before the Great White Throne Judgment, after which they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be consumed, but to suffer eternal and conscious punishment and torment (Matthew 25:41-4; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe that it is God’s commandment that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Genesis 2:24; 19:5. 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-20; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
We believe that human life begins at conception and that an unborn child is a living soul; therefore, abortion, for any reason, is the unjustified and unexcused taking of human life and is a sin against God called murder. We emphatically reject any teaching that abortions are justified in cases of rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control or the mental or physical well-being of the mother (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 149:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that the Scriptures teach that Christians are prohibited from civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe that Christians are to resolve personal disputes between church members using the resources that God has provided to His church. However, we do believe that a Christian is permitted to seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company, provided that the claim is pursued without malice or slander, and it a fair and honest representation of damages (1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32).