The following Doctrinal Statement covers the major topics of Doctrine that we have been asked about. Should you have any questions about our position on a particular subject, please feel free to contact us.

The Scriptures
Inspiration: We believe that The Bible is a spiritual book and came from a spiritual source. That source being God the Spirit, from which every word came. Though written by the hands of men, we believe that The Scriptures are untainted by human philosophy and are the actual words of God. II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21

Finality: We believe that The Bible is a completed book and that there is no new revelation to be added or that any revelation will come to take away from it. Psalm 119:89, Psalm 12:6-7

Authority: We believe that The Bible is the final authority for "doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:“ II Timothy 3:16

Preservation:   We believe that God has preserved His Word according to His promise.  Psalm 12:6-7

God
God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, holy, just, righteous, merciful, gracious, unchanging, and much more. God exists in three distinct persons, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each being fully individual yet fully God. (Deut. 6:4; I Timothy 2:5)

God the Father is completely God and is distinct from God the Son and God the Spirit. Although we typically refer to God the Father as God, this does not make Him superior to the Son or the Spirit and He should not be considered the “primary” entity in the Godhead. (I Peter 1:2-3)

God the Son is completely God and completely man and has existed for all eternity. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life on this earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1, 8:58, 10:30)

God the Spirit is completely God and indwells every believer, convicting them of their sin, giving us power to live a holy life, and to understand the Scriptures. (Matt. 28:19; John 1:1; Rom. 8:9)

Creation
The world was created in 6 literal 24-hour days. These 6 days saw the entirety of creation carried out, not the creation of a “base” world that evolved over millions of years to be what we know today. (Genesis 1)

Angels
The angels were created originally good and perfect. Lucifer led a rebellion which resulted in 1/3 of the angels following him. This sealed the doom of the rebellious angels, who will one day spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Col. 1:16; Rev. 12:4-9)

Fall of Man
Man was originally created perfect and eternal, but chose to sin against God and because of this died immediately spiritually and began to die physically. Although we inherit a sin nature from Adam and are tempted by Satan, our final guilt before God is based on our own individual sins. (Gen. 1:31, 2:17; Romans 3:10, 5:12)

Salvation
Because of our sin, we have incurred a debt to God that can only be paid through a blood sacrifice, which Jesus, of His own freewill, and because of His love for us, offered to pay through his death on the cross of Calvary. To have this payment applied to our account we must accept this gift of God and accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of our life. Once saved by the blood, our salvation is secure and will never be lost or taken away. Once saved, an individual is regenerated through the Holy Spirit and is given a new nature. (Hebrews 9:12; Romans 3:23, 6:23, 10:13; John 6:39)

The Church
The church is a local body of baptized believers working together to accomplish the work of God in this world. Their are two offices, Pastor and Deacon, and two ordinances, Baptism an the Lord's Supper. Each church is to be completely autonomous and free from external hierarchy. (Acts 2:41-47; I Cor. 16:19; I Tim. 3:1-13)

The mission of the local church is to “go, teach, baptize” in obedience to the Lord’s command, which we refer to as the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Separation
There are certain groups, associations, conventions, councils and individuals with which a church or person cannot associate due to a difference of doctrinal beliefs. Biblical separation does not require Christians to have no contact with unbelievers, rather it implies a befriending (in a limited sense) of the sinner without a participation in the sin. This is a very, very fine line. We must be friendly while preserving our personal righteousness and avoiding even the appearance of evil. The ultimate goal of this friendship is the opportunity to present the Gospel, not just to have a friend.

Baptism
Baptism is only available to those who are truly regenerate and in a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is merely a picture of what has already taken place in their life, but is a step of obedience and demonstration of faith that is required by God of every believer. It is to be performed by any authorized agent of the local church, but is typically performed by the Pastor.

Lord's Supper
Participation in the Lord’s Supper is available to those who are saved, baptized and walking in a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a memorial of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, as payment for our sins. The elements represent the Lord’s body (bread) and blood (juice), and are in no way the literal body and blood of Christ. The frequency with which communion is to be observed is not stated in the Scriptures and is left to the discretion of each local church. It is to be performed by any authorized agent of the local church, but is typically performed by the Pastor.

Last Things
Christ will return to the clouds before the tribulation to retrieve all saints. This return is imminent. He will return to the earth following the tribulation to setup his literal 1000 year kingdom on this earth, during which time Satan will be bound. After the 1000 years Satan will be loosed to provoke an uprising. Jesus will be victorious and after this battle the earth and the universe will be destroyed. A new heaven and a new earth will be created on which the saved will spend all of eternity future. All of the unsaved, and the fallen angels, will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Rev. 3:10, 20:2-7,15)