We are members of an independent Baptist church and believe that the Bible is the final authority for faith and practice. This doctrinal statement serves as a brief overview. We also rely on these other confessions of faith to be good representations of the doctrines taught in the Scriptures — the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833), the Abstract of Principles (1858), and the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689).
- The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which contains 66 books in totality, to be the Bible and, in absolute truth, the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:13, John 17:17). We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the original autographs, (II Thessalonians 3:17; II Peter 1:20-21) and the preservation of God's words to every age (Matthew 24:35, 4:4; I Peter 1:24-25; Isaiah 40:8). The Bible is our final authority for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections; and yet, the Godhead is one and indivisible; each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
There is but one God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things. God is Father in truth to those who become the adopted children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history run according to the purposes of His grace (Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing, the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).
- The Human Race
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God and originally free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; by which his descendants inherit a corrupt nature, wholly opposed to God and His law, are under just condemnation, in bondage to sin and Satan, and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; John 6:44, 63, 65; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
We believe that the clear message of salvation is repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We believe that sinful man is only justified by faith and made righteous before God through the perfect substitutionary atonement of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19).
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 2).
We believe that God's sovereign grace is consistent with the free agency of man (Acts 15:14; James 1:17-18; Ephesians 1:3-14; I Peter 1:1-2; Mark 1:15; John 1:12, 5:40; Romans 10:13). We believe in the use of means governed by Scripture (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20; John 4:38; Romans 10:14-17; Luke 10:2; Acts 13:48).
We believe that the New Testament Church is a divine institution built and designed by Christ to reproduce after its own kind until He returns and as a kind which can be easily identified as an organized body of scripturally baptized believers covenanted together and claiming to carry out the same gospel, same baptism, and same faith once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3; Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:40-41; Ephesians 4:4-6, 13-14, 3:15-18; John. 17:17).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
We believe in baptism by creed or "believer's baptism." Baptism of professing Christians by immersion in water is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and the Lord's Supper.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby regenerate baptized members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Matthew 3:13-17, 26:26-30, 28:19-20, Mark 1:9-11, 14:22-26, Luke 3:21-22, 22:19-20, John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21, 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12)
We believe that the individual soul of every truly regenerate person will consciously live with God in heaven for all eternity. We believe that the individual soul of every unregenerate person will not be annihilated but rather 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).