What We Believe
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork." (Psalm 19:1)
The Church as the Body of Christ"We believe the scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship 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 it's only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:7-9" (Article of Faith #14 - Baptist Doctrine)
Water Baptism"We believe the scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life: This is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation, and to the Lord's Supper." (Article of Faith # 15 - Baptist Doctrine)
Holy Communion"We believe that scriptures teach that the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) is a provision of bread and wine, as symbols of Christ's body and blood, partaken of by the members of the Church, in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord; showing their faith and participation in the merits of his sacrifice, and their hope of eternal life through his resurrection from the dead; It's observance to be proceeded by faithful self-examination." (Article of Faith #16 - Baptist Doctrine)
Tithing"In the Bible God gives us His plan for the Church's finance --- tithes and offerings from His people --- this plan is taught to us all through God's word (Malachi 3:10), I Cor. 9:13-14, Matt. 23:23). Jesus taught that in addition to the tithing we must also live right (one without the other is not good) and use our talents. We believe that every member of the church should be a tither (Tithe" means "Tenth"); you should give one "Tenth" of what God has prospered to you -back to God.
The Bible"We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for it's author, salvation for it's end and truth without any mixture of error for it's matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will Judge us; and therefore is , and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried." (Articles of Faith #1 - Baptist Doctrine)
The True God"We believe the scriptures teach that there is one and only one living and true God, an Infinite, Intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah. The Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly Glorious In Holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of The God Head 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 great work of redemption." (Article of Faith #2 - Baptist Doctrine)
Jesus, the Way of Salvation"We believe the scriptures teach that salvation is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who according to the will of the Father, assumed our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient savior." (Article of Faith #5 - Baptist Doctrine)
Sanctification and the Holy Spirit"We believe the scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His Holiness; that is begun in regeneration (being "Born - Again); that it is carried on in the hearts of Believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means --- especially the work of God, self- examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer; and in the practice of all Godly exercises and duties." (Article of Faith #11 - Baptist Doctrine).
Faith"We believe the scriptures teach that faith, as an evangelical grace wrought by the spirit, is the medium through which Christ is received by the soul as its sacrifice and savior. It is an assent of the Mind and consent of the Heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust; the testimony of God is implicitly accepted and believed as true, while Christ is unreservedly trusted for salvation; by it the believer is brought into vital relations with God, freely justified, and lives as seeing Him who is invisible. Faith cannot save, but it reveals Christ to the soul as a willing and sufficient savior and commits the heart and life to Him. (Article of Faith #8 -Baptist Doctrine). The Righteous and the Wicked
"WE believe the scriptures teach 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, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in this life and after death." (Article of Faith #19 -Baptist Doctrine).