"...for in the wilderness shall waters break
out, and streams in the desert."
1. We believe in the independent, local, autonomous, visible, indigenous church instituted by Christ himself and constituted by baptized believers associated by the covenant in faith and fellowship of the gospel.
(Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:41; Rom. 4:25)
2. Salvation is by Christ alone plus nothing. It is a gift of God received by man through faith and repentance toward God. This is wrought in the sinners heart by the work of the Holy Spirit convicting him of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come. (Matt. 3:1,2,8; Mk. 1:15; Jn. 1:12; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Tit. 3:5,6; Jn. 3:16)
3. The Bible (containing 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament) as represented in English in the King James, is the verbal (every word), plenary(equally in all parts), inerrant(without error), infallible (without error in its teaching), preserved (protected by God), inspired (God breathed) WORD OF GOD. No book, version or writing, other than the Bible, qualifies as Scripture. (Deut. 9:50; Matt. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:16; Jn. 10:35; Psa. 12:6,7; 1 Pet. 1:23,25;
4. We believe in the imminent, personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth. In this return Christ will rapture his saints prior to the tribulation. At the end of the seven years tribulation, Christ will return with his saints to establish his earthly messianic reign which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psa. 89:3,4;
Rev. 3:10; Tit. 2:13; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18)
5. The Trinity, as spoken of in Scripture, (1Jn. 5:7) consists of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus, through self-proclamation, titles in Scripture and attributes, is God. (Jn. 8; 14:9) He was not a created being, nor the first of many creations. It is evident through Scripture that Jehovah God and Jesus Christ are one in the same. (Rev. 1:8; 1 Tim. 3:16; Jn 1:1,14; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:8; Jn. 8:58)
6. Jesus, upon his departure from this earth, promised a comforter. This was given in the person of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost inhabits the believer upon salvation and fills him for service. Tongues were given to the Jews in relevance to the church. Tongues, along with the other sign gifts, are no longer in use as is evident in Scripture.
(1 Cor. 13:8; 2 Cor. 13:7; 2 Pet. 1:21; Acts 20:28;