1st things first:
Gospel of Jesus Christ
We believe that God created the world (and man) without sin. However man was created with a freewill and even though he had only been commanded by God to abstain from one thing, given the chance man chose to disobey God took of the forbidden fruit. This was when sin entered into the world and because of sin, death. From that point forward everyone born into the word was born a sinner and stood condemned before a perfect God. God in His loving kindness promised a way of redemption (a coming Messiah). That way of redemption was Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin (He was God who came in the flesh), lived a perfect life and then willing died to be the prefect sacrifice for sins. He was in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights and then arose from the dead showing He had power over sin, death and hell. The bible tells us that everyone is a sinner and bound for hell, but if they will see their sinful condition, look to Jesus Christ in faith, believing that He came and died to pay for their sins, then He will forgive them and save them eternally. In short, the bad news is that you are a sinner bound for hell, but the gospel (good news) is that Jesus Christ died, was buried and arose again that you might have forgiveness and be adopted as His child. Trust Him for salvation today.
John 3:1-21, II Timothy 1:8-10
I. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, the God of the Bible, infinite, perfect, holy, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Psalm 147:5; Psalm 83:18; Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11; Mark 12:26
II. SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
We believe in the absolute Sovereignty of God. We believe according to the scriptures that nothing comes to pass that is not either ordained or allowed by God.
Daniel 4:35; Proverbs 16:1; Proverbs 16:4; Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 16:33; Ephesians 1:11; John 1:13; Proverbs 19:21
III. OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is divinely inspired and infallible Word of God; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end; and truth without any mixture of error or contradictions for its matter.
II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 2:15
IV. OF CREATION OF MAN
We believe in God's creation of earth, the heavens and Man as described in the Scriptures, namely, Genesis Chapters One and Two.
V. THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but by voluntary transgression he fell from that holy and happy estate; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, totally depraved, inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without excuse.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:19; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23
VI. OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST
We believe that the conception of Jesus Christ was of the Holy Spirit; that he was born of a Virgin according to the Scriptures.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20
VII. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace; through the Mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by divine appointment, freely took upon himself our likeness, yet without sin, and by his voluntary death, burial, and resurrection made eternal satisfaction and atonement to God for our sins; that the Lord Jesus Christ by grace saves even unto the uttermost all who repent toward God and believe; and are thusly regenerated by the Holy Spirit; and that salvation thus wrought is wholly by grace, "The free gift of God," requiring neither culture nor works in any form to secure it or keep it.
Ephesians 2:5,8,9; John 3:16; Philippians 2:6-8; Isaiah 53:4,5; Hebrews 7:25; John 3:3
VIII. ELECTION AND PREDESTINATION
We believe in the Bible doctrine of Election and Predestination, namely that God chose a multitude of people before the foundation of the world to bring salvation and also predestinated the means by which in the fulness of time he would bring about this salvation.
Ephesians 1:1-14; Ephesians 2:8,9,10; Romans 8:28-30; Acts 13:48; II Thessalonians 2:13,14; James 1:18; John 6:44; John 3:27
IX. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, eternally secure, because Christ not only saves but keeps; that salvation by grace is everlasting and the child of God is kept by the power of God; that the believer in Christ shall not be brought into judgement for the penalty of sin.
I John 2:19; Philippians 1:6; John 3:16; John 3:36; John 5:24; Romans 8:1; Jude 24; Romans 11:29; I Peter 1:5; Romans 5:10
X. OF A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe that a New Testament Church is a visible, local assembly of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission; observing the ordinances of Christ; that it was personally founded by Christ Jesus during His ministry on earth; that it is a democratic body led by the Holy Spirit with Christ as the Head.
I Corinthians 1:1-13; Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15
XI. OF THE CHURCH ORDINANCES OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that it symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection unto a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership; that the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the use of unleavened bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying of Christ; that it symbolizes the broken body and shed blood of the Son of God.
Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:26
XII. OF THE LORD'S RETURN
We believe in the imminent, personal, and pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that His coming is fast approaching; that the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to receive glorified bodies like Him. The dead out of Christ shall rise at the close of the millennium; and they shall be brought before the Great White Throne Judgment and cast into eternal condemnation.
Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 20:11-15
We believe that the LORD commanded His churches to proclaim the gospel message. You see this in Matthew 28, in what is called the Great Commission. But you also see it greatly in the book of Acts, where so many went out preaching the word of God, not just pastors and apostles. But men like Stephen, who was a deacon but we found him preaching the gospel. Another example is Phillip who went wherever the LORD sent him. Our men like Barnabas, Paul, Silas and so many others. These men had been changed by the grace of God and had a strong desire to let others know what had been done for them. You don't see people in the New Testament churches sitting down doing nothing. Instead you see men and women giving their lives over to the work of the LORD. This is done both by sending out missionaries (like the Church of Antioch did with Paul and Barnabas) as well as by the members of those churches proclaiming the gospel to their friends and family (like Jesus commanded the demon possessed man in Mark 5). Our desire is to be like the people in the church at Thessalonica who through their words and their lives proclaimed that they had turned from their wickedness and now served the one true God. They proclaimed this message in every direction, so much so that when Paul would come to a new town, the people there were already talking about the believers of Thessalonica.