We believe in God’s eternal purpose of grace. Before the world was created, God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) determined and decreed all that would be done in the realm of time, including the redemption of His chosen people. This is the precious covenant of redemption. Although every member of Adam’s race will be held accountable for his deeds, no man is able to redeem himself. Nor is redemption a joint-effort accomplished by God and man. Rather, God redeems sinners wholly by His grace. God’s saving of sinners by the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ is central to our message.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Heb. 13:20-21)
We believe in the biblical and historic Baptist distinctives concerning the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Romanism as well as Protestantism erred in various ways concerning the doctrine of the church. While some in our day have opened the door to ecumenism and “non-doctrinal Christianity” (an oxymoron!), we have tightened the bolts to our door! We dare not compromise the truth in order to gain some fair-weather friends.
Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. (1Cor. 11:2)
We believe that every Christian should be an active member of a local assembly of believers. This is God’s institution for the New Testament economy. We believe that local churches are the only entity authorized by Christ to carry on His work in this world. Our church is independent, and not part of any earthly hierarchy. Christ is our Head and we answer directly to Him. Without Him, we cannot survive! Our mission is summarized in these verses:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Mat. 28:18-20)