What We Believe
Doctrine of the Church
We believe that the church of Christ is a local congregation of baptized believers and that the Word
of God is the governing tool for the operation of the church. There are two ordinances given to the
church by Christ – baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The purpose of the church is to fulfill the great
commission – creating disciples through evangelism, baptizing them, and establishing them in
local churches to continue this cycle.
We believe that baptism is done by immersion as found in the Scriptures (Acts 8:36-38). It is a
picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The purpose of baptism is to be identified
with Christ and the local body of believers. It is the first act of obedience and submission to Christ
after salvation, but separate from salvation.
We believe that baptism is a prerequisite for participation in the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper
is for members of the local church only. Its purpose is to remember Christ’s sacrifice. It is a time
of reflection and should be preceded by self-examination and repentance of sin.
The second coming of Christ
The second coming of Christ is two-part. First, the church will be raptured before the tribulation.
After 7 years, Christ will return to set up His physical kingdom on earth. The church will return
with Him to rule with Him for one thousand years.
We believe the method Christ established for evangelism is the preaching of the Word of God.
Salvation comes only by the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe the ecumenical movement involves churches coming together in fellowship with good
intentions but sacrificing doctrine and the importance of the Word of God.
I believe the charismatic movement is unbiblical. Sign gifts such as speaking in tongues, healing,
etc were used as tools for the Jews and used to authenticate the ministry of the apostles and have
ceased now that we have the complete word of God (I Corinthians 13).
Five Points of Calvinism
a. total depravity – I believe that men are totally depraved. Due to the fall of Adam, man has a sin
nature passed down to each generation.
b. unconditional election – I believe, according to the Scriptures, God knew who would be saved
according to His foreknowledge but the opportunity for salvation was given to all.
c. limited atonement – Christ died for every believer and the atonement was offered to everyone
who would believe.
d. irresistible grace – I think the Scriptures are clear that man was given a free will and the
decision is his to accept salvation. God does not force salvation on anyone or save anyone who
does not accept.
e. perseverance of the saints – I believe in eternal salvation not based on works.
Establishment of indigenous church
Our goal is to plant churches that are self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating.
We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word and that every word is profitable and important. It
is the ultimate authority in the life of every believer. We use the King James Version in our English
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2