My wife, Becky, and I were both raised in Christian homes. I was saved at age 10 (at the end of a Sunday night church service), and my wife was saved at age 6 (at a youth camp). Shortly after my salvation, I surrendered my life for full time service at the Lord's direction. During my teen years, I doubted this call and began to search the Scripture to find God’s will for me. He showed me His answer very clearly when I read Ephesians 3:8 - “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ...” I preached my first message at age 14. Since that time I have striven to share the unsearchable riches of Christ with all who will hear. I count it a privilege to have a part in the Lord's work, no matter what the capacity.
What We Believe
We are Old-fashioned, Independent, Unaffiliated Baptists, as reflected in our faith and practice!
I believe that the Bible is to be the sole authority of faith and practice, not only for the church but also for the individual believer, because it is the complete and final revelation of God’s nature and His will for mankind. The Bible not only contains the words of God, but it is the Word of God, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. I use only the King James Bible since I believe it to be the inspired, preserved Word of God for English-speaking people.
I believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, that in the unity of the Godhead 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.
Jesus Christ is God the Son, and the only begotten Son of God. He is eternal, but was physically born of the virgin Mary, and lived without sin. He is God manifest in the flesh, the author and finisher of our faith, and the redeemer of sinful man. I believe in His literal, bodily resurrection and return.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that in His relation to the believer He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
I believe in the Genesis account of creation, that all things were created by God in six literal 24-hour days. Man was created in the image of God, without any type of evolutionary activity.
I believe that man was created in the image of God, and was therefore, sinless. Adam, by personal and knowledgeable choice, sinned. By this sin, all mankind has been born with a sin nature. Sin can either be that of commission or omission. Sin brings suffering and pain into the world, and ends with death, both physical and eternal.
I believe that salvation is the work of God alone in the life of a sinner. It is neither obtained nor kept by the work of the individual. Salvation was purchased for all men through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is available to anyone through repentance from sin and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, as the sinner is convicted by the Holy Spirit. Salvation makes the individual a justified, sanctified, redeemed child of God. Once saved (born again), the believer can never again be lost.
Baptism is the first step of faith for every new believer. Baptism is reserved for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. It’s method is immersion in water as taught in Scripture and it is the doorway to church membership. Baptism can only be administered by a true church of Jesus Christ.
A church is a local body of scripturally baptized believers whose only guide is the Bible and whose only mission is to teach and preach the Gospel of Christ. The church is neither universal nor invisible in nature. The church was established by Christ during his ministry on earth. Christ has given authority only to His churches to carry out His evangelistic work and therefore we do not support nor encourage the establishment of ministries that are not directly under the authority of a local New Testament church.
The Lord’s Supper
This ordinance of the church consists of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice). This ordinance commemorates the body broken and blood shed by Christ for our sins. The Lord's Supper is scripturally administered by a church to its own members in good standing.
Jesus will one day return in the air to gather all who have placed their faith in Him as Lord and Savior. This could occur at any time.
The Tribulation and Last Things
A 7-year period of tribulation will commence at the time of the rapture of the saints. The Antichrist will be revealed, and God’s wrath will be poured out upon this world without mixture. At the end of this time, Christ will return to the earth with all His saints, to establish His 1,000 year reign upon the earth. The devil will be released for a short time, but will ultimately be thrown into the lake of fire, along with all who have not believed the Gospel of Christ.
Hell is a literal place of torment created for the devil and his angels. All who do not believe upon Jesus Christ enter hell immediately upon their death. After the Great White Throne Judgment, all residents of hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
I believe that heaven is a literal place and the eternal home of God. This is the place where all believers are taken upon death, and it is the eternal home of the saved.
The devil is a real being, created by God in purity and beauty. His pride and ambition caused him to rebel against God with other angels who followed his leadership. He now walks the earth to oppose all the works of God as the prince and power of the air and the god of this world. He is the enemy of God, the accuser of every Christian, the father of lies and all false religion. He will be judged by God, and cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.
I believe that the sign gifts (tongues, prophecy, supernatural healing, etc.) ended with the completion of the New Testament writing. As such, the modern charismatic movement is not of God. Instead, it is being used to set the stage for the future one-world church and the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)