WHAT WE BELIEVE

We teach that the Bible is the Word of God supernaturally inspired, so that it is inerrant in the original manuscripts and preserved by God in its verbal, plenary inspiration, so that it is a divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life.

We teach that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — and that these three are one God.

We teach that God is the absolute and sole creator of the universe, and that creation was by divine feat, not through evolutionary process.

We teach that Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man, that He was born of a virgin and that He lived a sinless life, in which He taught and wrought mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four Gospels, and He was crucified, died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised from the dead bodily on the third day. Later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers, and from whence He is coming again personally, bodily, visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom.

We teach that since His death, by His shed blood, the Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect atonement for sin, redeeming us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — men are saved and justified on the simple and single ground of the shed blood.

We teach that such salvation with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of a new nature and its hope of eternal life, is entirely apart from good works, baptism, church membership – or man’s effort – and is of pure grace.

We teach that a true believer is eternally secure, that he cannot lose his salvation, but that sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of his heavenly Father.

We teach that all who receive Christ become joint heirs with Christ, and at death, their spirits depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness and at the rapture their bodies will be raised to the likeness of the body of His glory and dwell forever in His divine presence.

We teach that it is the goal of every Christian to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God and indwelling Spirit.

We teach that the Holy Spirit is a person, is God and possesses all the divine attributes. He indwells all believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of their salvation, and fills them in response to confession of sin and yielding of ones life.

We teach that a true church is a local, called-out assembly of scripturally baptized believers; observing the two ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its ordained officers are pastors (or elders) and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in First Timothy. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the great commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to build the church; third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; sending and support of missionaries, schools, and colleges, the care of the widows and orphans; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. We further believe that the True Missionary Baptist Church is the Bride of Christ, and to the church was given the responsibility of these various activities.