What We Believe
The following comprise the Scriptural beliefs of this church and its members.

The Holy Scriptures.
    We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and
    plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed
    and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six (66) books of the
    Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The
    Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning,
    and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor. We
    believe that The King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God and
    shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (Ps. 12:6-8; 2 Tim. 3:16-17;
    2 Pet. 1: 20-21)

Dispensationalism.
    We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely
    determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man’s responsibilities in
    successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely
    ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of
    these dispensations – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed
    revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:
    10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6)

The Godhead.
    We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy
    Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory,
    and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14;
    John 14:10, 26)

The Person and Work of Christ.
  1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without
    ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin
    Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:
    35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption by the shedding of
    His precious blood and through His subsequent death on the cross as a representative,
    vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal,
    physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:
    7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)
  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the
    right hand of God where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry of Representative,
    Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of
    judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers
    into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:
    8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
  2. We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and
    appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled
    with the Spirit. (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27
  3. We believe that God is sovereign in bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God
    uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in
    order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph.
    4:7-12)
  4. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift
    of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary
    sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, and that ultimate deliverance of the body
    from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection,
    though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
    (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22; Jas. 5:13-15)

The Total Depravity of Man.
    We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s
    sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is
    totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-
    27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

Salvation.
    We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by
    personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for
    the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit,
    are forgivable. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Matt. 12:31-32; 1 John 1:
    9)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.
  1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus
    secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1
    Pet. 1:4-5)
  2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation
    through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of
    Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

The Church.
  1. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is
    solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:
    25-27)
  2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and
    defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13;
    Titus 1: 5-11)
  3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority and
    control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet.
    5:1-4)
  4. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances for the
    church in this age. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a
    believer, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority
    of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of faith in the
    crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to
    new life; that is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation to the Lord’s Supper; in
    which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and fruit of the vine are to
    commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-
    examination. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

Separation.
    We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon
    their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious
    apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from
    all immodest and immoderate appearances. (Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:
    14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19-20)

The Second Advent of Christ.
    We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture
    His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation,
    Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic
    Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech.
    14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

The Eternal State.
  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind, the saved to eternal life in heaven,
    and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. (Dan. 12:2-
    3; Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29;11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
  2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and
    present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when
    spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2
    Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
  3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and
    torment until the second resurrection, when the soul and body reunited, shall appear at
    the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be
    annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46;
    Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)

The Personality of Satan.
    We believe that Satan is a created being, the author of sin, and the cause of the Fall of
    Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be
    eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41;
    Rev. 20:10)

Creation.
    We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject
    evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural
    theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11)

Civil Government.
    We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic
    institutions; 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these
    authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and
    governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities
    and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right
    to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign
    in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7;
    Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)

Human Sexuality.
  1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in
    outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of
    homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and
    pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God
    disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.
    (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:
    1-8; Heb. 13:4)
  2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
    (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)

Family Relationships.
  1. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that
    God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the
    home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be
    the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for
    licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5; 12)
  2. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human
    society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit
    herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship
    of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching
    their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle
    example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:26-
    28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12;
    1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)

Divorce and Remarriage.
    We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last
    until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on
    the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced
    persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for
    Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal.
    2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

Abortion.
    We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living
    human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life.
    Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape,
    incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control or the physical or
    mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:
    24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

Love.
    We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow
    believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those who oppose us.
    We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God
    forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence
    as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God
    commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who
    engages in such sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35;
    Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21, 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)

Lawsuits Between Believers.
    We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other
    Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses
    all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do
    believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another
    Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.
    See Article XII. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)

Missions.
    We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to
    all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group,
    and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we
    must use all available means to go to all the nations and not wait for them to come to us.
    (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

Giving.
    We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted
    to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has
    established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other
    offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in
    need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to
    direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. See Article XI. (Gen.
    14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1
    Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)

Fund Raising.
    This church shall be supported totally by the tithes and offerings of our members and by
    the free will offerings of our friends. No promotional sales or fund raising events that
    involve the buying and selling of goods in which the chief motive is the attainment of a
    profit shall be allowed. Non-profit sales of tape recordings, videos, etc., shall be
    allowable. (Matt. 21:12-13)

AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF FAITH
    The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the
    sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing
    Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is
    binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete
    agreement with the Statement of Faith.




Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our
Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly,
most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive
for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its
prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it
a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; and to contribute cheerfully and
regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and
the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to
seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and all others; to walk circumspectly in the
world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment;
to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from worldly amusements; to be
free from all oath-bound secret societies and partnerships with unbelievers; to abstain from the
sale or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to
be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in
prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and
courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful
of the rules of our Savior, and to secure reconciliation without delay.

We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite
with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of
God’s Word.

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Morehead City, NC 28557
(252)726-5653
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