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Our Background

Scott's training is from Ambassador Baptist College (B.B.S. pastoral studies, class of 1993). We are in full agreement with ABC's doctrinal statement and positions on classical and current issues. We align 100% with the stance of our mission board, Armed Forces Baptist Missions, and our sending church, Good News Baptist Church. We are Baptists by conviction because we believe it is the closest mode of faith and practice to the New Testament church found in Acts and Paul's epistles. We are committed to the fundamentals of the faith and believe that each church body is independent in polity. We believe in a traditional worship style, conservative music and preaching that encompasses the whole counsel of the Word of God. While we are anxious to get to the field as quickly as possible, we seek only to partner with those churches who share our world view and take on the ministry.

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About the Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God (I Peter 1:19-21). It is the final authority for faith and life (II Timothy 3:15-17). The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Bible was inspired in the originals, and that inspiration has been preserved throughout the centuries through faithful copying and diligent translation. We use the King James (Authorized) Version exclusively both in public and private, as it is superior to all other English versions due to both its scholarship and the texts from which it was derived.

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About God

THE TRINITY

We believe that there is only one true living God, existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Each is equal in deity, but unique in work.

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-25) and lived on earth to reveal God and redeem sinful men (Luke 19:10). He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross, then rose from the dead (I Corinthians 15:3-4). He ascended to Heaven and is now at the right hand of God acting as intercessor and advocate for His children (Hebrews 7:25, 10:12).

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-8). He regenerates, then indwells every believer (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:13). His work is to teach and equip every believer (John 14:26). We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary (I Corinthians 13:8-11).

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On Salvation

All mankind are sinners both by birth and by choice, and as such are condemned to hell (John 3:18). Heaven and hell are real places and man will go to one or the other upon death (Luke 16:19-24) where he will begin eternal comfort or torment, respectively. Man has a free will to either accept or refuse God’s free gift of salvation (John 1:11-12). Man cannot save himself by a life of good works or carrying out rituals of religion; only God can save through our faith in His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe in the vicarious suffering, blood atonement and death of Jesus Christ for all humanity (Romans 5:12-19). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 10:27-29). We reject the extremes of Calvinism and Arminianism.

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About the Church

We believe that the New Testament church is solely made up of born-again persons (Acts 2:47). We believe that the establishment of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures, and is the only means by which God’s primary work is done (Matthew 16:17-19). We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Romans 14). We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the only two ordinances of obedience for the church. Separation from worldliness, compromise, liberalism, ecumenicalism, neo-evangelicalism, the charismatic movement and teachers of false doctrine is essential (I Corinthians 6:17).

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On Future Events

We believe in the pre-millennial appearance of Christ in the clouds where He will rapture His church (I Thessalonians 4:13-17; II Thessalonians 2:3-12) prior to the beginning of the Tribulation. We believe in the judgment seat of Christ for believers which gives an account of our service to Christ and not for the judgment of our sins (I Corinthians 3:13-15; II Corinthians 5:10). At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally return with His saints to establish His earthly kingdom for a thousand years (Revelation 19:11-20:10). Furthermore, we believe there will be a judgment of the lost at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15).

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