Ministering to Brooksville & All of Hernando County
I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible is supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without
any error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to, the end of the age,
the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center
of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and
opinions shall be tried.
1. By the “Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to
Revelation, which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word
of God, but IS the very Word of God.
2. By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men
of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their
writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other
writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psa. 119:160; Psa. 119:105;
Psa. 119:130; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45; Psa. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6;
Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:23; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke
16:31; Psa. 19:7-11; John 5:45-47; John 5:39.
II. Of the True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent
Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious
in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; 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.
Ex. 20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; 1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; Psa. 83:18; Psa.
90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17; Rom. 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matt.
28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4;
I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14.
III. Of the Son of God
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God was conceived by the
Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as no other man was ever nor can be born
of a woman. He is very God of very God being “God manifest in the flesh.” He lived
a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement
for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s
place. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven. He
is coming again to rapture His saints, and to set up the throne of David and establish
His kingdom. The rapture coming is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational
Isa. 7:14; 1 Thess. 4:16; Matt. 1:18-25; 28:6; II Thess. 2:6-8; John 1:1; John 14:3;
I Pet. 2:22; 3:18; Acts 15:16
IV. Of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father, God
the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; 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 He bears
witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent
in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and
helps the believer.
John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; II Thes.
2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Matt.
3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts-11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; John 14:26;
Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16; II Thes. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27.
V. Of the Devil, or Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride
and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that
He is now the militant prince of power of the air, And the unholy god of this world.
We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser
of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present
apostasy, the lord of the anti-Christ, and the author of all the powers of darkness
destined, however, to final defeat at the hand of God’s own Son, and to the judgment
of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; John 14:30;
I Thes. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:25; 37:39; Luke 22:3-4;
Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-14; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John 7; 1 John 2:22;
Rev. 13:13-14; II Thes. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11, 16, 20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev.
20:10; Matt. 25:41.
VI. Of Creation
We believe in the Genesis account of creation (i.e., one day equals 24 hours), and
that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that
man was created directly in God’s own image and after his own likeness; that man’s
creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development
through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal
and vegetable life was created by the direct act of God with His established law
that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom.
1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Gen.1:11;
VII. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell
from his sinless and happy state, the consequence of which, all men are now sinners,
not by constraint, but of choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner;
born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman;
and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.
Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35 Mark 1:1, John 1:14; Psa. 2:7; Gal.
4:4; 1 John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47.
IX. Of the Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial
offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him
our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and
by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement
consisted not in setting us an example by His death. as a martyr, but was the voluntary
substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ,
the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from
the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the
tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, and is in every way qualified to be
a suitable, a compassionate and an all-suffering Savior.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa.
53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; John 10:18; Phil. 2:8;
Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11; Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 15:20; Isa. 53:12:
Heb. 9:12-15; Heb.,7:25; I John 2:2.
X. Of Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth
is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that
in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine
nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is
brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character,
nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in
connection with the divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the
gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith
and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; II Pet. 1:4;
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
XI. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free
to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial,
penitent, and obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest
sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel
which rejection continues him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thes. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Matt. 11:28; Isa. 55:11;
Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts 2:28; Isa. 55:7; John 3:15-16;
I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.
XII. Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which, Christ secures to such as believe
in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift
of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration
of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the
Redeemer’s blood His righteousness is imputed to us.
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable
graces, wrought in our soul by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply
convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ,
we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy;
at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him
as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Psa. 51:1-4; Psa. 51:7;
Isa. 55:.6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11.
XIV. Of the Church
We believe that the church with Christ as its head, is a congregation of baptized
believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing
the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and
privileges in them by His Word; that its offices are pastors (Elders, Bishops) and
deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures;
we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: first,
to make individual disciples; second, to build up 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 organizations; that the one and only
superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true
churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance
of the gospel; 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.
Acts 2:41; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4; 8-11; Acts
14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-7; I Tim. 3:8-13; Matt.
28:19-20; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3, 4; II Cor. 8:23-24;
I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 16:2; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.
XV. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
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 our faith in the crucified,
buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to
a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to
the Lord’s supper in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread
and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded
always by solemn self-examination.
We believe that only real believers will endure unto the end; that their persevering
attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial
professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are
kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
John 8:31-32; Col. 1:21-23; l John 2:19; Matt. 13:19-21; Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:20; Psa.
121:3; Rev. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; Phil. 1:6; John 10:28-29; John 16:8; Rom. 8:35-39.
XVII. Of the Righteousness and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous
and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the
Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem;
while all such continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and
under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in
the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; 1 Pet. 4:18; Rom. 1:17; I Cor.
15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; I John 2:7; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10;
Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34,41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26;
John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.
XVIII. Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and
good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously
honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ
who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the
Rom. 13:7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Pet.
2:13,14; I Pet. 2:17; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 23:10; Phil.
2:10-11; Psa. 72:11.
XIX. Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face
and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “the third
day according to the Scriptures”; that he ascended “to the right hand of the throne
of God”; that he alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining
to God”; “That this same Jesus which was taken up from you into heaven shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven”—bodily, personally and visibly;
that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”; that the living saints “shall all be
changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; “that the Lord
God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David”; and that “Christ shall reign
a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.”
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:.4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2,4-6; Acts
1:9; Acts 1:11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 8:6;
I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John 14:3; I Thes. 4:16-17; Matt.
24:27; Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28; I Cor. 15:42-44; I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thes. 4:17; Phil.
4:20-21; Luke 1:32; I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6.
XX. Of Missions
We believe the command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable
and this Commission was given to the churches.
Matt. 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto
me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature.”
John 20:21, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Romans 10:13-15. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they
believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are
the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good
XXI. Of the Grace of Giving
We believe that Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the Faith.
II Cor. 8:7, “Therefore as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and
knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this
We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church)
upon the first day of the week.
I Cor. 16:2, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store,
as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
Under Grace we give, and do not pay the tithe (“Abraham GAVE a tenth of the spoils.”
Hebrews 7:2,4). This was four hundred years before the law, and is confirmed in the
New Testament when Jesus said concerning the tithe, “These ye ought to have done”
We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury of the church.
Lev. 27:30 “The tithe is the Lord’s . . .”
Mal. 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse, that there may be meat-in-mine
house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open up
the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough
to receive it.”
In the New Testament it was the common treasury of the church.
Acts 4:34, 35, 37, “And brought the prices of the things that were sold and laid
them down at the apostles’ feet … Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and
laid it at the Apostles’ feet.”