What We Believe

We are a Baptist church, which means we hold to the basic Baptist doctrine. We are not charismatic. We do not practice speaking in tongues, faith healing, or believe in extra biblical revelation through visions or dreams.

We are a Bible-believing Baptist church which means we believe the scriptures are without error and that God has preserved a copy for us that is inspired and infallible. We believe these “Holy Scriptures” have been preserved in the English Authorized King James Version.

We are an independent Baptist church which means we are not affiliated or controlled by any denominational head or church hierarchy. We choose our own missionaries we will support as well as our church leadership. Our pastor, Bobby Utley, has been at New Testament 48 years.

1. HOLY BIBLE AV1611 KING JAMES BIBLE

We believe that God has verbally inspired 66 books of Holy Scripture – 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. We believe, further, that the God who was powerful enough to INSPIRE (2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness) these books is powerful enough to PRESERVE (Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.) them in the form in which he intended us to have them in these last days. This “form” is the King James Authorized Version, to the exclusion of ALL other English translations aka “perversions.”

2. JESUS CHRIST

We believe that the testimony of these scriptures clearly indicates that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.) born of a virgin. He suffered a vicarious, substitutionary death on the cross which atoned for the sins of the world, that he was buried Wednesday afternoon, and arose from the dead sometime after 6 p.m. Saturday night. He arose BODILY and literally from the grave, thereby insuring two things – a resurrection FROM the dead for those who believe on him and receive him as their Saviour and a resurrection OF the unsaved dead at the last judgment.

3. HEAVEN/HELL

Heaven, for the SAVED, is a literal New Jerusalem supernaturally built; Hell, for the LOST, is a literal lake of fire which torments forever. Luke 16

4. NEW TESTAMENT

We believe that Jesus has ascended to and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He sent the Holy Ghost, at Pentecost, to represent him on the earth in this dispensation. Although this dispensation began shortly after his resurrection, the gospel of the grace of God was not revealed until the ministry of the Apostle Paul; the book of the Acts is a transitional book giving the history of the apostolic times, and the SIGNS and WONDERS in it (as in Mark 16 and 2 Corinthians 12:12) are limited to the ministry of the apostles and not to be confused with the Christian doctrines of Colossians and Ephesians and Philippians.

5. SALVATION

We believe that salvation is “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8,9) in the finished work of Jesus Christ and “not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5). We believe when a person is saved, he is saved from the penalty of sin which is a literal burning hell (Psa. 9:17; Luke 16). We further believe in the eternal security of the child of God, that no Christian is in danger of losing his or her salvation (Rom. 8:38, 39; John 10:28).

6. CHURCH ORDINANCES

We believe in baptism (by immersion) and the Lord’s supper as the only two scriptural ordinances. The one real baptism is Spirit, and WATER baptism is only a FIGURE, or picture, of this real baptism. We believe a person should be baptized after he or she has been saved (Acts 8) and that the Lord’s supper is for all who have been born again (1 Cor. 11).

7. THE “CHURCH”

We believe in two scriptural uses of the word church (i.e. body of all believers, local body of believers). We believe all people who have been born again are a part of “the church, which is his body,” and therefore they should join an autonomous local church. Furthermore, we believe the biblical church to be a King James Bible believing church.

8. SECOND COMING

We believe that the Lord Jesus is to return literally and bodily from heaven to set up a 1000-year, Davidic, Palestinian, earthly, visible kingdom at Jerusalem, and seven years before this advent, he will catch out his body – the true church – and judge it at the “Judgment Seat of Christ.”

9. BAPTIST DOCTRINE

We are Baptist in doctrine and traditional in music, worship and preaching. We are anti-Calvinistic and dispensational in theology. We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to rapture all believers (1 Thess. 4:13-18) before the great tribulation. We also believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth (Rev.19,20).