Our Mission & Vision
We believe the mission and purpose of the church is totally immersed in the message of it’s founder – Jesus. We exist to make Jesus famous by displaying the power of His gospel in our lives, in our church, in our community, and around the world. Basically, Being, Doing, & Telling the Gospel.
We do this by striving to make disciples of all nations, but the center of our mission target is Keyser, WV. Our goal is to simply help Christians becomes disciples that are Loving, Learning, and Living Gospel Life.
This church is governed by elder led congregationalism; a congregational polity that is is led by pastors who are assisted by deacons. Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
What we believe:
A. THE SCRIPTURES – We believe that the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired of God and absolutely inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts. The Bible is complete and sufficient: It is not to be added to or subtracted from. (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18,19)
B. THE TRUE GOD – We believe there is only one living and true God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in substance: perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. We believe God is the creator of all mankind, but we reject the modernist and liberal teaching that God is the Father of all, and that all are Brothers. We believe God is the Spiritual Father only to those who are born again, and they are the brothers and sisters in Christ. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:14; Mark 12:29; Mt. 3:16,17; 28:19,20; John 10:30; John 1:12; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6)
C. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternally existing Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He took upon Himself a human body and a human nature, yet without sin. We believe in His substitutionary death on the cross making atonement for the sins of the world, His bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven where He intercedes for believers (Luke 1:35; Ro. 3:25; John 3:16; I Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 1:3,9).
D. THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement; that He is the Agent of the new birth; that He baptizes all believers at the time of conversion thereby placing them into the Body of Christ, which is the Church; indwelling and sanctifying them, sealing and securing them unto the day of redemption; that He endures with power, guides teaches and helps believers; that it is commanded to all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:7-11; Ro. 8; Eph. 1:13,14; 5:18; I Cor 12:13).
E. THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN – We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, sin in thought and deed by choice (Ro. 3:10-12; 5:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3).
F. SALVATION – We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. We believe that He died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. This redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin for us, and that no feeling, no work, no ordinance of the church, can add in the least degree to the value of the blood and finished work wrought for us by Him. Any individual who by faith receives Him as his or her personal Savior is justified on the ground of His shed blood and His resurrection from the dead and is born again by the Holy Spirit and kept eternally secure. We believe that one exercising this faith is immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life and is complete in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18; 5:24; 10:27-30; Ro. 1:16,17; 3:24-26; 10:9; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:11-15).
G. THE CHURCH – We believe that all true believers, upon trusting Christ as Savior are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ, which is the church. The Church is the bride of Christ which began at Pentecost and has and will continue until the rapture. We believe that the believers banded together for edification, worship and to carry out the Great Commission. The scriptural ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-47; Ro. 12:4,5; I Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-24; Colossians 1:18).
H. SATAN – We believe in the reality and personality of Satan who is the “god of this world.” We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless Spiritual beings known as angels; the highest-ranking cherub sinned through pride, and became known as Satan. We believe that Satan originated sin, and under the permission of God and through subtlety, led our first parents into sin. By this he accomplished their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power, He is the enemy of God and God’s people. We believe that Satan was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and that at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years, and after the 1,000 years, he will be loosed for a little season and then cast into the Lake of Fire (Gen. 3; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; II Cor. 4:3,4; II Thes. 2:4; I Tim. 3:6; 4:1; I Pet. 5:8,9; II Pet. 2:4; Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:1-3,10).
I. SANCTIFICATION – We believe that sanctification is a three-fold work. God sets us apart at the moment of salvation and we are positionally seated with Christ in Heaven. Sanctification is also a progressive work in the life of the believer as he daily becomes conformed to the image of Christ through His Word. This work will be brought to completion when all believers receive their glorified bodies (John 17:17; Ro. 8:17; I Thes. 4:3,4; Titus 2:11-15; Eph. 5:27).
J. SEPARATION – We believe all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon the Savior. We believe that all believers are called to a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices, and all forms of religious apostasy. We will not cooperate with the National and World Council of Churches, or any group associated with the Ecumenical movement. (II Cor. 6:14-17; 7:1; Ro. 12:1,2; James 4:4).
K. ORDINANCES – The two Christ-ordained decrees to be remembered by the Church are water baptism by immersion for believers and Communion for those believers in proper fellowship with the Lord. Water baptism is an outward act of obedience in response to the already completed inward cleansing of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Communion is the remembering of Christ’s death till He comes by partaking in a worthy manner of the bread and grape juice as Christ did at the Last Supper (Mt. 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Mark 14:22-25; I Cor. 11:22-34).
L. MISSIONS – We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind and to support in prayer and give to those whom God would lead us to financially and regularly support in mission endeavors (Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19,20; Philippians 4:14).
M. SECOND COMING – We believe the end of the world is approaching. We believe in the personal, imminent, return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Bride, the redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (Zech. 14:4-11; Acts 1:11; I Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16).
N. THE ETERNAL STATE – We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life; and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28. 11:25,26). 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 23:45; Rev. 20:4-6; Philippians 1:23). We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Mt. 25:41-46; II Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15).