Our Beliefs


The following is The Country Church’s statement of Faith

1. The Holy Scriptures

  • We believe that the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the plenary-verbally inspired Word of God, infallible and without error in the original writings; that they contain the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and are the divine and final authority for all Christian life and matters with which they deal, including scientific, historical, moral, and theological. (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • We believe that since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, it is then authoritative in all areas of doctrinal beliefs and human behavior, including marriage, family, sexuality, gender, morality, and ethics. (2 Timothy 3:15-17;Luke 4:4; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 22:18-19)

2. The Godhead

  • We believe that there is only one God who has revealed Himself in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Controller of all things, infinitely perfect, and can be personally known through the Son, Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

3. Creation

  • We believe in the literal, special creation of the existing space-time universe and all of its basic systems as indicated in the Scripture. (Genesis 1-2; Nehemiah 9:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)
  • We believe that God fearfully and wonderfully created each human being in His image: male as male and female as female. He did this with a specific purpose, future, and hope in mind. (Genesis 1;27-28; Psalm 139:13-18; Jeremiah 1:5; 29:11; Philippians 1:6)

4. The Depravity and Fall of Man

  • We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness. (Romans 5:12, 18)
  • We believe that sin is a transgressing of, or falling short of, God’s standard in action, thought, and character. All individuals are born with a sin nature that affects their motivation, affection, volition, and actions. The results of sin include spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; James 4:17; 1 John 5:17)

5. The Person and Work of Christ

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless and perfect life; that He died on the cross, a sacrifice for man’s sins according to the Scriptures. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:26-35; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Mark 16:9)
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His 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; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
  • We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to Heaven (where He is now at the right hand of God and is our High Priest and Advocate) His exaltation, and personal, literal, and bodily coming again the second time for His church. (John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:9-11)

6. The Person and Work of Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men, regenerate sinners, and indwell, guide, instruct, and  empower the believer for godly living. (John 14:26; 16:7-11)
  • We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as an experience subsequent to salvation, as a distinct aspect of the Christian foundational experience.  (Acts 2:1-4, 38-39; 19:6)
  • We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as manifested in the early church and enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12-14.
  • We believe in the Spirit-filled life, and life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith.  (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Galatians 5:16-26)

7. Salvation

  • We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins.  (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12-22)

8. Water Baptism

  • We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the Name of the eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ.  (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)

9. The Church

  • We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again believers. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
  • We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
  • We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or controls and any affiliations, societies, organizations, associations, or agencies this church affiliates with to further the objectives stated in the purpose statement are not authoritative in matters of church practice or belief. (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)
  • We believe in the church of Jesus Christ as the last instrument that God is using to extend His Kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ. (Ephesians 1:20-23; 3:10; Matthew 16:18)
  • We believe that Jesus Christ extended complete authority over Satan and his demonic hosts to the church (those who believe on His Name) manifested by healings, miracles, signs, and wonders that will confirm the Word of God. (Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17-20)
  • We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called communion or the Lord’s Supper, for the believers. (1 Corinthians 11:28-32)

10. Separation

  • We believe that believers should maintain a godly testimony and live in such a way that that their lives do not bring reproach upon their Savior. We stand against any and all worldly philosophies that seek to destroy or undermine the truth of biblical Christianity. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5)

11. The Eternal State

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (John 5:24; 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)
  • We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they consciously 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)
  • We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they 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)

12. The Personality of satan

  • We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, that he is the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man, and the open and declared enemy of God and man. He and his angels 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)

13. 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.  We believe that we must obey the state unless it requires us to act contrary to our faith at which time we must obey God rather than the state. (Matt. 22:15-22; Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Titus 3:1-2; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)

14. Human Sexuality

  • We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one 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; Gen. 19:5, 13; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:16-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 6:18; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
  • We believe that the Bible defines marriage as a covenant relationship between one man and one woman. The importance of this divine institution requires that we support and protect marriage as the Word of God does. (Genesis 2:24-25;Ephesians 5:22-25)

15. Family Relationships

  • We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God. 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 an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:27; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, 1 Pet. 3:1, 2 & 7)

16. Separation, Divorce and Remarriage

  • We believe that once a couple – one man and one woman – has become one flesh through the covenant of marriage (Mark 10:8), it is God’s will that they remain in that marriage for life.
  • Separation may at times be appropriate in cases of physical abuse, defraudment, defiant unwillingness or situations that are so damaging to the marriage that the couples are unable, at that time, to work constructively together towards improving the marriage relationship. Separation should not be entered into quickly or without proper counsel. When separation becomes necessary, it should be for the purpose of reconciling the marriage. The separated parties should continue to work on their marriage with the intended result of being reconciled to their spouse.
  • We recognize and have great sympathy and compassion for those who have experienced the trauma of divorce. It is our desire for The Country Church to be part of the solution to the issue of divorce in our nation by bringing healing to those involved. Because of the destructive consequences of divorce and our belief that divorce is not God’s best (Malachi 2:16), it is our position that The Country Church will not counsel to divorce (Matthew 19:6), but will seek to restore every marriage believing that God has the ability to heal every relationship, even those that seem beyond repair. (Mark 10:27)
  • If divorce occurs, it is our position to seek restoration and wholeness in a person’s life  before condoning marriage to another or thrusting into positions of ministry.

17. 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. (Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:17; Luke 1:44)

18. Euthanasia

  • We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention.  Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God.  Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment. (Ex. 20:13, 23:7; Matt. 5:21; Acts 17:28)

19. Love

  • We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly.  We do not condone or promote the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or 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. 5:44-45; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)

20. Lawsuits Between Believers

  • We discourage Christians from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church in order to resolve personal disputes.  We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32; Matt. 18:15-17)

21. 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. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

22. Giving

  • As a steward of what God has given to His people, we believe that God calls every Christian to financially support their local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a foundation of this stewardship, but that every Christian should also cheerfully and willingly give other offerings to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spreading of the Gospel. These are seen as acts of worship to His abundant provision. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 John 3:17)


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