Articles of Faith

I. Of the Scriptures

We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired of God and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvations for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (II Timothy 3:15-17;  II Peter 1:21)

II. Of the True God

We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, yet one in nature, equal in every divine perfection. (Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7)

We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He is divine as no other man can be, being the very God, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. (John 1:1-2; I John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and Son and the same essence and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the agent of the new birth and He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true Child of God. (II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16-17; Romans 8:14-27; I Corinthians 6:19-20)               

III. Of the Devil, or Satan

We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)

IV. Of the Creation

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each after its own kind” by direct act, and not by the process of evolution. (Genesis 1:1; Colossians I:16-17; John 1:3)

V. Of the Fall Of Man

We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from the holy and happy state; consequently, all mankind are now sinners, not by God’s will, but by man’s own choice; being by nature utterly void of the holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal torment, without defense or excuse. (John 1:3; John 3:19)

VI. Of the Redemption from Sin

We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon Him a human body and nature, yet without sin, and by His suffering, death, and resurrection made full satisfaction to the justice of God for the sin of man; that but for the shedding of His blood there should be no remission of our sin; that the blessings of this salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who believe, repent, and confess that it is the immediate duty of all to accept these efforts of mercy. (John 1:1-3, 3:1-7, 14; Hebrews 10:4-14; Acts 16:30-33; I Peter 1:18-19)

VII. Of Salvation by Grace

We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin and this salvation is wholly by grace, and that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure. (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 10:9-13)

Recognizing also that repentance is accompanied by saving faith. (Luke 13:3)

We believe that all who take Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior are born from above and eternally secure in Christ. (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6)

We believe 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 that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own voluntary rejection of the gospel. (Romans 10:13; II Corinthians 6:2; John 3:18)

VIII. Of the Church

We believe that the Church, Christ’s body, is a New Testament organism, unknown to the Old Testament prophets; given birth to by Jesus Christ, who is the sole head, revealed through the apostles; empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; his ‘body’ for service and His ‘bride’ for glory.  It began with the New Testament saints and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the “catching away” of the saints. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8, 2:1-13, 15-47; Romans 16:26; I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 1:22-23, 3:21, 5:23-33; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We Believe that the Church is manifest through the Local Church which is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant of faith by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by His word; that its officers are Bishops (or Pastors) and Deacons; that is has the absolute right of self –government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to Christ, and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence the will of the local church is final. Matthew 18:15-17: I Corinthians 1:2, 6:4-5, 7:17, 11:16; I Timothy 3:1-15)

IX. Of the Ordinances

We believe that there are two church ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and properly called “believer’s baptism”.  It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior.  The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes again.  It is to be preceded by careful self-examination. (Acts 8:36; Romans 6:3-5, I Corinthians 11:23-32)

X. Of the Righteous and Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked; that only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous un God’s esteem; while all such who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both during life and after death, in the everlasting conscious joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Malachi 3:18; Romans 6:17-23; Matthew 25:34-42; Luke 6:25; John 8:21)

XI. Of the Return of Christ

We believe in the bodily personal return of Jesus Christ; that He will come before the tribulation period to catch away His Church, coming only in the air, and that He will come with His Church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom on earth. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 19:11-21)

XII. Of the Resurrection          

We believe in the resurrection of the dead; that the spirits of believers will be Joined with their glorified bodies at the coming of Christ for His Church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the millennial kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne of judgment to receive their final doom. (John 5:21-30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 20:11-15)


CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore; by aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and private devotion; to spiritually educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all murmuring, backbiting, and anger.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in felling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready to reconcile, and mindful of the commandments of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

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