What We Believe

I. Of the Scriptures:

            We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter.  We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.

II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21

 

II. Of the True God:

            We believe there is one and only one living and true God, and infinite 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 the redemption.

  • Exodus 20:2-3, I Corinthians 8:6, Revelation 4:11, I John 4:7

 

III. Of the Holy Spirit:

            We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, with God the Father and 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 righteousness, and of judgment; 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; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14,16,26-27.

 

IV. Of the Devil, or Satan:

            We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

  • Matthew 4:1-3, II Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 20:10

 

V. Of Creation:

            We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution.

  • Genesis 1 and 2, Colossians 1:16-17, John 1:3

 

VI. Of the Fall of Man:

            We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, {totally depraved} not only by

constraint but of choice; and therefore under just

condemnation without defense or excuse.

  • Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32

 

VII. Of the Virgin Birth:

            We believe that Jesus 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.

  • Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, John 1:4

 

VIII. Of the Atonement for Sin:

            We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; thorough the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored by the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious personal atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner(’)s place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, veering our sin 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, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour.

  • Ephesians 2:8, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24-25, John 3:16, Matthew 18:11, Philippians 2:7, Hebrews 2:14, Isaiah 53:4-7, I John 4:10, I Corinthians 15:3, II Corinthians 5:21

 

IX. 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 in 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, solely in connection with 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 Corinthians 5:17, I John 5:1, John 3:6-7, Acts 16:30-33, II Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1, II Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 2:13, John 3:8

 

X. Of Justification:

            We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification.

      a. That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness.

      b. That 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.

·         Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, Romans 5:9, Romans 5:1 

 

XI. Of Faith and Salvation:

      We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.

·         Acts 16:31

 

XII. Of the Local Church:

      We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinance of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.  We believe that the true Mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity.  We hold that the local church has absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of (and) benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

·         Acts 2:41-42, I Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:11, Acts 20:17-28, I Timothy 3:17, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:23-24, Acts 15:13-18.

 

XIII. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:

      We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth(,) in a solemn and beautiful emblem(,) our faith is the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, 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.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

  • Acts 8:26-39, John 3:23, Romans 6:3-5, Matthew 3:16, Colossians 2:12, I Corinthians 11:23-28

 

XIV. Of the Security of the Saints:

      We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.

·         Philippians 1:6, John 10:28-29, Romans 8:38-39, Jude 1

 

XV. Of the Righteous 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 Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as 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 the lost.

·         Malachi 3:18, Genesis 18:23, Romans 6:17, I John 5:19, Romans 6:23, Proverbs 14:32, Luke 6:25, Matthew 25:34-41, John 8:21

 

XVI. 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, consciente(i)ously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience , and the coming Prince of Kings of the earth.

  • Romans 13:1-7, II Samuel 23:3, Exodus 18:21-22, Acts 23:5, Matthew 22:21, Acts 5:20, Acts 4:19-20, Daniel 3:17-18

 

XVII. Of the Resurrection, Personal, Visible, Premillenial Return of Christ, and Related Events:

We believe in the bodily resurrection

  • Luke 24:2-6, Matthew 28:6-7, Luke 24:39, John 20:27,

I Corinthians 15:4, Mark 16:6

 

The Ascension. 

  • Acts 1:9-11, Luke 24:51, Mark 16:19, Revelation 3:21, Hebrews 12:2

The Priesthood.

  • Hebrews 8:6, I Timothy 2:5, I John 2:1, Hebrews 2:17, Hebrews 5:9-10

 

The Second Coming.  We believe that the first aspect of Christ’(s) second coming will be the rapture of all believers both living and dead.

  • I Thessalonians 4:13-17

 

      We believe this will be followed by the seven year tribulation period, which will culminate with the personal, visible return of Christ to earth with His saints.  He will judge the nations and set up His Millennial Kingdom.

·         Jude 14-15, Daniel 9:24-27, Revelation 11,13,19,20; Hebrews 9:28, Acts 1:11

 

The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead.

·         I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:42-44, I Corinthians 15:52

 

The change of the living in Christ.

·         I Corinthians 15:51-53, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Philippians 3:20-21, Isaiah 9:6-7, Acts 2:29-30

 

The Millennial Reign.

·         I Corinthians 15:25, Isaiah 32:1, Isaiah 11:4-5, Psalm 72:8, Revelation 20:14, Revelation 20:6

 

XIX. Of Family

We believe that the family is a God ordained and directed institution.  We hold to all Biblical standards and instructions associated with successful family life.  We believe that marriage is intended for one man and one woman for one lifetime, until God separates them by death.  We believe that divorce is never God’s desire for the family. 

·         Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 7; Matthew 19:3-12

 
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