STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe that: The Holy Bible, the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation was written by men Divinely Inspired, and that it is a Treasure of Heavenly Instruction; That it has God for its Author and is the Word of God; and does not contain the Word of God. It has Salvation for its aim; That it has Truth without any mixture of error for its matter; That it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; That it shall remain therefore to the end the true center of all Christian Union; That it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried. 2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:21; Acts 1:16; Acts 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; 1 Pet 1:10-12; Acts 17:11; Rom 1:16; John 5:38-39; Prov 30:5-6; John 17:17; Rev 22:18-19; John 12:47-48; Luke 12:47-48; Phil 3:16; 1 Cor 1:10; Isa 8:20; Jude 3; Eph 6:17; Psa 119:59-60.
THE TRUE GOD
We believe that: There is only One Living and True God; an Infinite, Intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Rule of heaven and earth; That He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness; That He is 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 Spirit; That the three are equal in every divine perfection; That they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. John 4:24; Psa 147:5; Psa 83:18; Rom 1:20; Jer 10:10; Isa 45:21-22; Ex 15:11; Isa 6:3; Mark 12:30; Rev 4:11; Matt 28:19; John 15:26; Matt 3:16-17; Luke 1:35; John 10:30; John 14:23; John 17:5-10; Acts 5:3-4; Phil 2:5-6; Rev 1:4-5.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that: The Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; That He was active in the creation; That in His relationship to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God’s great purpose is fulfilled; That He convicts of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment; That He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; That He is the Agent of the new birth; That He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer in accordance with the Scriptures. John 14:16-17; Matt 28:19; Heb 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; John 15:25-27; Acts 5:3-4; John 3:5-6; Eph 1:13-14; Matt 3:11; Acts 11:16; John 16:13; Rom 8:14-16; 2 Thes 2:13; Rom 8:26-27.
We believe: In the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; That man was created directly in God’s own image and after His likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or by evolutionary changes of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was created directly, and that God’s established law was and is that they should bring forth after their kind. Gen 1:1; Ex 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col 1:16-17; John 1:3; Rev 10:6; Rom 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer 10-12; Neh 9:6; Gen 1:26-27; Gen 2:21-23.
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that: Man was created in holiness and innocence, in the image of God, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from that Holy and Blessed state. In consequence of which all mankind are now sinners. Man is not a sinner by constraint but by choice. Man is therefore by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin. Man is therefore without defense or excuse. Gen 1:27, 31; Gen 2:16-17; Gen 3:6-24; Psa 51:5; Rom 5:12-19; Isa 53:6; Rom 3:9-18; Eph 2:1-3; Rom 1:18; Rom 2:1-16; Rom 1:19-32; Rom 3:19.
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that: Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, that He was born of the virgin Mary, that His birth was as no other man has ever been born, or ever can be born, and that He is Son of God and God the Son. This doctrine is very important. First, because it is required for the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecy. Second, because it is absolutely necessary to His atoning death. John wrote his epistles to prove that “Jesus came in the flesh.” He had to be truly man to be “The seed of the woman” and to take the Kinsman’s part. He had to be truly man to be “The seed of Abraham” to inherit the promises. He had to be truly man to be the Son of David to claim the throne of Israel. When Ahaz refused to ask a sign, God gave one for all time greater than heaven or earth could afford. Gen 3:15; Gal 4:4; Gal 3:16; 1 Chron 22:10; Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; 1 John 5:20; 1 Cor 15:47.
THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that: The salvation of the sinner is wholly grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; That His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior. Eph 2:8; Rom 3:24; John 3:16; Phil 2:7; Isa 53:4-7; Rom 3:25; 1 Cor 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Pet 3:18; Isa 53:11; 1 John 2:2; Heb 7:25.
We believe that: The great gospel blessing which Jesus Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification. That justification includes the pardon of sin, the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness, that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is imputed to us of God; that it brings us into every other blessing needful for time and eternity. Isa 53:11-12; Rom 8:1; Rom 5:9; Rom 5:17; Tit 3:5-7; Rom 5:21; Rom 4:4-5; Rom 6:23; Phil 3:7-9; Rom 5:1-3.
THE NEW BIRTH
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 dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that this new creation is brought about in a manner beyond our comprehension, not by culture, nor by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruit of repentance, faith, and newness of life. John 3:3-8; John 1:12-13; 2 Cor 5:17; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Pet 1:4; Rom 6:23; Eph 2:1.
We believe that: Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit; the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, prayer, self-examination, self-denial, and watchfulness. 1 Thes 4:3; 1 Thes 5:23; Eph 1:4-6; 2 Pet 1:5-8; 1 John 2:29; Phil 1:1, 9-11; Phil 2:12-13; Eph 4:11-12; 1 Pet 2:2.
We believe that: A New Testament church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the gospel; observing the ordinance of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts as set out in the Word of God; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe that the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; to make disciples, to baptize the disciples, to build them up in the most holy faith, and to teach them to observe all things that have been commanded. We hold that it is the right of the local church to self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, that the One and Only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for local churches to cooperate together in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure of its cooperation; and on all matters of membership, policy, polity, government, discipline, benevolence; the majority vote is the will of the local church in all things. Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor 11:2; Eph 4:11; Matt 28:19-20; Col 1:18; 1 Pet 5:1-4; Jude 3-4.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that: Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, on the authority of the local church, to show forth in a beautiful and solemn emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to newness of life; that it is a prerequisite to a church relationship and to the Lord’s Supper in which the members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and cup are to commemorate the dying love of Christ; preceded always by a solemn self-examination. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated once a month at the close of the morning service or as often as the pastor shall decide. Acts 8:36-39; Matt 3:5-6; Matt 28:19; Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:12; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor 11:23-28.
THE LORD’S DAY
We believe that: The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all needless labor and recreation, and by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by a preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God. Acts 20:7; Gen 2:3; Col 2:16-17; John 20:19; 1 Cor 16:1-2; Ex 20:8; Rev 1:10; Heb 10:24-25.
THE BELIEVER’S WALK
We believe that: Since the citizenship of the child of God is in heaven, that henceforth he is to walk separately from this present evil world having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, abstaining from every appearance of evil so as not to conform to its character or conduct, whether it be in amusements or habits which defile both mind and body. 2 Cor 6:14; 2 Cor 7:1; Rom 12:2; Eph 5:11; 1 Thes 5:22-23.
THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures at their face value on these subjects: On the resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily from the grave the third day according to the Scriptures, and He ascended to the right hand of the throne of God, that He alone is our merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God. We believe that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven. We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, visible, pre-millenial, pre-tribulation and imminent coming of our Lord and Savior. Matt 28:6-7; John 20:27; 1 Cor 15:4; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes 4:16-17; Jas 5:8.
We believe that: The command to give the gospel to the whole world is clear and unmistakable and that this commission was given to the church. No distinction is made in the Scriptures between home and foreign missions as we have them today, so it is our duty to be a missionary church and to have a part in sending the gospel throughout the entire world. John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:13-15.
We believe that: The method of giving to the work of the Lord is very clearly set out in the Scriptures. We believe that scriptural giving is one of the Fundamentals of the Faith. We believe that God’s work should be carried on by the tithes and offerings of God’s people and no other methods should be used to solicit money. Mal 3:10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor 16:1-2; 2 Cor 8-9.
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that: There is a radical difference between the eternal destiny of the righteous and the wicked. We believe that the moment a person accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal Savior and in true repentance calls upon His name that person is eternally saved. While the person who continues in sin and finally rejects the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is eternally lost. Mal 3:13-18; Gen 18:23; Rom 6:18, 23; Prov 11:31; 1 Pet 4:18; Rom 1:17; 1 Cor 15:22; 1 John 3:7; Prov 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt 25:34, 41.
PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
We believe that: Such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. John 8:31-32; Col 1:21-23; 1 John 2:19; Heb 1:14; 1 Pet 1:5; Phil 1:6; Rom 8:30-39; John 10:27-30.