But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31

About Us > Statement of Faith

ARTICLES OF FAITH
 
    1.  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).
 
    2.  OF THE TRUE GOD:
            We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an
            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 Spirit,
            equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but
            harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.   (Exodus 20:2-3;
            I Corinthians 8:6;     Revelation 4:11;    I John 5:7). 
 
    3.  OF 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 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 14:49;    Romans 8:14,16,26,27).
		
    4.  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).
 
    5.  OF CREATION:
            We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man
            came by direct creation of God and not by evolution.
            (Genesis 1-2;    Colossians 1:16-17;    John 1:3).
 
    6.  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,
            not only by constraint, but of choice;   and, therefore under just
            condemnation without defense or excuse.    (Genesis 3:1-6;
            Romans 3:10-19;    Romans 1:18,32).
 
    7.  OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH:
            We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous
            manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can
            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).
 
    8.  OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN:
            We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of 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 a
            voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just
            dying for the unjust;  Christ, the Lord, bearing 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 an all-sufficient Savior.     (Ephesians 2:8;
            Acts 15:11;       Romans 3:24;       John 3:16;      Matthew 18:11;    
            Philippians 2:7;    Hebrews 2:14;    Isaiah 53:4-7;    Romans 3:25;
            I John 4:10;    I Corinthians 15:3;    II Corinthians 5:21).

    9.  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 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 fruits of
            repentance and faith and newness of life.    (John 3:3;  II Corinthians 5:17;	
            I John 5:1;  John 3:6-8;  Acts 16:30-33;   II Peter 1:4;  Romans 6:23;  
            Ephesians 2:1;   II Corinthians 5:19;  Colossians 2:13). 

   10.  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 it 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 8:1;    Romans 5:1,9).

  11. OF FAITH AND SALVATION:
            We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of
            salvation.      (Acts 16:31).
		
   12. 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 ordinances of Christ;  governed by His laws;  and exercising the
            gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word;  that it’s
            officers are pastors, deacons and trustees, whose qualifications, claims,
            and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.  We believe 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 the absolute 
            right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy 
            of individuals or organizations;  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 it’s cooperation;  on all matters of membership,
            of polity, of government, of discipline, of 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 3:1-7;   Colossians 1:18;
            Ephesians 5:23-24;   Acts 15:13-18).

    13. 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 in
            the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with it’s 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 come, 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).
 
    14. 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 8:35-39;    Jude 1).
 
    15. 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 the Lord 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 6:17-18;   I John 5:19;   Romans 6:23;
            Proverbs 14:32;   Luke 16:25;   Matthew 25:34-41;   John 8:21).
 
    16. 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, conscientiously 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 the kings of the
            earth.    (Romans 13:1-7;   II Samuel 23:3;   Exodus 18:21-22;
            Acts 23:5;   Matthew 22:21;   Acts 5:29;   Acts 4:19-20;   
            Daniel 3:17-18).
 
    17. OF THE RESURRECTION, PERSONAL, VISIBLE, 
		PREMILLENNIAL RETURN OF CHRIST, AND RELATED EVENTS:
			
                a. We believe in the bodily resurrection.
                    (Matthew 28:6-7;   Luke 24:39;   John 20:27;   
                    I Corinthians 15:4;   Mark 16:6;   Luke 24:2-6).
 
                b. The ascension.
                    (Acts 1:9-11;   Luke 24:51;   Mark 16:19;   
                    Revelation 3:21;   Hebrews 12:2).
			    
                c. The high priesthood.
                    (Hebrews 8:6;   I Timothy 2:5;   I John 2:1;   
                    Hebrews 2:17;   Hebrews 5:9-10).
 
                d. The second coming.
                    (John 14:3;   Acts 1:11;   I Thessalonians 4:16;
                    James 5:8;   Hebrews 9:28).
 
                e. The resurrection of the righteous dead.
                    (I Thessalonians 4:13-18;   I Corinthians 15:42-44,52).
 
                f. The change of the living in Christ.
                    (I Corinthians 15:51-53;   I Thessalonians 4:13-18;
                    Philippians 3:20-21).
 
                g. The throne of David.
                    (Luke 1:32;   Isaiah 9:6-7;   Acts 2:29-30).
 
                h. The millennial reign.
                    (I Corinthians 15:25;   Isaiah 32:1;   Isaiah 11:4-5;
                    Psalm 72:8;   Revelation 20:6,14).