STATEMENT OF FAITH
|This church holds the following statement of faith as being a summary of Christian doctrine whose authority consists only in its agreement with the Word of God.
1. THE SCRIPTURES -We believe the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation 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 should be tried.
||I Thessalonians 5:21
2. THE TRUE GOD - We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God; an infinite, intelligent Spirit Whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; that He is 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 redemption.
3. THE FALL OF MAN - We believe that man was created in holiness under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice, being 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 without defense or excuse.
4. SALVATION - 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; that being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, yet without sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made full atonement for our sins; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour.
5. GRACE IN REGENERATION (Born Again) - We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension 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, faith, and newness of life.
||II Corinthians 5:17
|I Peter 1:22-25
6. REPENTANCE AND FAITH - We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and rely on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
7. GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE - We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, God's purpose comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that grace is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
|II Timothy 1:8,9
||II Thessalonians 2:13,14
|II Timothy 2:10
||II Peter 1:10,11
8. THE CHURCH - We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the 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 its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
||I Corinthians 1:1-13
||I Corinthians 11:2
||I Timothy 3
9. THE ORDINANCES - We believe that Christ gave only two ordinances to the church to be observed "till He comes".
A) The Lord's Supper: We believe that the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and drink are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always with solemn self-examination.
B) Baptism: We believe that Christian baptism is immersion, in water, of a believer in the name of the Father, and the Son, and Holy Ghost to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.
||I Corinthians 11:28,26
10. SEPARATION - We believe it is our duty to call the attention of believers to the scriptural teaching of separation and that we should abstain from worldly practices and live a life devoted to the Lord.
11. MISSIONS - Because all men everywhere without Christ are lost and bound for the eternal punishment, and because men cannot believe in Him of whom they have never heard, we believe that we are debtors to all men and have the responsibility of giving them them Gospel. Jesus left us command that we should all be witnesses for Him, and should the good news of the Gospel to every place where men are to be found. We believe that to carry out this command we must ourselves be witnesses by life and word to tell all lost men about Christ and we must support by prayer and financial aid those who go out under sound missionary agencies to represent us in other parts of the world.
||Matthew 28: 19 - 20
12. RIGHTEOUSNESS - Man being of a fallen, sinful nature cannot gain righteousness by the deeds of the Law, nor by works. All true righteousness is obtained through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ's Redemptive plan, apart from self-justification. This called imputed righteousness.