Doctrinal Statement

ARTICLES OF FAITH

 I.                   OF THE SCRIPTURES, we believe

A.    They were verbally inspired.

B.     They are the product of Spirit-filled men, without error.

C.     They are the supreme standard and authority for belief and behavior.

D.    II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119

 

II.                OF THE TRUE GOD, we believe

A.    That there is only one true God.

B.     The true God is Infinite, Spirit, Creator, and Sustainer of the world.

C.     In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are equal in Divine Perfection.

D.    Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7; Revelation 4:11

III.             OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, we believe

A.    He is a Divine Person of the same nature as Father and Son.

B.     He was active in Creation.

C.     He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8-11)

D.    With believers He:

1.      Is the agent of our new birth (John 3:5-6)

2.      Seals (Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 1:13)

3.      Endues

4.      Guides (Romans 8:14)

5.      Teaches (John 16:13)

6.      Witnesses (Romans 8:16)

7.      Sanctifies

8.      Helps

9.      Intercedes (Romans 8:26-27)

E.     He baptized the Church at Pentecost and all believers were represented there

 (Ephesians 4:5).

F.      We seek not another “Baptism of the Spirit”, thusly; we believe that the gift of tongues is not for our present age.

 

IV.             OF THE DEVIL (SATAN), we believe

A.    In his personality.

B.     That he is the unholy god of this age.

C.     That he is destined to the just punishment of the Lake of Fire.

D.    He is a created being, thus subject to God.

E.     Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10

 V.                OF THE CREATION, we believe

A.     In the Genesis account of creation.

B.     The teaching of evolution should be rejected.

C.     Genesis 1-2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17

VI.             OF THE FALL OF MAN, we believe

A.     Man was created in Innocence.

B.     Man voluntarily fell into sin by disobedience to God.

C.     In Adam the whole race became sinners.

D.     All men by choice are sinful, under just condemnation.

E.      Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18-31; Romans 5:10-19

 

VII.          OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH, we believe

A.     Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin, Mary.

B.     No one else was ever born, nor will be born, in that manner.

C.     As such, Jesus is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.

D.     Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4

 

VIII.       OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN, we believe

A.     That the salvation of sinners is solely of grace.

B.      That Jesus Christ:

1.      Was given of the Father to be man’s mediator, sacrifice.

2.      Took upon Him the nature of man without sin.

3.      Died to make full/vicarious atonement for our sin.

4.      Was resurrected from the dead.

5.      Ascended into heaven after His death, burial, and resurrection.

6.      Is in every way qualified, suitable, and all-sufficient Savior.

7.      Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 3:24-25; John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-7; I Corinthians 15:3.

 

IX.             OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION, we believe

A.     To be saved, sinners must be born again.

B.      This new birth is accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.

C.      It is instantaneous.

D.     In the new birth one receives eternal life, God’s free gift.

E.      This new birth is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit using the Word of God.

F.       Evidences of a new birth are a holy life, producing spiritual fruit – repentance, faith, and newness of life.

G.     John 3:3; John 3:6-8; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:13.

 

X.                OF JUSTIFICATION, we believe

A.     Justification includes: pardon of sin, the gift of eternal life, a life of righteousness.

B.     Justification is not bestowed because of any merit, solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood.

C.     Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us.

D.     Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 5:1, 9; Romans 8:1; II Corinthians 5:21

 

XI.             OF FAITH AND SALVATION, we believe

A.     Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.

B.     Acts 16:31; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 11

 

XII.          OF THE LOCAL CHURCH, we believe

A.     It is an assembly of immersed believers.

B.     It is associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel.

C.     In observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

D.     Its officers are pastors and deacons.

E.      Its mission is witnessing of Christ to the unsaved, training the saved, and offering fellowship amongst believers.

F.      It is accountable only to Christ, sovereign in its doings.

G.     It can cooperate with churches of like faith.

H.     Christ’s will for the Church is final.

I.        Acts 2:41-42; 15:13-18; 20:17-28; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11.

XIII.       OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER, we believe

A.      Baptism is by singular immersion in water, showing symbolically that we have been saved and have accepted our Saviour’s death, burial, and resurrection; showing symbolically our death to sin and resurrection to new life.

B.      Baptism precedes Church membership.

C.      The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Jesus’ death till He comes. It should be preceded by self-examination.

D.      Neither of these ordinances are necessary requirements to be saved.

E.       Acts 8:26-30; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-28.

 

XIV.       OF THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER, we believe

A.     All those who have been born again are kept by the Father for His Son unto eternal life.

B.      Philippians 1:6; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39.

 

XV.          OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED, we believe

A.     There is a radical and essential difference where they spend eternity.

B.      Only those justified by Christ and sanctified by the Spirit are truly righteous in God’s esteem.

C.      That those who continue in unbelief are in His sight wicked and cursed.

D.     After death, believers will be with their Lord, unbelievers will be separated from Christ destined to the Lake of Fire.

E.      Romans 6:17-18; Romans 6:23; John 8:21; I John 5:19; Revelation 20:15.

 

XVI.       OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT, we believe

A.     Civil government is of divine appointment.

B.     Magistrates are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed (save in those things opposed to the revealed will of God in the scriptures).

C.     In the separation of Church and state.

D.     Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19-20; Acts 5:20; I Timothy 2:1-3.

 

XVII.    OF THE RESURRECTION, PERSONAL, VISIBLE, PREMILLENIAL RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS, we believe

A.     In the bodily resurrection of Christ. (Matthew 28:6-7; I Corinthians 15:4)

B.     In the ascension of Christ. (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Hebrews 2:17; Revelation 3:21)

C.     In the high priesthood of Christ. (Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17)

D.     In the second coming of Christ. (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16; Heb. 9:28)

E.      In the resurrection of the righteous dead. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44; I Corinthians 15:52)

F.      In the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial return of Christ. (I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21)

G.     In the throne of David. (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30)

H.     In the Millennial reign of Christ. (I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; Isaiah 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:14)

I.        In the resurrection of the wicked dead who will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Revelation 20:1-15)

 

XVIII. OF THE FAMILY, MARRIAGE, AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE we believe

A.    Marriage between a man and woman is the plan of God and sacred in His sight (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:3-9; Eph. 5:18-32; 1 Tim. 3:4, 5, 12 and Mal. 2:13, 14, 16).

B.     The roles of husband, wife and child are clearly defined in Scripture (Eph. 5:21-32; Col. 316-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7).

C.     The sexual relationship is sacred between a man and a woman and is to be fulfilled only within the bonds of marriage, and is condemned outside the marriage relationship. Further, adultery, fornication and homosexuality are sins against God (Gen. 2:24; 19:5,13; 26:8,9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rm. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 7:3, 4; Heb. 13:14). Therefore, we will not participate in any activity that would compel us to bless, sanction, or treat as equivalent any unbiblical sexual partnership.

D.    Children are a blessing of God and the responsibility for their nurturing and maturing, emotionally and spiritually, rests upon the parent and they are to be brought up in a loving structure and conscientious instruction in the truths of God and His principles of life found in His Word (Ps. 127:3; Eph. 6:4; Deut. 6:6, 7; Ps. 78:4-7; Prov. 17:6; 22:6). 

E.     Human life begins at conception and only God has the authority to begin and end life. The unborn child is a living human being and abortion constitutes the unjustified taking of a human life (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 44:24; 49:1; Jer. 1:5).