ARTICLES OF FAITH

We believe…

  • They were verbally inspired. 
  • They are the product of Spirit-filled men, without error.
  • They are the supreme standard and authority for belief and behavior. 

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

We believe…

  • That there is only one true God.
  • The true God is Infinite, Spirit, Creator, and Sustainer of the world.
  • In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are equal in Divine Perfection.

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

We believe…

  • He is a Divine Person of the same nature as Father and Son. 
  • He was active in Creation. 
  • He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 16:8-11)
  • 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)
  • He baptized the Church at Pentecost and all believers were represented there. (Ephesians 4:5)
  • We seek not another “Baptism of the Spirit,” thusly; we believe that the gift of tongues is not for our present age.

We believe in his personality…

  • That he is the unholy god of this age. 
  • That he is destined to the just punishment of the Lake of Fire.
  • He is a created being, thus subject to God. 

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

We believe…

  • In the Genesis account of creation.
  • The teaching of evolution should be rejected.

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

We believe…

  • Man was created in Innocence.
  • Man voluntarily fell into sin by disobedience to God.
  • In Adam the whole race became sinners.
  • All men by choice are sinful, under just condemnation.

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

We believe…

  • Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin, Mary.
  • No one else was ever born, nor will be born, in that manner.
  • As such, Jesus 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

We believe…

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

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

We believe…

  • To be saved, sinners must be born again.
  • This new birth is accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.
  • It is instantaneous.
  • In the new birth one receives eternal life, God’s free gift.
  • This new birth is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit using the Word of God.
  • Evidences of a new birth are a holy life, producing spiritual fruit – repentance, faith, and newness of life.

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

We believe…

  • Justification includes: pardon of sin, the gift of eternal life, a life of righteousness.
  • Justification is not bestowed because of any merit, solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood.
  • Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us.

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

We believe…

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

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

We believe…

  • It is an assembly of immersed believers. 
  • It is associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. 
  • In observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. 
  • Its officers are pastors and deacons. 
  • Its mission is witnessing of Christ to the unsaved, training the saved, and offering fellowship amongst believers. 
  • It is accountable only to Christ, sovereign in its doings. 
  • It can cooperate with churches of like faith. 
  • Christ’s will for the Church is final.

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

We believe…

  • Baptism is by singular immersion in water, showing symbolically that we have been saved and have accepted our Savior’s death, burial, and resurrection; showing symbolically our death to sin and resurrection to new life.  
  • Baptism precedes Church membership.
  • The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Jesus’ death till He comes. It should be preceded by self-examination.
  • Neither of these ordinances are necessary requirements to be saved.

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

We believe…

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

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

We believe…

  • There is a radical and essential difference where they spend eternity.
  • Only those justified by Christ and sanctified by the Spirit are truly righteous in God’s esteem.
  • That those who continue in unbelief are in His sight wicked and cursed.
  • After death, believers will be with their Lord, unbelievers will be separated from Christ destined to the Lake of Fire.

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

We believe…

  • Civil government is of divine appointment.
  • Magistrates are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed (save in those things opposed to the revealed will of God in the scriptures).
  • In the separation of Church and state.

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

We believe…

  • In the bodily resurrection of Christ. (Matthew 28:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
  • In the ascension of Christ. (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Hebrews 2:17; Revelation 3:21)
  • In the high priesthood of Christ. (Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17)
  • In the second coming of Christ. (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28)
  • In the resurrection of the righteous dead. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44; I Corinthians 15:52) 
  • In the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial return of Christ. (I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21) 
  • In the throne of David. (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30)
  • In the Millennial reign of Christ. (I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; Isaiah 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:14) 
  • In the resurrection of the wicked dead who will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Revelation 20:1-15)

We believe…

  • Marriage between a man and woman is the plan of God and sacred in His sight. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:18-32; I Timothy 3:4, 5, 12; Malachi 2:13, 14, 16)
  • The roles of husband, wife, and child are clearly defined in Scripture. (Ephesians 5:21-32; Colossians 3:16-21; I Peter 3:1-7) 
  • 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. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8, 9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 7:3-4; Hebrews 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. 
  • 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. (Psalm 127:3; Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 78:4-7; Proverbs 17:6; 22:6) 
  • 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; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5)