ARTICLES OF FAITH
- 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
- 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
- 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…
- Is the agent of our new birth. (John 3:5-6)
- Seals. (Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 1:13)
- Guides. (Romans 8:14)
- Teaches (John 16:13)
- Witnesses (Romans 8:16)
- 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
- In the Genesis account of creation.
- The teaching of evolution should be rejected.
Genesis 1-2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17
- 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
- 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
- That the salvation of sinners is solely of grace.
- That Jesus Christ:
- Was given of the Father to be man’s mediator, sacrifice.
- Took upon Him the nature of man without sin.
- Died to make full/vicarious atonement for our sin.
- Was resurrected from the dead.
- Ascended into heaven after His death, burial, and resurrection.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.
Acts 16:31; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 11
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)