We Believe / The Christian Faith
1. We believe in the absolute authority and
accuracy of the Holy Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments,
its verbal inspiration in the original manuscripts and its all-sufficiency
as the Christian’s rule of faith and practice. (II Timothy
3:16, II Peter 1:19-21, and Proverbs 30:5,6).
2. We believe that there is but one God, the
Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things, who is perfect in
holiness, and in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power
and who reveals himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, Nehemiah 9:6, II Corinthians 13:14, I John 4:8,
John 10:30 and Matthew 28:19).
3. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal
and only begotten Son of God, that he was conceived of the Holy
Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, that He is true God and true
man and that He is the only sufficient mediator between God and
man. (Matthew 1:30, Luke 1:35, John 1:1,2,14, John 12:45 and I
4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third
person of the Trinity, whose ministry is to convict the world
of sin, righteousness and judgment, to regenerate the unbelieving
and to seal, sanctify, teach and comfort those who have believed
in Jesus Christ. (John 16:8-11, 3:3,6,7, Ephesians 1:13 and II
5. We believe that man was created in the image
of God and that he sinned and thereby incurred both physical and
spiritual death. Thus, we believe that all men by nature and by
choice are sinners and apart from Christ, shall be forever separated
from God. (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, Exodus 18:20a, and Romans 6:23).
6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died
for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and
substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe on Him are
justified on the ground of His shed blood. (I Corinthians 15:3,4,
Revelation 1:5, Isaiah 53:6, II Corinthians 5:21, Acts 13:39 and
7. We believe that salvation is by grace through
faith, not of works and that all who receive by faith the Lord
Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming
children of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:3-7, John 1:12, Titus
3:5, Galatians 3:26 and John 5:24).
8. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified
body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven and in His present
ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate. We believe
in the personal, visible, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ
to set up His Kingdom upon the earth. (I Corinthians 15:4, Acts
1:8-11, Hebrews 4:14-16, I John 2:1-2, I Thessalonians 4:13-17
and Revelation 20:1-15).
9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of
the just and the unjust and the everlasting conscious punishment
of the lost. (I Corinthians 15:20-24, Revelation 20:12-15, I Corinthians
15:51-53 and I Thessalonians 4:13-17).
10. We believe in the church, a living, spiritual
body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated
people are members. We believe that the local, visible church
is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated together
for worship and fellowship. (I Corinthians 12:1-31 and Acts 2:42-47).
11. We believe in the observance of the ordinances
of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in obedience of the commands
of Christ. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of the believer
in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with death, burial and
resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins and of His giving
himself up to God to live and to walk in newness of life. We believe
that the Lord’s Supper is of bread and the cup, and to be
a commemoration of His death “till He comes.” (Acts
2:42, 46, 47, Ephesians 5:23, Matthew 28:10, 20, Acts 2:38, Acts
8:36-38, Romans 6:3-4, I Corinthians 11:23-32 and Mark 16:15-16).
12. We believe in the universal spiritual priesthood
of believers. In other words, all true believers are priests and
have the privilege of approaching God through Christ and of interpreting
the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit. (I Timothy 2:5, I John
2:27, Revelation 1:6 and I Peter 2:9).
13. We believe in the sovereignty of the local
church, recognizing Christ as our sole Head and that each local
church has the right to be independent and autonomous and must
be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.
(Acts 6:2-3, Acts 4:18-20).
14. We believe that the great gospel blessing,
which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification.
Justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal
life on principles of righteousness, not what we have done, but
solely through faith in the Redeemer’s Blood by virtue of
which faith, his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us
of God. This righteousness brings us into a state of most blessed
peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful
for time and eternity. (Acts 13:9, Romans 5:9, Romans 5:12,17,
15. We believe that the blessings of salvation
are made free to all by the Gospel, that it is the immediate duty
of all to accept them by a cordial penitent and obedient faith
and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner
on earth except for his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection
which involves him in an aggravated condemnation. (John 3:16,
Romans 1:15-17, John 3:19, John 6:35-37, John 3:36 and Revelation
16. We believe that sanctification is the process
by which, according to the will of God, we are made partaker of
His holiness. Sanctification is a progressive work begun in regeneration
and is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and
power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual
use of the appointed means – especially, the Word of God,
self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer. (I Thessalonians
4:3, 5:23, Proverbs 4:18, II Corinthians 3:18, I John 2:29, Philippians
2:12, 13, I Peter 2:2 and II Peter 3:18).
17. We believe that the first day of the week
is the Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Day is a Christian
institution for regular observance and should be employed
in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public
and private, resting from worldly employment and amusement,
only works of necessity and mercy excepted. (Acts 20:7,
I Corinthians 16:1,2, Hebrews 10:24,25 and Acts 13:44).
18. We believe that civil government
is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order
of human society and that the magistrates are to be prayed
for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in
things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the
Kings of the earth. (Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, I Timothy
2:1-8, I Peter 2:13-15, Acts 5:29, Daniel 3:15-18 and Revelation
19. We believe in the eternal security of the
believer. Those who God has accepted in the Beloved and sanctified
by His Spirit will never totally nor finally fall away from the
state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end. If through
neglect and temptation they fall into sin, whereby they grieve
the Holy Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach
on the church and temporal judgements on themselves, yet they
shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto Salvation.
(Ephesians 1:6,7, 4:30, John 10:28-29, 5:24, I John 5:12, Galatians
5:6, Hebrews 12:5-11, I Corinthians 11:31).