I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired of God and the product of spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian fellowship and the Divine standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19, 21).
II. Of the True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, and infinite Spirit and Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressible, 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 Spirit, co-equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in great work of redemption. (Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; 1 John 5:7; John 4:24).
III. Of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person; with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation, that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose if fulfilled: that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. (John 14:16, 17; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1: 1 -3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5, 6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:13-16; Romans 8:26, 27; 1 John 2:27).
IV. Of the Devil or Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20: 10; John 8:44; John 14:30; Revelation 20:2).
V. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by birth, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:19; Romans 5:1021; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32; Psalm 51:5).
VI. Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and very God. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1: 15-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4).
VII. Of the Atonement for Sin
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 humanity, yet without sin, honored the Divine law by His personal obedience. And by His death on the cross and the shedding of His blood made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ the Lord, bearing our sin in His body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and united in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with Divine Perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:27; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:22; Leviticus 17:11).
VIII. Of Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins, is made a partaker of the Divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely 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 and faith and newness of life. (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; 1 John 3:6, 7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:18; Ephesians 2:8, 9).
IX. Of Justification
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification.
X. Of Faith and Salvation
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Hebrews 11:6) M. Of the Local Church We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed, born-again believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts and rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are Pastors (Elders) and Deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity.
We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the inheritance of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41, 42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:15; Colossians 1: 18, 19; Ephesians 5:23, 24 and Acts 15:13-18).
XII. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior. Baptism pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relationship. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28)
XIII. Of the Security of the Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6; John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1; 2 Timothy 1:12)
XIV. Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting
XV. Of the Resurrection, Personal, Visible, Pre-Millennial Pre- Tribulation, Return of Jesus Christ, and Related Events
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