What We Believe


ARTICLES OF FAITH

I. THE SCRIPTURE

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men inspired of God, and is a perfect treasure heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (Second Samuel 23:2; Psalm 119:111; Luke 16:29-31; John 10:35; Acts 1:16; 3:21; Romans 3:1-2; Second Timothy 3:16-17, Second Peter 1:20-21). Additional scriptural support includes (Psalm 119:59-60; Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 8:20; Mark 16:16; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48; John 5:38-39; 12:47-48; 17:17; Acts 11:14; 17:11; Romans 1:16; 2:12; 3:4; First Corinthians 1:10; 4:3-4; Second Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 4:3-6; 6:17; Philippians 1:9-11; 2:1-2; 3:16; First Thessalonians 5:21; Second Timothy 3:15; First Peter 1:10-12; 4:11; First John 4:1,6; Jude 3; Revelation 22:18-19)

II. THE TRUE GOD

We believe the scriptures teach that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly 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; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Exodus 15:11; Psalm 83:18; 147:5; Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 2:12-13; 10:10; Matthew 10:37; Mark 12:30; Romans 1:20; Hebrews 3:4; First Peter 1:16-17; First John 4:24; Revelation 4:6-8; 11). Additional scriptural support includes (Matthew 28:19-20; John 5:17; 10:30; 14:23; 15:26; 17:5,10; Acts 5:3-4; First Corinthians 2:10-11; 12:4-6; Second Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; Philippians 2:5-6; First John 5:7; Revelation 1:4 cf. 2:7).

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III. THE FALL OF MAN

We believe the scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker (God); but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under the just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. (Genesis 1:27; 2:16-17; 3:6-24; 6:12; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 53:6; John 3:6; Acts 17:26-29; Romans 3:9-18). Additional scriptural support includes (Ezekiel 18:19-20; Matthew 20:15; Romans 1:18, 20, 32; 2:1-16; 3:19; Galatians 3:10, 22; Ephesians 2:1-3).

IV. THE WAY OF SALVATION

We believe the scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by His death and resurrection made a full atonement for our sins; and He is now enthroned in heaven; He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior. (Isaiah 55:1; 42:21; Matthew 18:11; John 1:1-14; 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:21; First Corinthians 3:5,7; Second Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:6-8; Hebrews 2:9, 14; 4:14; 12:24; First John 4:10. Additional scriptural support includes (Psalm 34; 89:19; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 20:28; First Corinthians 15:1-3; Colossians 2:9; 3:1-4; Hebrews 1:3, 8; 2:18; 7:25-26; 8:1; 9:13-15; First John 2:2).

V. JUSTIFICATION

We believe the scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to all who believe in Him is justification; and that justification is the judicial act by which God in which the believing sinner is declared righteous in accordance with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. (Isaiah 53:11-12; Zechariah 13:1; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43; 13:39; Romans 5:17, 21; 8:1, 29-30; 5:9; Second Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 3:8; Titus 3:5-7; First Peter 3:7; First John 1:16; 2:25). Additional scriptural support includes (Matthew 6:33; Romans 3:24-26; 4:4-5, 23-25; 5:3, 11, 19; 6:23; First Corinthians 1:30-31; Philippians 3:7-9; First Timothy 4:8; First John 5:1-2;).

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VI. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe the scriptures teach 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 cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. (Proverbs 1:24; Isaiah 55:1; Matthew 11:20; 23:37; Mark 15:1; Luke 14:17; 19:27; John 3:19; 5:40; Acts 13:46; Romans 1:15-17; 9:32; 16:25-26; Galatians 2:8-9; Second Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 22:17).

VII. REGENERATION

We believe the scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration is the impartation of a new and divine life and nature; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life. (Deuteronomy 30:6; Ezekiel 36:26; Matthew 3:8-10; 7:20; John 1:13; 3:3, 6-8; Romans 2:28-29; 5:5; 8:9; First Corinthians 1:30; 2:14; Second Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 2:14-21; 4:20-24; 5:9; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 3:9-11; James 1:16-18; First Peter 1:22-25; First John 5:1, 4, 18; 4:7; Revelation 14:3; 21:27).

VIII. REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe the scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Holy Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and unfeigned contrition confession, and supplication for mercy. (Psalm 51; Luke 15:18-21; 18:13; John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 16:30-31; Romans 10:12-13; Second Corinthians 7:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; James 4:7-10; First John 5:1). Additional scriptural support includes (Psalm 2:6; Acts 3:22-23; Romans 10:9-10; Second Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 1:8; 4:14; 7:25).

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IX. GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE

We believe the scriptures teach that Election is the eternal purpose of God according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. (Exodus 33:18-19; Isaiah 42:16; Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 20:15; Luke 18:7; John 6:37-40; 10:16; 15:16; Acts 13:48; 15:14; Romans 3:27; 4:16; 8:28-31; 9:23-24; 11:5-6, 28-29, 32-36; First Corinthians 1:26-31; 4:7; 9:22; 15:10; Ephesians 1:3-14; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:12; First Thessalonians 1:4-10; Second Thessalonians 2:13-14; Second Timothy 1:8-9; 3:10; Hebrews 6:11; James 1:17-18; First Peter 1:1-2; 2:9; Second Peter 1:10-11; First John 4:19).

X. SANCTIFICATION

We believe the scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; ant that it 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. (Proverbs 4:18; Matthew 26:41; Luke 9:23; 11:35; John 3:6; Second Corinthians 7:1; 13:5, 9; Ephesians 1:4; 4:11-12, 30; 6:18; Philippians 1:9-12; 2:12-13; 3:12-16; First Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; Hebrews 6:1; First Peter 2:2; Second Peter 1:5-8; 3:18; First John 2:20).

XI. PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS

We believe the scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professions; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Psalm 91:11-12; 121:2; Jeremiah 32:49; Matthew 6:30-33; 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; 8:31; 13:18; Romans 8:28-29; Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13; Hebrews 1:14; 13:5; First John 2:19, 27-28; 3:9; 4:4; 5:18; Jude 24).

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XII. THE LAW AND GOSPEL

We believe the scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfil its precepts arises entirely from there love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator (Christ) to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. (Joshua 24:19; Jeremiah 13:23; Psalm 119; Matthew 5:17; Luke 16:17; John 6:44; 5:44; Romans 3:20, 31; 4:15; 7:7, 12, 14, 22; 8:2-4, 7-8; 10:4; Galatians 3:21; Hebrews 8:10; 12:14; Jude 20-21).

XIII A GOSPEL (LOCAL) CHURCH

We believe the scriptures teach that a visible (Local; e.g. Baptist) church of Christ is a company of regenerated persons; baptized (by immersion) on a profession of faith in Christ, united in covenant for worship, for instruction, for the observance of the Christian ordinances, and for service as the gospel requires; recognizing and accepting Christ as their supreme Lord and Law Giver, and taking His word as their only and sufficient rule of faith and practice in all matters of conscience and religion; that its only scriptural officers are Pastors and Deacons. (First Matthew 18:15-20; 28:19-20; John 14:15, 21; 15:12; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11; 8:1; 11:21-23; 14:23; Romans 16:17-20; First Corinthians 1:1-13, 17; 4:17; 5:12-13; 11:2; 11:23-34; 14:12, 23; Second Corinthians 2:17; 8:5; Galatians 6:2; Book of Ephesians; 4:7; Philippians 1:1, 27; First Thessalonians 4:2; Second Thessalonians 3:6; First Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:1-16; First John 4:21; Second John 6; Third John 9;

XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORDS SUPPER

We believe the scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; to show forth, in solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a local church; and to the Lord’s Supper; in which the members of a local church, by the sacred use of bread and fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Matthew 3:5-6; 26:26-29; 28:19-20; Mark 14:22-25; 16:16; Luke 22:14-20; John 3:22-23;4:1-2; 6:26-71; Acts 2:38, 41-42; 8:12, 36-39;10:47-48; 16:32-34; 18:8; 22:16; Romans 6:4; First Corinthians 5:1, 8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; Galatians 3:27-28; Colossians 2:12; First Peter 3:20-21)

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XV. THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH (LORD’S DAY)

We believe the scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or (Christian Sabbath); and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreation; by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God, (Genesis 2:3; Exodus 20:8; Psalm 118:15, 24; Isaiah 58:13-14; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; Acts 11:26; 20:7; First Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 4:3-11; 10:24-25; Revelation 1:10)

XVI. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe the scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. (Exodus 18:21-23; Deuteronomy 16:18; Second 23:10; Samuel 23:3; Psalm 2:1-12; 72:11; Jeremiah 30:21; Daniel 3:15-18; 6:7-10; Matthew 10:28; 22:21; Acts 4:18-20; 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; 14:4, 9-13; First Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 3:1; First Peter 2:13; Revelation 19:16).

XVII. RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED

We believe the scriptures teach 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, 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. (Genesis 18:23; Psalm 10:4; Proverbs 10:24; 11:31; 12:26; 14:32; Ecclesiastes 3:17; Isaiah 5:20; 55:6-7; 57:21; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 7:13-14).

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XVIII. THE WORLD TO COME

We believe the scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the close of the Dispensation of Grace Christ will rapture His church to eternal reward and joy at the Judgement Seat of Christ; and that this judgement is to reward faithfulness in service for righteous men in heaven; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that the wicked will be adjudged to eternal punishment at the Great White Throne Judgement, and that this judgement will fix forever the final state of unrighteous men in hell. (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 13:37-43, 49; 24:30-31; 25:31-46; 28:20; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 14:14; John 4:36; 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26; Acts 1:11; 3:21; 10:42; 17:31; 24:15; Romans 2:2-16; 3:5-6; 6:23; First Corinthians 4:5; 6:9-10; 7:29-31; 15:12-58; Second Corinthians 4:18; 5:10-11; Philippians 3:19; First Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11; Second Thessalonians 1:6-12; Hebrews 1:10-11; 6:1-2; 9:28; First Peter 4:7; Second Peter 2:9; 3:3-13; First John 2:17, 28; 4:17; Jude 7; Revelation 1:7; 20:11-12).

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