Statement of Faith
Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Old and New Testament were given by divine inspiration, and is the God-given revelation of Himself to man, without any mixture of error but is the infallible, inerrant, and sufficient word of God; it has God as its author, salvation for its end, and declares of the glory of God, His purpose for the world, and of Jesus Christ, it is the supreme standard by which all creeds, councils, and opinions should be tried.
II Tim. 3:16-17; II Tim. 3:15; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 2:12; Phil. 3:16; I John 4:1
Of The One True God
We believe there is only one God who is living and active in the world; He is the creator and sustainer of all things and is sovereign above all things; He is the all-wise, all-knowing, all-perfect, and infinite being who alone is worthy of praise, glory, and worship.
John 4:24; Ps. 83:18; Heb.3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer.10:10; Ex.15:11; Ps.147:5; Isa.6:3; I Pet.1:15-16; Rev.4:6-8; Mark12:30; Rev.4:11; Matt.10:37; Jer.2:12-13; Matt.28:19; John 15:26; I Cor.12:4-6; I John 5:7; John10:30; John 5:17; John 14:23; John 17:5&10; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor.2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor.13:14; Rev. 1:4-5.
Of The Trinity
We believe the one true and living God has revealed himself as Father, Son, Holy Spirit, while distinct in their persons are one in nature, essence, being, and substance.
Gen. 1:26; Isa 48:16, Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19;1 Cor 8:6;12:3, 2 Cor. 13:14
We believe that from all eternity, God freely and sovereignly governs, guides, decrees, or permits all things; He alone, without any coercion or constraint, purposely rules all creatures, creation, and events; in so doing, God is never the author or condoner of sin, nor does he destroy the will or responsibility of his image bearers.
Isa. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Acts 4:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15)
Of the Fall of Man
We believe humanity was created in the image of God and without sin, but by his own volition, rebelled and sinned against God when tempted by Satan in the Garden of Eden; in so doing, humanity is fallen from their once perfect and happy state and are now transgressors against God by choice, will, and action; likewise their posterity all follow in that state of sin and rebellion, inclined in every way towards evil and deserving of death, condemnation and the wrath of God.
Gen.1:27; Gen.1:31; Ecc.7:29; Acts 17:26-29; Gen.2:16-17; Gen.3:6-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom.5:15-19; Ps.51:5; Rom.8:7; Isa.53:6; Gen.6:12; Rom.3:9-18; Eph.2:1-3; Rom.1:18,32; Rom.2:1-16; Gal.3:10; Matt. 20:15; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom.1:20; Rom.3:19; Gal. 3:22.
Of the Way of Salvation
We believe salvation comes as a free and gracious gift to sinners through the mediatorial office of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who freely gave of himself and took upon human nature and yet is without sin and completely fulfilled the law’s demands and the righteousness of God, who through his vicarious suffering and death on the cross made full atonement for the sins of humanity, who by the power of God was raised from the dead and is now crowned in heaven as judge and king over all creation, who through the good news of his gospel is uniting all things to himself, who supplies the sweetest of mercies and perfections, He alone is the Christ and the only suitable, all-sufficient savior of humanity.
Eph.2:3, Matt. 18:11, I John 4:10, I Cor.3:5-7, Acts 15:11, John 3:16, John1:1-14, Heb.4:14, Heb. 12-24, Phil. 2:9&14, II Cor. 5:21, Isa. 42:21, Phil. 2:8, Gal. 4:4-5, Rom. 3:21,Isa. 53:4-5, Matt. 20:28, Rom.4:25, Rom. 3:21-26, I John 2:3, I Cor. 15:1-3, Heb.9:13-15, Heb.1:8, Heb. 1:3, Col. 3:1-4, Heb. 7:25, Col. 2:18, Heb. 7:26, Ps. 89:19, Ps.34
Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe the offer of salvation is given freely to all humanity through the work of Christ on the cross; it is, therefore, the responsibility of all sinners to respond to the gospel through repentance from sin and obedient faith in Christ for salvation, even the vilest of sinners may only be hindered by his own depravity, rebellion, and willing rejection of the gospel, which implicates him in an aggravated condemnation.
Isa. 55:1, Rev. 22:17, Rom. 16:25-26, Mark 1:15, Rom. 1:15-17, John 5:40, Matt.23:37, Rom.9:32, Pro. 1:24, Acts 13:46, John 3:19, Matt. 11:20, Luke 10:27, II Thess. 1:8
Of God’s Purpose of Grace
We believe God, in his sovereignty and goodness, has chosen a people before the foundation of the world for Himself in Christ; this sovereign saving of His saints unto eternal life is not based on any foreseen merit in them but is solely an extension of the mercy of God through His Son, in consequence of which they are called, justified, and glorified. The work of God in salvation is consistent with the free agency of man and removes any ground for human boasting and wholly clings to God’s grace and glory in salvation.
II Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; I Peter 1:1-2; Rom. 11:5-6; John 15;16; I John 4:19; II Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts 15:14; Ex. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15;Eph. 1:11; Rom. 9:23-24; Jer. 31:3; Rom.11:28-29; James 1:17-18; II Tim.1:9; Rom.11
Of Grace in Regeneration
We believe the nature of salvation requires the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit by which we are made new creatures, born again from death to life in Christ; regeneration involves a transformation of the whole person, heart, mind, will, and affections only wrought through the power of God, and produces tangible evidence of saving faith, obedience and conformity to Christ and His word.
John 3:3, John 3:6-7, I Cor.3:14, Rev.14:3, Rev. 21:27, II Cor. 5;17, Ezek. 36:26, Deut. 30-6, Rom. 2:28-29, Rom.5:5, I John 4:7, John 3:8, John 1:13, James 1:16-18, I Cor. 1:30, Phil. 2:13, I Peter 1:22-25, I John 5:1, Eph. 4:20-24, Col. 3:9-11, Eph. 5:9, Rom. 8:90, Gal. 5:16-23, Eph. 3:14-21, Matt. 3:8-10, Matt.7:20, I John 5:4, 18
Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable sacred responsibilities of all humanity and are simultaneously the gracious gift of God to depraved sinners whereby we recognize our guilt, our deserved punishment before God, our helplessness, and the way of salvation through Christ alone, in recognizing God’s kindness, we turn to God in humble contrition, confession, and dependence upon Christ for mercy as our only substitute, confidence, hope, and all-sufficient savior.
Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Eph. 2:8, I John 5:1, John 16:8, Acts 2:37-38, Acts 16:30-31 Luke 18:13, Luke 15:18-21, James 4:7-10, II Cor. 7:11, Tim. 10:12-13, Ps.51, Rom. 10:9-11, Acts 3:22-23, Heb. 4:14, Ps.2:6, Heb. 1:8, Heb. 7:25, II Tim. 1:12
We believe that justification is the full acquittal and pardon of guilty sinners graciously received through faith in Jesus Christ; by virtue of this faith, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us of God, resulting in the most blessed state of peace, rest, assurance and security with God for all eternity.
John 1:16, Eph.3:8, Acts 13:39, Isa. 53:11-12, Rom5:1-2, Rom. 5:9, Zech. 13;1, Matt. 9:6, Acts 10:43, Rom. 5:17, Titus 3:5-7, I Peter 3:7, I John 2:25, Rom. 5:21, Rom. 4:4-5, Rom. 6:23, Phil. 3:7-9, Rom. 5:19, Rom. 3:24-26, Rom.4:23-25, I John 2:12, Rom. 5:3, Rom. 5:11, I Cor. 1:30-31, Matt. 6:33, I Tim. 4:8
We believe that sanctification is according to the plan of God, the progressive partaking in His holiness; it is accomplished through the work of the word of God and the Spirit of God indwelling those who have been born again in which they are continually conformed to the image of Christ and is evidenced by self-examination, denial of self, continual repentance, prayerfulness, and cordial obedience to Christ and His word.
I Thess. 4:3; I Thess. 5:23; II Cor. 7:1; II Cor. 13:10; Phil. 3:12-16; I John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; Eph. 1:4; Pro. 4:18; II Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; II Peter 1:5-8; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph.1:13-14; Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; II Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; Luke 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph.6:18; Eph.4:30
Of Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that those who are truly regenerated by the Spirit of God will never nor can they ever fall from grace but shall endure and preserve with faith until the end; this preserving with Christ and keeping by the Holy Spirit is the supreme mark of genuine faith, distinguishes true saints of God from superficial believers, and is indicative of the power of God unto salvation.
John 8:31; I John 2:27-28; I John 3:9; I John 5:18; I John 2:19; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9; Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Ps.121:3; Ps. 91:11-12;Phil. 1:6; Phil. 2:13; Jude 24:25; Heb.1:14; II Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; I John 4:4
6:2; Eph. 4:7; I Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:22; I Tim. 3; Titus 1
Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe that the law of God is eternal, just, good, holy, unchanging, and the righteous rule of God by which he judges the world and sinners, of which all humanity has broken in their devotion and love for sin and are unable to fulfill in their fallen state, and can only find hope, deliverance, and restoration through the mediatorial office of Christ’s perfect obedience of the law of God, it is only through Christ and His gospel that sinners find salvation from the judgment and rule of God’s law, Christ, who is thereby the end of the law for righteousness to all who believe.
Rom. 3:31; Matt. 5:17; Luke 16:17; Rom. 3:20; Rom. 4:15; Rom. 7:12; Rom.7:7,14-22; Gal.3:21; Ps. 119; Rom.8:7-8; Josh. 24:19; Jer. 13:23; John 6:44; John 5:44; Rom. 8:2-4; Rom. 10:4; I Tim. 1:5; Heb. 8:10; Jude 20&21
Of a Gospel Church
We believe that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is both universal and local; Universal in being comprised of all true believers throughout the ages looking to Christ as the head of His church, and Local by covenant; Christians are to commit themselves to a particular local church to be a visible and redeemed assembly of baptized believers, who are associated together in Christ, and share in fellowship in the gospel; observing the ordinances, committed to obedience and followship of Christ, exercising the gifts, rights, and responsibilities invested by His word; its only biblical officers are overseers, elders, or pastors and deacons whose qualifications and duties are qualified by scripture.
I Cor. 1:1-3; Matt. 18:17; Acts 5:11; Acts 8:1; Acts 11:21-23; I Cor. 4:17; I Cor. 14:23;III John 9; I Tim. 3:5; Acts 2:41-42; II Cor. 8:5; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 5:12-13; I Cor. 11:2; II Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20; I Cor.11:23-24; Matt. 18:15-20; I Cor. 5:6; II Cor. 2:17; I Cor. 4:17; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; John 15:12; I John 14:21
Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe baptism is by immersion into water of a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to display the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and is the means of prerequisite into church fellowship and the Lord’s Supper, in which members together, through careful and solemn self-examination, partake of bread and the fruit of the vine, remember the Lord’s sacrifice and means of atonement for sinners, and also long for His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; John 4:12; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; Acts 16:32-34; Acts 18:8; Acts 10:47-48; Gal.3:26-28; Rom.6:4; Col. 2:12; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 22:16; Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; I Cor.11:28; I Cor. 5:1-8; I Cor. 10:3-32; I Cor. 11:17-32; John 6:26
Of The Lord’s Day
We believe that the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath, is the first day of the week in keeping with the resurrection of our Lord from the dead, is to be kept as holy unto the Lord for worship, partaking in the means of grace, as well as rejoicing and resting in the finished work of Christ.
Acts 20:7; Gen. 2:3; Col. 2:16-17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; I Cor. 16:1-2; Ex. 20:8; Rev.1:10; Ps. 118:15, 24; Isa. 58:13-14; Isa. 56:2-8; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; Acts 13:44; Lev. 19:30; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2-3; Ps. 26:8; Ps. 87:3; Heb. 4:3-11
Of Civil Government and Christian Liberty
We believe that God has established government as a means of order and for the good of human society; in recognizing they are instituted by God, its leaders are to be prayed for, honored, and obeyed except in those things which oppose the word or will of Christ, and the conscience of the Christian.
Rom. 13:1-7; Deut. 16:18; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:23; Jer. 30:21; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; I Tim. 2:1-4; Acts 5:29; Matt.28; Dan. 3:15-18; Dan. 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Ps.72:11; Ps.2; Rom. 14:9-13
Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world by Jesus Christ; each shall receive a righteous judgment for their deeds; the righteous are justified through faith in Christ and receive eternal life, while the wicked are condemned as continuing in their wickedness, impedance, unbelief and shall go to eternal darkness and judgment.
Mal. 3:18; Pro. 12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19; Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 6:16; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 7:6; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; Rom. 6:18,22; I Cor. 11:32; Pro. 11:31; I Peter 4:17-18; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Ps. 10:4; Isa. 55:6-7; Pro. 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Pro. 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; Luke 9:23-26; Ecc. 3:17; Matt. 7:13-14
Of the World to Come
We believe that the end is drawing near in which Christ will descend from heaven and render a final and lasting verdict on the souls of every person; the wicked receive everlasting punishment, and the righteous receive everlasting joy in which God will dwell forever with his saints, as the all righteous, all sovereign, all majestic, all glorious judge and king over all things, forever and ever, amen!
I Peter 4:7; I Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35; I John 2:17; Matt. 28:20; Matt. 13:39-40; II Peter 3:3-13; Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; I Thess 4:13-18; I Thess. 5:1-11; Acts 24:15; I Cor. 15:12-58; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2 John 5:28-29; John 6:40; John 11:25-26; II Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42; Matt. 13:49; Matt. 13:37-43; Matt. 24:30-31; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 22:11; I Cor. 6:9-10;
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