What We Believe

     1.  The Scriptures 

I believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of 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, doctrine, instruction, and opinions should be tried. 

Exodus 4:12  Exodus 34:27  2 Peter 1:20-21 

2 Timothy 3:15-16  Ezekiel 3:10-11

 

     2.  Canonicity of the Scriptures

I believe that the Bible is composed of 66 books built on the foundation of the prophets and apostles and is the complete Word of God.  Confirmed the truth by God the Father Himself through His Son Jesus, the Word of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by quoting the Old Testament and assuring the scriptural content and issuing His authority of the New Testament Scriptures to only the Apostles which have seen Jesus face to face after the resurrection, confirmed by the harmony of each other, proving that God is not the author of confusion.  God has given the completed, inspired word, giving warning against any who adds or takes away from this Holy book and that man needs not to look elsewhere to be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works, promised by God himself that all will be fulfilled and will never  pass away.

Hebrews 12:2  John 1:1  John 6:63

Matthew 10:19-20 Acts 1:4-9  Acts 1:21-22 

1 John 1:1-2  1 Corinthians 15:3-8  2 Peter 3:15-16 

1 Corinthians 14:32  Revelation 22:18-19  2 Timothy 3:17 

Matthew 24:35  Hebrews 1:1-3  John5:39-40

Matthew 5:17-18 Mark 13:31

 

     3.  The True God

I believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit whose name is above every  name, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, faith, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons- the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost- equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct by harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Ephesians 4:6  John 4:24  Psalm 83:18 

Exodus 15:11  Mark 12:30  Isaiah 9:6 

Matthew 28:19  1 John 5:7  1 John 10:30 

Ephesians 2:18  2 Corinthians 13:14

 

      4.  Creation

I believe creation began with the creator, the eternal Godhead, who existed as three distinct persons:  Father, Son, and Spirit.  Prior to creation, nothing existed but God Himself.  God desired subjects who would be loyal and love Him.  To this end He created subjects of two major kinds:  angelic subjects and the human being.  As part of His plan He created the universe in six literal days, with no preexisting material, but with the very words of His mouth; with man being created on the last day of God’s creation, in God’s image, so he could enjoy and have dominion on the earth.  On the seventh day God rested from all the work that He had done.

Ephesians 1:3-4  Genesis 1  John 1:1-3 

Colossians 1:16-17  Isaiah 45:8,12,18 

Isaiah 48:13  Jeremiah 10:16  Acts 17:24  Genesis 2:1-2

 

     5.  The Fall of Man

I believe that man was created in holiness under the law of his Maker 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 just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.

Genesis 1:27  Genesis 1:31  Genesis 3:6-24 

Isaiah 53:6  Ezekiel 18:19-20 

           Romans 1:20  Romans 5:12  Romans 5:19  Jeremiah 17:9

 

     6.  The Way of Salvation

I 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 nature; that being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, yet without sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and, uniting in His wonderful person ,sitting on the right hand of God the Father, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

Romans 8:2-3  Ephesians 2:8  John 3:16 

Philippians 2:16-17 John 1:17-18  Hebrews 7:25 

Colossians 2:9  Hebrews 2:18 1

Corinthians 15:56  Isaiah 53:4-5  1 John 4:2-3

 

     7.  Justification 

I believe that the great gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in  Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life in principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which 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; that justification brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

John 1:16  Acts 13:39  Romans 5:9 

Romans 4:4-5  Romans 5:1-2  Romans 5:17

 

8.  The Free  Gift of Salvation

I 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 but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, thisrejection continues his course to eternal condemnation.

Acts 20:21  Isaiah 55:1-3  Romans 16:25-26 

John 5:40  John 3:18  Acts 11:18 

 

9.  Grace in Regeneration

I believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy understanding of the redemptive work of Christ; 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; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.

John 3:3  2 Corinthians 5:17  John 3:8 

1 John 5:20  Ephesians 4:21-24 

1 Peter 1:22-25  Galatians 5:22-24 

1 John 3:24  Titus 3:5  John 1:13

 

 10.  Repentance and Faith

I believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, presented to man by the Word of God, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, sin, and helpless state we have turned to the gospel for salvation through Christ, turning to God with unfeigned repentance, faith, confession, and supplication for mercy and grace; and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, King, and Risen Savior, and rely on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.

Mark 1:15  Acts 11:18  Ephesians 2:8 

Acts 2:37-38  Romans 10:15-17 

Romans 10:9-10  Hebrews 11:6  1 Corinthians 15:17-20

 

11.  God’s Purpose of Grace

I believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He has chosen to graciously regenerate, sanctify, justify and redeem sinners; this election is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man.  Since God is omniscient, He purposed the eternal destiny for all mankind and chose grace as a most glorious display of His sovereign goodness; excluding human obligation except faith, recognizing it as a true gift of God’s love which fades not away.  Beingeternally secure for all those who truly believe the Gospel; therefore grace is the foundation of Christian assurance; and to understand it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence and devotion to God.

2 Timothy 1:8-9  2 Thessalonians 2:13-14  Exodus 33:18-19 

2 Timothy 2:10 2 Peter 1:10-11  Ephesians 2:8-9 

John 10:27-30  1 Peter 1:4-5, 18-19 Romans 6:11-14

 

     12.  Sanctification

I believe 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; and 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:3  1 John 2:29  Romans 8:2,5 

John 14:26 Philippians 2:12-13  Acts 20:32

 

      13.  The Perseverance of Saints

I believe 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 professors; that angels watch over the believer’s welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Philippians 1:6  Ephesians 1:13-14  1 John 2:19, 28-29 

Hebrew 1:14 Psalms 91:11-12 

 

     14.  The Harmony of the Law and the Gospel

I believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; and that the one great end of the Gospel is to deliver them from this inability and to restore them, through our Mediator, Jesus Christ, to unfeigned love in establishing the holy law and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

Romans 3:31  Romans 7:12-13  Romans 8:7-8 

Galatians 3:10-13  Romans 8:2-4

  

      15.  A Gospel Church

I believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation, a chosen royal priesthood, of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, commands, and privileges invested in them by His Word; in equipping the saints for the ministry to which He has called them for the edification and unity of the faith;  that its only scriptural officers are pastors (bishop & elder) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

1 Peter 2:9  1 Corinthians 1:1-13  1 Corinthians 11:2 

Matthew 28:20  Acts 2:41-42  1 Timothy 3 

Hebrews 13:7,17  Titus 1  Ephesians 4:1-16  Matthew 18:17

 

     16.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

I believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the father, and Son, and Holy Ghost to show forth in a 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.  I believe that the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination and a warning to all those unworthy.

Acts 8:36-39  John 3:22-23  Matthew 28:19  Romans 6:4 

Acts 2:41-42  1 Corinthians 11:26  1 Corinthians 11:27-29

 

      17.  The Lord’s Day

I believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity; by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest which remaineth for all the people of God;  using this day as a reminder of our daily obligation to be an encouragement to the believers and a light unto the world.

Acts 20:7  Psalm 122:1  Isaiah 58:13-14 

Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 4:3-11  Acts 2:40-46

 

      18.  Civil Government

I believe 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 Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

Romans 13:1-7  Matthew 22:21  Acts 5:29-32 

Matthew 23:10  1 Timothy 2:1-3

 

      19.  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 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 God’s sight wicked and under the curse; following the wicked one, that is the Devil,  this distinction holds among men both in and after death to be judged for the works which he has done.

John 8:44-47  1 John 5:18-19  Malachi 3:18  Romans 1:17-19 

1 John 5:19  Luke 16:25      

 

      20.  The World to Come

I believe that the end of this age is approaching, motivating me to diligently encourage the believers and to be faithful and fruitful in love and good works in my local church.

1 Peter 4:7-11  Hebrews 10:25

I believe in “that blessed hope”- the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Acts 1:11  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

I believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of Satan and his host and all those who were deceived by Him.

Acts 24:15  John 14:1-4  Matthew 24:31-46 

Revelation 22:11-12  Revelation 20:9-15