STATEMENT OF FAITH AND BELIEFS
ARTICLES OF FAITH
I. THE SCRIPTURES
THIS CHURCH ACCEPTS THE BIBLE AS THE REVEALED WILL OF GOD, THE ALL-SUFFICIENT RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE, AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF FULFILLING GOD’S MISSION.
We believe the Holy Bible was written by man divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction;
that God is its author, salvation for its end and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals 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.
II. THE TRUE GOD
We believe the Scriptures teach 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.
III. THE FALL OF HUMANITY
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions 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.
IV. THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe the Scriptures teach that Salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Jesus Christ;
who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and
by His death made a full atonement for our sins; having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in His wonderful person
the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe the Scriptures teach 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; it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and
favor with God, and secures every blessing needful for time and eternity.
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.
We believe the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that is affected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our visionary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.
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 Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
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 the 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 the utmost diligence.
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; 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.
XI. PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS
We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
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 fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator 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.
XIII. A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation 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 and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian’s baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into 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; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
XV. THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH
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 both private and public, and by preparation that rest remaineth for the people of God.
XVI. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and 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.
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 people both in and after death.
XVIII. THE WORLD TO COME
We believe the scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; a solemn separation will then take place; the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy; and this judgment will fix forever the final state of humanity in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
RULES OF CHURCH ORDER
1. Let all things be done decently and in order - I Corinthians 14:40
THE CHURCH COVENANT
HAVING BEEN LED,
as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to work together in Christian love; strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; promote its prosperity and spirituality; sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines and doctrines; contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the Church, relief of the poor and spreading of the gospel throughout all nations.
WE ALSO ENGAGE
to maintain family and secret devotions; religiously educate our children; seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; walk circumspectly in the world; be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; avoid all gossiping and excessive anger; abstain from drunkenness; and be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
WE FURTHER ENGAGE
to watch over one another in brotherly/sisterly love; remember each other in prayer; aid each other in sickness and distress; cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
WE MOREOVER ENGAGE
that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
2. Let all things be done with charity - I Corinthians 16:14
3. Let all things be done to edify Him - I Corinthians 14:26
4. Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus - Colossians 3:17