Doctrinal Statement

Statements of Faith

Section 1. – The Scriptures: We believe in the verbal and absolute and final authority of the Scriptures as originally given. The Bible, (God’s Holy Word) is without error and it is the supreme and final authority for faith and practice. (Proverbs 30:5-6; II Timothy 3:5-17)

Section 2. – The Only True God: We believe 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 in all possible honor, confidence 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 but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Exodus 15:11; John 4:24;10:30; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:30)

Section 3. – The Son: We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son. Born of the Virgin Mary, and is 100% God and 100% man. We believe in the true Deity of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Colossians 2:9)

Section 4. – The Holy Spirit: We believe in the distinct personality of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the world today is to glorify Christ by convicting men of sin and guiding and empowering those who are saved. We believe He indwells the body of every born-again person and blesses those who are fully surrendered to His will. (John 14:26; 16:8; I Corinthians 6:19; I John 5:7)

Section 5. – The fall of Man: We believe that man was created in innocence, but that by voluntary transgression fell; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice; and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin; without defense or excuse. (Genesis 1:27; 3:6-24; Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 5:19; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Section 6. – God’s Purpose of Grace: We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners, that being 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 is the foundation of Christian utterance. (II timothy 1:9; II Timothy 2:10; Romans 8:28-31)

Section 7. – The Way of Salvation: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through faith in the all-sufficient atonement of Christ, in His death and the shedding of His Precious blood. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9;I Peter 1:18-19)

Section 8. – The Freeness of Salvation: We believe that salvation is made free to all through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 55:1; John 5:24; Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Section 9. – The Preservation of the Saints: We believe in the preservation of the Saints, who are kept by the power of God through faith, unto eternal salvation. (John 10:28-29, Ephesians 4-30; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1:5)

Section 10. – The Harmony of The Law and The Gospel: We believe 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 ascribed to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises 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. (Romans 3:31; Romans 8:7-8; Romans 8:2-4)

Section 11. – The New Testament Church: We believe 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. (Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2)

Section 12. – The Lord’s Day: We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, and is to be used in service and praise to His Glory. (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:25)

Section 13. – The Ordinances: We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its type of our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that individual believers observe the Lord’s Supper by the sacred use of bread and the cup. Believers are to commemorate together the substitutionary death of Christ in His broken body and His shed blood, preceded always by self-examination. (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6: 4; I Corinthians 11:26-28)

Section 14. - The Lord’s Return: We believe in the imminent return of Christ, for the rapture of all believers (I Thessalonians 4:14-18), at which time they will appear before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10, II Corinthians 5:10).

The tribulation period will take place on the earth following the rapture. (Matthew 24:21-22; II Thessalonians 2:3-7)

The Lord will then return bodily to the earth with His saints and set up His millennial reign. (Matthew 25:31; Acts 15:14-17; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6)

Section 15. – The World to Come: We believe that following the millennial reign the bodies of the unsaved dead will be raised from the grave to be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12-

15) Finally, the eternal state with the new Heaven and the new earth for all the redeemed will be ushered in. (Revelation 21 and 22)

Section 16. – Civil Government: We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interests of 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. (Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29)

Section 17. – Justification: We believe that justification includes the pardon of sin, the promise of eternal life, and is ours by virtue of faith in His (Christ’s) perfect righteousness, and is freely impaired to us from God. (Romans 5:7; Acts 13:39; Romans 4: 25)

Section 18. – Regeneration: We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that it is affected by the working of the Holy Spirit by the instrument of Divine Truth; that its proper evidence appears in the fruit of the Spirit, such as repentance and faith through the new life. (John 3:3; I Peter 1:23; Ephesians 5:9; II Corinthians 5:17)

Section 19. – Repentance and Faith: We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by regenerating Spirit of God, whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the 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. (Mark 4:3-4; I Corinthians 1:30)

Section 20. – Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is the process by which according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence 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. (I Peter 1:2; I Thessalonians 4:3-4; I Corinthians 1:30)

Section 21. – The Seven Fundamentals:

The verbal inspiration of Scripture- II Timothy 3:16

The Deity and sinless life of Jesus Christ – Hebrews 4: 14-15

The virgin birth of Christ – Luke 1:27

The blood atonement and substitutionary death of Christ – Hebrews 9:22

The bodily resurrection of Christ – I Corinthians 15-1-4

The Trinity (Three Persons in One True God) – Matthew 28:19

The salvation of man, through faith only – Ephesians 2:8