Statement of Faith

  1. THE SCRIPTURES

    We believe that the Holy Bible was written inerrant in its original languages by men
    divinely inspired, and it 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 age, the true revelation of Christ, and the Supreme standard by which all
    human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

    • II Timothy 3:16, 17
    • I Peter 1:10-12
    • Proverbs 30:5, 6
    • I John 4:11
    • Philippians 3:16
  2. THE TRUE GOD

    We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent,
    perfect spirit and personal being, the Creator, Preserver, and Supreme ruler of the
    universe, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and all other perfections, 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 3:14
    • John 3:16-17
    • John 4:24
    • James 1:17
    • Matthew 3:16-17
    • Matthew 28:19
    • John 1:1-4
    • Deuteronomy 6:4
    • II Corinthians 13:14
    • Isaiah 7:14
    • Isaiah 9:6
    • John 1:14
    • John 8:58
    • John 10:30
    • Acts 1:10-11
    • Philippians 2:5-11
    • Colossians 1:15
    • Hebrews 4:14-16
    • John 14:26
    • John 16:7-15
    • Romans 8:14-17
    • I Corinthians 12:4-7
    • Ephesians 1:13-14
    • II Thessalonians 2:13
  3. THE FALL OF MAN

    We believe that man was created under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary
    transgression fell from that innocent state, in consequence of which all mankind are now
    sinners, not by constraint but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness
    required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just
    condemnation of eternal ruin without defense of excuse.

    • Genesis 1:27
    • Genesis 1:31
    • Genesis 3:6-24
    • Isaiah 53:6
    • Ezekiel 18:19-20
    • Romans 1:20
    • Romans 5:19
  4. THE WAY OF SALVATION

    We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial office
    of the Son of God, who by appointment by the Father, freely took upon Himself 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 sin; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven
    and that He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient
    Savior.

    • Ephesians 2:8
    • John 3:16
    • Isaiah 53:4-5
    • Hebrews 7:25
    • Colossians 2:9
    • Hebrews 2:18
  5. JUSTIFICATION

    We believe that the great Gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in
    Him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, removal of guilt, and the
    promise of eternal life; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of
    righteousness which we have done, but only through faith in the Redeemer’ s blood, by
    virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us by 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<
  6. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

    We 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 *repentant 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, which rejection involves him in an
    aggravated condemnation.

    • Isaiah 55:1
    • Romans 16:25-26
    • John 5:40
    • John 3:19
  7. REGENERATION

    We believe 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 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
    • II Corinthians 5:17
    • Galatians 5:16-23
    • Ephesians 5:9
    • John 3:8
    • I Peter 1:22-25
  8. SANCTIFICATION

    We believe that: sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God,
    believers 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 heart 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.

    • I Thessalonians 4:3
    • I John 2:29
    • Romans 8:5
    • Philippians 2:12-13
  9. THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS

    We 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 a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that
    they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

    • John 3:31
    • I John 2:19
    • Romans 8:28
    • Philippians 1:6
  10. THE PRESERVATION OF SAINTS

    We believe that the security of the believer is sure. The believer has been indwelt by
    God Himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit; that the believer has been sealed unto the
    day of redemption; that the Father’s purpose is to keep us in spite of everything; that
    God therefore sees the believer as predestined, justified, and glorified and thus his
    eternal destiny is secure.

    • John 10:28-30
    • Romans 8:29-30
    • I Corinthians 6:19
    • John 13:1
    • Ephesians 4:30
    • I John 5:13
  11. THE GOSPEL 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; that its true mission is found in the Great Commission and
    that for it to exhibit the success of the church in Acts 1, the people must be in “one
    accord”, dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit.

    • Matthew 18:17
    • I Corinthians 1:1-13
    • I Corinthians 11:2
    • Matthew 28:19
    • Acts 2:41-21
    • 1 Corinthians 11:26
    • Romans 6:4
  12. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

    We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, “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. We believe that the Lord’s Supper, in which the believers of a
    Gospel church commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always
    with solemn self-examination.

    • Acts 8:36-39
    • John 3:22-23
    • Matthew 28:19
    • Acts 2:41-42
    • 1 Corinthians 11:26
    • Romans 6:4
  13. THE LORD’S DAY

    We believe that Sunday is the first day of the week and is referred to in the New
    Testament as the Lord’s Day, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes; that
    believers are to consistently gather themselves together for worship of God and
    fellowship; that on this day we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.

    • Acts 20:7
    • Psalm 118:24
    • Hebrews 4:3-11
  14. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

    We believe civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of
    human society; that Legislators are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and
    obeyed; that this is to be followed until such government might attempt to cause
    believers to violate God’s law; in any such case, we must obey God rather than men.

    • Romans 13:1-7
    • Matthew 22:21
    • Acts 5:29
    • Matthew 23:10
  15. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

    We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the
    wicked; through faith the righteous are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and
    sanctified by the Holy Spirit and are truly righteous in God’s esteem. The unrighteous
    ,which are such as continue in impenitence and unbelief, are in God’s sight wicked and
    under the curse; that this distinction is held among men, both in and after death, with the
    righteous having everlasting life and blessedness, and the wicked everlasting
    punishment and condemnation.

    • Malachi 3:18
    • Romans 1:17
    • I John 5:19
    • Luke 16:25
  16. THE FUTURE

    We believe that the end is approaching; that Christ will rapture His own before a great
    time of tribulation and return to reign for 1,000 years on the earth; after which the lost
    shall be cast into eternal punishment and the redeemed shall be with the Lord forever.

    • Acts 1:11
    • Acts 24:15
    • Revelation 22:11
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-18
    • Matthew 24:31-46
    • I Corinthians 15:15-58
  17. MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY

    We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage
    sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as
    delineated in Scripture.

    We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman
    who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate
    sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
    We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication,
    homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to
    change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sin as defined by
    Scripture.

    • Genesis 2:22-24
    • Ephesians 5:22-33
    • Romans 1
    • 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
    • Galatians 5:19
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
    • Hebrews 13:4-7
  18. Marriages outside of these parameters will not be performed by church ministers or on
    church property.