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What We Believe

Covenant

Having been brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give ourselves wholly to Him, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other to WALK TOGETHER IN HIM, WITH
BROTHERLY LOVE, to His glory, as our common Lord. We do therefore, in His strength, pledge:

  • That we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together but will uphold the public worship of God, and the ordinances of His house. (Hebrews 10:25)
  • That we will engage in personal bible study and in the great duty of religiously training our family and those under our care, for the service of Christ and the enjoyment of heaven. (Deuteronomy 6:7-9)
  • That we will exercise Christian love by encouraging and caring for each other, and warning and admonishing each other as Scripture may require.(1 Thes. 5:14; Colossians 3:12; Galatians 6:1)
  • That, as we are the light of the world and salt of the earth, we will seek divine aid to enable us to deny ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and to walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win the souls of men. (Eph. 5:15-17; Titus 2:11-14)
  • That we will cheerfully contribute of our time, treasure and talent according as God has entrusted to us, for the maintenance of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7)
  • That we will in all conditions, even till death, strive to live to the glory of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

May the God of Peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

Confession of Faith

Article 1 — The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit;1 that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter;2 and therefore is, and shall remain until the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man;3 the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. For purposes of church doctrine, practice, policy and discipline, our Elder Board is the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

1) 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2) John 17:17; 3) Revelation 22:18-19; Romans 15:4

Article 2 — The True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and
supreme ruler of heaven and earth;1 inexpressibly glorious in holiness, 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.3

1) Exodus 20:2-3; Eph. 4:5-6; 2) Revelation 4:11; 1 Timothy 1:17; 3) Philippians 2:5-6; John 1:1-3,10:30

Article 3 — The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father1 and God the Son2 and of the same nature;3 that He was active in the creation;4that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled;5 that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness;6 that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony;7 that He is the agent in the New Birth;8 that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.9 And that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control) is the evidence of His indwelling rather than speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations.
1) 1 John 5:7 with John 1:1; 2) 1 John 5:7 with John 1:14;
3) Luke 1:35,Philippians 2:6, 1 Timothy 3:16; 4) Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30; Genesis 1:2, 2:7
5) 2 Thes. 2:7; 6) John 16:8-11; 7) John 15:26-27, Acts 5:30-32; 8) John 3:5-6
9) Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Cor. 12:13; Luke 24:49; John 16:13, 14:26; Romans 8:16; 2 Thes. 2:13;
Romans 8:9, 16, 26-27; Galatians 5:22-23

Article 4 — Sanctification

We believe that sanctification has a two-fold meaning: 1) that of setting apart of things, days, or persons, specifically for God, and that the believer at the time of his regeneration is so set apart by God the Father;1 2) the progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer, obedient to the Word of God, experiences the power of the indwelling Christ for holiness of life and victory over the old nature, which work will be completed when the believer stands in Christ’s presence.2
1 Hebrews 10:10, 12, 14; 1 Cor. 6:11; 2) 2 Cor. 3:17-18, Eph. 4:12-14, Jude 24

Article 5 — The Devil or Satan

We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but that through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty fell1 and drew after him a host of angels2; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world3. We hold him to be man’s great tempter;4 the enemy of God and His Christ;5 the accuser of the saints;6 the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy;the Lord of the Anti-Christ;8 and the author of all powers of darkness9 — destined however to final defeat at the hand of God’s Son10, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.11
1) Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17; 2) Rev. 12:9, Jude 6, 2 Peter 2:4; 3) Eph. 2:2, 2 Cor. 4:4
4) James 1:13-15, Genesis 3:1-5, 1 Peter 5:8; 5) 1 John 3:8, Luke 22:3-4; 6) Revelation 12:10
7) 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 8) 1 John 4:3, 2 John 7; 9) 2 Thes. 2:8-11, Eph. 6:12;
10) Revelation. 19:11, 16, 20; 20:1-3, 10; 11) Matthew 25:41

Article 6 — The Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively;1 that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness;2 that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms;3 that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”4
1) Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17; 2) Genesis 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 11:7
3) Genesis 2:7 & 21-23; 4 Genesis 1:11, 24

Article 7 — The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his maker,1 but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state;2 in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice;3 and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.4
1) Genesis 3:1-6, 24; 2) Romans 5:12, 19; 3) Rom. 1:18, 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3; Ezek. 18:19-20
4) Romans 1:20, 28, 32; Galatians 3:22

Article 8 — The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner,1 born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever or can ever be born of a woman,2 and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.3
1) Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:20; 2) Isaiah 7:14, John 1:14, Luke 1:34-35; 3) 1 John 5:20, 1 Tim. 3:16

Article 9 — The Atonement for Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace1 through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by 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 and vicarious atonement for our sins;2 that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree;that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the
tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.4
1) Eph. 2:8-9; 2) Philippians 2:8, John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:21; 3) 1 Peter 2:24, John 10:18
4) Hebrews 7:25, 9:12-15; 1 John 2:2

Article 10 — Grace in the New Creation

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again;1 that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus;2 that it is instantaneous and not a process;3 that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God;4 that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel;5 that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith
and newness of life.6
1) John 3:3; 2) Galatians 6:15, Eph. 2:10; 3) 1 John 5:1, John 3:6-7, Acts 2:41
4) 2 Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23b, Eph. 2:1, 2 Cor. 5:19; 5) John 1:12-13; 6) Galatians 5:22-23, Eph. 5:9

Article 11 — The Freeness of Salvation

We believe in God’s electing grace;1 that the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the Gospel;2 that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial penitent and obedient faith;3 and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel;4 which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.5
1) 1 Thes. 1:4, Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 1:2, Romans 8:29-30; 2) Rev. 22:17, Romans 10:13
3) Acts 2:41-42, 46-47; 2 Cor. 2:7-8; 4) John 3:15-16, 1 Timothy 1:15; 5) John 3:18, 36

Article 12 — 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 and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness;1 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, His righteousness is imputed unto us.2
1) Romans 5:1 & 9, 8:1; 2) Titus 3:5-7, Philippians 3:9

Article 13 — Repentance and Faith

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations1 and also inseparable graces,2 wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God;3 thereby, being deeply convicted 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;4 at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.5
1) Acts 20:21; 2) Acts 20:21; 3) Acts 2:38; 4) Romans 10:13, Psalm 51:1-4, Isaiah 55:6-7
5) Romans 10:9-13

Article 14 — The Church

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel;1 observing the ordinances of the Christ;2 governed by His laws;3 and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word;4 that its Scripturally designated officers are pastors, elders, and deacons, whose qualifications are clearly defined in the Scriptures;5 we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission.6 First, to make individual disciples; second, to baptize them; third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, through the Holy Spirit;7 that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation;8 in all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. 9
1) Acts 2:41; 2) 1 Cor. 11:2; 3) Eph. 1:22-23; 4) Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:4, 8-11
5) Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 6) Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 7) Colossians 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; 8) Acts 15:22; 1 Cor. 16:1; 9 1 Cor. 6:1-3, 5:11-13

Article 15 — Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the believer’s immersion in water;1 in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;2 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;3 that in Scriptural order baptism precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in which the elements of the bread and wine remind us of the love of God in Christ Jesus, “Who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,” that this ordinance is to be
observed in anticipation of His coming and preceded always by solemn self-examination.5
1) Acts 8:36-39, 10:47; 2) Matt. 28:19; 3) Romans 6:3-5; 4) Acts 2:41-42; 5) 1 Cor. 11:23-32,
Romans 8:32

Article 16 — The Perseverance of the Saints

We believe that such only are real believers as endure to the end;1 that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors;2 that a special Providence watches over their welfare;3 and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.4
1) Colossians 1:21-23; 2) I John 2:19; 3) Romans 8:28, Hebrews 1:14; 4) Romans 8:35-39,
Philippians 1:6

Article 17 — The Righteous and the Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked;1 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,2 while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse;3 and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.4
1) Malachi 3:18, 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 2) Romans 5:1-2; 3) Romans 6:23, Hebrews 6:4-6
4) Revelation 21:8, John 12:25

Article 18 — Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates the interests and good order of human society;1 that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed;2 except only on things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ;3 who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings on the earth.4
1 )Romans 13:1-7; 2) Acts 23:5, 1 Peter 2:13-14; 3) Acts 4:19-20, 5:29; Daniel 3:17-18
4) Philippians 2:10-11, Revelation 19:13, 16

Article 19 — The Resurrection, Return of Christ, and Related Events

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value:
(a) The Bodily Resurrection
Luke 24:39, John 20:27, 1 Cor. 15:4, 1 John 1:1
(b) The Ascension
Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19, Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:1, 12:2
(c) The High Priesthood
Hebrews 2:17, 5:9-10, 7:25, 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1
(d) The Second Coming
John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes. 4:16, 5:1-6; Matthew 24:27, 25:13; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28
(e) The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead
1 Thes. 4:16; 1 Cor. 15:42-44, 52
(f) The Change of the Living in Christ
1 Cor. 15:51-53, 1 Thes. 4:17, Philippians 3:20-21
(g) On the Throne of David
Luke 1:32, Isaiah 9:6-7, Acts 2:29-30
(h) His Reign on Earth
1 Cor. 15:25; Isaiah 11:4-5, 32:1; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 5:10, 20:1-4 & 6

Article 20 – Marriage and 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.1 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 any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s God-given birth gender is sinful and offensive to God.2

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. While not approving what God has clearly called sin, we believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior toward any individual is not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.3

1Genesis 2:18–24; Exodus 20:14; Matthew 19:1–6
2Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:7–21; Romans 1:18–31; I Corinthians 6:9–10, 18–20; Galatians 5:19–21; Hebrews 13:4
3Galatians 6:1-3