What We Believe

*The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible, in its entirety, contains God’s revelation to His creation, mankind; that it was faithfully recorded by His chosen servants, being divinely inspired by His Spirit; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and is in its original autographs absolute truth without mixture of error; that it has been faithfully preserved through translation in spirit, meaning, thought and context into many languages throughout the generations since its inscription. It is the sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His Own glory, salvation of man, faith and life, is either expressly stated or necessarily contained in the Holy Scripture unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelation or traditions of men. It is the supreme standard by which all else should be tested.

II Tim. 3:16-17; II Tim. 3:15; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 2:12; Phil. 3:16; I John 4:1

*The One True Living Triune God

We believe that there is only one true and living eternal God who created all things seen and unseen; who is infinitely and inexpressably holy, wise, mighty, glorious, just, loving, and merciful, worthy of all praise, honor, and love. God is the sovereign and reigning eternal ruler of heaven and earth existing co-eternally and co-divinely in the unity of the Godhead in three persons – the eternal Father the Creator, the eternal Son the Savior and living Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter and helper – equal in all perfection, executing distinct but harmonious offices in the salvation of mankind.

John 4:24; Ps. 83:18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Ps. 147:5; Isa. 6:3; I Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 4:6-8; Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11; Matt. 10:37; Jer. 2:12-13; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 5:17; John 14:23; John 17:5&10; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14; Rev. 1:4-5.

*The Fall Of Man

We believe that Man was created in holiness in regard to the righteous law of his Creator but fell from that blessed state through transgression; in consequence all mankind are now sinners, both by nature and by choice, being utterly devoid of the holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just judgment and condemnation, without defense or excuse.

Gen. 1:27; Gen. 1:31; Ecc. 7:29; Acts 17:26-29; Gen. 2:16-17; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:15-19; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 8:7; Isa. 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9-18; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18,32; Rom. 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 3:19; Gal. 3:22

*The Way Of Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is completely by grace through the mediatorial work and office of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father freely took upon Himself our nature, coming in the flesh yet being without sin fufilled every righteous requirement of the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins, bearing the wrath of God and enduring the scorn of the cross in obedience to the Father and in mercy toward us; the Righteous for the unrighteous. Having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting people to Himself in the reconciliation to God through the work of the cross and by the power of the Holy Spirit until that day when He returns in glory, in which those who are in Christ will be resurrected to that Blessed Hope that is eternal life with Him. He is in all ways qualified to be a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

Eph. 2:3, Matt. 18:11, I John 4:10, I Cor. 3:5-7, Acts 15:11, John 3:16, John 1:1-14, Heb. 4:14, Heb. 12-24, Phil. 2:9&14, II Cor. 5:21, Isa. 42:21, Phil. 2:8, Gal. 4:4-5, Rom. 3:21, Isa. 53:4-5, Matt. 20:28, Rom. 4:25, Rom. 3:21-26, I John 2:3, I Cor. 15:1-3, Heb. 9:13-15, Heb. 1:8, Heb. 1:3, Col. 3:1-4, Heb. 7:25, Col. 2:18, Heb. 7:26, Ps. 89:19, Ps.34, I Pet. 3:18

*Repentance And Faith

We believe that Repentance and Faith are consistent, coinciding, and inseparable graces, brought forth in the heart 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 all humility for mercy, in contrition, confession and submission; at the same time receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, Lord, King and Mediator, and relying on Him alone as the only Way.

Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Eph. 2:8, I John 5:1, John 16:8, Acts 2:37-38, Acts 16:30-31 Luke 18:13, Luke 15:18-21, James 4:7-10, II Cor. 7:11, Tim. 10:12-13, Ps.51, Rom. 10:9-11, Acts 3:22-23, Heb. 4:14, Ps.2:6, Heb. 1:8, Heb. 7:25, II Tim. 1:12

*Justification

We believe that the great Gospel truth which Christ secures to those who believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, reconciliation to God, the promise of eternal life, and a peace that passes all understanding, for He, Himself, is our peace. It is bestowed, NOT in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, and cannot be earned or merited, as to exclude boasting or glory to any but God, but solely by grace through faith and trust in the Redeemer’s blood. By virtue of this faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us by God and brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, as well as securing every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

John 1:16, Eph. 3:8, Acts 13:39, Isa. 53:11-12, Rom 5:1-2, Rom. 5:9, Zech. 13;1, Matt. 9:6, Acts 10:43, Rom. 5:17, Titus 3:5-7, I Peter 3:7, I John 2:25, Rom. 5:21, Rom. 4:4-5, Rom. 6:23, Phil. 3:7-9, Rom. 5:19, Rom. 3:24-26, Rom. 4:23-25, I John 2:12, Rom. 5:3, Rom. 5:11, I Cor. 1:30-31, Matt. 6:33, I Tim. 4:8, Heb 12:2

*Grace in Regeneration

We believe that all true believers who are in Christ and redeemed by His blood are born again; or regenerated. For by the words of our Lord Jesus Himself this must be so. We believe that regeneration consists in the Spirit of God acting upon persons in such a way as to utterly transform their minds, hearts, dispositions, and affections toward God. 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 submission to the gospel; and that its result produces the fruits of faith and repentance, and an entirely new spiritual nature that seeks the things of God and strives against the old sinful nature and the fallen propensities of our flesh.

John 3:3, John 3:6-7, I Cor. 3:14, Rev. 14:3, Rev. 21:27, II Cor. 5;17, Ezek. 36:26, Deu. 30-6, Rom. 2:28-29, Rom.5:5, I John 4:7, John 3:8, John 1:13, James 1:16-18, I Cor. 1:30, Phil. 2:13, I Peter 1:22-25, I John 5:1, Eph. 4:20-24, Col. 3:9-11, Eph. 5:9, Rom. 8:90, Gal. 5:16-23, Eph. 3:14-21, Matt. 3:8-10, Matt. 7:20, I John 5:4, 18

*Sanctification

We believe that Sanctification is the process according to the will of God and through His power and grace, by which we are made partakers of His holiness and conformed to the image and likeness of the Son of God. We believe that it is a progressive work; begun in regeneration and carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (the Sealer and Comforter) by use of such means as the Word of God, self-examination, conscience, watchfulness and prayer, until that Day in which we are glorified by the Lord at His coming at which time He will return in power and great glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.

I Thess. 4:3; I Thess. 5:23; II Cor. 7:1; II Cor. 13:10; Phil. 3:12-16; I John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; Eph. 1:4; Pro. 4:18; II Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; II Peter 1:5-8; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 1:13-14; Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; II Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; Luke 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph.6:18; Eph.4:30

*The Freeness Of Salvation

We believe that salvation is made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept it by a 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; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

Isa. 55:1, Rev. 22:17, Rom. 16:25-26, Mark 1:15, Rom. 1:15-17, John 5:40, Matt. 23:37, Rom. 9:32, Pro. 1:24, Acts 13:46, John 3:19, Matt. 11:20, Luke 10:27, II Thess. 1:8

*The Assurance of Salvation

We believe that all sincere and genuine believers in Christ shall hold fast their faith unto the end and so shall be saved; that they are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the Lord’s return and are already seated in heavenly places with Him; that every true Christian has been saved, is being saved, and shall be saved. We believe that fruit produced in their lives by the working of the Holy Spirit and the perseverance of their faith is what distinguishes those who belong to the Lord from false professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal life.

John 8:31; I John 2:27-28; I John 3:9; I John 5:18; I John 2:19; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9; Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Ps. 121:3; Ps. 91:11-12; Phil. 1:6; Phil. 2:13; Jude 24:25; Heb.1:14; II Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; I John 4:4

*Baptism

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer upon profession of faith and conversion, into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to show forth a beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.

Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; John 4:12; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; Acts 16:32-34; Acts 18:8; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:26-28; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 22:16; Acts 2:41-42;

*The Lord’s Supper

We believe that The Lord’s supper is a time of communion with the Savior, reflecting upon and commemorating together His love, faithfulness, death, and sacrifice for us as instituted by the Lord with the emblems of the bread and wine, before his sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and reconciliation to God. We believe that it is to be opened to, and partaken of by all believers after a time of solemn self-examination.

I Cor.11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; I Cor. 11:28; I Cor. 5:1-8; I Cor. 10:3-32; I Cor. 11:17-32; John 6:26

*Civil Government

We believe that civil government is ordained and appointed by the Lord, in His providence, for the interests and good of human society and that civil leaders are to be kept in prayer, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; EXCEPT in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and ruler over and above all kingdoms of the earth.

Rom. 13:1-7; Deu. 16:18; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:23; Jer. 30:21; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; I Tim. 2:1-4; Acts 5:29; Matt. 28; Dan. 3:15-18; Dan. 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Ps. 72:11; Ps.2; Rom. 14:9-13