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Articles of Faith

Article 1 - The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men and, therefore, is truth without any admixture of error for its content. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.
II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21

Article 2 - The True God

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, Who is an infinite Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; 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.
Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7

Article 3 - The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same divine nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the active Agent in the new birth; that He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, helps the believer, and baptizes each believer into the body of Christ.
Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; John 3:5,6, 14:16-17, 26, 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; I Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Hebrews 10:15-18

Article 4 - The Son of God

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and that He is both God and the Son of God; that He was virgin born as a result of the Holy Spirit and that He lived a sinless life testifying to His Deity with many miracles and teachings. We believe that He died on the cross to make payment for the sins of mankind and that He physically rose from the grave to claim victory over sin and death. We believe that following His resurrection, He ascended to His Father where He is the Mediator, as the High Priest, for each believer and is preparing to come again. We believe that His second coming will be a literal return to the earth as King and Ruler of this earth at which time He will sit on the Throne of David.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:31-33; 24:1-7; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 2:5, 6; I Peter 2:22-24; Hebrews 5:9, 10; Revelation 19:11-16

Article 5 - The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35

Article 6 - The Devil, or Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, the author of all the powers of darkness, a liar, and an adversary of the children of God. We believe he is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10

Article 7 - Creation

We accept the Genesis account of creation through 24 hour days and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution.
Genesis 1:1-2:25; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17

Article 8 - The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32

Article 9 - The Atonement for Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, 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 and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin 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.
Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21

Article 10 - Grace in the New Creation

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely 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 and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6, 7; Acts 16:30-33; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 5; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8

Article 11 - Faith and Salvation

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.
Acts 4:12; 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9

Article 12 - Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification;

A. That Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness;

B. That 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 to us.
Isaiah 53:11; Acts 13:39; Romans 3:24, 28; 4:5; 5:1, 9; 8:1; Galatians 2:16

Article 13 - The Security of the Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6

Article 14 - The Righteous and the Wicked

We believe 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 Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in unrepentance and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 14:32; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:31-41; Luke 16:25; Romans 6:17, 18, 23; I John 5:19

Article 15 - The Family

We believe that God instituted the family for the well being of mankind and designed it to be a unit of order and blessing. We also believe that God intends the family make up to be one husband and wife living in a lifelong, heterosexual union. We believe the husband is to be the head of the home and together with his wife has the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4

Article 16 - Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that governmental officials are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as defined in the Scriptures.
Daniel 3:17, 18; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19, 20; 5:29; 23:5; Romans 13:1-7

Article 17 - The Local Church

We believe that a local New Testament Church is an Organized Body or Assembly of Baptized believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; sovereign in polity and banded together for Work, Worship, and the Worldwide Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that it is the responsibility of the Local church to celebrate the ordinances of Christ publicly as a Church Body; to be governed by His laws; and to exercise the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word; that its officers, pastors and deacons, are men whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the Church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to everyone as we have opportunity. We hold that the local Church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true Churches to coopeerate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local Church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Matthew 18:15-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 42; 15:13-18; 20:17-28; I Corinthians 5:9-13; 11:2, 3; 12:28, Ephesians 1:22, 23; 3:10; 4:11, 12; 5:23, 24; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:1-7

Article 18 - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water 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. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that these two ordinances are to be celebrated and administered under the authority of the Local Church.
Matthew 3:16; John 2:23; Acts 2:41, 42; 8:12, 26-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12

Article 19 - Personal Separation

We believe that the lifestyle of the believer shall be characterized by a walk that exemplifies their faith in Jesus Christ and sets them apart from the world. The believer should live so as to please God and not be conformed to the standards of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of their mind. The child of God shall be separate from that which violates the direct commands or principles of the Scriptures and shall be completely obedient to the Word of God. This lifestyle shall exhibit soberness, righteousness and godliness in this present world.
Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Thessalonians 4:1; Titus 2:12; I Peter 1:13-16; I John 2:15-17

Article 20 - Future Events

We believe in the personal, visible, premillennial second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We believe that we are now living in the Church Age or the Age of Grace and the end times will begin with the Rapture of the Church and will culminate with the final judgment of the righteous and the wicked. As these future events unfold, we believe that Scripture teaches there will be a 7 year tribulation period on the earth which will follow the Rapture of the Church. After the tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to earth, His second coming, and set up His kingdom for a 1000 year rule, which is called the Millennial reign of Christ. Following the Millennial reign, a great judgment will take place known as the Great White Throne Judgment. Books will be opened and those not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be ushered into Eternal Glory.
John 14:1-4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 4-16; 19:11-16; 20:11-15