Statement of Faith
Of the Scriptures
We believe the Holy Bible was written by divinely inspired men, and is preserved for us today in the King James Authorized Version of 1611. We believe the KJV Bible is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction: that God is its author, salvation is its end, and truth without any mixture of error is its subject matter. We believe the Scriptures reveal the principles by which God will judge mankind and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which a human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
II Timothy 3:16-17 Isaiah 8:20 I Thessalonians 5:21
2. Of the True God
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God: the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth: that He is indescribably 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 Ghost - equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
John 4:24 Psalm 83:18 Exodus 15:11 Mark 12:30
3. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in holiness under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy, and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are sinners, not by constraint but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27 Genesis 1:31 Genesis 3:6-24
Ezekiel 19:19-20 Romans 5:19 Romans 1:20
4. Of the Way of Salvation
We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediation of the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Himself our nature: that being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, yet was without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and through His death made a full atonement for our sins: that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven uniting in His wonderful person, the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior.
Ephesians 2:8 John 3:16 Philippians 2:16-17
Hebrews 7:15 Colossians 2:9
5. Of Justification
We believe the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life in principles of righteousness: 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, by virtue of which faith the perfect righteousness of Christ 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 4:1-5
6. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe the blessing of salvation is made free to all by the Gospel: that it is the immediate duty of all to accept salvation by penitent and obedient faith: and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except 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. Of Grace in 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 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 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 John 3:8 Ephesians 5:9
Galations 5:16-22 I Peter 22-25
8. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and are also inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt. danger, and helplessness and of Salvation by Christ we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy: and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and rely on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
Mark 1:15 Acts 11:16 Ephesians 2:8 Acts 2:37-38
9. Of God's Purpose of Grace
We believe election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners: that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, God's purpose comprehends all the means in connection with the end: that grace is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable: that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy: that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree: that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel: that it is the foundation of Christian assurance: and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the upmost diligence.
II Timothy 1:8-9 Exodus 33:18-19 II Peter 1:10-11
II Thessalonians 2:13-14 II Timothy 2:10
10. Of Salvation
We believe sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness: that salvation is a progressive work: that it begins with regeneration: and that it is carried on in the hearts 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
11. Of the Perseverance of Saints
We believe that all real believers, and only real believers, will 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 until their salvation is completed.
John 3:31 I John 2:19 Romans 8:28 Romans 8:2
12. Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government that it is holy, just, and good: that the inability of mankind to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from thier love of sin: and that the one great end of the Gospel is to deliver them from this inability and to restore them, through a Mediator, to unfeigned obendience to the holy law and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
Romans 3:31 Romans 7:12 Romans 8:7-8
13. Of the Gospel Church
We believe the 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 only scriptural officers are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Matthew 18:17 Matthew 28:20 I Timothy 3
Titus I I Corinthians 1:1-13 I Corinthians 11:2
14. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of baptized believers, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to show forth in a solemn and beautiful act of obedience 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 members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and wine commemorate together the dying love of Christ, is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39 John 3:22-23 Matthew 28:19
Acts 2:41-42 I Corinthians 11:26 Romans 6:4
15. Of the Lord's Day
We believe the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purpose by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity: by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public: and by preparation for that rest which remaineth for all the people of God.
Acts 20:7 Psalm 118:24 Isaiah 58:13-14
Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 4:3-11
16. Of Civil Government
We believe civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and 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, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
Romans 13:1-7 Matthew 22:21 Acts 5:29
17. Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked: that only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse: and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
Malachi 3:18 Romans 1:17 I John 5:19 Luke 16:25
18.Of the World to Come
We believe the spirits of the saved, at the time of death, go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, and that their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own: that the spirits of the unsaved, at the time of death, descend immediately into Hell where they are kept under punishment until the final day of the Great White Throne Judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave: that they shall be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.
Philippians 1:21-23 Philippians 3:20-21 Jude 13
II Corinthians 5:8 I Corinthians 15:35-58 I John 3:2
Luke 16:19-31 Revelation 20:11-15 Mark 9:43-48
19.Of the Independence and Autonomy of the Local Church
We believe each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference, and should cooperate with other churches as the Holy Spirit leads: that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and is directly accountable to God. We also believe in the separation of the church and state as intended in the Constitution of the United States of America, with each entity having its own definite and distinct sphere of responsibility.
20.Concerning the Modern Tongues Movement
We believe the tongues spoken of in the New Testament were primarily languages and are passed away and therefore no part of New Testament worship.
Acts 2:4-6 I Corinthians 13:8-10