What We Believe

We believe (1) that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; (2) that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, (3) and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; (4) that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; (5) and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, (6) and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

  1. II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:21; Acts 1:16; 3:21; II Samuel 23:2; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psalm 111; Romans 3:1-2
  2. I Peter 1:10-12; Acts 11:14; Romans 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38-39
  3. Proverbs 30:5-6; John 17:17; Revelation 22:18-19; Romans 3:4
  4. Romans 2:12; John 12:47-48; I Corinthians 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48
  5. Philippians 3:16; Ephesians 4:3-6; I Corinthians 1:10; I Peter 4:11
  6. I John 4:1,6; Isaiah 8:20; I Thessalonians 5:21; Acts 17:11; II Corinthians 13:5; Jude 3; Ephesians 6:17; Psalm 119:59-60; Philippians 1:9-11

We believe (1) that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; (2) inexpressibly glorious in holiness, (3) and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; (4) that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; (5) equal in every divine perfection; (6) and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption.

  1. John 4:24; Psalm 147:5; 83:18; Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20; Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 45:21-22
  2. Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; I Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 4:6-8
  3. Mark 12:30; Revelation 4:11; Matthew 10:37; Jeremiah 2:12-13
  4. Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; I Corinthians 12:4-6; I John 5:7; II Corinthians 13:14; Luke 1:35; Matthew 3:16-17
  5. John 10:30; 5:17; 14:23; 17:5,10; Acts 5:3-4; 20:28; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Philippians 2:5-6
  6. Ephesians 2:18; 1:3-14; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-5; 2:7

Explanatory Notes: We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both perfect God and perfect man, the Son of God and God the Son. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psalm 2:7; Galatians 4:4; I John 5:20; I Corinthians 15:47)

We believe that the Holy Ghost is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same 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 of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, baptizes, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sacrifices, and helps the believer in accordance with the Scriptures. (Matthew 3:11; 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; 3:16; John 1:33; 3:5; 14:26; 14:16-17; 15:25-27; 16:8-11; 16:13; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Romans 8:14-16; 8:26-27; Luke 24:49; Ephesians 1:13-14; II Thessalonians 2:7,13; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 9:14; Genesis 1:1-3; John 3:6)

We believe (1) that man was created in holiness, in the image of God, under the law of his Maker; (2) but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; (3) in consequences of which all mankind are now sinners; (4) not by constraint, but choice; (5) being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin; (5) without defense or excuse.  Scripture references:

  1. Genesis 1:27,31; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Acts 17:24-29; Genesis 2:16-17
  2. Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12
  3. John 3:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12-29; 8:7; Psalm 14:1-3
  4. saiah 53:6; Genesis 6:5,12; Romans 3:9-18, 23
  5. Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18; 2:1-16; Galatians 3:10; Matthew 20:15
  6. Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:19-32; 3:19; Galatians 3:22

We believe (1) that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace; (2) through the mediatoric offices of the Son of God; (3) who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; (4) honored the divine law by His personal obedience; (5) and in His death made a full atonement for our sins; (6) that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven; (7) and uniting in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfectness, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.

  1. Ephesians 2:8; Matthew 18:11; I John 4:10; Acts 15:11; Luke 19:10; I Corinthians 3:5,7
  2. John 3:16; 1:1-14; Hebrews 4:14; 12:24; 9:11-12
  3. Philippians 2:6-7; Hebrews 2:9,14; II Corinthians 5:21
  4. Isaiah 42:21; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 3:21
  5. Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25; 3:21-26; Mark 10:45; I John 4:10-11; 2:2; I Corinthians 15:1-3; Hebrews 9:13-15
  6. Hebrews 1:3,8; 8:1; Colossians 3:1-4
  7. Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:18; 7:25-26; Psalm 89:19; Psalm 34

We believe (1) that the great gospel blessing which Christ (2) secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; (3) that Justification includes the pardon of sin; (4) and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; (5) 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; (6) by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; (7) that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time eternity.

  1. John 1:16; Ephesians 3:8
  2. Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11-12; Romans 8:1
  3. Romans 5:9; Zechariah 13:1; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43
  4. Roman 5:17; Titus 3:5-7; II Peter 3:7; I John 2:25; Romans 5:21
  5. Romans 4:4-5; 3:28; 5:21; 6:23; Philippians 3:7-9
  6. Romans 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:23-25; 5:11; I John 2:12
  7. Romans 5:1-3; I Corinthians 1:30-31; Matthew 6:33; I Timothy 4:8

We believe (1) that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by 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.

  1. Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17; Luke 14:1
  2. Romans 16:25-26; 1:15-17; Mark 1:15; Acts 17:30
  3. John 5:40; Matthew 23:37; Romans 9:32; Proverbs 1:24-28; Acts 13:46
  4. John 3:19; Matthew 11:20-24; Luke 19:27; II Thessalonians 1:8-9

We believe (1) that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; (2) that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; (3) that it is effected, in a manner above our comprehension, but the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, (4) so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; (5) and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

  1. John 3:3,5,7; I Corinthians 2:14; Revelation 14:3; 21:27
  2. II Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 36:26; Deuteronomy 30:6; Romans 2:28-29; 5:5; I John 4:7
  3. John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; I Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 2:13
  4. I Peter 1:22-25; 1 John 5:1; Ephesians 4:20-24; Romans 6:17-18; Colossians 3:9-11
  5. Ephesians 5:9; 2:14-22; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:16-23; Matthew 3:8-10; 7:20; I John 5:4,18

We believe (1) that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; (2) whereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ; (3) we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; (4) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on Him alone s the only and all-sufficient Saviour.

  1. Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; 20:21; Ephesians 2:8; I John 5:1
  2. John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31
  3. Luke 18:13; 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; II Corinthians 7:10-11; Romans 10:12-13; Psalm 51
  4. Romans 10:9-11; Acts 3:19-22; Hebrews 4:14; Psalm 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; 7:25; II Timothy 1:12

We believe (1) that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; (2) that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; (3) that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; (4) that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God and active imitation of His free mercy; (5) it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; (6) that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; (7) that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; (8) and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

  1. II Timothy 1:8-9; Ephesians 1:3-14; I Peter 1:1-2; Romans 11:5-6; John 15:16; I John 4:19
  2. II Thessalonians 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; 15:15; John 10:16; Matthew 20:16
  3. Exodus 33:18-19; Matthew 20:15; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 9:22-24; 11:28-29; 11:32-36; Jeremiah 31:3; James 1:14,18; II Timothy 1:9
  4. Corinthians 4:7; 1:26-31; Romans 3:27; 4:16; Colossians 3:12; I Peter 5:10; I Thessalonians 2:12-13; I Peter 2:9; Luke 18:7
  5. II Timothy 2:10; I Corinthians 9:22; John 6:37-40; II Peter 1:10
  6. I Thessalonians 1:4-10
  7. Romans 8:28-31; Isaiah 42:16; Romans 11:29
  8. II Peter 1:10-11; Philippians 3:12,14; Hebrews 6:11-12
We believe (1) that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; (2) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; (3) that a special Providence watches over their welfare; (4) that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

  1. John 8:31; I John 2:27-28; 3:9; 5:18
  2. I John 2:19; John 13:18; Matthew 13:20-23; John 6:66-69
  3. Romans 8:28; Matthew 6:30-33; Psalm 121:2-3
  4. Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13; Jude 24,25; Hebrews 1:14; 7:25; 13:5; I John 4:4; I Peter 1:3-5
We believe (1) that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; (2) observing the ordinances of Christ; (3) governed by His laws; (4) and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; (5) that its only Scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.  Scripture references:

  1. I Corinthians 1:1-13; Matthew 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:21-23; 2:41-42; 2:47; I Corinthians 4:17; 14:23-25; 5:12-13; III John 9; II Corinthians 8:5
  2. I Corinthians 11:2; 11:23-34; Matthew 18:15-20; II Corinthians 2:17; Colossians 2:12
  3. Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:15; 15:12-14; I John 4:21; John 14:21; I Thessalonians 4:2; II John 6: Galatians 6:2; Acts 2:36; Ephesians 1:22; all the Epistles
  4. Ephesians 4:7; I Corinthians 14:12; Philippians 1:27
  5. Philippians 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22; I Timothy 3; Titus 1; Acts 20:17-18

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is (1) the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; (2) that it is holy, just, and good; (3) and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen man to fulfil its precepts arises entirely from their sinful nature; (4) to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a mediator to unfeigned obedience to the Holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church.  Places in the Bible where taught:

  1. Romans 3:21; Matthew 7:17; Luke 16:17; Romans 3:20; 4:15
  2. Romans 7:12; 7:14,22; Galatians 3:21; Psalm 119
  3. Romans 8:7-8
  4. Romans 8:2,4; 10:4; I Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 8:10

We believe that Christian baptism is (1) the immersion in water of a believer; (2) unto the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost; (3) to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; (4) that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation, (5) and the Lord’s Supper in which the saints by the use of bread and the cup are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ (6) preceded always by solemn self-examination.

  1. Acts 8:36-39; 2:38,41; 8:12; 16:32-34; Matthew 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:1-2; Mark 16
  2. Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Galatians 3:27-28
  3. Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:20-21; Acts 22:16
  4. Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts and the Epistles
  5. I Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20
  6. I Corinthians 11:28; 5:8-11; 10:3-32; John 6:26-71

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred for Christian purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

Acts 20:7; Colossians 2:16-17; John 20:19; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; Revelation 1:10; Psalm 118:24; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; Hebrews 4:3,11

We believe (1) that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; (2) and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (3) except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; (4) who is the only Lord of conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

  1. Romans 13:1-7; Deuteronomy 16:18; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-23; Jeremiah 30:21
  2. Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-17; I Timothy 2:1-8
  3. Acts 5:29; Matthew 10:28; Daniel 3:14-18; 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20
  4. Matthew 23:10; Romans 14:4; Revelation 19:16; Psalm 72:11; Psalm 2; Romans 14:9-13

We believe (1) that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; (2) that such only 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; (3) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight wicked, and under the curse; (4) and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

  1. Malachi 3:18; Proverbs 12:26; Isaiah 5:20; Genesis 18:23; Acts 10:34-35; Romans 6:16
  2. Romans 1:17; 7:6; I John 3:7; 2:29; Romans 6:18,22; I Corinthians 11:32; Proverbs 11:31
  3. I John 5:19; Galatians 3:10; John 3:36; Isaiah 57:21; Psalm 10:4; Isaiah 55:6-7
  4. Proverbs 14:32; 10:24; Luke 16:25; 12:4-5; 9:23-26; John 12:25-26; Ecclesiastes 3:17; Matthew 7:13-14; 10:28

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spiritual beings known as angels; that one, “Lucifer, son of the morning”–the highest in rank–sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; I Timothy 3:6; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6)  We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power; that he is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped; and that he who in the beginning said, “I will be like the most High,” in his warfare appears as an angel of light, even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine, which in every case are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the blood of Christ and of salvation by grace alone. (Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-14; II Corinthians 4:3-4; 11:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-13; II Thessalonians 2:4; I Timothy 4:1-3)  We believe that Satan was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and that he, a usurper, now rules as the “God of this world;” that, at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years, and after the thousand years he will be loosed for a little season and then “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone” where he “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:1-3,10)  We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. (Luke 15:10; Ephesians 1:21; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 7:12)  We believe that man was made lower than the angels; and that, in His incarnation, Christ took for a little time this lower place that He might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels. (Hebrews 2:6-10)

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