WHAT WE BELIEVE

 
The Bible
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the revealed Word of God and make known the only way of life everlasting.
 
God
There is but one true and living God – a Spirit infinite in Being and Perfection; that the unity of the God-head is three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each possessing the whole divine essence, and executing distinct, but harmonious, offices in the work of redemption.
 
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
 
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
 
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
 
Man
God created man holy and under a law which, had it been obeyed, would have secured for him eternal life; but by voluntary disobedience, he fell from his holy estate, and in consequence, spiritual, temporal and eternal death has been entailed upon humanity; and that, while there is no way to escape temporal death, there is deliverance from spiritual and eternal death through the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Salvation
Salvation is wholly of grace through faith, procured in no part by any works or merit of the creature, but solely by the atonement and righteousness of Christ. Justification is by faith alone in the blood of Jesus, without any merit of man; that by virtue of this faith, the perfect righteousness of the Redeemer is freely imputed by God to believers, and reinstates them in the divine favor as completely as though they had obeyed the whole law. None are saved without regeneration; that regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit, in connection with the Word of God; that it consists in creating spiritual life within the soul, and manifests itself in faith, repentance, and holiness of conduct. We believe in personal and eternal election according to the everlasting love and purpose of God.
A person, having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit receives the gift of salvation.
 
Growth and Maturity in Christ
Sanctification is the work of the Spirit of God, carried on by means of truth in the hearts of His people, which makes them partakers of His holiness; that this work is progressive, and is begun in regeneration, securing to the believer’s final victory over sin and death, and perfect fitness for the eternal inheritance with God.
 
By the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
 
Church
A visible church is a congregation of baptized believers, united for the purpose of worshipping God, and promoting the cause of true religion, in accordance with the revealed laws and ordinances of the Gospel, and that its officers as required by the New Testament are the Bishop or Pastor and Deacons. This church is a congregation of baptized believers in Christ, united by Covenant for the worship of Almighty God, and associated in faith and fellowship of the Gospel to practice its precepts, to recognize and receive Jesus Christ as the Supreme Law-giver and Ruler, and to take the Bible and the Bible alone, as the standard by which all matters of belief and conduct are to be tried.
 
Ordinances
Baptism
Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
 
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper was instituted in holy remembrance of Christ, “to show forth the Lord’s death till He comes;” that it is purely a church ordinance in which none should participate who has not been admitted into the Church by Christian baptism.
 
Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. We will engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay. by the grace of God, and to keep the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
 
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
 
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
 
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
 
Eternity
We believe in the final perseverance of all saints. We believe there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust and at the end of the world all men will face judgment; that the wicked shall be adjudged to endless punishment; and the righteous to everlasting joy upon the principles of eternal justice according to their relationship to Christ.