Section 1 – The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, is verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. 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. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
Section 2 – The True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, 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. Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; 1 John 5:7.
Section 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 nature. He was active in the creation, and that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment and bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the Agent in the new birth; and He seals, baptizes, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. John 14:16, 17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5, 6; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18-21.
Section 4 – The Devil or Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan, as he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness; he is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.
Section 5 – Creation
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that humankind came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. Genesis 1 and 2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3.
Section 6 – The Fall of Man
We believe that humankind was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence by which all humankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice. Therefore, mankind is under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18, 32.
Section 7 – The Person of Christ
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. He is both the Son of God and God the Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4.
Section 8 – The Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God. By the appointment of the Father, He freely took upon our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience. His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. His atonement consisted not just 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, and that having risen from 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, 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; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Section 9 – Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; and this new life is instantaneous and not a process. 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. The new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth; so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel. Its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 1:12-13.
Section 10 – The Freeness of Salvation
We believe that God’s electing grace and the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the Gospel. It is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith. 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. 1 Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29, 30; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17; Romans 10:13; John 6:37; Isaiah 55:6; Acts 2:38; Isaiah 55:7; John 3:15, 16; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Corinthians 11:10; Ephesians 2:4, 5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.
Section 11 – Justification
We believe that justification is the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such who believe in Him. Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, based on principles of righteousness. This status is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, and His righteousness imputed to us. Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:1, 9; Titus 3:5.
Section 12 – Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. Thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy. At the same time, heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior. Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:27-38; Luke 18:13; Romans 10:13; Psalms 51:1-4, 7; Isaiah 55:6, 7; Luke 12:8; Romans 9:11.
Section 13 – The Local Church
We believe that a local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant of 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. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate 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; in all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence. Acts 2:41, 42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; Acts 15:13-18.
Section 14 – 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. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 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. Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41-42.
Section 15 – The Security of Salvation
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end. Their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from a superficial decision; and a special Providence watches over their welfare. They are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. Philippians 1:6; John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1:1; 1 Peter 1:5.
Section 16 – Sanctification
We believe that sanctification has a twofold meaning: (1) that of setting apart of things, days, or persons specifically for God and that the believer at the time of his regeneration is so set apart by God the Father; (2) the progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer, obedient to the Word of God, experiences the power of the indwelling Christ for holiness of life and victory over the old nature, which work will be completed when the believer stands in Christ’s presence. 1 Corinthians 1:30; Hebrews 10:10, 14; Colossians 1:26-28; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Section 17 – The Righteous and the Unrighteous
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the unrighteous. Only through faith are we justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God and are we truly righteous in His esteem while all continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight unrighteous and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17, 18; 1 John 5:19; Romans 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21.
Section 18 – Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, 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 the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19, 20; Daniel 3:17, 18.
Section 19 – The Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe that the return of Christ includes both the rapture of the Church and His return in glory. The first is for His Church which is personal, pretribulation, premillennial, and may occur at any moment. The second is His return to earth to establish His righteous reign over the earth. This coming is visible, personal, premillennial and in power and great glory. Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53; Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6, 8; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1.