What We Believe
I. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by human authors divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its ultimate author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian faith and unity, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21, Matthew 4:4, Hebrews 1:1-2.
II. The One True God
We believe that there is one God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory. Romans 1:20 and 8:16, Psalm 14:1 and 90:2, John 4:24, Galatians 4:4.
III. The Fall of Humankind
We believe that Adam, the first 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 humanity are sinners, not by constraint but choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under the just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-19, Romans 5:12-21, Ephesians 2:1-2, Romans 3:23, I John 1:8.
We believe that the eternally pre-existent Son became incarnate without a human father, by being born of the Virgin Mary. Thus, in the Lord Jesus Christ divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct. To effect salvation, He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute, shedding His blood for the remission of sins. On the third day He rose from the dead in the body which had been laid in the tomb. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He performs the ministry of intercession. He shall come again, personally and visibly, to complete His saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God. John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1, John 20:25-29, I John 2:1-2.
V. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God. He applies to man the work of Christ. By justification and adoption man is given a right standing before God; by regeneration, sanctification, and glorification man’s nature is renewed. Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 12: 4-6, Ephesians 4:4-6, I Corinthians 2:10-11, John 3:5-7.
VI. The Believer
We believe that the believer, having turned to God in penitent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is accountable to God for living a life separated from sin and characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. It is his responsibility to contribute by word and deed to the universal spread of the Gospel. Acts 2:37-38, Romans 1:17 and 2:4, Galatians 2:20, I Peter 2:4-10, Ephesians 2:8-9.
VII. The World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgement will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. Philippians 3:20, I Corinthians 16:22, Matthew 24:44, Mark 13:10, I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
VIII. The Church
We believe that a visible church 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 officers are Elders (also referred to as Pastors, Overseers, and Bishops) and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. Ephesians 3:10, and 5:26-27, John 17:21, I Peter 5:4, I Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9, I Timothy 3:8-13.
IX. The Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is a gracious initiative of the Holy Trinity together; through the meditorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. Romans 1:17-20, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 2:21-26, Romans 6:23, I John 1:8-10, Galatians 2:19-21.