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ARTICLES of FAITH

  • We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, that they were written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, that they are inerrant in the original autographs, and that the Bible is the supreme, infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  II Pet. 1:20, 21; II Tim. 3:16, 17; Heb. 4:12.
  • We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.  We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  I Cor. 6;  I Pet. 1:16;  Rom. 11:33;  Psa. 62:11;  Col. 1:16, 17;  Psa. 139:7-10; I John 5:14, 15: John 14:6.
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in His life, making propitiation for the sins of the world by His death.  We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and future return to the world according to His promise.  John 3:16; Matt. 1:18;  Heb. 4:15; I John 2:2;  I Thess. 4:15-18;  I Cor. 15:3,4;  I Pet. 1:3,4;  John 14:1-3;  Acts 1:11;  Rev. 20:4-6.
  • We believe in the personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.  John 16:8-11; John 3:36; John 14:16; Titus 3:5; I Pet. 1:2; Acts 5:3,4.
  • We believe that men by nature and by choice are sinners but that God “so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Savior will be forever separated from God.  John 5:24; John 3:36; Eph. 2:3; Psa. 16:11; Rom. 5:12.
  • We believe the Church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members.  We believe that a local church is a company of immersed believers in Jesus Christ, on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship.  We believe that to the local church was committed, for the faithful observance, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, that God has laid upon the church the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.  We believe that human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by-products of the Gospel.  Acts 2:41;  Acts 2:47; Eph. 1:22,23;  I Pet. 2:7;  Mark 16:15,16;  Matt. 28:19,20;  I Cor. 11:23,24
  • We believe that, before God and on the authority of Scripture, marriage is solely and exclusively a binding, covenantal relationship between one man and one woman for as long as both shall live, and as such is the perfectly designed illustration of the relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Genesis 2:18-25; Malachi 2:15-16; Matthew 19:1-9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10-14, 39; Ephesians 5:22-33.
  • We believe in the personal, imminent, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to this earth in power and glory, which is the blessed hope for which we constantly should be looking. We recognize that godly, Bible-believing scholars have different views on the end times. While these views are worth studying and debating in a brotherly manner (because the Scriptures speak much about these matters), we should not make our views regarding eschatology a matter of faction or division in the church. Rather, biblical prophecy regarding the end times is given to motivate us to godly living and increased zeal for Christ’s kingdom. John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Pet. 3:3-14; 1 John 3:2-3.
  • We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation of the other. Phil. 2:10, 11; I Cor. 6:1-7.