Doctrinal Statement
I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God.
Therefore, all scripture is authoritative, infallible and inerrant. The Scriptures are the
only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and
obedience (Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
II. God
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of
Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the
highest love, reverence and obedience that springs from faith (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 145:3; John
1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17).
III. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power and
eternity, yet each with distinct personal attributes, all infinite, without beginning,
therefore but one God, who is not divided in nature, essence or Being (Matt. 3:16-17;
28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
IV. Providence
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually
upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be
the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent
creatures (Isa. 46:9- 11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15).
V. Election
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life, not because of
foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ; in consequence of which choice
they are called, justified and glorified (Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 1:27-29; 2 Thess. 2:13; Eph.
1:4-5, 11).
VI. The Fall of Man
God created Man in His own image, and originally free from sin; but, through the
temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original
holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly
opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable
of moral action, become actual transgressors (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph.
VII. The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between
God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly
fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was
buried, and rose again on the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand
He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He will return again visibly and
bodily. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and
Sovereign of the Universe (Isa. 53:10-12; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 1
Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3).
VIII. The Holy Spirit.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Father and the Son. He applies
the work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to every believer according
to His sovereign good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. He is
the Comforter, the Spirit of Adoption, the Seal of our Salvation and the Guarantor of our
inheritance in Christ (John 14:16-17; 16:14; Acts 5:3; Rom. 8:14-17; Eph. 1:13-14).
IX. Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of heart, brought about by the Holy Spirit, who quickens the
dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to
understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and
practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone (Eph. 2:1-6; Tit. 3:5; 1
John 5:1).
X. Repentance
Repentance is an evangelical grace, in which a person, made aware by the Holy Spirit, of
the many and varied evils of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow and
hatred of it, with a purpose to strive to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.
(Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11).
XI. Faith
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word
concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal
life. It is produced in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving
graces, and leads to a life of holiness (Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Phil. 1:29;
Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14-26).
XII. Justification
Justification (being declared righteous) is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners,
who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction of God’s wrath that Christ
has made; not for anything inherent in the believer or done by them; but on account of
the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His
righteousness by faith (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:33-34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil.
XIII. Sanctification
Those who have been regenerated are also set apart from the world (sanctified) by God’s
word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply
of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in
whole-hearted obedience to all Christ’s commands (Ezek. 36:26-27; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal.
5:13-24; Heb. 12:10-11; 1 Thess. 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 1:3-11).
XIV. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never
totally nor finally fall away (depart) from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere
to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby
they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church,
and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto
repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (John
6:37-40; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:28-39; 1 Cor. 1:8-9; Phil. 1:6; Jas. 1:2-4; Rom 5:3-5).
XV. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples,
and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His
commandment, Christians are to congregate themselves into particular fellowships or
churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for
administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed. The regular
officers of a Church are Elders (Pastors), and Deacons (John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph.
1:22; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25).
XVI. Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is
immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a
sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and
of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to
church membership (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13).
XVII. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements
of bread and the cup (fruit of the vine), and to be observed by His churches till the end
of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to
confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of
their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor.
10:16-17; 11:23-34).
XVIII. Corporate Worship
The Church is instructed to regularly meet together for the purpose of hearing from
God’s Word, prayer, fellowship, mutual encouragement, and singing praises to God
together with thankful hearts. In honor of the day of Christ’s resurrection, and in
following the apostolic example, our primary corporate gathering is on Sunday, the first
day of the week (Acts 2:42, 20:7; Heb. 10:25; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).
XIX. Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He has left it free from the doctrines and
commandments of men, which are in any way contrary to His word, or not contained in
it. The Church is to be in subjection to civil magistrates, being ordained of God, and all
lawful things commanded by them,, not only to avoid punishment, but also for the sake
of conscience (Matt. 15:9; Rom. 13:1-7; 14:4; Acts 5:29; Col. 2:20-23; 1 Tim. 1:19; 1 Pet.
XX. Marriage
Marriage is the uniting by God of one biological man and one biological woman in
covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between
Christ and His Church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the
framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to
Biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. (Gen. 2:24; Mark
10:7-9; Matt. 5:27-28, 19:3-9; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Eph. 5:3-5).
XXI. The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to
God-the righteous to be with Christ, the wicked to be held for the judgment. At the last
day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised (John 5:28-29; 1 Cor.
15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:23).
XXII. The Judgment
God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every
one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting and
conscious punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life (Matt. 25:46; John 5:22,
27-29; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:6-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 7:13-17;