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Statement of Faith

Section 1 - Articles of Biblical Faith

A. The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12,13).

B. The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and, Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7; Acts 5:3,4).

C. The Person and Work of Christ

1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35).

2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24,25; 4:25; Eph. 1:7; I Tim 4:10; Heb. 2:9; I Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; and II Peter 2:1).

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1, 2).

D. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6; I Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14).

2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18).

E. The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3,12).

F. Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Man must hear the gospel and place his faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 1:7, 13; 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18, 19).

G. Sanctification

We believe that the will of God for every believer is to be made holy and like Jesus Christ (I Thess. 4:3; Rom. 8:29). At the point of salvation, the believer receives a holy standing before God due to the righteousness of Christ, often referred to as positional sanctification (Heb. 10:10,14). The new birth creates within every believer a new nature which is made after the likeness of God in true holiness and righteousness (Eph. 4:24). There still remains in the believer unsubdued tendencies toward sin which are in constant conflict with the new nature (Gal. 5:16-21). The biblical process of spiritual growth, often called progressive sanctification, requires removing the sinful patterns of the unsaved condition and replacing these with patterns of godly character (Eph. 4:22-24). The Holy Spirit accomplishes these changes as the believer, by faith, yields in obedience to the Word of God (Rom. 6:11-13; II Cor. 3:18) and puts to death all sinful practices (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5). The believer will ultimately be made completely holy when he enters the presence of Jesus Christ either at death or Christ’s return (Phil.1:6, 3:21; I Thess. 5:23; I John 3:2).

H. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38,39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5, I John 5:13,14).

2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

I. The Two Natures of the Believer

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom. 6:13; 8:12,13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9).

J. Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John vv. 9-11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1).

K. Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19, 20).

L. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

1. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (I Cor. 12:4-11; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12).

2. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14, 15).

M. The Church

1. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all regenerated persons of this present age (Eph.1:22,23;5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2).

2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim.3:1-13; Titus1:5-11).

3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; I Peter 5:1-4).

4. We believe in the ordinances of Believer’s Water Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church age (Acts 10:47, 48; 16:31-34; 18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26).

N. Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these -- the age of law, the age of the church, and the age of the millennial kingdom -- are subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (John 1:17; I Cor. 9:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24, 25; Heb.7:19; Rev. 20:2-6).

O. Lucifer

We believe that Lucifer is a fallen angelic being, also called Satan, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

P. The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thess.1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10).

Q. The Eternal State

1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13).

2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor.5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16,17).

3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude vv. 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).

Section 2 - Movements Contrary to Faith

A. Ecumenism

Ecumenism is that movement which seeks the organizational unity of all Christianity and ultimately of all religions. Its principal advocates are the World Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

B. Ecumenical Evangelism

Ecumenical Evangelism is that effort to promote the Gospel by bringing fundamentalists into an unequal yoke with theological liberals and/or Roman Catholics and other divergent groups.

C. Neo-Orthodoxy

Neo-Orthodoxy is that theological movement which affirms: the transcendence of God, the finiteness and sinfulness of man, and the necessity of supernatural divine revelation of truth; but, while using evangelical terminology, seriously departs from orthodoxy: in accepting the views of destructive higher criticism, in denying the inerrancy of the Bible as historic revelation, in accepting religious experience as the criterion of truth, and in abandoning important fundamentals of the Christian faith.

D. New Evangelicalism (Neo-Evangelicalism, New Conservatism)

These terms refer to that movement within evangelicalism characterized by a toleration of and a dialogue with theological liberalism. Its essence is seen in an emphasis upon the social application of the Gospel and weak or unclear doctrines of: the inspiration of Scripture, Biblical creationism, eschatology, dispensationalism, and separation. It is further characterized by an attempt to accommodate Biblical Christianity and make it acceptable to the modern mind.

E. Reformed Theology

Reformed Theology is that system of theology which was defined at the synod of Dort (1618-1619) and then further developed by the Puritan writers. It is often defined by its Covenant Theology (the Bible’s philosophy of history defined by two or three covenants: the covenant of works, the covenant of grace, and the covenant of redemption) and/or Calvinism with its five points of doctrine also known as the acronym, TULIP. While we agree with and greatly respect the Five Solas of the Reformation (The Scripture alone is the standard, For the glory of God alone, By Christ’s work alone are we saved, Salvation by grace alone, Justification by faith alone), we believe this system of theology contains serious errors. Some of the erroneous doctrines which are often promoted by Reformed Theology are these: 1) Christ died as a Substitute only for the elect. He did not pay death’s penalty for all men. 2) Regeneration precedes faith. That is, before a person can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ he must be born again. One must have the life of God before he can believe. 3) Faith is the gift of God [they base this on Eph. 2:8, 9]. If a person is to be saved, then God must somehow bestow this gift upon the sinner. 4) God’s moral law (the Ten Commandments) is the believer’s rule of life. 5) A sinner must acknowledge and surrender to the Lordship of Christ in order to be saved.

We believe that these movements are out of harmony with the Word of God and the official doctrine and position of this Church and are inimical to the work of God.

Section 3 - Articles of Biblical Faith Regarding Contemporary Issues

A. Versions

The proliferation of new translations of the Bible is causing much division and confusion in the body of Christ. We believe that God has preserved His Word through the Hebrew Texts of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament. Therefore, the old King James Version of the Bible shall be used in all ministries of this Church for preaching, teaching, reading, and memorization.

B. Creation

We believe that the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not figuratively in that God, without the use of existing materials and secondary causes, by the word of His mouth brought into being the whole visible and invisible universe. We believe that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and they follow God’s law in multiplying “after their kind.” We believe that the entire human race sprang from one man, Adam, and one woman, Eve, literal people, who were created directly in God’s image and after His likeness and did not evolve from any lower form of life. (Gen. 1:1-2:25; Ex. 20:11; 31:17; Neh. 9:6; Psalm 33:6-9; Isa. 40:21-31; John 1:3; Col. 1:16,17; Heb. 11:3)

C. Civil Government

Civil government has been ordained by God and exists for the purpose of exercising justice and for the punishment of wrongdoers. Christians are to live in subjection to civil government, abiding by its laws, so long as those laws do not violate the commandments of God. (Acts 4:19; 5:28, 29; Rom. 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13, 14)

D. Human Sexuality

All forms of sexual activity, except that which occurs between a man and woman in the holy bonds of matrimony, are prohibited scripturally. This includes, but is not limited to, intercourse outside of marriage, adultery, promiscuity, and homosexuality. (Ex. 20:14; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-32; I Cor. 6:9-18; I Thess. 4:1-7; Heb. 13:4)

E. Marriage

We believe that marriage is defined by God as the only union between one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:22-25; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:22, 23)

F. Divorce and Remarriage

The Scriptures are clear that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorced individuals, divorced and remarried individuals, or individuals married to a divorced person may not hold or be considered for the offices of Pastor and Elder, but such individuals may be considered for other positions of Christian service and be used of God. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Cor. 7:10-13; I Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

G. Abortion

Only God authors life and that life begins from the moment of conception. Therefore, the matter of abortion is not a matter of choice, but a question of murder. God specifically prohibits murder and, thus, abortion is unquestionably wrong. (Ex. 20:13; Job 3:16; Psalm 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

H. Men and Women

There is no respect of persons with God; all who are saved are one in Christ Jesus. There is no inequality or inferiority between men and women; however, the roles of men and women differ in God’s plan. Adherence to their respective roles, as outlined in the Bible, assures a harmonious relationship between genders and within the church that abides by God’s Word. (Acts 5:14; 8:12; I Cor. 11:3; Gal. 3:28)

I. Music

As we endeavor to honor and glorify God and edify other believers, the music used for the services of this Church shall be centered on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The music should be orderly and appropriate with a pleasant and easily discerned melody, harmonies that create sounds void of unresolved tension and discord, and rhythm that remains subordinate to the melody. We will use hymns and spiritual songs that do not use rock or other musical influences in their styling that emphasize sensuality. We will strive to use music that will enhance the ministry of the church and elevate it to a position of excellence that brings glory to God. (Phil. 4:8; I Cor. 14:33; 6:19, 20; II Cor. 5:17)

Section 4 - Covenant of Faith

In subscribing to these articles of faith, we by no means set aside, or undervalue, any of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; but we deem the knowledge, belief, and acceptance of the Truth as set forth in our Doctrinal Statement, to be essential to sound faith and fruitful practice, and therefore requisite for Christian fellowship in this Church.

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