We accept the Holy Bible as the Word of God, and recognize that the New Testament, in particular, is the infallible guide of faith and practice for the church.
The Scriptural references appended to each of the following declarations are some of the passages upon which our belief is founded.
- The Old and New Testament Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired and are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:19)
- There is one God and only one, who is self-existent, eternal, and infinite, in every excellence, and who was revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, though distinct in personality.
(Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-13)
- Man was created innocent. By disobedience of the command of God, he fell, thereby losing his innocence and becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.
(Genesis 1:27; Matthew 25:46; Romans 1:18)
- Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, was born miraculously by virgin birth, came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as an atonement and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him.
(John 1:14; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 4:12 & 16:31)
- The result of the heart acceptance of Jesus Christ is justification, whereby pardon is secured and we are brought into a state of peace and favor with God.
(Ephesians 1:7; Romans 4:4-5 & 5:1)
- The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith whereby we turn to God in sincere contrition and accept Jesus Christ as an all-sufficient Savior.
(Acts 2:38; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 7:25)
- God has His purposes of grace in the salvation of men. These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Ghost upon all who sincerely believe on Jesus Christ. However, these purposes do not contravene the freedom of man’s will, nor render inoperative the proclamation of the gospel to all.
(Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4; Isaiah 46:10)
- Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God, but they are “kept by the power of God throughout faith, unto salvation,” the sure proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness.
(Romans 8:35-39; I Peter 1:5; John 10:27-29 & 8:1; I John 3:2 & 5:11-13)
- We believe that Satan, called the Devil, is a person unholy but powerful, the enemy of God and man, whose destiny is, in justice, the Lake of Fire.
(Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:2&10)
- The ordinances of the gospel are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of the believer in Jesus Christ, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and symbolizes the fact of regeneration. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His dying love and symbolizes the fact that the believer is continuously fed and nourished by Christ: in its observance it is to be placed after baptism, according to its symbolic and historic order and as required by the teaching of the New Testament.
(Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 8:35-38)
- The Church Universal includes the whole company of believers of whatever name, age, or country, and is known only to the eye of God. The Church Local is a company of believers baptized in the name of the Triune God and observing the forms, ordinances, and principles laid down in the New Testament.
(Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:27; II Timothy 1:13)
- The first day of the week is to be observed as the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath.
(John 20:19 & 26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2)
- Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society, and its magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of kings of the earth.
(Romans 12:17-18; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29 & 4:18-20)
- We believe in the premillennial coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, and fill the earth with His glory and power.
(Matthew 24:25-51; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 13:18; Revelation 1:7 & 20:1-6)
- There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust – the just for blessedness and reward; the unjust for judgment and eternal doom.
(Daniel 12:2; I Corinthians 15:22-24 & 42-58; Matthew 25:31-46; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20)