I. The Scriptures. back
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men and divinely inspired. It is the perfect treasure of heavenly instruction and God is its author. The Bible is infallible in its nature, contains God’s plan for human salvation, and it reveals the principles by which God will judge us. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
II. The True God. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Yahweh. God is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love. We believe in a Trinitarian view of God as three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III. The Fall of Man. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state. Consequently, all humankind are now 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 just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
IV. The Way of Salvation. back
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is a divine gift of grace through the sacrificial action of Jesus Christ; who by the appointment of the Father, 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. Christ has risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
V. Justification. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to those that believe in him is justification. It is the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness. Justification is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God. It brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
VI. The Freeness of Salvation. back
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel. It is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel.
VII. Repentance and Faith. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God. Whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy. At the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and rely on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
VIII. Sanctification. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness. It is a progressive work, begun in regeneration, and carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter. Sanctification takes place through the continual use of the appointed means, especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
IX. A Gospel Church. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. The church observes the ordinances of Christ are governed by his laws, and exercises the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word.
X. Baptism and the Lord's Supper. back
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost. Baptism is a symbol of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the dying love of Christ through the sacred use of bread and wine and is always preceded by solemn self-examination.