THIS WE BELIEVE
1. That the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the Foundation and also the head of the Church.
(I Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:20; 1:22; 4:15; Col. 2:19)
2. That “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole book called the Bible: that it is inerrant in the original writing and that its teaching and authority is absolute, supreme and final. That the Holy Spirit guided the holy men of old in all that they wrote.
(II Pet. 1:20, 21; Ex. 20:1-2; II Tim. 3: 16; Acts 1:16)
3. That the Godhead eternally exists in three persons…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
(John 10:30, 36; Gal. 4:6; Gen.1:26; 3:22)
4. In the Personality and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten of the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; truly God and truly man.
(John 1:1-3; 1:14; 1:18; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3)
5. In the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, the source of the power of all acceptable worship and service, the infallible interpreter of the infallible Word. Who indwells every true believer and is present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves or our experiences.
(John 15:26; Rom. 8:26-27; Eph. 4:30; John 16:13-15; I Cor. 6:19; I John 2:27; Eph. 1:13-14)
6. Man was created in the image of God, after His likeness, as stated in the Word of God, but the whole human race fell in the fall of the first Adam. As a result of this fall it is absolutely essential that man be born again by the Holy Spirit. He cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God until he has this new birth.
(Titus 3:5; John 3:3-8; Eph. 2:1-3; II Cor. 5:17; John 1:12-13; I John 5:1; Acts 4:12)
7. That Jesus Christ became the sinner’s substitute before God and died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sin of the whole world.
(Isa. 53; II Cor. 5:21; John 1:29; Heb. 9:28; I Pet. 8:13; Col. 2:14; I Cor. 15:1-3; Rom 3:22-26; 5:6-8; Acts 13:38-39)
8. In the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ.
(Acts 10:40-41; I Cor. 15:3-6; Rom 4:25; Mark 16:9-11; 14-18; John 20:11-29; Acts 1:3; 2:23-24; 3:13-15; Eph. 1:20-21; 2:6)
9. That Christ is the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His death and resurrection and is received by faith alone.
(Eph. 2:6-8; John 1:12; 5:24; 6:47; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 4:5, 24, 25; 2:6)
10. That the church is composed of all who truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. It is the body and bride of Christ. Every believer, whether Jew or Gentile, is baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit and having thus become members of one another we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational bigotry, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently.
(Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22: I Cor. 12:12-27; I Cor. 1:10-13; Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 4:3-6; 5:32)
11. That all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are called into a life of separation from worldly and sinful practices and should abstain from such amusements and habits as will cause others to stumble or bring reproach upon the Cross of Christ. Believers are created in Christ Jesus into good works.
(Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13-21; I Cor. 8:9-13; 10:23-33; I John 2:15; James 4:4; II Cor. 6:14; Titus 2:11-14; Eph. 4:17-32; Gal. 5:24; 6:14)
12. In the evangelization of the world: that the supreme mission of the people of God in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature.
(Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 5:32; Luke 24:47; John 17:18; II Cor. 5:18-19)
13. In the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that the coming again of Jesus Christ is the “Blessed Hope” set before us, for which we should be constantly looking. “Our citizenship is in Heaven from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus.”
(Phil. 3:20; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16-17; 1:10; Heb 9:28; I John 3:1-3; 2:28; Rev. 1:17; Matt. 24:15-22 Rom 11:25-29; Luke 1:32-33; Jude 14; I Thess. 5:1-3; II Thess. 2:1-12; Rev. 5:8-9)
14. That the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be with Him forever in glory.
(Phil. 1:23; II Cor. 5:1-8; 12:1-4; I Thess. 4:13-14; John 14:2-3; I Cor. 15:35-37; Rom 8:23)
15. That the souls of the lost remain after death in misery until the final judgment at the Great White Throne, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire which is the “second death” to be punished with “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of His power,”.
(II Thess. 1:8-9; John 8:21, 24; Heb. 9:27; Luke 16:23-31; Mark 9:24-48; John 5:28-29)
16. In the reality and personality of Satan, “that old serpent called the devil, and Satan which deceiveth the whole world.”
(Rev. 12:9; John 14:30; I John 5:19; Luke 13:16; II Cor. 2:11; Eph. 2:2; Rev. 20:10; Heb 2:14; Matt. 25:41; I Pet. 5:8)
17. There are only two Church ordinances. They are the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism.
(Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 16:15-16; Matt. 28:18-20; I Cor. 11:23-29)
18. The Lord’s Supper is the symbol of the shed blood and broken body of our Lord. It commemorates His death until He returns. We invite all true believers to partake of the Lord’s Supper with us. We do not practice closed communion, but "let a man examine himself". The communion is to be administered by the pastor, elders, or individuals as approved by the board.
(Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14: 22-25; Luke 22:14-28; I Cor. 11:23-29)
19. We believe that water Baptism is an ordinance of the Church. It is to be performed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an outward symbol of an inward work of grace in the heart. It is the answer of a good conscience toward God. We recognize immersion as being the Scriptural mode of water Baptism.
(Acts 1:5; 8:26-39; Rom 6:1-4; I Pet. 3:21)
20. Those whom God has justified, He will also glorify; consequently the truly regenerated soul will not totally fall away from a state of grace, but will be preserved to everlasting life. Nevertheless, true believers, through the temptations of Satan, the world, and the flesh, and the neglect of the means of grace, may fall into sin, incur God’s displeasure, grieve the Holy Spirit, and thus be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts, and have their consciences wounded; but the true Christian will never rest satisfied therein.
(Ps. 37:28; Rom 8:38-39; John 3:16; 5:24; 10:28-29; 17:9, 12, 22: II Tim 2:19; Jer. 31:3; I Pet. 1:5; I John 2:1; 3:9; Luke 22:31-34)
21. In essentials unity, non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity.