Our Articles of Faith
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; to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
THE SCRIPTURES — The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
THE TRINITY — God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
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.
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, they are called, justified, and glorified.
THE FALL OF MAN — God originally created man in His own image, and 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.
THE MEDIATOR — Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed Mediator between man and God. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, 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 liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest, and King of the church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
REGENERATION — Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and making them partakers of the Divine Nature, so that they love and practice righteousness. It is the work of God’s free and special grace alone.
REPENTANCE — Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with Godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
FAITH — Saving faith is the belief in God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, acceptance and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
JUSTIFICATION — Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made, not for anything wrought in them 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.
SANCTIFICATION — Those who have been regenerated are also 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 cordial obedience to all of Christ’s commands.
PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS — Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away 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.
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 associate themselves into particular societies or churches and to each of these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which he hath appointed. The regular officers of the church are pastors and deacons.
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 the Lord Jesus Christ, of remission of sins, and his giving himself up to God, to live and to walk in the newness of life. It is a prerequisite to church fellowship and to the participation in the Lord’s Supper.
THE LORD’S SUPPER — The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other Christian graces, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and to their church fellowship.
THE LORD’S DAY — The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy excepted.
LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE — God alone is Lord of the conscience; and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only from wrath, but also for conscience sake.
THE RESURRECTION — The bodies of men after death return to the dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him; but the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the Last Day the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
THE JUDGMENT — God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the whole world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous in to everlasting life.
MARRIAGE — We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.