WHAT WE BELIEVE

Church Covenant

     Having been lead by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, do enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. 

     We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to work together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, and discipline and doctrines; to contribute regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. (1 Corinthians 9:7-14)

     We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior Jesus Christ.

     We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and be mindful of the rule of our Savior Jesus Christ to secure it without delay.

     We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with another church of like faith, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

Statement of Faith

     Of the Scripture:  We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are verbally and plenarily inspired and preserved by God for the English speaking people in The King James version.  The Bible is true and without any mixture of error.  It is the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man.  It is the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions are to be tried. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Acts 1:16; Luke 24:44-45; John 17:17, 12:48; Romans 15:4; Psalm 19:7-11)

     God:  We believe there is only one true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinctive but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Exodus 20:2-3, 15:11; John 4:24; Psalm 90:2; Revelation 4:11; Mark 12:29-30; Matthew 28:19) 

     Jesus Christ:  We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that He was divine as no other man can be, being God in every respect, existing from all eternity, co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God; that He took upon Himself man's nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, and yet without sin. (John 1:1, 14, 18, 10:30; Philippians 2:6-10; Hebrews 1:8, 2:14-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:20)

     We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner and that He was born of a virgin and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke1:34-35; John 1:14; 1 John 5:20)

     We believe that Jesus Christ rose bodily the third day according to the Scriptures; that He ascended into heaven where He is sealed at the right hand of the Father; that He alone is our merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God. (Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:3, 8:1)

     The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature, that He was active in Creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world.  He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and that He bears witness to the truth.  We also believe that He is the agent of the new birth; that He baptizes, indwells, seals, endues, teaches, sanctifies and helps the believer.  (Acts 5:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:1-3; II Thessalonians 2:7, 13; John 3:5-6, 14:26, 5:26-27, 16:8-13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26-27; I Corinthians 4:1-40, 12:13)

     The Devil Or Satan:  We believe that Satan, an angel created by God, was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy. He is destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgement of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 4:4, II Corinthians 11: 13-15; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 12:9-10)

     Creation:  We believe that the Genesis account of creation is the historic account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without evolutionary process, and that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively.  (Genesis 1:1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; Acts 17:23 & 26)

     The Fall Of Man:  We believe that man, in the person of Adam, was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by birth, but also by choice; and is therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.  (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18-20, 3:10-19, 5:15)

     The Sacrifice For Sin:  We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the finished work of the Son of God who freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and by His death made a full, vicarious, and final sacrifice for our sins.  We believe that His sacrifice was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree.  (John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; II Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Philippians 2:5-8; I Peter 2: 24, 3:18)

     Justification:  We believe that justification is the judicious act of God whereby He declares the believer to be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ.  Justification includes the pardon of sin and imputation of God's righteousness.  This righteousness is bestowed by God on the basis of our faith not of our works.  (Romans 3:23-26, 4:1-8, 5:1-9, II Corinthians 5:20-21)

     Faith And Salvation:  The New Birth:  We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which in its nature includes repentance from sin and turning to God, is the only condition of salvation, and that this faith will produce evidence in the life of the convert by a supernatural rebirth.  (John 1:12-13; Acts 16:31;  II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:1, 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:9-10; I Peter 1:23)

     The Security Of The Believer:  We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior are born from above and are eternally and unconditionally secure in Christ.  (John 1:12, 10:28-29; Romans 6:23, 8:35-39; Philippians 1:16; I John 5:11-13)

     The Church:  We believe that the Church is a New Testament institution unknown to the Old Testament prophets; established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head; revealed through the apostles; empowered and perpetuated by Pentecost and will be consummated at the coming of Christ at the rapture.  (Acts 1:8, 2:1-13, 41-47;  Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:1-12, 5:22-23; I Corinthians 12:4-38; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Peter 1:10-12)

     We believe that the Body of Christ is manifested through the local church that is a congregation of immersed believers observing the ordinance of Christ.  The body of Christ is governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rites and privileges invested in it by His Word and the Holy Spirit.  It has scripturally designated officers who are pastor and deacons, and whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.  (Acts 2:41-47; Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 1:2, 7:17; Ephesians 4:11-13; I Timothy 3:1-5)

     Water Baptism And The Lord's Supper:  We believe that Christian baptism is the full immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, through whom we died to sin and rose to a new life.  Baptism is a command of the Scriptures and shall be a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership of this church.  (Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-38; Romans 6:3-5)

     We believe that the Lord's Supper, of grape juice and unleavened bread, is the commemoration of Jesus Christ's death by born again Christians, until He comes again and should be preceded always by solemn self examination.  (Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-28)

     The Righteous And The Wicked:  We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked.  We believe that only those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His sight; while all that continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse.  This distinction holds among men both in and after death.  We believe in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the Lake of Fire.  (John 3:18, 36; Romans 3:23-26; Revelation 20:11-15)

     The Return Of Christ:  We believe in the imminent, personal, bodily, pre-tribulational return of Christ for His Church and at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies.  Those believers living when Christ returns for His Church shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

(I Corinthians 15:51-54; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

     We believe that the seven year tribulation period, the seventieth week of Daniel, which immediately follows the rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the bodily, pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and establish the millennial reign.  (Daniel 9:24-27; Luke 1:30-33; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16)

     Separation:  We believe the following movements are out of harmony with the Word of God and contrary to the official doctrine and position of II Corinthians 6:14-18.

1.  The modern Ecumenical movement with such advocates as the National and World Council of Churches.

2.  The Neo-Evangelical movement characterized by co-operation and dialogue with liberal theological systems.

3.  The so-called "Charismatic Movement" characterized by a strong emphasis on experiences beyond the teachings of Scripture such as the "Baptism of the Spirit" as a second work of grace for the believers to seek and a judging of spirituality or salvation by the practice of speaking in tongues.

 

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