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WHO WE ARE

Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the Holy Scriptures; accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error in the original text, altogether sufficient in themselves as our only infallible rule of faith and practice.

Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 12:48; 17:17; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21

The Triune God

We believe in the one Triune God, who is personal, spirit, and sovereign; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power; absolutely separate and above the world as its creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things; self-existent and self-revealing in three distinct persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each of whom is to be honored and worshipped equally as true God.

Mark 12:29; John 4:24; 14:9; Psalm 135:6; 18:30; 147:5; Deuteronomy 33:27; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 104; John 5:23, 26; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Acts 5:3,4

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; who is the second person of the Triune God, the eternal Word and only begotten Son, our great God and Savior that, without any essential change in His Divine person, He became man by the miracle of the virgin birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true man, one person with two natures; that as man, He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose again from the dead as our great High Priest and was glorified in the same body in which He suffered and died; that He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our advocate and intercessor.

John 1:1; 3:16; Titus 2:13; Romans 9:5; Hebrews 13:8; John 1:14; Matthew 1:23; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 22:16; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 9:24; John 8:46; Isaiah 53:5, 6; Matthew 20:28; Galatians 3:13; John 1:29; Luke 24:36-43; John 20:25-28; I John 2:1

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the third person of the Triune God, the Divine agent in nature, revelation, and redemption; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; regenerates those who believe, and indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, guides, teaches, and sanctifies all who become children of God through faith in Christ.

Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3, 4; Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30; I Corinthians 2:10; 6:11, 19; 12:13; II Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; 3:5; Ephesians 4:30; Romans 8:14; John 14:26

Creation

We accept the Genesis account of creation, that God spoke into being the heavens and the earth and all that in them is. Man was created perfect in the image of God, by a special act of God, and wholly apart from any process of evolution.

Exodus 20:11; Genesis 1-2; Psalm 33:6-9; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3; Mark 10:6

The Fall of Man

We believe in the fall of man; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race, universally sinful in both nature and practice, alienated from the life and family of God, and has within itself no possible means of recovery or salvation.

Genesis 3:1-24; 5:3; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 4:18; John 8:42-44; Romans 3:19; 1:18; Mark 7:21-23; Matthew 19:26; Romans 7:18

Salvation by Grace Through Faith

We believe in salvation by grace through faith; that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in any part or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, justification, sonship in the family of God, and every spiritual resource needed for life and Godliness; that this salvation includes the whole man, spirit, soul, and body; and apart form Christ there is no possible salvation.

Romans 3:23; 6:23; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4, 5; 11:16; John 3:16; 6:28, 29; Acts 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-9; I John 5:13; Romans 3:22; Galatians 3:26; John 5:24; Romans 5:18; Ephesians 1:3; II Peter 1:3; I Thessalonians 5:23, 24; John 14:6; Acts 4:12

Eternal Salvation

We believe in eternal salvation; that every individual that receives the Lord Jesus as personal Savior is kept by the power of God alone and is thus secure in Christ forever, sealed by the Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance.

John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1:3-5

Christian Liberty

We believe that it is the privilege of every believer to rejoice in the assurance of his salvation through the testimony of God's Word; however, the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for careless living is clearly forbidden by God.

Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:1; I John 2:1; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:5; John 8:31-34; Hebrews 10:26-31; I John 2:6; 3:3, 6-10

Good Works

We believe in righteous living and good works, not as the procuring cause of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit; that therefore as Christians we should keep the Word of the Lord, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, be careful to maintain good works, especially accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privilege of bearing the Gospel to a lost world in order that we may bear much fruit; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who have learned that they are not under law but under grace, and in gratitude for the infinite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Him for His service.

I John 3:9-11; 4:19; 5:4; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:14; Matthew 7:16-18; I Corinthians 5:10; John 14:23; Colossians 3:3; I John 2:6; Titus 3:8; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:29; John 15:16; Romans 6:14; 12:1, 2

Satan

We believe in the existence of Satan, who originally was created a holy and perfect being but through pride and unlawful ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, the leader of all evil angels and spirits, the deceiver and god of this present world; that his powers are supernaturally great but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all his wicked devices for good; that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God and by the blood of the Lamb.

Ezekiel 28:13-17; Isaiah 14:13, 14; I Timothy 3:7; John 8:44; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:10; Matthew 12:24-26; 25:41; Revelation 12:9; II Corinthians 4:4; Job 1:1, 2; Luke 22: 31, 32; John 12:31, 32; John 6:11; Revelation 20:10; Ephesians 6:12-18; Revelation 12:11

The Return of Christ

We believe in the pre-millennial second coming of Christ; that His return from Heaven will be personal, visible, and glorious — a blessed hope for which we constantly watch and pray, the time being unrevealed but always imminent; that when He comes He will first by resurrection and translation remove from the earth His waiting church before the tribulation, then pour out the righteous judgment of God upon the unbelieving world, afterward descend with His Church, and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years, at the close of which He will raise and judge the unsaved dead; and finally as the son of David deliver up His Messianic Kingdom of God the Father in order that as the eternal Son, He may reign forever with the Father in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; Mark 13:33-37; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 22:20; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 6:1-18, 24; 19:1; 20:6; Matthew 13:41-43; Revelation 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Luke 1:32, 33; Revelation 21:1; 22:6

Eternity

We believe in the future life, bodily resurrection and eternal judgment; that the spirits of the saved go at death immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until His second coming, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body, at which time their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, a judgment that may issue in the loss of rewards but not the loss of the soul; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

Philippians 1:21-23; II Corinthians 5:8-15; Philippians 3:20, 21; II Corinthians 15:35-38; I John 3:2; II Corinthians 3:8-15; Luke 16:19-31; II Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; Mark 9:43-48; Jude 13

The Church

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is a living spiritual body of which Christ Himself is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. The Church began on the Day of Pentecost and will be consummated when the Lord returns in the air for His own.

Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8; 2:1-13; 2:41-47; 15:14; I Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 3:21; 4:23-33; I Thessalonians 4:13-18

We believe that a local church is a congregation of believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-governing free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and in the furthering of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

Acts 2:41, 42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:17; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 24; Acts 15:13-18

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe in two scriptural ordinances; baptism and the Lord's Supper; that Christian baptism is the single immersion of the believer in water (thereby excluding infants) unto the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblems our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Lord, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. That the Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and the cup by which believers commemorate together the death and Second Coming of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.

Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:5, 6; John 3:22, 23; 4:1, 2; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-41; 8:12; 16:32-34; 18:8, Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:26; Luke 22:14-20

The Lord's Day

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day; that it is to be kept sacred for Christian purposes by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public.

John 20:19; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1, 2; Hebrews 10:24, 25

Separation from the World

We believe in separation from the world; that since our citizenship is in Heaven, as the children of God we should walk in separation from this present world, having no fellowship with its evil ways, abstaining from all worldly amusements and unclean habits which defile mind and body; that Biblical separation also forbids alliances of any nature, such as cooperation in union meetings, councils, or organizations with churches which have any apostate in that they reject any of these fundamental doctrines — the deity of Christ, the virgin birth of Christ, the sinless life of Christ, the substitutionary and atoning death of Christ, the bodily resurrection of Christ, and the verbal inspiration and authority of the Bible as the Word of God as set forth and supported in these Articles of Faith.

Philippians 3:20; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:11; Luke 8:14; I Thessalonians 5:22; I Peter 2:11; Ephesians 5:3-11; Colossians 3:17; I Corinthians 6:10-20; II John 9-11

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts. He has given talents, abilities, skills, and graces to each believer for the building up of the church. He has given special gifted men to the church such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the edifying of the saints and the building up of the body of Christ. We believe that the offices of apostle and prophet no longer exist but were limited to the first-century church; and that some of the gifts that were intended for authentication signs, such as speaking in tongues and public miraculous healings are no longer needed today because the believer is to walk by faith not by sight, and because the scriptures are complete.

I Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-11

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will for the sick and afflicted.

John 15:7; I John 5:14, 15; James 5:13-16

Home and Foreign Missions

We believe in home and foreign missions; that the program of the church of Christ is missionary in character and, in view of the lost condition of the entire human race and the command of Christ to evangelize the world; that this solemn responsibility rests upon all the saved.

Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20

Civil Government

We believe in civil government; that it is the divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord who is the Lord of the conscience.

Romans 13:1-7; Exodus 18:31, 22; Acts 23:5; 4:18, 20; Matthew 22:21

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