What we Believe

I. The Scriptures

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God.  Therefore, all Scripture is authoritative, infallible and without error.  The Scriptures are the only sufficient rule for faith and practice (Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

II. God

There is one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, being infinite in them all.  All creatures owe Him the highest love, reverence, and obedience (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 145:3; John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17).

III. The Trinity

The Scriptures reveal that the one God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person has distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).

IV. 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 does so in such a way that He is not the author or approver of sin, nor destroys the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures (Isa. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15).

V. Election

Election is God's eternal choice of some persons to everlasting life, not because of foreseen merit or foreseen faith in them, but solely on the basis of His mercy in Christ.  As a result of God’s deliberate choice, the elect are called, justified, and glorified (Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 1:27-29; Eph. 1:4, 11).

VI. The Fall of Man

God originally created Man in His own image and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, Adam transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness.  Consequentially, his posterity (i.e. all mankind) inherits a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law.  As a result, they are under condemnation, and, as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors or sinners against God by failing to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, and nature (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3).

VII. The Mediator

Since Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is fully God and fully man, He is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law and suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He continually lives to make intercession for His people. He will return again visibly and bodily. He is the only Savior and Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe (Isa. 53:10-12; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3).

VIII. The Holy Spirit

We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Father and the Son. He applies the work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to every believer according to His sovereign good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. He is the Comforter, the Spirit of Adoption, the Seal of our Salvation, the Sanctifier, and the Guarantor of our inheritance in Christ (John 14:16-17; 16:14; Acts 5:3; Rom. 8:14-17; Eph. 1:13-14).

IX. Regeneration

Regeneration is a change of heart, brought about by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightens their minds spiritually to understand the Word of God, and renews their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone (Eph. 2:1-6; Tit. 3:5; 1 John 5:1).

X. Repentance

Repentance is a grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in which the Holy Spirit enables a person to see the manifold evil of his sin so that he humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow and hatred of it, and turns from it toward God, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God with the desire to please Him in all things (Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11).

XI. Faith

Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is authored by Christ, given by the Holy Spirit, accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness (Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14-26).

XII. Justification

Justification is God's gracious and full pardon of sinners who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything within them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ.  His righteousness is counted toward them by faith, as they receive and rest on Him alone for their forgiveness (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9).

XIII. Sanctification

Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the ever-present supply of God’s grace, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in joyful obedience to all Christ's commands (Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:24-27; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 5:13-24; 2 Pet. 1:3-11).

XIV. Perseverance of the Saints

All those whom God has regenerated will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end. Though they may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, grieving the Spirit, impairing their graces and comforts, bringing reproach on the Church and temporal judgments on themselves, nevertheless, they shall be restored to repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (John 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:28-39; 1 Cor. 1:8-9; Phil. 1:6).

XV. 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 churches, and to each of these churches, He has given needful authority for administering the order, discipline, and worship, which He has appointed. The regular officers of a church are Elders and Deacons (John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 1:22; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25).

XVI. Baptism

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, essential for the obedience of every believer, in which 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 Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship and to participation in the Lord's Supper (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13).

XVII. The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the cup, and to be observed by His churches until the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him and of their church fellowship (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34).

XVIII. 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 (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Rev. 1:10).

XIX. Liberty of Conscience

God alone is Lord of the conscience. He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any way contrary to His word or not contained in it. Because government authorities are ordained of God, Christians ought to yield themselves in subjection to all lawful things commanded by them, as they would to the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake (Matt. 15:9; Rom. 13:1-7; 14:4; Acts 5:29; Col. 2:20-23).

XX. The Resurrection

The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised (John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:23).

XXI. The Judgment

God has appointed a day, when He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds. The wicked shall go into everlasting and conscious punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life with God forever (Matt. 25:46; John 5:22, 27-29; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:6-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 7:13-17; 14:9-11).

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