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Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Statement of Faith

 

A Biblical Church ultimately is defined by its beliefs.  It is imperative those beliefs are directly from and defensible by the teachings of Scripture.

 

 

 

(1)       The Scriptures: (Matt. 5:17-18; 22:29, Luke 21:33; 24:44-46, John 3:39; 16:13-15; 17:17, Rom. 15:4; 16:25-26, 2 Timothy 3:6-17 and 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

 

We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man.  It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction.  It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore, is and will remain to the end of the world; the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.  The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

 

 

(2)        The True God: (Exodus 20:2-3, 1 Corinthians 8:6 and Revelation 4:11)
 
We believe there is one and only one living true God, an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor; confidence, and love; in the unity of the God head there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

 

(A)       God the Father:  God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace.  He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise.  God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
 
(B)       God the Son: (Matt. 1:18-23; 3:17; 11:27; 14:33, Mark 1:1;     3:11, Luke 1:33; 4:41; 22:70 and John 1:1-18)

 

We believe Christ is the eternal Son of God.  In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. 
 
Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.  He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.  He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion.  He ascended into Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.  He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.  He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

 

(C)       The Holy Spirit: (John 14:16-17, Matthew 28:19, Hebrews 9:14, John 14:26, Genesis1:1-3 and John 16:3-11)

 

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature.  He was active in the creation. In His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled.  He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the agent in the new birth.  He seals, gifts, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.  He enlightens and empowers the believer and the Church in worship, evangelism, and service.  He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts to the believers by which they serve God through His Church.

 

(3)        The Devil or Satan: (Matthew 4:1-11 and Revelation 20:10)

 

We believe in the person of Satan.  He is the unholy god of this age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness.  He is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire

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(4)        Creation: (Genesis 1:2, Colossians 1:16-17 and John 1:3)

 

We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate, creative acts of God without any evolutionary process, that man’s spirit, soul, and body was created by a direct work of God and not from any previously existing form of life. All men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve; who are the first parents of the entire human race.
 
(5)        Man: (Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 10-19; Romans 5-12-19)

 

We believe man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation.  In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice.  By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.  Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence, whereby his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into his Holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.  The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and Christ died for man; therefore, every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

 

(6)        The Virgin Birth: (Gen. 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, & Matthew 1:18-25)

 

We believe Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary; a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman.  He is both the Son of God and God the Son.

 

(7)        Atonement of Sin: (Isaiah 53:4-5, Jonah 2:9, Matthew 18:11, John 3:16, Acts15:11, Romans 3:24-25, 1 Corinthians 15:3 and 1 Corinthians 5:21)

 

We believe salvation for sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins.  His atonement consisted not in setting us an example of His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the cross.

 

(8)        Resurrection and Priesthood: (Hebrews 2:17)

 

We believe in the literal, bodily resurrection of Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest.

 

(9)        Grace in the New Creation: (John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 5:1, Acts 16: 30-33, 2 Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2:1-5)

 

We believe, in order to be saved, sinners must be born again.  The new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus.  It is instantaneous and not a process. After the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God.  The new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel.  Its evidence of power appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
 
(10)      Justification: (Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, 2 Cor. 5:18-21 and Romans 5:1-9 and 8:1)

 

We believe justification is the judicial act of God, whereby He declares us to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus.  Justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God’s righteousness. His righteousness is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely – through faith in the Redeemer.
 
(11)      Faith and Salvation: (Acts 16:31, Luke 13:1-3, Luke 15:7     Romans 2, Hebrews 3:1,  John17:17, 2 Cor. 3:18, 1 Cor.1:30, Ephesians 5:25-26, and 1Thessalonians 4:3-4)

 

We believe faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition for salvation. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

 

(A)       Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus.  It is a change of heart brought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.  Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God.  Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.  Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ.  Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

 

(B)       Sanctification is the experience beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.  Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.

 

(C)              Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

 

(12)      God’s Purpose of Grace: (Matt. 16:18-19, Matt. 21:28-45, Matt. 24:22, Luke1:68-79, Like 2:29-32, Luke 19:41-44 John 1:12-14, John 3:16, John 5:24, John 15:16, Acts 20:32, Rom. 5:9-10, Rom. 8:28-39, 1 John 1:7-9, 1 John 2:19 and 1 John 3:2)

 

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners.  It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end.  It is a glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable.  It excludes boasting and promotes humility.  All true believers endure to the end.  Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.  Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their grace and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

 

(13)      Adoption: (Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:1-7, Ephesians 1:13-14 and 1 John 3:1-2)

 

We believe adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of sons and daughters, in contrast with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God.  The full benefit of the position acquired by adoption as the sons and daughters of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord.

 

(14)      Eternal Security: (Philippians 1:6)
 
We believe all who are truly born again are kept secure by God the Father for Jesus Christ.

 

(15)      The Church: (Ephesians 3:16, 1 Cor. 12:11-13, Acts 2:41-42, 1 Cor. 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:11, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 20:17-30, 1 Timothy 3: 1-15, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5: 22-32, Acts 5:11-14, Acts15:1-30, Matt. 16-13-19, Matt. 18:15-20, Phil. 1:1, Rom.1:7, Rev. 2-3, Rev.3:7-13, and Rev. 21:2-3)

 

We believe the New Testament Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  In such a congregation members are equally responsible.  Its Scriptural officers are pastors and deacons.
 
The New Testament speaks also of the Church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all ages.

 

(16)      The Ordinances: (Acts 8:36-39, John 3:23, Romans 6:3-5, Matthew 3:16, Colossians 2:21, 1 Cor. 11:23-28, Matthew 28: 19-20 and Acts 2:41-42)
 
Baptism: We believe that Biblical baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local Church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful symbol of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, when we died to sin and rose to a new life.  Baptism is pre-requisite to the privileges of Church membership. 
 
The Lord’s Supper: We believe the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He returns, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. The elements themselves represent the body and blood of the Savior in symbol only.  There is neither common nor efficacious grace extended to the recipient of these ordinances.
 
(17)      Israel: (Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 13:1-17, Romans 11:1-32 and Ezekiel 37)

 

We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people. They will be regathered in the Holy Land and after completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.  Genesis 12:3 says it best: “I will bless those that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee.  Israel is God’s chosen people and as long as we bless them, God will bless us.  We believe that we must never turn our backs on Israel, for if we do, it will be our downfall. 
 
(18)      The Rapture and Subsequent: (Daniel 9:25-27, Matthew 24:29-31 and Rev. 20:1-6)

 

We believe in the imminent, pre-millennial return of Christ for His Church.  At that moment, the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the Tribulation.

 

(19)      Evangelism and Missions: (Matt. 9:17-18, Matt. 10:5-15, Matt. 13:18-30, Matt.16:19, Matt. 37-43, Matt. 28: 18-20, Luke 10:1-18, Luke 24:46-53, John 14:11-12, Acts 1:8 & 20, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 10:42-48, Rom. 10:13-15, Eph. 3:1-11, 2 Tim. 4:5, Heb. 2:1-3, Heb. 11:39 to 12:2, 1 Peter 2:4-10 and Rev. 22:17)

 

It is the duty and privilege of every believer of Christ and of every Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.  The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others.
 
Missionary effort on the part of all rests upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ.  It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the Gospel of Christ.

 

(20)      Education: (Matt. 5:2, Matt. 28:19-20, Luke 2:40, 1 Cor.1:18-31, Eph. 4:11-16, Phil. 4:8, 1 Tim. 1:3-7, 2 Tim 2:15, 2 Tim. 3:14-17 and Heb. 5:12 to 6:3)
 
We believe the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is to coordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the Churches. An adequate system of Christian schools is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.

 

We believe in Christian education, there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility.  Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute.  

 

(21)      Stewardship: (Mal. 3:8-12, Matt. 6:1-4, Matt. 19-21, Matt. 23:23 Matt. 25:14-29, Luke 12:16-21, Luke 42, Luke 16:1-13, Acts 2:44-47, Acts 5:1-11, Rom. 6:6-22, 1 Cor. 4:1-2, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 1 Cor. 12, Phil. 4:10-19 and 1 Peter 1:18-19)

 

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtor-ship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.  They are, therefore, under obligation to serve God with their time, talents, and material possessions, and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for the helping of others.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause of Christ on earth.

 

(22)      Cooperation: (Ex. 17:12, Ex. 18:17, Matt. 10:5-15, Matt. 20:1-16, Matt. 22:1-10, Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 2:3, Luke 10:1, Acts 1:13-14, Acts 2;1, Acts 4:31-37 Acts 13:2-3, Acts 15:1-35, 1 Cor. 1:10-17, 1 Cor. 3:5-15, 2 Cor. 5-9, Gal.1:6-10, Eph. 4:1-16 and Phil. 1:15-18)

 

Christ’s people should as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation of the Kingdom of God.   Members of New Testament Churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.  Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for the common ends by various groups of Christ’s people.
 
(23)       Marriage: Marriage is the legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. (Genesis 1:27-28 KJV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. {28} And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

(Genesis 2:18) And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
 
(Genesis 2:22-24) And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. {23} And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

 

(Matthew 19:4-6) And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, {5} And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? {6} Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

 

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Marriage is the legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.
 
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