Our Beliefs

Our Statement of Faith

 

I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect
treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and
truth without any mixture of error for its matter, that it reveals the principles by which
God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true
center of Christian union , and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds,
and opinions should be tried.


II Tim. 3:16-17II Tim. 3:15Proverbs 30:5-6Romans 2:12Phil. 3:16I John 4:1


II. Of the True God
We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite intelligent
Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, 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
Ghost; equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in
the great work of redemption.


John 4:24Ps. 83:18Heb.3:4Rom. 1:20Jer.10:10Ex.15:11Ps.147:5Isa.6:3; I
Pet.1:15-16; Rev.4:6-8Mark12:30Rev.4:11Matt.10:37Jer.2:12-13Matt.28:19; John
15:26; I Cor.12:4-6I John 5:7John10:30John 5:17John 14:23John 17:5&10; Acts
5:3-4; I Cor.2:10-11Phil. 2:5-6Eph. 2:18II Cor.13:14Rev. 1:4-5.


III. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker, but by
voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all
mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of
that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under
just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.


Gen.1:27Gen.1:31Ecc.7:29Acts 17:26-29Gen.2:16-17Gen.3:6-24Rom. 5:12;
Rom.5:15-19Ps.51:5Rom.8:7Isa.53:6Gen.6:12Rom.3:9-18Eph.2:1-3;
Rom.1:18,32Rom.2:1-16Gal.3:10Matt. 20:15Ezek. 18:19-20Rom.1:20Rom.3:19;
Gal. 3:22.


IV. Of the Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the Mediatorial
offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon him our
nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his
death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now
enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with
divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Saviour.


Eph.2:3Matt. 18:11I John4:10I Cor.3:5-7Acts 15:11John 3:16John1:1-14, Heb.
4:14, Heb. 12-24Phil. 2:9&14II Cor. 5:21Isa. 42:21Phil. 2:8Gal. 4:4-5Rom. 3:21,
Isa. 53:4-5Matt. 20:28Rom.4:25Rom. 3:21-26I John 2:3I Cor. 15:1-3Heb.9:13-15,
Heb.1:8Heb. 1:3Col. 3:1-4Heb. 7:25Col. 2:18Heb. 7:26Ps. 89:19Ps.34


V. Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him
is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life
on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of
righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by
virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it
brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other
blessing needful for time and eternity.


John 1:16Eph.3:8Acts 13:39Isa. 53:11-12Rom5:1-2Rom. 5:9Zech. 13;1, Matt.
9:6, Acts 10:43Rom. 5:17Titus 3:5-7I Peter 3:7I John 2:25Rom. 5:21Rom. 4:4-5,
Rom. 6:23Phil. 3:7-9Rom. 5:19Rom. 3:24-26Rom.4:23-25I John 2:12Rom. 5:3,
Rom. 5:11I Cor. 1:30-31Matt. 6:33I Tim. 4:8


VI. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the
immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial penitent, and obedient faith; and that
nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent
depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an
aggravated condemnation


Isa. 55:1Rev. 22:17Rom. 16:25-26Mark 1:15Rom. 1:15-17John 5:40Matt.23:37,
Rom.9:32Pro. 1:24Acts 13:46John 3:19Matt. 11:20Luke 10:27II Thess. 1:8


VII. Of Grace in Regeneration
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that
regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a
manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with
divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper
evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life


John 3:3John 3:6-7I Cor.3:14Rev.14:3Rev. 21:27II Cor. 5;17Ezek. 36:26, Deu. 30-6, Rom. 2:28-29Rom.5:5I John 4:7John 3:8John 1:13James 1:16-18I Cor.1:30Phil. 2:13I Peter 1:22-25I John 5:1Eph. 4:20-24Col. 3:9-11Eph. 5:9Rom. 8:90Gal. 5:16-23Eph. 3:14-21Matt. 3:8-10Matt.7:20I John 5:418


VIII. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces,
wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced
of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to
God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time
heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on
him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour


Mark 1:15Acts 11:18Eph. 2:8I John 5:1John 16:8Acts 2:37-38Acts 16:30-31 Luke 18:13Luke 15:18-21James 4:7-10II Cor. 7:11, Tim. 10:12-13, Ps.51Rom 10:9-11Acts 3:22-23Heb. 4:14Ps.2:6Heb. 1:8Heb. 7:25II Tim. 1:12


IX. Of God’s Purpose of Grace
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously
regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free
agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most
glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and
unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer,
praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of
means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly
believe the gospel, that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it
with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.


II Tim. 1:8-9Eph. 1:3-14I Peter 1:1-2Rom. 11:5-6; John 15;16; I John 4:19II Thess. 2:13-14Acts 13:48John 10:16Matt. 20:16Acts 15:14Ex. 33:18-19Matt. 20:15Eph. 1:11Rom. 9:23-24Jer. 31:3Rom.11:28-29James 1:17-18II Tim.1:9; Rom.
11:32-36; I Cor. 1:26-31Rom.3:27Rom. 4:16Col.3:12I Cor. 3:5-7I Cor. 15:10I Peter 5:10Acts 1:24I Thess. 2:13I Peter 2:9Luke 18:7John 15:16I Thess. 2:12II Tim. 2:10I Cor. 9:22Rom. 8:28-30John 6:37-40I Thess 1:4-10Isa. 42:16Rom.11:29II Peter 1:10-11Phil. 3:12Heb. 6:11


X. Of Sanctification
We believe that sanctification is the process by which according to the will of God, we
are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in
regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power
of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed meansespecially
the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

I Thess. 4:3I Thess. 5:23II Cor. 7:1II Cor. 13:10Phil. 3:12-16I John 2:29Rom. 8:5Eph. 1:4Pro. 4:18II Cor. 3:18Heb. 6:1II Peter 1:5-8John 3:6Phil. 1:9-11Eph.1:13-14Phil. 2:12-13Eph. 4:11-12I Peter 2:2II Peter 3:18II Cor. 13:5Luke 11:35;
Luke 9:23Matt. 26:41Eph.6:18Eph.4:30


XI. Of Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end: that their persevering
attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial
professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by
the power of God through faith unto salvation.


John 8:31I John 2:27-28I John 3:9I John 5:18I John 2:19John 13:18Matt. 13:20-21John 6:66-69Job 17:9Rom. 8:28Matt. 6:30-33Jer. 32:40Ps.121:3Ps. 91:11-12Phil. 1:6Phil. 2:13Jude 24:25Heb.1:14II Kings 6:16Heb. 13:5I John 4:4


XII. Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral
government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the scriptures
ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver
them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the
holy law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the
establishment of the visible church.


Rom. 3:31Matt. 5:17Luke 16:17Rom. 3:20Rom. 4:15Rom. 7:12Rom.7:7,14-22Gal.3:21Ps. 119Rom.8:7-8Josh. 24:19Jer. 13:23John 6:44John 5:44Rom. 8:2-4Rom. 10:4I Tim. 1:5Heb. 8:10Jude 20&21


XIII. Of a Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers,
associated by covenant in the 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 only scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons
whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.


I Cor. 1:1-3Matt. 18:17Acts 5:11Acts 8:1Acts 11:21-23I Cor. 4:17I Cor. 14:23III John 9I Tim. 3:5Acts 2:41-42II Cor. 8:5Acts 2:47I Cor. 5:12-13I Cor. 11:2II Thess. 3:6Rom. 16:17-20I Cor.11:23-24Matt. 18:15-20I Cor. 5:6II Cor. 2:17; I
Cor. 4:17; Matt. 28:20John 14:15John 15:12I John 14:21I Thess. 4:2II John 6Gal. 6:2Eph. 4:7I Cor. 14:12Phil. 1:1Acts 14:23Acts 15:22I Tim. 3; Titus 1


XIV. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the
name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful
emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death
to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church
relation, and to the Lord's Supper; in which the members of the church by the sacred use
of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded
always by solemn self-examination.


Acts 8:36-39Matt. 3:5-6John 3:22-23John 4:12Matt. 28:19-20Mark 16:16Acts 2:38Acts 8:12Acts 16:32-34Acts 18:8Acts 10:47-48Gal.3:26-28Rom.6:4Col. 2:12I Peter 3:20-21Acts 22:16Acts 2:41-42I Cor. 11:26Matt. 26:26-29; Mark
14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20I Cor.11:28I Cor. 5:1-8I Cor. 10:3-32I Cor. 11:17-32John 6:26


XV. Of the Christian Sabbath
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day or Christian Sabbath; and it is
to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful
recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public;
and by preparation for the rest that remaineth for the people of God.


Acts 20:7Gen. 2:3Col. 2:16-17Mark 2:27John 20:19I Cor. 16:1-2Ex. 20:8Rev.1:10Ps. 118:1524Isa. 58:13-14Isa. 56:2-8Heb. 10:24-25Acts 11:26Acts 13:44Lev. 19:30Luke 4:16Acts 17:2-3Ps. 26:8Ps. 87:3Heb. 4:3-11


XVI. Of the Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good
order of human society,; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously
honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.


Rom. 13:1-7; Deu. 16:18; II Sam. 23:3Ex. 18:23Jer. 30:21Matt. 22:21Titus 3:1I Peter 2:13I Tim. 2:1-4Acts 5:29Matt.28Dan. 3:15-18Dan. 6:7-10Acts 4:18-20Matt. 23:10Rom. 14:4Rev. 19:16Ps.72:11Ps.2Rom. 14:9-13


XVII. Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the
wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as
continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and
this distinction holds among men both in and after death.


Mal. 3:18Pro. 12:26Isa. 5:20Gen. 18:23Jer. 15:19Acts 10:34-35Rom. 6:16Rom.1:17Rom. 7:6I John 2:29I John 3:7Rom. 6:18,22I Cor. 11:32Pro. 11:31I Peter 4:17-18I John 5:19Gal. 3:10John 3:36Isa. 57:21Ps. 10:4Isa. 55:6-7Pro. 14:32Luke 16:25John 8:21-24Pro. 10:24Luke 12:4-5Luke 9:23-26Ecc. 3:17Matt. 7:13-14


XVIII. Of the World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the Last Day Christ will
descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn
separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment,
and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of
men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.


I Peter 4:7I Cor. 7:29-31Heb. 1:10-12Matt. 24:35I John 2:17Matt. 28:20Matt.13:39-40II Peter 3:3-13Acts 1:11Rev. 1:7Heb. 9:28Acts 3:21I Thess 4:13-18I Thess. 5:1-11Acts 24:15I Cor. 15:12-58Luke 14:14Dan. 12:2 John 5:28-29; John
6:40; John 11:25-26II Tim. 1:10Acts 10:42Matt. 13:49Matt. 13:37-43Matt. 24:30-31Matt. 25:31-46Rev. 22:11I Cor. 6:9-10Mark 9:43-48II Peter 2:9Jude7Phil.3:19Rom. 6:23II Cor. 5:10-11John 4:36II Cor. 4:18Rom. 3:5-6II Thess. 1:6-12:
Heb. 6:1-2I Cor. 4:5Acts 17:31Rom. 2:2-16Rev.20:11-12I John 2:28I John 4:17II Peter 3:11-12

 
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