Statement of Faith

1. OF THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible, as we have it today, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, 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 it 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. We believe that God in His infinite wisdom, foreseeing that as peoples and languages develop, His Word would be translated out of it’s original form into different languages, has preserved it by His power. Therefore we have today in our possession the complete, perfect and inherent revelation of God in the form of the King James Bible, translated out of the Received Text of Scripture. The Bible, then, is our only authority in Faith and Practice. All that is in harmony with the Word of God and direct teaching of the Scriptures we will seek to do and follow. All that is opposed or out of harmony with the Word of God we will avoid and reject. Isaiah 8:20, Psalm 12:6-7, Psalm 100:5, Psalm 119:160, Matthew 5:18, Matthew 24:35, II Timothy 3:16,17, II Peter 1:19-21, I Thessalonians 2:13, Revelation 22:18-19

2. OF THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; that He is 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 1:14, John 1:1-5, John 4:24, John 10:30, Psalm 83:18, Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 7:14, Revelation 13:8, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 2:18, Mark 12:30

God the father: John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

God the Son: John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

God the Holy Spirit: John 16:13A Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

3. OF THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man, as we know him today, is a direct creation of God and in no way evolved from any lower form. He was created sinless and placed in the Garden of Eden but by voluntary transgression disobeyed God’s command and fell from that holy and happy state, thereby plunging himself and the entire human race into sin and separation from God. He is at this point, 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. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 1:31, Genesis 2:15-17, Genesis 3:6-24, Isaiah 53:6, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Romans 1:20 Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Romans 5:19, Romans 6:23

4. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the shed blood of the Son of God. Who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, He 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 seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior. Ephesians 2:8, John 3:16, Philippians 2:16-17, Hebrews 7:25, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 2:18, Isaiah 53:4-5

5. OF JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the scriptures teach our position, which Christ secured to such as believe in Him, is justification. 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 by God; that justification brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. John 1:16, Acts 13:39, Romans 5:9, Romans 4:4,5 Romans 5:1-2

6. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe that Jesus Christ paid the price in full to secure salvation for all mankind. There is nothing that man can do within himself to obtain salvation from sin but to accept by faith that which is told to him in Scripture concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Believer is secure in Jesus Christ. His salvation can never be lost or taken away. Salvation is an act of God. Man is not dependent upon himself to retain his salvation regardless of his Spiritual condition. Isaiah 55:1 Romans 16:25,26 John 5:40, John 3:16 John 3:1, Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7, John 1:29, John 3:5, I Corinthians 15:1-4 II Timothy 1:12, John 10:28-29, Romans 4:1-6

7. 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 ones mind; that it is effected by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that it is evidenced in repentance, faith, and newness of life. John 3:3, II Corinthians 5:17, John 3:8, I Peter 1:22-25, Ephesians 5:9, Galatians 5:16-23

8. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ and rely on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Ephesians 2:8, Acts 2:37-38, Romans 10:9-10

9. 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. That grace is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy. That it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. II Timothy 1:8-9, II Thessalonians 2:13-14, Exodus 33:18-19, II Timothy 2:10, II Peter 1:10-11

10. 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. It is begun at the moment of regeneration, and is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, by the means of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. I Thessalonians 4:3, I John 2:29, Romans 8:5, Philippians 2:12-13

11. OF THE PRE MILLENNIAL SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe that seven years after the rapture of the Church, Christ will return to Earth the second time to set up His earthly kingdom which will last for one thousand years. At the rapture, which is imminent, Christ will not return to Earth but will catch all Church age saints up to heaven to be with Him. This will immediately plunge the world into seven years of tribulation. Christ will literally come to Earth the second time at the end of this seven year period. He will bind Satan for one thousand years in the bottomless pit. Christ will establish His Kingdom of peace on Earth and will physically rule this kingdom for one thousand years. Matthew 19:28, 23:39, 24:3, 25:46, Mark 13:24-37, Luke 12:35-48, 17:22-37, 18:8, 21:25-28, Acts 1:10-11, 15:16-18, Romans 11:25-27, I Corinthians 11:26, II Thessalonians 1:7-10, II Peter 3:3-4, Jude 14-15, Revelation 1:7-8, 2:25-28, 16:15, 19:11-21, 22:20, Numbers 16:33, Psalm 9:17

12. OF A BIBLICAL 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 (baptism and the Lord’s supper), governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that it’s only scriptural officers are pastor, deacons and treasure. The qualifications, claims, and duties of pastors and deacons are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. We believe that Christ Himself initiated (started) His church in Luke 6 and gave the responsibility of continuing it to the church at His ascension in Acts 1 and equipped it for this task by the giving of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Matthew 18:17, I Corinthians 1:1-13, I Corinthians 11:2, Matthew 28:20, Acts 2 I Timothy 3, Titus 1, John 13:29, Luke 6:12-17, Acts 1

13. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in 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 Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of the bread and juice are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ. It is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination and confession of our faults one to another. Acts 8:36-39, John 3:22-23, Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Acts 2:41-42, I Corinthians 11:26, I Corinthians 11:28, James 5:16

14. OF THE LORD’S DAY

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except of mercy and necessity; by the devout observance of all means of worship, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest which remaineth for all the people of God. Acts 20:7, Psalms 118:24, Isaiah 58:13-14, Hebrews 10:24-25, Hebrews 4:3-11

15. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1. The home or family 2. The state or civil government and 3. the Church. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all, including the authorities themselves, are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home , the state and the church are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. Romans 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Hebrews 13:17, I Peter 2:13-14, Matthew 23:10, Acts 5:29

16. 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 sight. All such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death. Malachi 3:18, Romans 1:17, I John 5:19, Luke 16:25

17. OF THE WORLD TO COME

We believe that the end of this age is approaching. We believe in “That blessed hope”–the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. Acts 24:15, Matthew 24:31-46 Revelation 22:11, I Peter 4:7, Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:13-18

18. OF THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH

We believe that God created men and women in His own image and that they are unique in their individuality and purpose. We believe that women are to be loved, honored and protected by men especially after they are married and special care is to be given to widows. A women, either married or single, may hold any position in the church except that of Pastor or Deacon or teach males, who are regularly attending the adult men’s Sunday school class, bible doctrine. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3:16, Acts 6:3, I Corinthians 7:3, I Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:22-23 &25, Colossians 3:18-19, I Timothy 2:2&5, I Timothy 2:12, I Timothy 5:3, Titus 2:5, I Peter 3:7

19. OF HUMAN SEXUALITY

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a women as God designed them to be naturally. We believe that any form of Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Bisexuality, Incest, Fornication, and Adultery are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5&13, Genesis 26:8-9, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, I Corinthians 5:1, I Corinthians 6:9, I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4

20. OF ABORTION

We believe that human life begins at conception and the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is the unjustified, inexcusable taking of unborn human life. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth control, population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. Contraceptive devices which would damage or abort life in any stage of development are inexcusable. Job 3:16, Psalm 51:5 , Psalm 139:14-16, Isaiah 44:24, Isaiah 49:1&5, Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah 20:15 -18, Luke 1:44

21. OF DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

We believe that God intended marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may be members of and hold position of office in the church and be used of God for Christian service. They may not hold the offices of Pastor or Deacon. Malachi 2:14-17, Matthew 19:3-12 ,Romans 7:1-3 I, Timothy 3:2&12, Titus 1:16

22. OF LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing Civil Lawsuits against other Christians in the Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the Church should resolve all personal disputes between its members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. I Corinthians 6:1-8, Ephesians 4:31-32

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