Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

"Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" Amos 3:3
 
 

ARTICLE I – OF THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was fully inspired of God and written by Spirit controlled men, and therefore has truth without admixture of error for its matter.  We believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds and opinions (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21; I Corinthians 2:12, 13).
 

ARTICLE II – OF THE TRINITY

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection, work of creation, providence and redemption. (Matthew 3:16, 17; I John 5:7)
 

ARTICLE III – OF GOD THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, just and perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 4:6)
 

ARTICLE IV – OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings.  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and visible return to earth.  (I John 5:20; John 1:1; Matthew 28:18; Luke 1:35)
 

ARTICLE V – OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to,
sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true Child of God.  (II Corinthians 13:4; John 14:16, 17; Romans 8:14-27)
 

ARTICLE VI – OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN

We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers of darkness, sin and temptation, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation20:10)
 

ARTICLE VII – OF THE CREATION

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “Each after its own kind”.  (Genesis 1:2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3)
 

ARTICLE VIII – OF THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man, in the person of Adam, was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shapen in iniquity and become willful sinners and so are without excuse before God.  (Genesis 3; Romans 5:10 – 19)
 

ARTICLE IX – OF SALVATION

We believe that salvation is entirely of grace through the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ who paid the full redemptive price, fully satisfied God’s righteous demands by suffering the death penalty for Man’s guilt, and imputed to man his perfect righteousness reconciling him to God; that salvation is made effective to man only upon  his exercise of personal faith in, and the acceptance of the crucified and risen Christ, which faith is not a work of merit but possible only by the grace of God. (Romans 3:22, 23; Romans 5:1, 2; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8, 9)

We further believe that salvation is instantaneous and not a gradual process, includes justification, regeneration, adoption into the family of God, sanctification (positional, progressive and final), and glorification.  We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever, and that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s word; which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.  (Romans 8:35-39, Romans 10:9-13; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 3:5, I Peter 1:5; Jude 24,25; John 10:27-30; Galatians 5:13)
 

ARTICLE X – OF SEPARATION

We believe that progressive sanctification involves separation not only from ungodly living but also from ungodly teaching; that, though we love all men and seek their salvation, there are areas in which we cannot have fellowship with unbelievers; that in areas of ecclesiastical fellowship, it may be necessary to separate even from our brethren in Christ, if they in turn maintain fellowship with unbelievers.  (II Corinthians 6:14-18; II Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-27; Romans 12:1, 2)
 

ARTICLE X1 – OF THE CHURCH

We believe that the universal church, which is His Body, is composed of all the true believers (those who have been born again through a personal acceptance of Christ as Savior) from Pentecost  to the Rapture; that this church was brought into being on the day of  Pentecost by the Holy  Spirit’s baptizing into one body all who were believers at that time; that on the day of Pentecost and since that time, others have been and are being, added to the church as they personally accept Christ as Savior; that at the Rapture this church will be complete and will be caught up to be united with Christ as His Bride, never to be separated from Him.  (Acts 2:1-13, 41-47; I Corinthians 12:12-28, I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We further believe that the church universal is manifest through the local church which is a body of baptized (immersed) believers with Scriptural officers (Pastor and Deacons) gathering in any one place, organized to carry out the ordinances (Baptism and the Lord’s Table), to teach the Word of God for the edification of believers and to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth for the salvation of the lost.  We believe the local church should exercise the gifts, rights and privileges invested in it by His Word, that it has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to Christ, and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence the will of the local church is final.  (Matthew 28:18-20; I Timothy 3:1-15; Matthew 18:15-17)
 

ARTICLE XII – OF THE ORDINANCES

We believe that there are two church ordinances:  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called “Believers Baptism”.  It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.  Baptism is a prerequisite to the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him and should be preceded always by careful self-examination.  (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32)
 

ARTICLE XIII – OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only such as through faith are justified in the Lord Jesus Christ, and set apart by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in God’s esteem; while all such who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both during life and after death, in the everlasting conscious felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Malachi 3:18; Romans 6:16-23; Matthew 25:46)
 

ARTICLE XIV – OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth.  (Romans 13:1-7; Exodus 18:21, 22; Acts 5:20, Acts 4:18-20; Daniel 3:17, 18)
 

ARTICLE XV – OF THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe in the bodily, personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will come before the seven year tribulation period to catch away His church, coming only into the air, and that He will come with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom on earth.  (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:11-21)
 

ARTICLE XVI – OF THE RESURRECTION

We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; the believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne of judgment to receive their final doom.  (John 5:21-30; I Thessalonians4:16; Revelations 7:9-17; 20:11-15)
 

ARTICLE XVII – Biblical Testimony in a Secular World

We believe Christians are called to hold fast to Biblical principles and practices, even in secular world in which sin is held to be acceptable.

This includes but is not limited to the following beliefs:
 
  • We believe in the sanctity of life – life begins at conception and physical life ends at God’s determined time; we do not approve or support abortion or euthanasia for any reason (Genesis 9:6; Job 31:15; Psalm 139:13-16; Proverbs 24:11-12; 31:8-9; Hebrews 9:27).
  • We believe God ordained marriage and the family as the foundational institution of society and that marriage is a sacred and permanent covenant relationship between one man and one woman; therefore, only marriages between one man and one woman will be performed in this church or by its pastor or be accepted as valid (Leviticus18:22; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Hebrews 13:4).
  • We believe sinful behaviors that are accepted, promoted, or even celebrated by today’s world are still sins before God and, therefore, we do not accept, condone, or encourage such behavior (for examples: the recreational use of alcohol and drugs and sexual immorality, including homosexuality) (Proverbs 23:29-35; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15; Revelation 21:8).
  • We believe Christians have a duty to participate in the civil government; however, the local church is not called to be a political force; therefore, the pastor, staff, and other leaders are not allowed to make political endorsements while performing their church duties or in their role as representatives of the church; church property cannot be used to express political endorsements (Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; James 4:17; 1 Peter 2:13-17).