Statement of Faith

I. The Scriptures.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God. Therefore, all

scripture is authoritative, infallible and inerrant. 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 but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all

perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love,

reverence and obedience that springs from faith (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 so as not in any wise to be the author or

approver of sin nor to destroy 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. 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; whereby his posterity inherit 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 (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3).

VI. 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; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of

sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right

hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He will return again visibly and bodily.

He is the only 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).

VII. 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 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).

VIII. Regeneration.

Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in

trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the word of

God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of

God's free and special grace alone, so that the ultimate cause of regeneration is God's grace, not

man's free will (Eph. 2:1-6; Tit. 3:5; 1 John 5:1).

IX. Repentance.

Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of

the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence,

with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things (Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11).

X. 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 wrought in the

heart by the Holy Spirit, and is 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).

XI. Justification.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin,

through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them;

but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and

His righteousness by faith (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9).

XII. Sanctification.

Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's word and Spirit dwelling in them.

This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to

obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands (Jer. 31:31-

34; Ezek. 36:27-27; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 5:13-24; 2 Pet. 1:3-11).

XIII. 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; and though they may fall through neglect and

temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring

reproach on the church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again

unto 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).

XIV. 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 that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed.

The regular officers of a church are Elders (Pastors) 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).

XV. Baptism.

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein 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 membership

and to participation in the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13).

XVI. The Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread

and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till 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 membership (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34).

XVII. 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).

XVIII. Marriage.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is

God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man

and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual

expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race

(Genesis 2:20-24; I Corinthians 7; Hebrews 13:4).

XIX. 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).

XX. The Judgment.

God has appointed a day, wherein 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 (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).