Our
Beliefs

Church Covenant and Statement of Faith

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Church Memberís Covenant

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Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public profession of our faith having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.


We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.


We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to train up our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and all others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all gossip, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating substance for pleasure; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.


We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.


We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the Spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

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Statement of Faith

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THE HOLY SCRIPTURES


We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the revealed Word of God, verbally and plenarily inspired of God, as found within the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe these scriptures to be the final authority by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be judged. We believe these scriptures to be infallible and inerrant in the original writings, and are supernaturally preserved. We believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people, and it shall be the only translation used by this church's ministries. (Ps. 12:6; Is. 40:8; Mt. 24:35; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)


THE TRIUNE GOD


We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons Ė the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Ė each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Gen. 1:25-26; Deut. 6:4; Mt. 3:16-17, 28:19; Jn. 14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Tim. 1:17; Jm. 1:17; 1 Jn. 4:4)


THE HEAVENLY FATHER


We believe that God is the Heavenly Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Father of all who believe, that He is the Father of Israel, and that He is the Father of all men as owing to their existence. (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 32:6; Is. 63:16; Lk. 3:38; Jn. 1:12, 6:53, 20:17; 2 Cor. 11:31; Eph. 1:3)


THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Is. 7:14, 9:6; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:1-2, 1:14, 17:1-8; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)


We believe that the Lord Jesus accomplished redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1:17; 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 2:24)


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; 1 Jn. 2:1-2)


THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Jn. 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 1:13-14)


We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who teaches and guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved persons to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Jn. 16:13; Eph. 1:13-14; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 2:27)


We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, although God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22, 13:8, 14:21-22)


MAN


We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him. In consequence of which, all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam's fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Gen 3:1-6; Rom. 1:18, 1:32, 3:10-19, 5:12, 5:19)


SALVATION


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace, and received by an individual's personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. The only condition of salvation is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 12:31-32; Jn. 1:12-14; Acts 4:12, 16:31; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Jn. 1:9)


We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire. (Gen. 5:1-5; Acts 4:19, 16:31; Rom. 3:10-23, 5:6-12, 6:23, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Rev. 20:11-14)


We believe that repentance in salvation is a change of mind toward God, prompted by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:22; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10)


We believe that once a person is saved, he is kept by Godís power and remains secure in Christ forever. We believe 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. (Jn. 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 8:38-39, 13:13-14; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)


THE LOCAL CHURCH


We believe that the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the rapture, just prior to the tribulation.


We believe that the continuance of the local church is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We are a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship in winning the lost to Christ, edifying the believers in Christ, and observing the ordinances of Christ. We are governed by His laws, and exercise His gifts, rights, and privileges as invested in us by His Word. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity and the building up of the believer in the faith. (Acts 2:41-42, 20:17-28; 1 Cor. 11:2, 12:12-13; Eph. 1:22-23, 3:1-6, 4:11-16)


BAPTISM AND THE LORDíS SUPPER


We recognize Baptism and the Lordís Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)


We believe that baptism is by immersion of the believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth the solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life. We hold that baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. (Mt. 3:16; Jn. 3:23; Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12)


We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes again, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances requires that participants of the Lord's Supper be immersed believers. (1 Cor. 11:23-28)


THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST


We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church saints, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and that all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Cor. 15:42-44, 15:51-58; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)


We believe that the rapture of the church will be followed by the seven-year tribulation. We believe that the culmination of all the end time events will be in the revelation of Christ in power and great glory, whereupon He will sit upon the throne of David and establish the millennial kingdom. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand year reign is the Great White Throne judgment, and then the new heaven and new earth. (Is. 9:6-7, 11:1-9; Dan. 9:25-27; Mt. 24:29-31; Lk. 1:30-33; Acts 2:29-30; 1 Thess. 5:1-9; Rev. 19:1-22:21)


THE ETERNAL STATE OF MAN


We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life in heaven, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. (Mt. 25:46; John 5:28-29, 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 20:12-13)


SATAN


We believe that Satan is a created being, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man, the ruler of all the powers of darkness, and the designer of the ungodly world system. We believe that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11, 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10)


CIVIL GOVERNMENT


We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church, and the state. 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 church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective, Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)