Articles of Faith
I. We believe in the TRINITY:
Self-existing and self-revealing in three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (John 5:26; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14); each of whom is to be honored and worshipped equally as true God. (John 5:23; Acts 5:3-4)
A. GOD THE FATHER: Who is personal and sovereign (Mark 12:29; Psalm 135:6); perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom and power (Psalm 18:30, 147:5; Deuteronomy 33:27); absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as its Upholder of all things (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 104).
B. GOD THE SON: The Lord Jesus Christ who is the second person of the Triune God, the Eternal Word and Only Begotten Son, our Great God and Savior (John 1: 1-16;. Titus 2:13; Romans 9:5) that without any essential change in His divine person (Hebrews 13:8) He became man by the miracle of the Virgin Birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:23;) thus to continue forever as the true God and true Man, one Person with two natures (Col. 2:9; Rev. 22:16), that as man He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15; John 8:46) that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself to be the penalty of divine wrath in our stead (Is. 53:5-6; Matt. 20:28; I John 2:2; Gal. 3:13; John 1:29), that He arose again from the dead and was glorified in the same body in which He suffered and died (Luke 24:36; John 20:25-28), that as our great High Priest He ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor (Hebrews 4:14; 9:24; I John 2:1).
C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: The third person of the Triune God (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-5) the divine Agent in nature, revelation and redemption (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30; I Corinthians 2:10; II Corinthians 3:18), that He convicts the world of sin (John 16:8-11), regenerates those who believe (John 3:5) and indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, guides, teaches and sanctifies all who become children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 4:30, 3:16; Romans 8:14; John 14:26; I Corinthians 6:11).
II: We believe in the HOLY SCRIPTURES:
Accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God, altogether sufficient in themselves as our daily infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35, 17:17; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21).
Ill: We believe in the CREATION OF MAN:
That man was the direct creation of God, spirit and soul and body, not in any sense the product of any animal ancestry, but made in the divine image (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7; Matthew 19:4; I Thessalonians 5:23).
IV. We believe in the SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND LIFE:
God created both male and female in His Image (Genesis 1:27). It was the male and female that God joined together as husband and wife (Genesis 2:24). Therefore we believe that marriage is to be between one man and one woman. Marriage is to be held in honor (Hebrews 13:4) because it is the picture of Christ and His church. (Ephesians 5:22-33) The notion of "same sex marriage " is contrary to God's institution of marriage as presented in scripture. (Romans 1:18-32) Therefore we believe in the sanctity of the family in that God created the family when He joined Adam and Eve and instructed them to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). We believe in the sanctity of life in that it is God who forms the unborn in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16). God has a purpose for the unborn (Jeremiah 1:5). God has declared that the unborn have rights of protection (Exodus 21:22-23).
V: We believe in the FALL OF MAN (SIN):
That by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God man became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race (Genesis 3:1-24, 5:3) who are universally sinful in both nature and practice (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 3:23, 5:12), alienated from the life and family of God (Ephesians 4:18; John 8:42-44), under the righteous judgment and wrath of God (Romans 3:19, 1:18) and have within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation (Mark 7:21-23; Matthew 19:26; Romans 7:18).
VI: We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH:
That salvation is the free gift of God (Romans 3:24, 6:23) neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue of work of man (Titus 3:4-5, 9:16), but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 6:29; Acts 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-9), in whom all true believers have as personal possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish (1 John 5:13; Romans 3:22; Gal. 3:26; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:3; John 10:27-30), that this salvation includes the whole man, spirit and soul and body (I Thess. 5:23-24), and apart from Christ there is no possible salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
VII: We believe in the ONE TRUE CHURCH:
The mystical body and bride of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:4, 5:25-32), which He began to build on the day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:47), will complete at His second coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), into which all true believers are baptized by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 with 1:2), that all the various members of this one body should assemble themselves together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, united testimony, and the observance of the ordinances of our Lord (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:41-47), which are the following: the baptism of believers by immersion (Matthew 28:20) and the communion of the bread and the cup (I Corinthians 11:23-24).
VIII: We believe in CHRISTIAN LIVING AND GOOD WORKS:
Not as the procuring cause of salvation on any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit (I John 3:9-11, 4:19, 5:4; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:14; Matthew 7:16-18; I Corinthians 15:10), and therefore as Christians we should keep the Word of our Lord (John 14:23), seek those things which are above (Col. 3:1), walk as He walked (I John 2:6), be careful to maintain good works (Titus 3:8), and especially accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privilege of bearing the Gospel to a lost world in order that we may bear much fruit (Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19; John 15:16), remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who have learned that they are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14), and who in gratitude for the infinite and undeserving mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to God for His service (Romans 12:1-2), that since our Christian citizenship is in Heaven, as the children of God we should walk in separation from this present world, having no fellowship with its evil ways (Philippians 3:20; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:11), abstaining from all worldly entanglements and unclean habits which defile mind and body (Luke 8:14; I Thessalonians 5:22; I Timothy 5:6; I Peter 2:11; Ephesians 5:3-5 and 18; I Corinthians 6:19-20).
IX: We believe in the EXISTENCE OF SATAN:
Who was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and unlawful ambition rebelled against God (Ezekiel 28:13-17; Isaiah 14:13-14; I Timothy 3:7), thus becoming utterly depraved in character (John 8:44), the great adversary of God and His people (Matthew 44:1-11; Rev. 12:10), leader of all other evil angels and spirits (Matthew 12:24-26. 25:41), the deceiver and god of this present world (Rev. 12:9; II Corinthians 4:4), that his powers are supernaturally great, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who rules over all his wicked devices for good (Job 1:1-22; Luke 22:31-32), that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain (John 12:31-32, 16:11; Rev. 20:10), that we are able to resist and overcome him in the armor of God and by the blood of the Lamb (Ephesians 6:12; Rev. 12:11).
X: We believe in the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST:
That His return from Heaven will be personal, visible, glorious, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray; the time being unrevealed but always imminent (Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Mark 13:33-37; Titus 2:11-13; Rev. 22:20), that when He comes He will first by resurrection and translation remove from the earth His waiting church (I Thessalonians 4:16), and then pour out the righteous judgment of God upon the unbelieving world (Rev. 6:1-17), afterward descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years (Rev. 19:1, 20:6; Matthew 13:41-43), at the close of which He will raise and judge the unsaved dead (Rev. 20:11-15), and finally, as the Son of David, deliver up His Messianic Kingdom to God the Father (I Corinthians 15:24-28), in order that as the eternal Son He may reign with the Father in the new Heaven and the new earth along with all His children (Christians) (Rev. 21:1; 22:6).
XI: We believe in ETERNAL LIFE:
A. HEAVEN: That the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven (Philippians 1:21-23; II Corinthians 5:8), where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until His second coming, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21; I Corinthians 15:35-38; I John 3:2), at which time their works shall be brought before the Judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, a judgment which may issue in the loss of rewards, but not the loss of the soul (I Corinthians 3:8-15).
B. HELL:That the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of Judgment (Luke 16:19-34; II Peter 2:9), at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into the place of final and everlasting punishment (Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8; Mark 9:43; Jude 13).
We understand that the above articles do not by any means exhaust the content of our creed which is the whole Word of God and they are not intended to set a limit beyond which faith cannot go without this word; but we do believe that insofar as these articles extend, they are a true representation of the sound doctrine taught in the Scriptures, and therefore binding upon us as Christian believers.