CONFESSION OF FAITH (HISTORIC)
Article I – Covenant
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully endeavor to keep the spirit of this covenant as one body in Christ.
We purpose, 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 love; to promote its fruitfulness and spirituality; to a end its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, and doctrines; to submit to its discipline and the authority of its officers; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, to the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also purpose to maintain family and private devotion to the Lord; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk carefully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to abstain from all activities, habits, and lifestyles that dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer, or hinder the gospel witness; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ, our Savior, and to give Him preeminence in all things.
We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return; 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 feelings and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation.
We moreover purpose that when we leave this church we will as soon as possible unite with another church of like faith where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Article II – Confession of Faith
Section 1 – The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit controlled men, and therefore is inerrant . We believe the Bible to be the only authority in all matters of faith and practice and life. (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19 21)
Section 2 – The Godhead
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit coeternal in being, coidenticaln in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same a ributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4, II Corinthians 13:14)
Section 3 – The Fatherhood of God
We believe in God the Father who reigns with providential care over his universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is powerful, all loving and all wise. God is Father in truth of those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ ( John 17:2, Matthew 6:9, Ephesians 1:3, Romans 11:33)
Section 4 – The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful humans. ( John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35; John 10:30-33)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious substitutionary sacrifice; without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24,25; I Peter 1:3 5, 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:1,2; Hebrews 9:22)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He ful lls the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
We believe in the premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians 4:13 18, I Thessalonians 5:1 10; II Thessalonians 1:5; Luke 17:20-37)
Section 5 – The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling and sealing believers unto the day of redemption. ( John 16:8-11; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14)
Section 6 – Satan
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the deceiver and father of lies; that he is the unholy god of this age; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and humans; and that he is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
( Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12 17; Matthew 4:2-11, Matthew25:41; II Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 20:10)
Section 7 – Humanity
We believe that humans were created in the image of God, but that, in Adam’s sin, the race of humanity fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; and that humans are totally depraved and of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition. (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; John 6:44).
We believe that God created humans as male and female and ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman who unite in one flesh to reflect God’s glory. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:23-24, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-33). Sexual intimacy is reserved for those bound together in the covenant of marriage only. (I Corinthians 7:8-9)
Section 8 – Salvation
We believe that all humans are without ability to come to God, but that God in sovereign grace, apart from any consideration of foreseen human merit, chose some before the foundation of the world unto salvation in Christ. ( John 6:44; Acts 13:48; Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 9:8-23; II Thessalonians 2:13)
We believe that faith in the finished work of Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin and this salvation is wholly of grace; that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure. (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 1:9-13)
We believe that every believer receives the gift of eternal life and is made a child of God and, as such, a special divine providence watches over his welfare so that he is kept in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory. ( John 1:12, John 10:20,29;
Section 9 – Separation
We believe that all of the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy and its organizations and from all worldly and sinful practices is commanded of God. (II Timothy 3:15; Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 16:17-18)
Section 10 – Evangelism and Missions
We believe that it is the duty of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Bible; by proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to all the world by praying, giving, and going in obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20)
Section 11 – Local Church
We believe a local church is a body of professing, baptized believers organized in one locality, with Biblical officers of elders and deacons, which assembles for the purpose of glorifying God through the observation of the Biblical ordinances, worship, instruction, and Gospel service. (Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 1:2; I Timothy 3:1-5)
We believe that the local church has two ordinances committed to it to observe. They are baptism and the communion of the Lord’s Table.
We believe that the meaning of baptism is best practiced (where physically possible) by the immersion of the believer in water; that it is a testimony of the believer’s identification by faith with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Acts 2:41-42,
We believe that the communion of the Lord’s Table is the partaking of the bread and the cup by believers in remembrance of the death of Christ in our behalf; that it is to be observed until He comes. (I Corinthians 11:23; Matthew 26:26-29)
Section 12 – The Eternal State
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord where, in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection when, with soul and spirit and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Mark 9:43 48; Revelation 20:11-15)