OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and Revelation of God and therefore our only authority in matters of faith and practice.
2 Tim. 3:16: 2 Pet. 1:21: 1 Thess. 2:13: John 10:35.
2. We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ: that He is the very God by Whom and for whom “all things were created”.
John 1:1-14; Heb. 1:8; Col. 1:15-19.
3. We believe in the Virgin Birth: that He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and is therefore God manifest in the flesh.
Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38.
4. We believe in Salvation by Divine Sacrifice: that the Son of God gave “His life a ransom for many” and bore “Our sins in His own body on the tree”
Matt. 20:28; Rom. 3:24, 25; 1Pet. 1:18, 19; 1 Pet. 2:25
5. We believe in the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit: the Third person of the Trinity.
John 14:16, 17, 26; Act 5:3-5; Matt. 28:19.
6. We believe in the universal depravity of mankind; therefore in the necessity of regeneration through the Holy Spirit of God and faith in Jesus Christ.
Rom. 3:10-23; John 3:1-8; John 1:13; 13; 2Cor. 5:17
7. We believe in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and in His bodily presence at the right hand of God as our Priest and Advocate.
1 Cor. 15:4-20; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1
8. We believe in the immersion of the believer in water as the only Biblical baptism and the Communion of the Lord’s Supper as a privilege peculiar only to those who are believers in Christ.
Rom. 6:4; Acts 8:38, 39; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 Cor. 11:23-26.
9. We believe that the New Testament order of a Gospel Church is a body of baptized believers, organized, independent, self-governing and voluntarily associated together for the service of the Lord.
Act 2:42-47; Acts 11:19-26; Acts 13:1-5; Phil. 1:1-16, Phil. 4:15-17; Rev. 1:11, 20.
10. We believe in the great Commission given by our Lord to His church to evangelize the world and that the evangelization is the great mission of the Church.
Matt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8.
11. We believe in the second visible coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to establish His world-wide kingdom on this earth.
Acts 1:7-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; Titus 2:13; Phil. 3:20, 21.
12. We believe in the reality and personality of Satan.
1 John 3:8-12; 2 Cor. 2:11; 2 Cor. 4:4.
13. We believe in a Heaven of endless bliss for the righteous and in the conscious and endless punishment of the wicked.
Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Rev. 21:1-8.
14. We believe in the security of the true Believer, that nothing can separate such a one from the Love of God: but that he is kept by the Power of God, through faith, unto salvation.
Rom. 8:35-39; 1 Pet. 1:5; John 10:27-29.
OUR CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and 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, following the principles of God’s word found in Romans 12:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage, if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously, if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”