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Statement of Faith

1.  THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the entire Bible; that the Holy Bible was written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit; that it is truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.  By the “Holy Bible” we mean the collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God but is the very Word of God.  By ‘inspiration’ we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired (II Tim. 3:16, 17).  We also believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the divinely preserved Word of God for the English speaking people (Psalm 12:6, 7) and that it has enjoyed a miraculous manifestation of God’s approval all during its history and use.

 

2.  THE TRIUNE GOD (Matthew 28:19)

    A.  THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living God and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90); that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worth of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and in the accomplishment of His eternal plan and purpose (I John 5:6-12).

    B.  THE SON, HIS DEITY AND VIRGIN BIRTH

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30). We believe that Jesus Christ, eternal with the Father, was begotten of the Holy Ghost and in miraculous manner (Matthew 1:20); that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (I John: 1:2, John 10:30).  He is both true man, one person with two natures, tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:14-17).

    C.  THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; eternal and equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same essence (I John 5:7); and that He was active in the creation (Genesis 1:2); that in the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness, that He bears witness of the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth;  that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, bears witness with,  sanctifies, and  helps the believer (John 14:7; Romans 8: 14-27).  Using Acts 1:8 as our criteria for evaluation, we believe that the evidence of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is boldness to witness for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

3.  THE GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION

We believe the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively (Genesis 1); that the creation was accomplished in six (6), twenty-four (24) hour days (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; 2:2; Exodus 20:11); that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness (Genesis 1:26,27); that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life were made directly by God, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind”. We deny any form of atheistic or theistic evolution (Romans 1:19, 20).

 

4.  THE VICARIOUS SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8); that the vicarious sacrifice Christ made provided in the mediatory offices of the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin and honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His statement was not merely an example but was the voluntary substitution of the very Son of God for our sins.  He is the compassionate, and all sufficient Saviour (Hebrews 2:9; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:14).  

 

5.  THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the bodily resurrection of His saints (I Corinthians 15); the second coming of Jesus Christ, personal and bodily, as the crowning event of this Gentile age (Acts 1:11) to set up His kingdom on earth and to rule upon the earth one thousand years (Revelation 20:6).

 

6.  ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

We believe in the Bible doctrine of eternal punishment of the finally impenitent as taught in Matthew 25:31-46.

 

7.  A SCRIPTURAL CHURCH

We believe that a scriptural church is a local, visible assembly of baptized believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus on earth to this present day (Matthew 28: 18-20). We hold what true Baptists have ever held; that the Great Commission was given to the church only; that in kingdom activities the church is the only unit in associated work; that each church should exercise equal authority: and that the church should meet their responsibilities according to their several abilities.

 

8.  CHURCH AUTONOMY

We believe that all cooperating bodies, such as associations, conventions, boards, committees, etc., are and properly should be the servants of the participating church or churches (Matthew 20:20-28). Thereby each local New Testament church is independent and self governing.

 

9.  SCRIPTURAL BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

A.  We believe scriptural baptism is one of two ordinances given to the church and is accomplished by immersion in water of born again believers in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost with the approval and authority of, and administered by, a New Testament Church.  It shows forth in a solemn and beautiful act of obedience our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour as it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Matthew 28:19-29; Romans 6:3-4). Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and observance of the Lord’s Supper.

 

B.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper should always be preceded by solemn self-examination of those gathered to participate; that the solemn use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ for His church until He returns (Matthew 26;26-29; I Corinthians 11:30).  The prerequisites to participation in the Lord’s Supper are those laid down by Christ and His apostles as a church ordinance that include (1) salvation (I Corinthians 11:27-29), (2) baptism (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 47), (3) church membership (Acts 2: 46, 47; I Corinthians 11:18, 22), and (4) an orderly walk (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).  

 

10.   THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that the preserving attachment of a believer to Christ is the  grand mark that distinguishes them from superficial “professors of the faith”; that it is the work of God the Father (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:30), God the Son (Romans 8:34; I John 2:1), and God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30); and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (I Peter 1:5). We believe that God’s eternal election and predestination guarantee their ultimate conformity to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).