ARTICLES OF FAITH
Section 1 – The Bible
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men and that they are infallible and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13)
Section 2 – The Godhead
We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Section 3 – The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of Christ, true God and true man, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection and physical return in power and glory. (John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35; Acts 1:9-10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24; John 8:24)
Section 4 – The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, and regenerate the believing sinner, to indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service. It is the privilege and duty of all saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14)
Section 5 – The Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and only through the new birth can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Genesis 1:27; Colossians 3:10; Genesis 3:1, 6, 8; Romans 3:23; Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Titus 1:15; Romans 3:10-18)
Section 6 – Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
Section 7 – Salvation and Rewards
We believe that we are saved solely by grace, through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe that reward is design for the saved; that salvation is the believer’s standing in Christ is perfect and eternally changeless but that his state during his earthly life is subject to fluctuation. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 3:8-16; Revelation 22:12; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35-39; John 5:24; 1 John 1:6, 2:2).
Section 8 – The Church
We believe that all in this dispensation, who have accepted Christ as Savior, are members of the Church, the Body of Christ. Christ is the head; we are members of His body, the Church. We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe every Christian should settle down in a local church for fellowship and privilege of service. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28, 32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
Section 9 – Two Natures
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)
Section 10 – Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon our Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 5:9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)
Section 11 – Stewardship
We believe that God calls every Christian to the exercise of the gift of giving; that the exercise of this gift is set forth in Scripture as the administration of a stewardship and consequently become a responsibility without which the Christian life is unbalanced and incomplete. We believe that Christian giving should be planned, and according as God has prospered, and on a regular basis. Our giving should be from the heart, not from law, as an expression of our love and devotion to God. (Luke 16:10; Mark 12:42-44; Romans 15:26-27; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 4:2; 2 Corinthians 8:3, 8; 9:7; 16:2)
Section 12 – Resurrection of Mankind
We believe that there will be a bodily resurrection of all, first, the just at His coming and finally, the unjust after the reign of Christ on earth. The saints are raised to be forever with the Lord and the unsaved will be confined for eternity in the Lake of Fire.
Section 13 – Spiritual Gifts
We believe God does impart Spiritual gifts such as set forth in 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14; Ephesians 4:11.
Section 14 – Ordinances
- Water Baptism
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water and the emerging from the water of a believer “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” to show forth our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Matthew 3:16; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12)
- Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service and is the setting forth in a sacred and symbolic manner, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf, until He returns. The emblems of the Communion Service are not literally the body and blood of Christ nor do they contain His flesh and blood. The service is for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of Church affiliation, and to partake has value only as it is mingled with faith and repentance upon the part of the partaker. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
Section 15 – Movements Contrary to Faith
- Ecumenism – That which seeks the organizational unity of all Christianity and ultimately of all religions. Its principal advocates are the World Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
- Ecumenical Evangelism – That effort to promote the Gospel by bringing fundamentalists into an unequal yoke with theological liberals and/or Roman Catholics and other divergent groups.
- Neo-Orthodoxy – that theological movement which affirms: the transcendence of God, the finiteness and sinfulness of man, and the necessity of supernatural divine revelation of truth; but, while using evangelical terminology, seriously departs from orthodoxy in accepting the views of destructive higher criticism, in denying the inerrancy of the Bible as historic revelation, in accepting religious experience as the criterion of truth and in abandoning important fundamentals of the Christian faith.
- New Evangelicalism [Neo-Evangelicalism, New Conservatism] – These terms refer to that movement within evangelicalism characterized by a toleration of and a dialogue with theological liberalism. Its essence is seen in an emphasis upon the social application of the Gospel and weak or unclear doctrines of the inspiration of Scripture, biblical creationism, eschatology, dispensationalism and separation. It is further characterized by an attempt to accommodate biblical Christianity and make it acceptable to the modern mind.
- The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts – We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).