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>> The Scriptures
>> God
>> Jesus Christ
>> The Holy Spirit
>> The Devil or Satan
>> The Fall of Man
>> Sanctification
>> Regeneration
>> The Harmony of the Law of the Gospel
>> Justification
>>Security of the Believer
>> The Church
>> Second Coming or Last Things
>> Evangelism
>> Missions
>> Stewardship
>> Education
>> Baptism
>> Lord's Supper
>> God's Purpose of Grace
>> The Way of Salvation
>> Christian Social Order
>> Religious Liberty
>> The Lord's Day
>> Cooperation
>> Peace and War


What We Believe


 


The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.
References: Psalm 19:7-10; 110:1-7; Matthew 22:20-31; Luke 16:29-31; John 16:13-15; Hebrews 1:1; Ephesians 2:20; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.


God

There is one and only one living and true God, an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being; the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe, infinite in holiness and all other perfections, to whom we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
References: Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 5:7; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 48; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; John 1:14-18; 5:26; 15:26; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 1:17.


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit; that he was born of Mary, a virgin; that he took upon himself our nature, yet without sin; that he was God manifested in the flesh; that he fulfilled every jot and tittle of the Divine and the ceremonial laws of Moses; that God laid upon him our sins; then he bore them in his own body on the cross; that he died for our sins; that in him was fulfilled and ended all the sacrifices and offerings for sin; that he was buried and rose again on the third day; and after forty days ascended into Heaven; that he is our merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, our only advocate and intercessor, the only mediator between God and men; that this same Jesus shall come again suddenly, bodily, personally and visibly; that he will sit upon the throne of David and rule and reign with his blood washed, redeemed people of every kindred and tongue and people and nation forever and ever; that it is the duty of all believers to constantly look for him and to live in readiness for his coming, making manifest to all men the reality and the power of his hope in Christ.
References: Genesis 18:1 and following; Psalm 2:7 and following; Psalm 110:1 and following; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Jeremiah 2:13; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; Luke 1:26-38; John 6:37; Hebrews 7:25; 1:3; 1 John 1:9.


The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that he was active in the creation; that in his relation to the unbelieving world he restrains the Evil One until God's purpose is fulfilled; that he convicts of sin, of judgment, and righteousness; that be bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that he is the agent in the new birth; that he seals, endures, guides, enlightens, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
References: Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalm 51:11; 139:7ff; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10, 12; Luke 1:35; 4:1, 18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17, 39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8; 2 Peter 1-21; I John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.


The Devil or Satan

We believe in a personal devil, that he is the adversary and prince of the evil forces of this world. We hold him to be man's greatest tempter, the enemy of God and his spirits, the author of all false religions. He is destined to final defeat at the hands of God's Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
References: 1 John 2:22; 3:8-10; I Peter 5:8; James 4:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11.


The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state. As a result all mankind are now sinners, not by force, but of choice, and therefore under condemnation without defense or excuse.
References: Genesis 3:1-6; 24; Ezekiel 18:20-21; Romans 5:12; 19; 7:23-25; 3:23; Galatians 3:22; Colossians 1:21.


Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is the separation or setting apart of a Christian for God. This does not mean that man rids himself of his sinful nature, but that all who believe in Christ Jesus as Savior are sanctified unto God, by the blood of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. As a result of his saving experience with Christ and using Christ as the perfect example, the regenerate will work to grow in grace and gradually attain moral and spiritual perfection. This is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit, a study of God's Word, prayer, much self-examination, self-denial and watchfulness.
References: John 17:17; Acts 20:32; Romans 6:5-6; 4:14; 7:18-25; Hebrews 12:14; Ephesians 3:16; Galatians 5:24; 5:16; 25-26; II Corinthians 3:18.


Regeneration

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again. This new birth is not physical, but spiritual, and is a creation in Christ Jesus. We believe that regeneration is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the sinner is made a partaker of the divine nature of God; that he is made a new creature in Christ; that this new creation is brought about in a manner beyond our comprehension, not by character, not by culture, not by race, nor any works of righteousness upon our part, to the will of Christ. Further we believe that regeneration is a lasting experience and that the regenerate person can be identified by the fruits of repentance, by his faith, and by the change that takes place in his heart and life.
References: John 1:16-18; 3:1-8; Romans 8:27; Ephesians 2:1, 5-6, 10; 4:30-32; Colossians 3:1-11; Titus 3:5.


The Harmony of the Law and the Gospel

We believe that the law of God is the eternal and the unchangeable rule of his authority; that Jesus came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it; that it is holy, just and good. To deliver man and restore him through a mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law is one great end of the gospel of Christ, and means of grace connected with the establishment of the church.
References: Romans 3:31; 7:12; 8:7-8; 8:2-4; Matthew 5:17; Galatians 3:21-24.


Justification

We believe that justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of righteousness of all sinners who believe in Christ; that justification includes forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
References: Romans 3:24; 4:20-25; 5:1; 5:14-18; 8:28-30; Hebrews 9:22.


Security of the Believer

We believe that salvation wrought by grace is everlasting; that the soul should have no fear of the powers and evils of this world; that the born again believers are kept by the powers of God, and that his godly relationship distinguishes him from the world. We believe what Christ has already accomplished on the cross is sufficient to last throughout eternity in the welfare of the believer's salvation; that no one can lay anything to the charge of God's elect; that believers in Jesus Christ shall not be brought into judgment, such as that of the sinner; that the believer is securely held in both the hand of the Father and of the Son.
References: Luke 16:24; John 5:24; 10:28-29; 8:31; Romans 8:35-39; Colossians 1:21; Hebrews 6:6; Philemon 1:6; I John 2:19; 5:13.


The Church

We believe that a church of the Lord Jesus is a local body of baptized believers associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel of Christ; taking the Holy Bible, the Word of God, as its authority and observing the ordinances set forth by Christ. Its only scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. The true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; to make disciples, to build up the church, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. The only head of the church is Christ and the church has the absolute right in all matters of self-government, of policy, of membership, of discipline and of benevolence. It should be free from all interference. The New Testament speaks also of the church as a body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed.
References: Matthew 28:19-20; 18:17; Acts 2:41-42; 14:23; Ephesians 6:11-12; 3:21; I Corinthians 11:2; 12:28.


Second Coming or Last Things

Judgment

We believe that God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate judgment. According to his promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.

Heaven

We believe that the righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and dwell forever in the presence of the Lord. Only those justified through faith in the name of Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God will be able to receive their just deeds and inherit Heaven for their eternal home.

Hell

We believe those who continue in refusal and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under condemnation of the law; that the unrighteous will be delivered into Hell, the place of everlasting punishment; and this will be a place of conscious suffering throughout eternity.
References: Matthew 16:27; 24:27; Mark 8:38; Acts 1:11; Romans 14:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10.


Evangelism

It is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and of every church of Christ, to seek to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Therefore, after man receives the new birth of God's Holy Spirit, the love for others dwelleth within his heart.
References: Matthew 28:18-20; 10:5-15; 13:18-33; Mark 16:15-16; 5:19-20; Luke 24:36-53.


Missions

We believe in the support of missions. It is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. Efforts on the part of missions rest thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerated life. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods sanctioned by the gospel of Christ.
References: Acts 1:5-8; 2:21-39; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 2:1-2; 13:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-8.


Stewardship

God is the source of all worldly and spiritual blessings; all that we have and are we owe to him. Christians have a spiritual obligation to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. We are therefore under obligation to serve Him with our time, talents and material possessions; and should recognize all these are entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and helping others. Christians should cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally contribute of their means to advancing the Redeemer's cause on earth.
References: Matthew 17:24-26; 22:17-22; 6:1-4; 6:19-31; 19:21; 22:23-25; 23:14-29; Luke 16:1-13; 9:3-5; 12:16-21, 42; Acts 4:34-37; 5:1-11; 17:4-25; 2:44-47; 20:35; Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; Philemon 4:10-15; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:19-20; 16:1-4; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9; 12:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19.


Education

Christianity is the religion of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is therefore a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. An adequate system of school is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people. The cause of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of churches. In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility.
References: Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Psalm 19;7-14; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13-35; 4:1-10; 8:1-7; Matthew 5:2; 7:24-29; 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philemon 4:8; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12; 6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.


Baptism

We believe that scriptural baptism is the immersion in the water of a saved person in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It also declares faith in a Christ who died, was buried, and rose again. This specific biblical truth is not correctly portrayed unless the one who is being baptized has been converted first; nor is the meaning rightfully given unless that candidate is baptized by immersion. We further believe that the administrator of the ordinance of baptism must not only baptize believers by immersion on the authority of the church, but he must himself be a baptized believer in Christ and a member of this body. In addition, the baptism must be for the purpose of symbolizing a real spiritual conversion by the candidate. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.
References: Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Colossians 2:12.


Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate his second coming. We believe the teaching that baptism by immersion is a prerequisite for partaking of the Lord's Supper. So far as we can learn from the scriptures, those who partook of our Lord's Supper were always baptized believers. In partaking of the Supper, there must never be a spirit of pride, self-righteousness, or hatred. The thought of all that Jesus did for us at Calvary should drive such earthly feelings from our lives.
References: Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29.


God's Purpose of Grace

We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable. It utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise and trust in God. It encourages the use of means in the highest degree.
References: Psalm 110:3; John 6:44-45; Acts 26:18; Romans 8:30; 11:7; 10:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:10; 1:17-19; 2:5; 2 Timothy 1:9; I Peter 1:2.


The Way of Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the acceptance of Jesus Christ the Son of God, who is the mediator between God and man. This salvation is offered freely to all who will receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
References: Psalm 37:39-40; 71:15; 78:20-22; 118:13-15; Isaiah 12:1-6; 45:8,17; Luke 2:28-31; 3:6; Romans 10:1-21; 2 Corinthians 7:8-10; Philippians 2:11-13; Titus 2:11-13; Hebrews 5:9; John 1:11-14; 3:3-21.


Christian Social Order

We believe every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ dominant in his own life and in human society. The Christian should oppose every form of greed, selfishness, vice and evil, in the spirit of Christ. He should work to provide for the orphaned, the aged, the helpless and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and his truth.
References: Exodus 22:10; Leviticus 6:2-3; Deuteronomy 20:10; 4:42; 15:2; 27:17; Luke 10:25-37; Hebrews 2:15; James 2:8-9; Romans 12:14-15; Colossians 3:12-17.


Religious Liberty

God alone is Lord of the conscience and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
References: Romans 13:1-7; 6:1-2; 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Galatians 3:9-14; John 7:38-39; James 4:12; Galatians 5:13; 2 Peter 2:18-21; 1 Corinthians 3:5; Matthew 22:21.


The Lord's Day

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a period of time set aside by Christian believers for regular worship, meditation and other religious purposes. Believers shall rest from secular employment, except for works of necessity or mercy.
References: Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-17; Luke 24:1-3; 33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelations 1:10.


Cooperation

Christ's people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ's people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and his Word as revealed in the New Testament.
References: Exodus 17:12; 18:17; Judges 7:21; Ezra 1:3-4; 2:68-69; 5:14-15; Nehemiah 4; 8:1-5; Matthew 10:5-15; 20:1-16; 22:1-10; 28:19-20; Mark 2:3; Luke 10:1.


Peace and War

It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men of principles and righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war. The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel teachings in all the affairs of men and nations and the practical application of his law of love.
References: Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9, 38-48: 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36, 38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.
 

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