OF THE SCRIPTURE
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, truth without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us ; and therefore is , and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and options should be tried. 1 Tim.3:16; 11 Peter 1:21.
OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe that 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 perfection 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. John 4:24; Psalm 147:5; Psalm 83: 18; Exodus 15:11; Rev. 4: 6-8; John 10:30.
OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created by the special act of God, as recorded in Genesis 1:27; Gen. 2: 7. He was created in a state of holiness under the law of his Maker, but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and in bondage to sin, are under condemnation. Gen. 1:31; Eccl. 7:29; Gen. 3:6; Rom. 5: 19; Isaiah 53: 6. Ezekiel 18 : 19; Rom. 3: 23.
OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial office of the Son of God, who by the Holy Spirit was born of the Virgin Mary and took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; and mde atonement for our sins by His death. Eph. 2: 8; Matt. 18 : 11; John 3:16; Phil. 2: 6, 7; Isaiah 53: 4-5; Heb. 1:8; Heb. 7: 27.
We believe that justification is of God’s gracious and full acquittal upon the principles of righteousness of all sinners who believe in Christ. This blessing is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but through the redemption that is in and through Jesus Christ. John 1:16; Eph. 3:8; Acts 13:19; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:17; Rom. 4:4; Rom. 5:1-2.
OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the duty of all to accept them by penitent and obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner except by his own voluntary refusal to accept Jesus Christ as Teacher, Savior and Lord. Isaiah 55:1; Rom. 16:25; John 5:40; John 3:19; Matt. 11:20; Luke 19:27; 11 Thes. 1:8.
OF GRACE IN GENERATION
We believe that regeneration or the new birth is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit, whereby we become partakers of the divine nature and a holy disposition is given, leading to the love and practice of righteousness. John 3:3; 11 Cor. 5:17; John 3: 18; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Eph. 5: 9.
OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation of our Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy through Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King. Mark 1:15; John 16:8; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:9-11; Heb. 1:8; 11 Tim. 1:12.
OF GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE
We believe that election is the gracious purpose4 of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners. It is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man and in no way interferes with the salvation of any individual. 11 Tim. 1:8; 11 Thes. 2:13-14; Ex. 33: 18-19; 1 Cor. 4:7.
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God; we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, and the continual use of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. 1 Thes. 4:3; Prov. 4:18; 1 John 2:9; Phil. 2:12; Eph. 4:11; 6:18; Matth.26:41; Phil. 1:9-11.
OFF THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS
We believe that such only are real believers that endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. John 8:31; 1 John 2: 19; Rom. 8:28; Phil. 1:6; Heb. 1:4.
OFF THE HARMONY OF THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the scripture ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin.Rom.3:31;Rom.7:12; Rom.8:7; Rom.8: 2-4.
OF A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of Baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that its only scriptural officers are bishops, or Pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus. 1 Cor.1: 1-13; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:2; Matth. 28:20; Eph. 4:7; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1.
OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of the bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ–preceded always by self–examination. Acts 8: 36-39; Matt. 28:19; Rom.6:4;Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor.11:26-28.
OF THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for the rest that remaineth for the people of God. Acts 20:7; Exod. 20:8; Isaiah 58:13-14; Psalm 118:15; Heb. 10:24-25; Heb. 4: 3-11.
OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Rom.13:1-7; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29; Matt. 23: 10.
OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the Righteous and the wicked. Those only who are justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit are righteous in His sights. Those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under condemnation. This distinction between the righteous and the wicked holds in and after death, and will be made manifest at the judgment when final and everlasting awards are made to all men. Mal. 3:18; Rom. 1: 17; 1 John 5:19; Prov. 14:32.
OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
We believe that 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. An adequate system of schools is necessary to complete spiritual program for Christ people. Prov. 10 :14; John 8: 32; 11 Tim. 2: 15; Luke 2: 52; Acts 19 : 8-10.
OF SOCIAL SERVICE
We believe that every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ regnant in his own life and in the society; to oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness and vice; to provide for the orphaned, the aged, the helpless, and the sick; to seek to bring industry, government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth and brotherly love. Matt. 25: 35-36; Acts 11 : 29; Rom. 15 : 26; 1 Cor. 16; 1; 1 Tim.5:8.
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we are and are we owe to him. We have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in our possessions. We are therefore under obligation to serve him with our time, talents and material possessions. Christians should cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally contribute of their means to advancing the Redeemer’s cause on earth. 1 Peter 4: 10; 1 Tim. 6:17; Mal. 3: 8-10; 1 Cor. 16 : 1-2; Luke 11:42.
OF EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
We believe that it is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and the duty of every Church of Christ to seek to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of a regenerate 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. Matt. 28: 19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 8:30-35.
OF THE RESSURECTION
We believe that the scriptures clearly teach that Jesus Christ rose from the death. His grave was emptied of its contents. He appeared to His disciples after his resurrection in many convincing manifestations. He now exists in His glorified body at God” right hand. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus. Matt. 28: 1-6; Luke 24: 1-7; Mark 16: 1-7; John 20 :1-10; 1 Cor. 15: 1-8; John 5: 28-29.
OF THE RETURN OF THE LORD
We believe that the New Testament teaches in many places the visible and personal return of Jesus to this earth. The time of His coming is not revealed. It is the duty of all believers to live in readiness for His coming and by diligence in good works to make manifest to all men the reality and power of their hope in Christ. Acts 1: 11; Matt. 24; Rev. 19 : 11-16; 11 Thes. 1:1-12.
OF THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that solemn separation will take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. 1 Peter 4:7; Acts 1: 11; Acts 24 :15; Matt. 13: 49; Matt. 25: 31-46; 1 Cor. 6:9; Rom.6:23; John 4:36; 11Cor. 4: 18; Phil. 3:19.