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Doctrinal Statement

I. Of the Scriptures [We believe] that the Holy Bible was written by Divinely inspired men and is the 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 substance; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge humanity; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian unity, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.                                                                                          2 Pet. 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Isa. 8:20; Jn. 17:17

 

II. Of the True God [We believe] that there is one, and only one Living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, and, that Jehovah the Creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. Inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy 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: They are equal in every Divine perfection, and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.                                                                                                                   Deut. 4:6; Mt. 28:19; I Jn. 5:7; Isa. 6:1-3; Jn. 4:24; Isa. 44:6; Isa. 40:12-14,25-29;

 

 Ill. Of the Fall of Humanity [We believe] that mankind was created in a state of holiness, under the law of His maker: but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state: the result of which all humanity are now sinners, not by compulsion but by choice: that humanity’s nature is completely void of that holiness required by the Law of God, completely given over to worldly pleasures, Satan, and sinful passions, and, without defense or excuse, humanity is under just condemnation to all humanity’s eternal ruin.                                                                                        Eccles 7:29; Gen. 2:7,16-17; 3:1-24; 1 Tim. 2:12-14; Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:9-23; 8:7; I Cor. 2:14; Jn. 3:17-20; Gen. 6:5

 

IV. Of the Way of Salvation [We believe] that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; that by the Father’s decree, the Son of God; freely took our nature upon Himself, yet without sin: honored the [Divine] Law by His personal obedience, by His death made a full atonement for our sins; rose from the dead, now reigns in heaven; unites in His person the tenderest sympathies (as Son of man) with the divine perfections (as Son of God), and, is in all ways qualified to be a suitable, compassionate,  all sufficient savior.                                                                                                                            Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 11:6; Jn. 3:16; Rom. 3:24-25; Philip. 2:5-7; Mt. 5:17-20; Rom. 4:23-25; Heb. 4:14-16; Rom. 5:12-22

 

V. Of Justification [We believe that Justification is the great gospel blessing that, from His holiness, Jesus Christ bestows on those who believe in Him, that, based on principles of righteousness,  justification consists in the pardon of sin,~ and the promise of eternal life, is not bestowed upon us in any consideration of any works of righteousness which •we have done, but solely through Christ’s own redemption and righteousness, is freely imputed to us by God through faith; brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. Rom.4:1-25; Jn. 3:16; Tit. 3:5; Rom. 4:23-25; 5:1-2; Rom. 8:31-39

 

 VI. Of the Freeness of Salvation [We believe] that the Gospel freely declares the blessings of salvation to all humanity; that the Gospel demands of all humanity and immediate heartfelt repentance and obedient faith; and, that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except his own total, inherent depravity and voluntary refusal to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ that will result in his awful condemnation.                                                                                             Rom. 10:13; Jn. 3:16; Acts 17:30; Jn. 5:40; Isa. 64:6-7; Psa. 14:1-3; Jn. 3:17-20

 

VII. Of grace in Regeneration [We believe] that in order to be saved, we must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that regeneration occurs by the Holy Spirit’s power through divine truth in a way that is above our comprehension or calculation; that regeneration secures our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and, that regeneration evidences itself in the fruit we bring forth for God’s glory.                                                                                                                                    Jn. 3:3,5-6; Philip. 2:13; Jn. 6:63; 2 Thes. 2:13-14; Psa. 110:3; I Jn. 2:29; 3:9-10;4:7; 5:1; 2 Pet. 1:4-10

 

VIII. Of Repentance and Faith [We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, produced in our souls by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit; that repentance and faith convince us of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, to whom we turn to God with authentic (genuine and sincere) contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. Acts 16:31; 17:30; I Jn. 5:1; Tit. 3:5; Jn. 3:36; 2 Cor. 7:10; Rom. 10:9-10,13; Acts 4:12; Jn. 14:6;

 IX. Of God’s Purpose of Grace [We believe] that Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He freely regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners: that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, Election includes all the means in connection with (and necessary for) the salvation of sinners; that election is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that election utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy: that election encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that election is demonstrated and proven by its effects in all who will truly believe the Gospel; that election is the foundation of Christian assurance; and, that we must exercise utmost diligence to “make our calling and election sure.”  Rom. 11:5-6; Rom. 9:11; Eph. 1:4; Acts 13:48; 2 Thes. 2:13-14; Rom. 8:28-37; 9:11-23; I Cor. 1:26-31; 2 Pet. 1:10;

 

X. Of Sanctification [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; and it begins in regeneration; that the the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, carries out Sanctification in believers hearts by the continual use of appointed means, especially, the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. 1 Thes. 4:1-7; Philip. 1:6; Jn. 17:17; Eph. 5:26-27; Heb. 2:11; I Thes. 5:23; Heb. 10:22-25

 

Xl. Of the Perseverance of the Saints [We believe] that only true believers endure to the end; that true believers persevere in their faithfulness to Christ, which is the grand mark which distinguishes them from false professors; that a special providence watches over the true believers welfare, and [that] they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. I Jn.2:19; Jn. 5:24; 6:29; Philip. 1:6; Rom. 8:28-37; I Pet. 1:5

 

 XII. Of the harmony of the Law and the Gospel [We believe] that God’s law is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just and good; that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen humans to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin; and that one great end of the Gospel, and that one great end to the means of grace connected with the visible church, is to deliver fallen humanity from their love of sin, and to restore them through a Mediator to authentic obedience to God’s law.                                                                                Rom. 3:31; 7:12; 8:7; 2 Cor. 3:3; Rom. 7:23; Rom. 8:3- 4

 

XIII. Of A Gospel Church We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; who observe the ordinances of Christ, who are governed by His laws, and, who exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word, and, that the visible church’s only proper officers are Elders or pastors, and deacons, whose qualification, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.                                                                                                                              Mt. 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:40-41; Jude 3; Eph. 4:4- 6, 13-14; Eph. 3:15-18; Jn. 17:17

 

 XIV. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in order to publicly identify with Christ in regards to His gospel and doctrine. In regards to the gospel it is to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; Christian baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation, and, prerequisite to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; and, always precede with serious self-examination.                                                                                                                              Rom. 6:4-5; I Pet. 3:21; Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; I Tim. 3:1-15; Tit. 1:5-13; Mt. 26:17-30; I Cor. 11:17-34; 5:5- 13; 10:20-22

 

 XV. 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 that rest that remains for the people of God.  Lev. 23:7,15-16, 21, 24-25, 35-36, 39; Psa. 118:20-24 with Acts 4:10-11; Jn. 20:1,19,26; Acts 2:1; 20:7; I Cor. 16:1-2; Rev. 1:7

 

XVI. Of Civil Government We believe that God establishes civil government for the interests and good of human society, and that we should pray for, conscientiously honor, and obey civil magistrates; except 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; I Tim. 2:1-3; Acts 4:19-20; Psa 2:

 

XVII. Of the Righteous and the Wicked We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; that all those who continue in unrepentance and unbelief are wicked in His sight and under the curse; and, that this distinction between the righteous and the wicked remains both in death and after death. I Jn. 3:10; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:10-15; 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Rom. 8:7-8; Heb. 9:27

 

XIII. Of the World to Come We believe that the end of this world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation of the righteous from the wicked will then take place; that the wicked will be condemned to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and, that, based upon principles of righteousness, the judgement will fix forever the state of humankind in heaven and hell. Mt. 24:29-30; Rev. 1:7; Mt. 25:46; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:4-15; I Cor. 15:52-57; I Thes. 4:13-17;