Statement of Faith
Section A — NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE STATEMENT OF FAITH
This doctrinal statement is not a creed. The whole Bible is our only creed. However, we are keenly aware of the existence of many diverse doctrinal interpretations among Christians. We are also convinced that to avoid a looseness which could result in the admission to our membership of an unbeliever, or of Christians who are not prepared to cooperate in the fellowship and the work to which God has called us, certain minimal basic, and scriptural truths must be recognized and subscribed to.
Section B — STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. We accept the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments to be the divinely inspired Word of God, and that the scriptures are the supreme and final authority for our faith and practice.
2. We believe that the eternal and pre-existent God, manifests himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and these three are one God, according to Deut. 6:4 – Mark 12:29-30 - and Eph. 4.
3. We believe in the incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus, in his sinless life and in the sufficiency and substitutionary nature of his death on the cross for the sins of the world, in his bodily resurrection from the dead, and in his ascension to heaven. We anxiously await his bodily return to earth to set up his millennial kingdom after the tribulation period. We also believe that Christ by His Holy Spirit, now indwells all believers as the living and ever present Lord of our lives.
4. We believe that men am justified by faith alone, and that they are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ Salvation is thus by grace and through the faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ.
5. We believe in sanctification through the Word of God, by the Holy Spirit, and in personal holiness of heart and life. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2: 10)
6. We believe in water baptism, in the baptism and fullness of the Holy Spirit, in the gifts of the Spirit and in the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit
7. We believe that such only are true believers a endure unto the end, That their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors of the faith. That a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they am kept by the power of 04 through faith, unto salvation
8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers to everlasting life and fellowship with God. We also believe in the bodily resurrection of all non¬believers to everlasting torment and punishment in hell's fire.
9. We believe that God's plan for this present age involves the evangelization of the world through the witness of every believer in Jesus Christ, and the establishing of local churches as a mean of accomplishing his purposes.
10. We believe that a New Testament Church is a local fellowship of baptized believers who are associated by faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing two ordinances of Christ (water baptism and the Lord's Supper), committed to his teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges vested in them by his Word, and seeking to extend the Gospel to all people. This church is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of his Word.
The New Testament also speaks of the church at large as being the body of Christ, which includes all the redeemed of the ages. Thus, we believe in the church invisible and universal.