Declaration of Faith

 

Declaration of Faith

Declaration of Faith

  

1.  THE WORD OF GOD

        We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 

(II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13)


2.  THE TRINITY

        We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons:  that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.  (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14)


3.  GOD, THE FATHER

        We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal  spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love  (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 90:12; Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; John 4:24; Ephesians 4:6).

        We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36;

I Chronicles 29:11;  John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9)


4.  JESUS CHRIST

        We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:1,14).  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in a virgin woman and freely took upon Himself a human nature but without personal sin (Hebrews 2:9-18; Hebrews 4:15).    We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings (John 1:2,14; Luke 1:35).  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.  (Romans 3:24,25; Romans 4:25;  Ephesians 1:7; I Timothy 4:10;
Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 1:3-5; I Peter 2:24; II Peter 2:1; Acts 1:9,10; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1,2)


5.  THE HOLY SPIRIT

        We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ  (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14).  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.  (John 16:13; I John 2:20,27; Ephesians 5:18)


6.  REGENERATION

        We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice are, therefore, under condemnation (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22,23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).  We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18,19)


7.  THE CHURCH

        We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members (Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).  We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship.  We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17; Acts 20:28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).  We believe in the autonomy of the local church free from any external authority or control

(Acts 13:1-4; Acts 15:19-31; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 5:4-7; I Corinthians 5:13, I Pet. 5:1-4).


8.  CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

        We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellowmen;  that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.  (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1,2; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9;  I John 2:3-5)


9.  THE ORDINANCES

        We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 12:13).  We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-26)


10.  RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

        We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.



11.  CHURCH COOPERATION

        We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization.  Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches.  Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.


12.  THE LAST THINGS

        We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10; I Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10). We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal well-being of the righteous, the endless suffering of the wicked.  (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; John 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13; Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8;

Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)