Church Articles of Faith

ARTICLES OF FAITH

ARTICLE 1 – THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible, that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, was written by men supernaturally controlled by the Holy Spirit; that as originally written was verbally (every word) and plenary (in their fullness) inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; that it not only contains and conveys the Word of God but is the very Word of God, and therefore is and shall remain for all ages the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme and only authority by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions be tried.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 12:6; 119;89, 105, 130, 160; Proverbs 30:5-6; Luke 24:25-27, 44, 45; John 10:35; 12:48; Acts 1:16; 17:11; 28:25-27; Revelation 22:19.

ARTICLE 2 – THE TRUE GOD

We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite and sovereign spirit, the maker, supreme ruler and sustainer 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, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Genesis 1:1, 26; 17:1; Exodus 3:14; 15:11; 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 4:39; 6:4-5; Matthew 19:26; Mark 12:30; John 10:30; 15:26; 17:5; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; 8:6; 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 4:11.

ARTICLE 3 – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD

HIS DEITY: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and God the Son; that He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 9:6; Micah 5:2; John 1:1; 8:58; 10:30; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:3, 6, 8.

HIS INCARNATION, VIRGIN BIRTH, SINLESS HUMANITY: We believe that the eternal Son of God became incarnate in human flesh, begotten by the Holy Spirit in a supernatural manner, born of the virgin Mary, as no other man has been or ever can be born, that He is man of very man, even as He is God of very God; that He was tempted in all points as we are, yet He was incapable of sin, did no sin, neither was sin found in Him; that in His incarnation He revealed the Father and accomplished the work of redemption.

Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:14, 18, 14:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Hebrews 2:9; 4:15; 10:5-19; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5.

HIS ATONEMENT FOR SIN: We believe that Christ’s redeeming work was of infinite value, was intended to save the elect and actually secured salvation for them; that His death was substitutionary, and endurance of the penalty of sin for His people, accomplishing redemption for them, securing their reconciliation to God and providing everything necessary for their salvation, including faith, which unites them to Him.

Isaiah 53:10-11; Matthew 1:21; 20:28; John 10:11, 15-16; 17:2, 6, 9; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:6, 8-11; 8:29-34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4-7; Hebrews 2:9-13; 9:12; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18.

HIS RESURRECTION, ASCENSION, AND ETERNAL PRIESTHOOD: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead the third day in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died; that He ascended to heaven, where He sits on the right hand of the Father, exalted as Lord, the Head of all things to the Church and the Great High Priest, ever living to make intercession for those for whom He died.

Matthew 28:6-7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 39, 51; John 20:27; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34: 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:3; 2:9, 17, 5:9-10; 7:25; 8:1, 6; 9:24; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22; 1 John 2:1; Revelation 3:21.

ARTICLE 4 – THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, equal in nature and essence with God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains Satan until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that in connection with the outward general call of the Gospel, extended to all men, He extends a special inward call to the elect, which effectually brings them to salvation; that He is the Agent of regeneration and indwells, seals, anoints, leads, teaches, sanctifies, helps, witnesses to and through the believer; that the baptism in the Spirit forms the body of Christ, equipping the Church with spiritual gifts, sovereignly given to individual believers for service; that the sign gifts, such as prophecy, healing and tongues, were temporary during the foundation period of the Church and the completion of the Scriptures, at which time they ceased; that He empowers the Church for holiness and service by His filling.

Genesis 1:1-3; 6:3; Job 26:13; 33:4; Psalm 104:30; Luke 24:49; John 3:3-8; 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-11, 13-15; Acts 1:5-6; 2:1-4; 5:3-4; 6:3, 5; 7:55; 8:29; 9:17; 10:44, 47; 11:15-17; 13:2, 4, 9; 15:8-9; 16:6-7; Romans 8:9-11, 13, 14, 23, 25-27; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, 10-14; 3:15-16; 6:11, 19; 12:3, 4-11, 13; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 2:21, 22; 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6; 4:7, 8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Peter 1:2.

ARTICLE 5 – THE CREATION

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth “after their kind”; that man was created by a direct act of God in His own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not by any process of evolution from lower to higher forms; that man was originally created innocent.

Genesis 1:1, 11, 24, 26-27; 2:7, 21-23; Exodus 20:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Jeremiah 10:12; Matthew 19:4; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:3; 11:3; Revelation 4:11, 10:6.

ARTICLE 6 – THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 1:18, 32; 3:10-19; 5:12, 19.

ARTICLE 7 – ANGELS, FALLEN AND UNFALLEN

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings known as angels; that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation; that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world; that he is man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist and the author of all the powers of darkness; that he was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and is destined to final defeat at the hand of God’s Son and to the judgment of everlasting hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Genesis 3:1-19; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Zechariah 3:1; Matthew 4:1-11; 13:25, 37-39; 25:41; Mark 8:33; 13:21-22; Luke 9:26; 10:18; 22:3-4; 15:10; John 12:31-33; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 11:13-15; Ephesians 1:21; 2:2; 3:10; 6:10-12; Colossians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 8-11; 1 Timothy 3:6; 4:1-3; 5:21; Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Peter 2:4; 1 John 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7; Jude 6; Revelation 7:12; 12:1-17; 13:13, 14; 19:11, 16-20; 20:1-3, 10.

ARTICLE 8 – GOD’S SOVEREIGN PURPOSE

We believe that God has decreed in Himself, from all eternity, according to the counsel of His own will and for His own glory, all things whatsoever come to pass; that in His eternal purpose of grace, in His sovereign pleasure and on account of no foreseen merit, response or obedience in them, He determined to save individuals out of the number of sinful men to be recipients of the special grace of His Spirit and so to be made voluntary partakers of Christ’s salvation.

Psalm 65:4; 115:3; Isaiah 42:16; Jeremiah 1:5, 6; Daniel 4:34-35; John 6:37, 39, 44; 15:16; Acts 9:15; 13:48; 16:14; Romans 8:28-30, 33; 9:11, 16; 11:5, 7, 29; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:4, 5, 11; 2 Timothy 1:8, 9; 2:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:2-4, 20; 2 Peter 1:10.

ARTICLE 9 – SALVATION BY GRACE

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatory offices of the Son of God; that as the crucified risen Lord He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Savior; that the blessings of Christ’s salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that is is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, which rejection involves him in condemnation.

Isaiah 53:4-5; 55:1, 6-7; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; Matthew 11:28; 18:11; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 19:10; John 3:15-18, 36; 5:40; 6:37; Acts 2:38; 17:30; Romans 3:24; 4:3-5; 11:5-6; 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 22:17.

ARTICLE 10 – REGENERATION

We believe that in order to be saved sinners must be born again; that the new birth is the work of God in which He sovereignly gives life to the spirit of the sinner by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit; that in regeneration the dead in trespasses and sins is made a new creation, becomes partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life; that it is instantaneous and not a process, brought about in a manner beyond our comprehension, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

Jeremiah 31:18-19; Ezekiel 36:25-27; John 1:12-13; 3:3, 6-8; 5:24-25; 6:44, 45, 65; Acts 5:31; 11:18; 13:48; 16:14; Romans 6:23; Galatians 5:22, 23; 6:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1, 10; 4:24; 5:9; Colossians 2:13; 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:25-26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 1 John 2:29; 3:9, 14; 4:7; 5:1, 18.

ARTICLE 11 – REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and inseparable grace wrought in the soul by the life giving work of the Spirit of God; that the sinner, being deeply convicted of his guilt, danger and helplessness and having his understanding enlightened to see the way of salvation by Christ, turns in repentance to God with unpretended sorrow, confession, and supplication for mercy; that at the same time he receives the Lord Jesus Christ in knowledge and trust as all-sufficient Savior, submitting wholeheartedly to His Lordship and openly confessing Him before men by mouth and life.

Genesis 15:6; Psalm 2:12; 51:1-4, 7; Isaiah 28:16; 55:6-7; Zechariah 1:3; Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15; 16:16; Luke 8:12; 12:8, 13:3, 5:18:13; 24:47; John 1:12; 3:15-16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:47; 11:25; Acts 2:38, 3:19; 10:43; 16:31; Romans 1:16; 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8.

ARTICLE 12 – JUSTIFICATION

We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He once forever declares to be righteous the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ; that justification includes forgiveness of sin and the imputation of God’s righteousness; that it is not bestowed in consideration of any works of righteousness on the sinner’s part; but solely through the instrumentality of faith in Christ that justifying faith is essentially evidenced by good works.

Genesis 15:6; Isaiah 53:11; Habakkuk 2:4; Zechariah 3:1-4; Acts 13:39; Romans 3:20-22, 24-26; 4:1-8, 25; 5:1, 9; 8:1, 30, 33; 10:4, 10; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16; 3:6, 8, 11; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 3:9; Colossians 1:14; 2:13; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 11:4, 7; James 2:14-26.

ARTICLE 13 – SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God, based on redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return.

Hebrews 3:1; 10:10-14; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24-25; Revelation 22:11.

ARTICLE 14 – ADOPTION

We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of mature sons, in contrast with regeneration whereby the new believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefit of the position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord.

John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14-17, 23, 29-30; Galatians 3:26; 4:1-7; Ephesians 1:5, 13-14; Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 John 3:1-2.

ARTICLE 15 – THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that all who belong to God, redeemed by Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit are eternally saved; that such only are real believers as 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 they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.

Psalm 37:23-24; 125:1-2; Jeremiah 32:40; Luke 8:13; John 3:16, 36; 6:37, 39, 66-69; 8:31; 10:27-30; 17:12, 24; Romans 8:1, 28-39; 11:29; 1 Corinthians 1:8-9; Ephesians 2:10; 4:30; Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 4:4; 5:4-5; Jude 1:20-21, 24-25.

ARTICLE 16 – THE CHURCH

We believe in the unity of all believers in the Church, the body of Christ, the people of God of this age; that the expression of the body of Christ is the local church, which is an assembly of baptized believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His WORD; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in Scripture; that the only superintendent is Christ through His Holy Spirit; that its mission is the edification of the saints and the spread of the Gospel worldwide according to the Great Commission; that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence the will of the local church is final; that the local church is the agent for carrying out the purpose of God in this Church age.

Matthew 16:18; 18:15-18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 6:5-6; 13:1-3; 14:23; 15:22; 20:17-28; Romans 12:4; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 5:11-13; 11:2; 12:4, 12, 13; 16:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 8;23-24; Galatians 1:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; 5:22-23; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:25; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 1:20; 2:1, 11, 12, 17, 18, 29; 3:1, 6, 7, 13, 14, 22; 22:16.

ARTICLE 17 – BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe tat Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in and identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior with its effects in our death to sin, and resurrection to a new life; that is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s Supper in which the members of the church commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded by solemn self-examination.

Matthew 3:6, 16; 26:26-28; 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12, 36-40; 9:18; 10:47, 48; 16:14, 15, 30-33; 18:8; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12.

ARTICLE 18 – CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will f our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth; that Church and State are to be separate, the State being divinely instituted for believer and unbeliever, while the Church was instituted for the believer.

2 Samuel 23:3; Psalm 72:11; Daniel 3:17-18; Matthew 22:19-21; Acts 4:19-20; 5:29; 23:5; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13, 14, 17; Revelation 19:16.

ARTICLE 19 – THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again personally, bodily and visibly; that His coming is imminent aand will be pretribulational and premillennial; that at the rapture He will come to raise the dead in Christ and will change and translate living believers, catching them up together to meet Him in the air to forever be with the Lord; that the world will experience the Tribulation Period, which will be a time of divine wrath poured out on the earth, and out of which the nation of Israel will be saved and realize their covenant promises in the Messiah; that Christ will return to earth with his saints to establish His kingdom on earth and reign for 1000 years, which will issue into the everlasting Kingdom in which God will be all in all.

Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-9; 32:1; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-28; 37:1-28; Daniel 2:44; 7:13-14; Matthew 19:28; 24:21, 29-31; 25:31; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 10:37; James 5:8; 1 Peter 1:7, 13; 2 Peter 3:4, 10; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3; Revelation 1:7; 10:15; 19:11-21; 20:1-10; 22:20.

ARTICLE 20 – THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His esteem; that all such as continue in impentience and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; that this distinction holds among men both in and after death in the everlasting happiness and bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire.

Genesis 18:23-33; Proverbs 14:32; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34-41; Luke 16:25; John 8:21, 24; Romans 6:17; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 14:10-11; 20:10, 14-15; 21:8, 24-27.