Articles of Faith

A. THE BIBLE
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the
verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant
in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, preserved in the Greek
language via the Textus Receptus and in the English via the King James
Authorized Version

B. THE GODHEAD
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three person - Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being; co-identical in nature; co-equal in
power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

C. THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST:
(1) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became
man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem
sinful men.
(2) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
through His death on the Cross as a representative, vicarious,
substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His
literal, physical bodily resurrection from the dead.
(3) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven bodily, and
is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our high Priest, He fulfills
the ministry of representative, intercessor and our Advocate.
(4) We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the
world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will
return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised;
and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be
consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in
their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell
forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isa. 2:4; 11:9; Matt. 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64
Mark 8:38 9:43-48 Luke 12:40-48 16:19-26 17:22-37 2l:27-28;John 14:1-3;
Acts 1:11; 17:31; Rom. 14:10; I Cor. 4:5; 15:24-28; 35-58; II Cor. 5.10;
Phil. 3:20-21, Col. 1:5, 3:4; I Thess. 4:14-18; 5;l ff; II Thess. 1:7 ff; 2:1; I
Tim. 6:14; II Tim. 4:1,8: Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:8; II Peter 3:7
ff; I John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Rev. 1:18; 3:11; 20:1 to 22:13.

D. THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
(1) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of
sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural
agent in regeneration, leading all believers into the baptismal waters in
Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
(2) We believe that He is the divine person who guides believers into all
truth and life; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all saved people to be
filled with the Holy Spirit.

E. THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that
through Adam's sin the race fell, thus man inherited a sinful nature, and
became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and of
himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

F. SALVATION:
(1) We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man through
grace and received by man through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;
and, that it can in no wise be merited, or earned in part or whole, by human
effort; that it was earned for us by the shed blood of Jesus Christ as a
sacrifice and payment for our sins.
(2) We believe that only those who truly repent of their sin can and will
have true saving faith in Christ. That this repentance is a sacred duty
brought in the heart by the Holy Spirit as He shows man his sinful and
helpless condition, that it involves a genuine sorrow for sin and a
determination to forsake sin; and, that it is a change of mind about God, sin
and self in which the individual truly turns to Christ from his sin and
believes wholly in Him.
(3) We believe the doctrines of grace traditionally set forth as: total
depravity, unconditional election, definite atonement, irresistible grace,
perseverance of the saints.

G. THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all of the redeemed, once having been saved, are kept
saved by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever; and, that they
are assured of such by the teachings of the Bible that salvation is eternal.

H. THE BELIEVER'S TWO NATURES
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision
made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power
of the indwelling Holy spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the
old nature in this life are unscriptural and therefore false.

I. SEPARATION
We believe that all of the saved should and will live a life in which there is
manifested a measure of holiness which brings glory and honor to the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ; and, that separation unto the Lord from all
worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations, and from all
religious apostasy is commanded of God.

J. SATAN, A PERSON
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall
of man; and, that he is the open and declared enemy of God and of the
souls of men, and, that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire.

K. THE ETERNAL STATE:
(1) We believe in the bodily resurrection from the dead of all men; the
saved to life eternal and happiness with God; and, the unsaved to judgment
and eternal punishment.
(2) We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death, "absent from
the body and present with the Lord", where in conscious bliss they await
the resurrection of the just, where soul and body will be reunited to be
glorified forever with the Lord.
(3) We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in
conscious misery until the resurrection of the unjust, when with soul and
body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and
shall be cast into the lake of fire, to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.

L. THE CHURCH:
(l) We believe the Church presently is a local, visible assembly of baptized
(immersed), regenerate believers organized by the leadership of the Holy
Spirit. Each assembly does metaphorically exist as the body of Christ and
functions as an autonomous organization. Each member exercises his/her
gifts as given by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the body.
(2) We speak of such church as a New Testament Baptist Church whose
founder and head is Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18), having New Testament
officers, perpetuating the ordinances, voluntarily banded together by the
unity of the Holy Spirit for worship, ministry, and the worldwide
propagation of the Gospel.
(3) We reject the teaching of the existence of a universal, invisible church
or body, of Christ entered into by the baptism of the Holy Spirit at
salvation. We do believe that when all believers are assembled in Heaven
upon Christ Jesus' return such assembly will forever constitute the
assembly of Jesus Christ and forever be His body.

M. THE BAPTISTS
We believe that Baptists originated, not in the reformation, not in the dark
ages, nor in any century after the Apostles; that no personality this side of
Jesus Christ is a satisfactory explanation for their origin; and that Baptist
principles are as old as Christianity; and, that the likeness in doctrine and
practice of Baptist Churches to the Churches in the days of the Apostles
constitute them Churches of the Lord Jesus Christ.

N. HUMAN SEXUALITY
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should
be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We
believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality,
incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of
God's gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30;
Rom.l:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6-9, 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).

O. ABORTION
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is
a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking
of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that
abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection,
birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are
acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; l39:l4-l6: Isa.44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5;
20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

P. LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against
other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the
Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes
between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek
compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as
long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Cor. 6:8; Eph.
4:31-32). For disputes involving Christians not members of this assembly,
they must be members of a church after New Testament design that is also
in agreement with the Scriptural principals of Church discipline, so that
their Church cooperates in settling the dispute. If a Church fails to deal with
the dispute scripturally, the professing Christian will not be recognized as a
Church member. Also if a Church deals with a dispute and the brother fails
to respond and is excluded from their membership he will be counted an
unbeliever.

Q. GIVING
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's
wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially.
We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but that
every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully
to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of
the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the
use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen.14:20;
Prov3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 11 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28;
1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).

R. Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord
Jesus Christ as our Saviour and, on the profession of our faith, having been
baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly
joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in
Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge,
holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spiritually, to sustain its
worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and
regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the
relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously
educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and
acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our
dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to
avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale
of, and the use of destructive drugs or intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to
shun pornography; to abstain from gambling and to be zealous in our
efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Saviour.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to
remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and
distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in
speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and
mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as
soon as possible, unite with some other Church where we can carry out the
spirit of this covenant and principles of God's Word.
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