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Our Statement of Faith
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1. We believe there is but one God, the Creator, Preserver, and moral Governor of the Universe: a Being of infinite power, knowledge, wisdom, justice, goodness, and truth; the self existent, independent, and immutable Fountain of good.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be the honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (I Tim. 1:17) 

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. (Heb. 3:4)

Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the Ages. Who will not fear You, oh Lord, and bring glory to Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed. (Rev. 15:3,4)

2. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God: that they are profitable for doctrine and reproof, and for instruction in righteousness; and that they are our only rule of doctrinal belief and religious practice.

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. (Heb. 1:1,2)

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (II Tim. 3:16)

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning sky rises in your hearts. (II Peter 1:19)

3. We believe that the mode of the Divine existence in such lays a foundation for a threefold distinction in the Godhead—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one in essence and equal in power and glory.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (II Cor. 13:14)

4. We believe that God has made all things for Himself; that known unto Him are all His works from the beginning; and that He governs all things according to the counsel of His own will.

The Lord works out everything for His own ends—even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Prov. 16:4)

That have been known for ages. (Acts 15:18)

In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. (Eph. 1:11)

5. We believe that the Divine law and the principles and administration of the Divine government are perfectly holy, just, and good; and that all rational beings are found to approve them.

So then, the law, the commandment is holy, righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made. (Ps. 145:17) 

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. (Ps. 97:1)

6. We believe that God, at first, created man in His own image, in a state of rectitude and holiness; and that he fell from that state by transgressing the Divine command in eating forbidden fruit.

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:27)

This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes. (Ecc. 7:29)

To Adam He said, “because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘you must not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; through painful peril will you eat it all the days of your life.” (Gen. 3:17)

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food, and pleasing to the eye, and also desir able for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate… (Gen. 3:6)

7. We believe that in consequence of the apostasy, the heart of man, in his natural state, is destitute of holiness, and in a state of positive disaffection with the law, character, and government of God, and that all men previous to regeneration are dead in trespasses and sins.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. (Rom. 5:12)

What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. (Rom. 3:9)

Because the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (Rom. 8:7,8)

8. We believe that Christ, the Son of God, has made atonement for sin; that He is the only Redeemer of sins; and that all who are saved will be altogether indebted to the grace of God for their salvation.

And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 5:2)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Eph. 3:8)

9. We believe that, although the invitations of the Gospel are such that whosoever will may come and take the waters of life freely, yet the depravity of the human heart is such that no man will come to Christ, except by the Father by the special and efficacious influences of His Spirit draw him.

Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (John 5:40)

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)

10. We believe that those who embrace the Gospel were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and without blame before Him in love; and that they are justified and saved, not by works of righteousness which they have done, but according to the mercy of God, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love H predestined us to be adopted as His sons, through 

Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will. (Eph. 1:4,5)

He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit… so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5,7)

11. We believe that those who cordially embrace Christ, although they may be left to fall into sin, will nevertheless be brought to repentance, and will be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)

Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (I Peter 1:5)

12. We believe that watchfulness over the life, holy meditation, a conscientious attention upon public, family, and private worship, altogether with the steady practice of moral purity, righteousness, truth, sincerity, self-control and love are indispensable duties of every Christian.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self- controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11,12)

The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear- minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (I Peter 4:7,8)

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Eph. 6:18)

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you unless, of course, you fail the test? (II Cor. 13:5)

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matt. 6:6) But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Josh. 24:15)

13. We believe that there will be a general resurrection of the bodies both of the just and of the unjust.

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:28,29)

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2)

14. We believe that all mankind must one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ, to receive a just and final sentence, of retribution according to his deeds done in the body; and that at the day of judgment the state of all will be unalterably fixed; and that the punishment of the wicked and the happiness of the righteous will be endless.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (II Cor. 5:10)

For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every given thing, whether it is good or evil. (Eccl. 12:14) Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Matt. 25:46)

15. We believe that Christ has a visible Church in the world, into which none but real believers in the sight of God, and none but visible believers in the sight of man, have right to admission.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not over come it. (Matt. 16:18)

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours. (I Cor. 1:2)

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a Prophet to the nations. (Jer. 1:5)

16. We believe that the sacraments of the New Testament are baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that believers only can partake of the Lord’s Supper, and that believers and their households only can truly partake of the ordinance of baptism.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19)

The promise is for you and your children and all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call. (Acts 2:39)

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the Eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” (Acts 8:36,37) 

At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then, immediately he and his family were baptized. (Acts 16:33)

For I receive from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed, took bread, etc. … A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 
(I Cor. 11:23, 26)