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Beliefs

ARTICLES OF FAITH

I. VERBAL INSPIRATION – We believe the Holy Scriptures, as contained in the Old and New Testament, to be the verbally inspired Word and revelation of God, inerrant, infallible, and God breathed as given in the original manuscript. Psalm 19:7-11; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:16-21; Luke 24:13-28; John 16:12-16; Jonah 1:1.

II. DEITY AND VIRGIN BIRTH – We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His Virgin Birth, that He is the incarnate Son of God, the second person in the blessed Trinity, Very God of Very God, for Whom and by Whom all things were created. ( John 1:1-14; 14:9; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 10:36.) Man is not an evolved beast, but a fallen creation. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7.) He can only be re-created in righteousness in Jesus Christ. (II Cor. 5:17; Titus 3:4; John 1:12, 13.)

III. THE TRINITY – We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit–three persons (I John 5:1-8). The Holy Spirit is the infallible interpreter of the infallible Scriptures (John 16:7-15).

IV. BLOOD ATONEMENT – We believe in the substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ that He, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man, and that all must be born again or are forever lost. (Heb. 2:9; John 6:44-69; 3:1-18; Romans 3:25; Rev. 1:5; Hebrews 9:22; I Peter 1:18, 19.)

V. RESURRECTION – We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that He ascended bodily into the heavens, and is now at the right hand of God as our Mediator, Priest and Advocate. (Acts 3:12-26; John 20; Heb. 9:24; I Cor. 15:12-28.)

VI. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH – We believe that man is justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1.)

VII. ETERNAL SECURITY – We believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 10:27-29.)

XIII. OF A GOSPEL CHURCH – We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. (I Cor. 1:1-13; Matt. 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:21-23; I Cor. 4:17; 14:23; III John 9. Acts 2:41, 42; II Cor. 8:5; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 5:12, 13.)

IX. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER – We believe that scriptural Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Spirit; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and juice are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5; John 3:22, 23; 4:1, 2; Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32-34; 18:8.)

X. OF HUMAN SEXUALITY – We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged 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. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)  We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 5:22-23)