What We Believe

STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe . . .
· in the verbal inspiration of scripture, infallible, without error in its original writings. II Tim 3:16-17; II Peter 1:16-17
· in one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Identical in nature,
equal in power, possessing the same attributes. Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-14
· that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby brought upon himself physical and spiritual death. Eph. 2:1-3
· that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and is true God and true man. He is head of the church and is the only Mediator between God and man. Matt. 1:18-25, I Tim. 2:5
· that the Lord Jesus Christ came to seek and to save we who were lost by dying in our place on the cross. Luke 19:10; I Peter 2:22, 24
· that the Lord Jesus Christ rose on the third day after His crucifixion and ascended bodily into the heavens and is now at the right hand of God. I Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 8:34
· that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and experience the forgiveness of their sins through the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and thereby become children of God. John 1:12; I John 1:7-9; John 14:16
· that all Christians are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption, thus assuring the believer that his eternal salvation can never be lost. Eph. 1:13-14; John 10:18-19; Hebrews 7:25
· that the church has two ordinances: baptism by immersion which symbolized the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
Romans 6:1-5; Matt. 28:19-20 and the Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of His death and second coming. Matt. 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:20-34
· in the personal, imminent, bodily and premillenial return of Jesus Christ to this earth. Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16-17 Rev. 1:11-21
· that a local New Testament Church consists of a company of baptized believers and is to be self-governing and free from
interference by any convention or any other ecclesiastical or political authority. Therefore, the church and the state must be
kept separate. Luke 20:25; Acts 5:29

COVENANT OF FELLOWSHIP
Having accepted JESUS CHRIST as SAVIOR:
· We do solemnly covenant together, God helping us, that as aliens and strangers in this world, we will abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul. I Peter 2:11
· That we will put away from us all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander. That we will be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us. Ephesians 4:31-32
· That, as we have opportunity, we will do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
· That we will have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but will rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11-12
· That we will contend earnestly for the faith that was once entrusted to the saints. Jude 3
· That we will bring our children up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
· That we will not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing; will hold to the teachings, just as they were passed on to us; will confess our sins to each other and pray for each other. Hebrews. 10:25; I Corinthians 11:2; James 5:16
· That we will remember our leaders, who speak the Word of God to us, considering the outcome of their way of life and imitating their faith. Hebrews 13:7
· That we will give regularly our tithes and offerings as God has prospered us, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. I Cor. 16:1-2; II Cor. 9:6-7; II Cor. 8:12-13; Malachi 3:6-10
· That we seek to maintain a good attitude toward God and our fellow believers by thinking on the right things. Philippians 4:8