As affirmed believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, it is our purpose to officially affiliate ourselves together in a local church, as God has commanded. In so doing we make the following declarations:
We recognize that the ultimate purpose of this church is to glorify God! This is to be done primarily through the consistent teaching of His Word and emphasizing commitment of life, personality and possessions to the Lordship of Christ; and with enjoyable fellowship of His believers. As such we will minister unselfishly to persons in the local community and in the far reaches of the world, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We recognize that all people who believe in and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour are members of the universal Church of God and as such all are welcome to fellowship with us.
We recognize that there are many Christian doctrines, some having varying interpretations. We deliberately identify those certain doctrines which we hold to be basic and to which this church shall adhere and expect the government of the church to support.
Recognizing these truths, we therefore set forth the following beliefs.
STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE
A. The Holy Scriptures. We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we understand the whole of the book called the Bible; nor do we take the statement in the sense in which it sometimes foolishly said that works of human genius are inspired, but in the sense that the Holy Spirit gave the very words of the sacred writings to holy men of old; and that His divine inspiration is not in different degrees but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings, historical, poetical, doctrinal and prophetical, and the smallest word, and inflection of a word provided such word is found in the original manuscripts. 2 Timothy. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; I Thessalonians. 2:13.
We believe that all the Scriptures, from the first to the last, center about our Lord Jesus Christ, in His person and work, in His first and second coming; and hence that no chapter even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him; and moreover, that all the Scriptures from first to last, including every chapter even of the Old Testament were designed for our practical instruction. Luke 24:27-44; John 5:39; 1 Corinthians 10:11.
B. The Godhead. We believe the Godhead eternally exists in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:18-20;
2 Corinthians 13:14.
C. The Total Depravity of Man. We believe man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate by eating the forbidden fruit, and as the consequence of his disobedience the threatened penalty of death was then and there inflicted, so that his moral nature was not only grievously injured by the fall, but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 1 John 3:8.
We believe that this spiritual death, or total corruption of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted, and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of Living Life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad, being enmity against God, and incapable by any educational process whatever of subjection to His Law. Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans. 8:6-7.
D. Regeneration. We believe that, owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again. No degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies however useful, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is the only and absolutely essential way to salvation. Isaiah 64:6; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5.
E. The Work of Christ. We believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin, and made a curse, for us; dying in our stead; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere effort, no submission to. the rules and regulations of any church, or all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles, can add in the very least to the value of that precious blood, or to the merit of that finished work, wrought for us by Him who united his person, true and proper divinity, with perfect and sinless humanity. Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
We believe that Christ, in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His obedience unto death, is received by faith alone, and that the moment we trust in Him as Saviour we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved, and having His place and position, as linked to Him, and one with Him forever. John 5:24; Acts 13:39; 1 John 5:11-12.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. Hebrews 7:25; Romans. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2.
F. The Assurance and Security of the Believer. We believe it is a privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Saviour; that they can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace but are eternally saved; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. John 10:27-29; Ephesians. 4:30; 2 Timothy 1:12.
G. The Church. We believe the Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, and thus being members one of another we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, loving one another with a pure heart fervently. Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 12:5; Colossians 3:14-15.
H. The Personality of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit, not as an influence, but as a divine Person, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, is our abiding Comforter and Helper, that He never takes His departure from the Church, nor from the feeblest of the Saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him, and not with ourselves nor with our experiences. John 14:16-17; 16:13-14; Romans 8:9.
I. The Believer’s Walk. We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; but the flesh being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name. Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:1-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16.
J. The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a personality who is the open and declared enemy of God and man. Job 1:6-7; Matthew 4:2-11; Isaiah 14:12-17.
K. The Second Advent of Christ. We believe that the world will not be converted during the present dispensation, but is fast ripening for judgment, while there will be a fearful apostasy in the professing Christian body, and hence the Lord Jesus will come in person to introduce the millennial age, when Israel shall be restored to their own land, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, and that this personal and pre-millennial advent is the Blessed Hope set before us in the Gospel for which we should be constantly looking. Luke 17:26-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8; 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
L. The Eternal State. We believe that the souls of those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming when soul and body are reunited and shall be glorified with Him forever. The souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final white throne judgment at the close of the millennium, when reunited soul and body shall be cast into the lake of fire, to be punished by everlasting separation from the presence of God and His Glory. Luke 16:19-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Revelations 20-11-15.
In subscribing to this Statement of Doctrine, we by no means set aside or undervalue any of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, but believe all to be God’s own written work given to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.