Our Faith

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

This church receives the Scriptures as the verbal and plenary inspired Word of God, and as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as therein contained is expressed by the following Declaration of Faith:

1. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word; that it was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit; and that it is the inerrant and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

4. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in His life; making full atonement for the sins of the world by His death through His shed blood. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension, pretribulation rapture of the church, and visible pre-millennial return to the world according to His promise.

5. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.

6. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We believe, therefore, that those who personally receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God.

7. We believe in the Church – A living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed on a credible confession of faith and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and that God has laid upon these churches the task of urging a lost world to personally receive Jesus Christ as Savior, and to enthrone Him as Lord and Master. We believe that all human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable byproducts of such a gospel.



CHURCH COVENANT



Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and given ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, we do now, relying on God's enablement, solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other.

Believing our chief purpose is to glorify God, we covenant to worship the Lord together in the power of His Spirit and the light of His truth.  We will live a life pleasing to Him.

Believing the Bible is the inerrant word of God, we covenant to diligently study God's Word and submit our lives to its authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

Believing that eternal life is gained only through faith in Jesus Christ, we covenant to bear witness to the Gospel and seek together to win the lost to Christ.

Believing Christ has commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations, we covenant to make the cause of world missions a priority.

Believing that all we have belongs to God, we covenant to contribute as faithful stewards such time, talent, and money as the Lord prospers us.

Believing Christ has called us to love one another in the spirit of oneness, we covenant to be quick to love, slow to judge, ready to aid, and pray for one another.

Believing that families are a vital importance to God, we covenant to place our homes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  We further commit ourselves to a ministry of strengthening Christian families.

Believing a Christian's life should be a testimony to Christ's love and purity, we covenant to be just in our dealings and faithful in our responsibilities. We will avoid anything that would cause a weaker brother to stumble or hurt the cause of Christ.  We will avoid those practices that would hinder the effectiveness of our witness, and put Christ first in all things.

We moreover engage that, should we in the providence of God remove from this church, we will diligently seek to unite with another church where we can continue to carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.