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ARTICLES OF FAITH

1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed in the original writings. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13).

2. THE TRUE GOD

We believe (a) that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, (b) inexpressible glorious in holiness, (c) and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, (d) that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Sprit, (e) equal in every divine perfection, (f) and executing distinct but harmonious offices In the work of redemption. (Psalm 83:18; Exodus 15:11; Mark 12:30; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 10:30; John17:5,10; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 1:3-14).

3. THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

A. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (John 1:1-2,14; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-8).

B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).

C. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts1:9-10; Heb 9:24; Heb7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

4. THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14).

B. We believe that He teaches and guides believers into all truth; and, that is the privilege of and command to all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20,27; Eph. 5:18).

5. THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin that image was marred, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Genesis 9:6 with James 3:9; Rom. 3:22-23; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3,12).

6. SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:5).

7. THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS

A. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet 1:5).

B. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

8. THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures (the old nature and the new nature), and that God has made provision for victory over the old sin nature and expects such victory in the life of each believer through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in the life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13; Rom. 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).

9. SEPARATION

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy (such as separation from the World Council of Churches, and the associations) is commanded of God. (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1-2; Rom. 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1).

10. MISSIONS

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. We will support only missionaries approved by Regular Baptist affiliated missions boards, or baptistic-believing boards, and/or independent missionaries who, under close scrutiny of this local church, have been determined to be of like precious faith and practice in accordance with the Word of God. Each perspective missionary to be supported by this local body of believers shall be subject to personal examination by the duly authorized board of deacons, and/or the congregation of this church as deemed necessary according to each individual occasion. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-10).

11. THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS

A. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastor-teachers, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Cor. 12:4-11; Rom. 12:3-8; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; 1 Cor. 13:8-10).

B. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15).

12. THE CHURCH

A. We believe that the true Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2).

B. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures; and, that it is an organized body of regenerated baptized believers, observance of the ordinances, service, and the spreading of the Gospel, under the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:2).

13. ORDINANCES

A. We believe that the ordinance of Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; setting forth the essential facts of redemption - the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. (Acts 8:25-39; John 3:23; Matt. 28:19-20).

B. We believe that the communion at the Lord's Table is a responsibility and a privilege accorded to all believers, in commemoration of our Lord's death until He comes, and should always be preceded by self-examination. (1 Cor. 11:23-28).

14. THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. ( Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

15. THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST

We believe in the "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints to establish His millennial Kingdom. (1 Thes. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-6; 1 Thes. 1:10; 1 Thes. 5:9; Rev. 3:10).

16. THE ETERNAL STATE

A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).

B. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20: 4-6; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23, Phil. 3:21; 1 Thes. 4:16-17).

C. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection, when the soul and body are reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).