Every Church needs a clear statement of faith which sets forth great biblical doctrines which we believe. The articles of faith are not designed to be the foundation or the defense of our faith. They simply define and declare what we believe the word of God teaches on these vital doctrines.
I. Of The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Proverbs 30:5-6)
II. Of The True God
We believe 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; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
(John 4:24; Psalms 147:5; Psalms 83:18; Revelation 4:11)
III. Of a Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel: Observing the ordinances of Christ: Governed by his laws: And exercising the gifts, 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.
(Acts 2:41-42; Ephesians 4:7; I Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:20)
IV. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, 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 wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 28:19-39; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:26-28)