Articles of Faith

Our church has Articles of Faith which are written in our constitution and by-laws. While they are not used as a creed nor do we require that everyone sign them, they are representative of what our church believes and has stood for down through the years. Here are a few excerpts from our Articles of Faith:  

The Scriptures:

“We believe that the Holy Bible was written by people divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of divine instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter…and therefore is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We believe the criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.”

The True God:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; that in the unity of the God-head there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

“We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; that He died for our sins and was raised for our justification; that He is God and is true man, and is the only sufficient Mediator between God and man, through whom every soul may have access to God.

“We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to people in the regeneration and sanctification of their souls and in the understanding and application of Christian truth.”  

The Fall of Man

“We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in holiness…but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.”  

The Way of Salvation:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who freely took upon Him our nature yet without sin and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is alive, enthroned in heaven.”

Regeneration:

“In order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated (born again); that regeneration consists in confessing our sin, repenting and in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.”

Justification:

“The great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification which includes pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood.”

Sanctification:

Sanctification is “the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

Glorification:

Glorification is “the culmination of salvation and the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.” 

God's Purpose of Grace:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It honors the free agency of man. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness and is infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.”  

Perseverance of Saints:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.”  

The World to Come:

“We believe the scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching in God’s plan and time; that at the last day, Christ will descend from Heaven and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment in Hell and the righteous to endless joy in Heaven; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men on principles of righteousness.” 

A Gospel Church:

“We believe the Scriptures teach 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…”  

Christian Baptism:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life…”  

The Lord's Supper:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that the Lord’s Supper is a provision of unlevened bread and unfermented wine (grape juice), as symbols of Christ’s body and blood, partaken of by the members of the Church in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord…its observance to be preceded by faithful self-examination.”  

The Lord's Day:

“The first day of the week is the Lord’s day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates Christ’s resurrection and should include worship and spiritual devotion—personally and in Christian fellowship.”  

Stewardship:

“We believe that God, the Creator and Owner of all things and persons, has entrusted to Christians their life, time, talents, influence, money, goods and all things which they possess; that as stewards of these possessions they are to minister them unto the will of God for the purpose of Jesus Christ; that they are to contribute systematically and proportionately of their means to the support of the church and to the missionary and benevolent enterprises of Christ’s Kingdom.”  

Family:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that God ordained the family as the foundation institution of society. Marriage is the covenant union of one man and one woman for a lifetime. It is the Biblical standard for sexual relationship and intimacy. Husband and wife are of equal worth before God and are to love one another. Children, from conception, are gifts from God. Parents are to raise them in the admonition of the Lord. Children are to honor their parents.”  

Evangelism and Missions:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that it is the privilege and duty of Christians to share the Gospel in our daily walk and support taking the Good News to all nations.”  

Cooperation:

“We believe the Scriptures teach that members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. Cooperation between like churches for those purposes is also desirable.”

Pastor    Collin Jones