What The Church Believes
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ARTICLES OF FAITH

1- THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-filled men and has been divinely preserved to date in the Authorized Version of 1611, and therefore, is the truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. We believe the Bible to have only one interpretation which may be revealed to any believer by the Holy Spirit.

A- By The Holy Bible, we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as written and preserved in the Authorized Version of 1611, does not only contain and convey the Word of God but IS the Word of God.

B- By Inspiration, we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and preserved, free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be. II Tim 3:16-17 II Pet 1:19-21 John 17:17 Psalm 12:6-7

C- Whereas there are a number of other versions of the Bible in circulation, all of which are not reliable due to their omission of words and their being translated from corrupt manuscripts, we consider it, therefore, a necessity and privilege to use only the King James Version AV-1611 in our pulpit and in our classrooms. Deut 4:2 Prov 30:5-6 Rev 22:18-19

2- THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Creator 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 Ghost or Spirit---equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Isa 44:6 Isa 57:15 I Cor 8:6 Rev 4:11 I John 5:7

3- THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel (death, burial, and resurrection-I Cor 15:1-4) in our preaching and testimony; that He is the agent of the New Birth; that He seals, fills, leads, intercedes, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and comforts the believer. I Cor 3:17 John 14:16-17 Heb 9:14 John 14:16, 26 John 16:13-14 Luke 1:35 John 1:12-13 Gen 1:1-3 John 16:8-11 Acts 5:30-32 John 3:5-8 Eph 1:13-14 John 1:33 I Cor 12:13 I Cor 5:1-4

4- JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin; and that He is both completely man and completely God. He was subject to temptation, yet was without ANY sin. He is the Messiah for Israel, the Saviour of the world, the ONLY way any man can come to God the Father for forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. He is to be worshipped and glorified as the LORD. Isa 7:14 Isa 9:6-7 Luke 1:31-35 Matt 4:1-11 Heb 4:15 I Pet 2:22 John 4:42 John 14:6 John 20:28 Luke 24:52 John 16:14 Phil 2:9-11

5- SATAN OR THE DEVIL

We believe he was created perfect, as a Cherub called Lucifer, in the original creation, and because of pride, rebelled against GOD and became the author of sin. After the creation of heaven and earth, he appeared to Eve in the garden of Eden and tempted her to willfully disobey God's command, resulting in the sin of Adam, thus the fall of man. We believe he was then cursed, to be henceforth referred to as a serpent, or the dragon. Now as a great red dragon he abides in the great deep and as the devil he appears on earth and in heaven as the god of this world to fulfill the ultimate will of God in judging, killing, deceiving, hindering, tempting, and accusing. During the fulfillment of Daniel's 70th Week, or the Great Tribulation, he will come down to earth to indwell the antichrist. After the antichrist is destroyed, he will be chained in the bottomless pit for 1,000 years, at the end of which he will be loosed to assemble an army of sinners for his last attempt to overthrow God. He and his army will be destroyed, and he will be cast into the lake of fire forever. Ezk 28:12-19 Isa 14:12-15 II Pet 3:3-7 Gen 1:1-3, 28 II Cor 11:14 Gen 3:1-6, 14-19 Rom 5:12 Rev 12:3, 9 Job 41:31-34 Job 1:6-12 Job 2:1-7 II Cor 4:3-4 Jer 51:20-25 John 8:44 I Thess 2:18 II Thess 2:3-9 Rev 19:11-20 Rev 20:1-10

6- THE CREATION

We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God in the person of Jesus Christ without any evolutionary process; that man made up of spirit, soul, and body, was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. Gen 1 & 2 Col 1:16-17 Matt 19:4 John 1:3

7- THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in a state of innocence as a free moral agent under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, as a result of which all men are totally depraved (excluding the will), are partakers of Adam's fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct; and therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Gen 2:17 Gen 3:1-6 Psalm 51:5 Rom 3:10-19 Rom 5:12, 19 Ezra 7:13

8- CHRIST'S ATONEMENT

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him a body of flesh, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins by His death, which reconciles the sinner to God; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the shedding of blood, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen bodily from the dead, He is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be s suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour and only High Priest for the believer. We believe this atonement is not limited but effectual to any sinner accepting it by faith. We believe this atonement is eternal and therefore, covers all sins, past, present, and future of the redeemed. Therefore, any individual under this atonement is eternally saved from eternal condemnation because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Eph 2:8 Acts 15:11 Rom 3:24-26 Col 1:14 John 3:16 II Cor 5:18-21 Phil 2:7 Heb 2:14 Isa 53:4-7 I John 4:10 I Cor 15:3-4 II Cor 5:21 I Tim 2:5 I John 2:2 Heb 9:14 John 5:24 Rom 5:8-11

9- THE NEW BIRTH

We believe that the new birth (being born again) is the regenerative act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner when he repents of his sins and believes the Gospel according to the Scriptures, receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. As a result of the new birth, the sinner is made a new creature in Christ Jesus, partaking of the divine nature and receiving eternal life as a free gift of God. Regeneration of the spirit, resulting in the new man and consequently partaking of the divine nature in the spirit is brought about in a manner above comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth. John 3:3, 6-8 II Cor 5:17 I John 12-13 I Cor 4:15 I John 5:1 I Pet 1:23 II Pet 1:4 Rom 6:23 Eph 2:1 Col 2:13 Eph 2:15 Eph 4:24 Titus 3:5

10- JUSTIFICATION

We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be just and righteous through faith in Christ Jesus; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God's righteousness; 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. Acts 13:39 Isa 53:11 II Cor 5:18-21 Rom 3:24-28 Rom 5:1, 9

11- SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of a soul requires a belief in God, repentance toward God which involves genuine sorrow for sin and a willingness to turn from it; and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that this salvation is thereafter permanent and eternal to the believer. Heb 11:6 Acts 20:21 II Cor 7:9-10 I Thess 1:9 Acts 16:31 John 3:16 Eph 1:13 Eph 4:30

12- SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer's spirit, or new man in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Saviour; second, a continuing process in the soul of the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the inner man, third; the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord's return when the body, or old man, will then be changed and transformed in to a perfect, sinless body in the image of Christ. I Cor 6:11 Heb 10:10-14 I John 3:9 Eph 4:24 John 17:17 II Cor 3:18 II Cor 4:16 I Cor 1:30 Eph 5:25-26 I Thess 4:3-4 I Thess 5:23-24 Phil 3:21 I Cor 15:51-54 I Thess 4:13-17 Rom 8:29 I John 3:2

13- ADOPTION

We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of sons, in contrast with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefit of the position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord and the redemption of the body. Eph 1:5 Gal 4:1-7 Eph 1:13-14 I John 3:1-2 Rom 8:15, 23

14- THE CHURCH

We believe in the unity of all true believers in the Church which is the Body of Christ, that He began to build after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary (Acts 2:47 Acts 8:1,3 Gal 1:13 Heb 9:15-17), and will complete at the pre-tribulation rapture (I Thess 4:16-17), and into which all true believers of the present age are baptized immediately by the Holy Spirit (I Cor 12:12-13 Eph 4:5)

We believe that this Church is manifested through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws in accordance with the Pauline revelation, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and that its officers are pastors (also called elders) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe the true mission of the church is for the edification, perfection, exhortation and comfort of its members in spiritual matters; the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals; that the one and only head and overseer of the local church is the God-called and Spirit-filled pastor, just as Jesus Christ is the Head and Chief Sheperd over the entire church; that it is scriptural for true churches to fellowship with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its fellowship; and that all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Eph 1:10, 22-23 Eph 3:1-6 Gal 3:26-28 I Cor 12:12-13 Acts 1:5 Acts 2:4, 41, 47 I Cor 11:2 Titus 1:5-7 Eph 4:11-16 Acts 20:17-28 I Tim 3:1-7 I Pet 5:1-4 Heb 13:7, 17 Col 1:18 Eph 5:23-24 Acts 15:13-18

15- CHURCH ORDINANCES, BAPTISM, AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth in a like figure our submission to the faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that this baptism is to be administered by the under sheperd or pastor, or whomsoever is appointed, baptism is necessary in the life of any believer; that baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. The church shall receive for baptism any person who has received Jesus Christ as Saviour by personal faith, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord. We believe that the Lord's Supper should be open to all believers and is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by serious self-examination and confession. Acts 8:36-39 Rom 6:3-5 I Pet 3:21 I Tim 1:1, 6 Acts 9:18 I Cor 9:25 I Cor 10:1-2 I Cor 11:23-32 Matt 28:19-20