ARTICLES OF FAITH

THE SCRIPTURES (Bibliology) 

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men, controlled by the Holy spirit (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19,20,21); that it is truth without any admixture of error for its matter (Ps. 119:160; 119:105; John 17:17); therefore it shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of god to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.  (II Tim. 3:16,17; Ps. 119:105; 19:7-11; Pro. 30:5,6; I Peter 1:23; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Is. 8:20).  By the Holy Bible we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not merely contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.  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 inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.


THE TRUE GOD
(Theology)

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, and eternal, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth (I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Ps. 147:5; 83:18; 90:2; Jer. 10:10); that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love (Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17; Ro. 11:33; Mark 12:30); that in the unity of the Godhead 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 (Mt. 28:19; John 15:26; 10:30; 17:5; I John 5:7; I Cor. 12:4-6; Acts 5:3,4; Phil. 2:5,6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14; I Cor. 2:10,11).


THE CREATION
   

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively (Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Ro. 1:20; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6); that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness (Gen. 1:26,27; I Cor. 11:7); that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms (Gen. 2:7; 2:21;-23); that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and that God's established law was they should bring forth only after their kind (Gen. 1:11; 1:24).

THE DEVIL OR SATAN (Angeology)

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created by God as an angel, but through pride and rebellion, became the enemy of his Creator (Mt. 4:1-11), that he became the God of this age (II Cor. 4:4); and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgement of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (John 12:31; Mt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).


THE FALL OF MAN
(Anthropology & Hamartiology)

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker (Gen. 3:1-6), but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state (Gen. 3:24; Ro. 5:12; 5:19), in consequence of which, all mankind is now sinners, not only by constraint, but by choice (Ro. 1:18; 3:10-19; 3:23; Eph. 2:1-3); and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Ro. 1:20, 28, 32; Gal. 3:22).


THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
(Soteriology)

We believe in redemption only by the blood of Christ, as the Lamb of God for sinners slain (Heb. 9:22).

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligation (Acts 20:21), and inseparable graces (Mark 1:15), wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God (Acts 2:27-38); whereby being deeply convicted of our guilt and of our need of Salvation by Christ we turn to God with confession and supplication for mercy (Luke 12:8; 18:13; Ro. 10:13; Ps. 51:1-4; 51:7; Is. 55:6,7).

We believe that personal faith in the substitutionary death and supernatural resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation (Acts 16:31; I Cor. 15:3,4; Eph. 2:7-10).

We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous on the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteous which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's shed blood (Ro. 3:24; 4:5; 5:1,9; Gal. 2:16; Phil 3:9).

We believe in a definite assurance of present salvation for all believers in Christ (I John 5:13; Ro. 8:35-39; Phil. 1:6; Jude 1; John 10:28,29).

We believe in Sanctification as positional, by the blood of Christ once and for all, and progressive by the Spirit and the Word until His coming and we are changed into His likeness (John 17:17; Heb. 10:10; Phil. 3:20,21).


THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE


We believe that marriage is an institution from God.  It calls the two (male and female) to leave father and mother and cleave to each other in a benevolent relationship (Gen. 2:21-25; I Cor. 7:3-5).  According to the Bible, marriage is a life-long bond (Ro. 7:2).


THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT


We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (Dan. 4:17; Ex. 18:21,22; II Sam. 23:3; Ro. 13:1-7); that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (Acts 23:5; Mt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; 14:17); except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29; 4:19,20; Dan. 3:17,18); who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth (Mt. 10:28; 23:10; Rev. 10:5,6; Phil. 2:9-11; Ps. 72:11). 


THE CHURCH AS AN INSTITUTION
(Ecclesiology)

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of immersed believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel (Acts 2:41); observing the ordinance of Christ (Acts 2:42); and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word (Eph. 4:11; I Corinthians 12:4; 12:8-11); that its scripturally designated officers are pastor (elder) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures, (Acts 14:23; 6:5,6; 15:23; 20:17-29; I Tim. 3:1-13); we believe the true mission of the church is found in the great commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to baptize; Third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded ( Matthew 28:19,20). We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit (Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23,24; I Peter 5:1-4); that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation (Acts 15:22; Jude 3:4; I Cor. 16:1,2; II Cor.8:23,24; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32); and that on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final (I Cor. 6:1-3; 5:11-13; Mt. 18:18).  


THE RAPTURE
(Escatology)

We believe in the premillennial return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation (I Thess. 4:13-18: I Cor. 15:42-44; 51:54; Phil. 3:20,21; Rev. 3:10).

We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial kingdom (Dan;9:25,27; Mt. 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Is. 9:6,7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29,30; Rev. 20:1-4,6).


THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

       

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire (Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Ro. 6:17,18; I Jn 5:19; Luke 16:25; Ro. 7:6; 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Mt. 25:34-41; Jn. 18:21; Rev. 20:14,15).