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What We Believe

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 should be tried. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17
 
The True God
We believe the Scriptures teach 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: inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unit 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, Jer 10:10; Psalms 83:18
 
The Way of Salvation
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who according to the will of the Father, became man, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior. Ephesians 2:5; John 3:16; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 5:8
  
God's Purpose of Grace
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of Gods sovereign goodness; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility; that it encourages the use of means; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly accept Christ; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. II Timothy 1:8, 9; II Thessalonians 2:13, 14; Romans 8:28-30
  
A Gospel Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible Church of Christ is a company 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, who qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. Acts 2:41, 42; II Corinthians 8:5; I Timothy 3
 
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, and Son, and Holy Ghost, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in his death to sin and resurrection to new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation, and to the Lords Supper. Acts 8: 36-39; Matthew 18:19; Romans 6:4
 
The Lord's Supper
We believe the Scriptures teach the Lords Supper is a provision of bread and wine, representing Christs body and blood, partaken of by the members of the church assembled for that purpose, in commemoration of the death of their Lord, showing their faith and participation in the merits of his sacrifice, their dependence on him for spiritual life and nourishment, and their hope of life eternal through his resurrection from the dead; its observance to preceded by faithful self-examination. I Corinthians 11:26-30; Acts 2:42; Luke 22:19-20
 
The Lord's Day
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by the preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God. Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:24, 25; Hebrews 4:3-11