Beliefs

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, and we accept them and them only as final authority in all matters of private morals, church government, and religious belief and practice.  We believe the Scriptures to teach:

I. That there is but one living and true God, Sovereign, Holy, Wise and Good, in whose nature there are three eternal distinctions revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory;

II. That man is a sinner and cannot save himself;

III. That Jesus Christ, truly divine and truly human, is the only Savior, who, by His sinless life and sacrificial death, wrought redemption for us;

IV. That repentance and faith are sacred duties, inseparable qualities wrought in the soul. That it is through them we accept Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Lord, and become the Children of God, through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit;

V. 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 for the complete establishment of His Kingdom in their hearts and in the world;

VI. That the ordinances of the Church are two:       
        1.  Baptism.  The immersion of a believer in water, thus witnessing his belief in Christ as the crucified, buried, and risen Redeemer, and to his own new life in Christ.
        2.  The Lord's Supper.  The sacred use of the bread and the cup, as a  memorial of Christ's broken body and shed blood, and the believer's fellowship with Him, this memorial to be continued until He comes.

VII. That there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of  the Lord Jesus, 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 among men, both in and after death.  That there will be resurrection both of the just and the unjust; that we must all be made manifest before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad, and that  the sentence pronounced will be irrevocable.

 

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