What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

A.  The Scriptures
            The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and of obedience.

B.  God
            There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creaturesowe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

C.  Trinity
            God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal
attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

D.  Providence
            God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all events; yet so not in any wise to be the author or
approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibilities of intelligent creatures.
E.  Election
            Election is God’s eternal choice of all persons unto everlasting life.  not all persons
elect or choose God, but deny God and His Son, JESUS CHRIST< thus choosing Satan
and eternal damnation.  Those who elect or choose God inherit eternal life, not because
of foreseen merit in them, but of God’s mercy in Christ - - in consequence of which
choice they are called, justified and glorified.
F.  The Fall of Man
            God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, thorough the
temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original
opposed to God and his law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable
of moral action, become transgressors.

G.  The Mediator
            Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator
between God and man.  Being born of the Virgin Mary, thus having taken upon Himself
human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the
cross for the salvation of sinners.  He was buried, and rose again the third day, and
ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His
people.  He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and
Sovereign of the Universe.

H.  Regeneration
            Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the
dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and saving to understand
the Word of God, and renewing their  whole nature, so that they love and practice
holiness.  It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.

I.  Repentance
            Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit,
made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, and with godly
sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with
God so as please Him in all things.

J. Faith
            Saving faith is the belief,  on God’s authority, if whatsoever is revealed in His Word
concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification
and eternal life.  it is wrought in the heart by the Holy spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to  a life of holiness.

K.  Justification
            Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ,
from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in
them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they
receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.

L.  Perseverance of the Saints
            Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will
never totally  nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to
the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they
grieve the spirit, impair their graces and comforts, being reproach on the Church, and
temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance,
and be kept by the power of God through faith unto Salvation.

M.  Sanctification
            Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, b, by God’s Word and Spirit
dwelling in them.  This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Diving strength,
which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all
Christ’s commands.

N.  The Church
            The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true
disciples and in Him are invested supremely all power for its government.  According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies and
churches; and to each of these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed.  The regular officers of a
Church are Bishops or Elders (Pastors), and Deacons.

O.  Baptism
            Baptism is an ordinance of the lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein
he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins,
and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life.  It is Prerequisite
to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.

P.  The Lord’s Supper
            The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the
elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world.
It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the
faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their
communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.

Q.  The Lord’s Day
            The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be
employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting
and worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only expected.

R.  Liberty of Conscience
            God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in
it.  Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by
them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, no only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

S.  The Resurrection
            The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately
to  God--the righteous to be with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgement. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

T.  The Judgement
            God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when
every one shall receive according to His deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting
punishment of hell; the righteous, into everlasting life.

U.  The Holy Spirit
            The Holy spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity.  As God the Father, First Person,
revealed Himself in human form, Jesus, the Second Person, so He revealed Himself in
spiritual form as the Holy Spirit, Third Person.  Thus, there is one God bearing three relationships to righteousness and the judgement of God.

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