Doctrinal Statement

We recognize the following expressions of Christian doctrine to be valid as given in the Word of God:

1. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word; that it was written by men divinely inspired, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).

2. We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the lives of men. He hears, answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16, Acts 4:12).

3. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, miraculous in His birth (Luke 1:35), sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:13), and having made atonement for the sins of the world by His death (Romans 5:9). We believe in His bodily resurrection (Luke 24:34-43), His ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11), His perpetual intercession for His people (Hebrews 7:25), and His personal, visible return to the world according to His promise (Matthew 24).

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort and empower for service, those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:7-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, Romans 12:1-21, Ephesians 4:1-32)).

5. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:14-16).” We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Savior will rejoice in God’s presence forever, and those who refuse to accept Christ as Savior and Lord will be forever separated from God, in a place the scripture refers to as the lake of fire (1 Thessalonians 4:13, Revelation 20:14-15).

6. We believe in the Church (Matthew 16:18), a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and of which all regenerated people are members. A visible church body of believers in Jesus Christ, who on an affirmation of their faith, gather for worship, work and fellowship (Acts 2: 42-47). To these churches are committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. God has laid upon these churches the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (2 Corinthians 5:10-11). The inevitable by-products of these churches sharing the Gospel will be salvation, human betterment, and social improvement (Matthew 5:13-16).

7. We believe that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. The state must never interfere with the function of the church. The church must always pray for and be involved in the moral good of our government (Romans 13:1-14) , (1 Peter 2:13-18).

This church has also adopted the following covenant as a means by which its members may express their intent to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the life of the Church and in the affairs of the their daily life:

Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; and on the confession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

Therefore, we promise, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church through scriptural knowledge, Christ likeness, and compassion; to promote its prosperity, spirituality, worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel to all peoples.

We also commit ourselves to maintain as far as possible family and secret devotions, to teach our children the Christian truths, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further commit to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian compassion and courtesy both in action and speech, and to be slow to take offense but always quick to seek reconciliation.

We pledge that when we leave this fellowship, we will as soon as possible unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant and principles of God’s Word.