Our Beliefs

We believe in:

I. Of the Bible: 

We believe the Holy bible is divinely inspired by God; however, was written by devout men of God’s choosing (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe it is without error and shall stand until the end of time (1 Peter 1:25).  It is our standard for living and we believe in the overwhelming magnitude of its instruction in our lives (Matthew 4:4). We believe God has chosen to reveal himself through His word and is therefore our ultimate source of correction, encouragement, hope and strength for life’s journey (Romans 15:4, John 1:14, 2 Timothy 3:16). We believe it is the standard by which God will someday judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1). 

II.  Of God and the Holy Trinity: 

We believe there is but one true and living God (1 Thessalonians 1:9), who is spirit, immortal and invisible (1Timothy 1:17, John 4:24); the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 146:6), and is incomprehensible in his righteous perfection (Psalm 18:30). He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being (John 14:26).  We believe we owe God our deepest reverence for He so loved the world that he sacrificed his only son, to give those who place their complete trust in Jesus Christ the precious gift of eternal life (John 3:16).

III. Of the Fall of Man and Sin:

We believe that our first parents, being seduced by the temptation of Satan, sinned in the eating of the forbidden fruit (Gen 3:13). In this they fell from their previous state of righteousness and fellowship with God, being dead in sin in all parts of the soul and body in a state of perpetual unrighteousness (Gen 2:17, Tit 1:15). We believe, therefore, that original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good (Rom 5:6, 8:7) and wholly inclined to all evil, does all actually transgressions proceed (James 1:14, Eph 2:2-3, Matt 15:19, WCF). 

IV. Of Salvation:

We believe that there is only one hope out of our most heinous of predicaments, that is being bound by the power of sins death grip in our lives; that Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all, is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5, Heb 2:14); that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23); that sin causes separation between man and God (Isaiah 59:2) and the result is death (Rom 6:23) and wrath (Eph 2:3). The only way out, is to be saved by faith in Jesus Christ; that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of lost men and women, and that salvation is wholly by grace, through faith  (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 5:1; Rom 10:9).  

V. Of Justification:  

We believe that justification is Gods gracious and full pardoning of our sins by faith in Jesus Christ. It is not by anything good in us or good works done by us but through the redemption that is in and through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In this state, we are brought into a most blessed peace and favor with God which secures for us every other needed blessing (Rom 8:30, 3:34, 4:5-8, 8:32, Gal 2:16).

VII. Of Sanctification:

We believe that the elect of God are regenerated, having a new heart and new spirit created in them, and are further perfected through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, by Gods Word and Spirit dwelling in us (1 Cor 6:11, Jn 17:17). Sin has no more dominion in our lives because our old man has been crucified with Him. We no longer function under the rigidness of the law but purpose to walk in the spirit, rooted in grace, for the perfecting work of Christ ongoing work in our hearts  (Rom 6:6, 14; Rom 8:13; Phi 1:6).

VI. Of Baptism:

We believe Christian Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament and is the immersion in water of a believer (Matt 3:16; Acts 8:37-38) into the visible church (1 Cor 12:13), in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), where we are sealed in the covenant of His grace (Gal 3:27), of regeneration (Tit 3:5), of remission of sins (Mk 1:4), to walk in a newness of life (Rom 6:3-4).  Not only those that do actually profess faith in obedience to Christ, but also the children or infants of one or both believing parents, should be baptized (Acts 2:38-39, 1 Cor 7:14, Luke 18:15). Clearly in scripture, there are times when immersion is not practical in baptism, as in excessive crowds (Acts 2:41), with small children (Mark 10:13-16), or other extenuating circumstances related to health and physical safety;  during such times baptism is rightly administered by the pouring or sprinkling of a person (Acts 9:19-22, Acts 2:41).

VII.  Of The Lords Supper:

We believe the Lords Supper is a sacrament of the New Testament and is the process in which members of the church come together to commemorate the dying love of Christ and His gracious works on our behalf, in a spirit of unity, preceded always by solemn self-examination (1Cor 11:17-33).

VIII. Of The Gospel Church:

We believe that the 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 spiritual gifts and partaking of the promises invested to them by the Word. The church shall endure, even until the end (Eph 1:22; Matt 16:18; Acts 2:27; 1Cor 12:12-13).

  February 2020  
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