STATEMENT OF FAITH
On the Bible – We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
On God – We believe in one God, creator of all, Holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
On Christ – We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in preincarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
On the Holy Spirit – We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment and Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.
On Satan – We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and of man.
On Man – We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
On Salvation – We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God, that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious expiatory and propitiatory death, that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus
Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.
On Ordinances – We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament:
- Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
- The Lord’s Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements; bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.
On the Church and State – We believe in the entire separation of Church and State.
On Future Things – We believe in the personal bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.
On the Church – We believe in the universal church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
On Religious Liberty – We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.
On the Lord’s Day – We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.
On Civil Government – We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that civil authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth.