Articles of Faith

Our beliefs are based on the 1689 London Confession of Faith

I. God

We believe in one true and living God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these Three are One, and are harmoniously equal in infinite power, wisdom, justice, holiness, mercy, love and truth. (Gen. 1:226 / Isa. 43:10-1144:6 / Mal. 3:6 / Eph. 4:5-6 / 1 Tim. 2:5 / 1 John 5:7)

II. The Scriptures

 We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God, and that they alone are to govern God’s people both in faith and practice. (Jer. 36:2 / Acts 1:16 / Rom. 15:4 / 2 Tim. 3:16-17 / 1 Pet. 1:20 / Rev. 14:13)

III. Total Depravity Of Man

We believe that Adam, in his first transgression, fell under the just and full condemnation of God’s holy law; that each and all of his posterity were then represented by him as their earthly head, and consequently in their descent from him have inherited his very same fallen nature and condition of guilt and depravity; so are by nature (or earthly birth), and justly condemned under the great penalty of Adamic-sin, subject to all the sorrowful and many resulting consequences, both temporal and eternal; and that they have neither will nor power to deliver themselves from this sinful curse of their lost and ruined state. (Gen. 6:5 / John 5:40 / Rom. 3:10-185:128:6-89:16 / 1 Cor. 15:22 / Eph. 2:1-3 / Tit. 3:3)

IV. Election

We believe that the doctrine of unconditional election is a very precious Bible truth; that God, for His own glory and praise, has most sovereignly and graciously chosen a certain and definite number of the descendants of Adam in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, and has positively ordained them to eternal life and glory. (Deut. 4:37 / Isa. 45:4 / Matt. 24:3,25:34 / Luke 18:7 / John 15:16 / Rom. 9:9-13 / Eph. 1:4 / 2 Tim. 1:9 / 1 Pet. 1:2)

V. Predestination

We believe that God has predestinated all these elect subjects unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ, which was wholly according to the good pleasure of His own will and for the praise of His marvelous grace. ( Acts 2:23 / Rom. 8:29-30 /Eph. 1:511)

VI. Christ The Only Mediator

We believe that Jesus was sent forth from everlasting as the great Mediator and heavenly representative of His elect people and that, in the fulness of time, He took upon Himself a holy and undefiled body, soul, and nature, and suffered and died in the behalf of His elect only, thereby obtaining eternal redemption for them. (Ps. 111:9 / Isa. 63:3-5 / Acts 5:31 / Ga. 4:4-5 / 1 Tim. 2:5 / Heb. 8:69:11-1212:24 / 1 John 2:1)

VII. Justification

We believe that sinners are justified before God only through the gracious imputation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. (Ps. 32:2 / Rom. 3:244:5-75:918 / 1 Cor. 6:11 / 2 Cor. 5:18-19)

VIII. Regeneration

We believe that God’s elect are born again, or regenerated, while dead in trespasses and sins (or their spiritually lifeless state by nature) by the Holy Spirit, and that they shall persevere through grace unto eternal glory. (Ezk. 36:26 / John 1:13,3:3-85:25 / 1 Cor 5:176:14 / Eph. 2:1 / Heb. 8:10 / 1 Pet. 1:23)

IX. Perseverance Of The Saints

We believe that all who are regenerated (effectually called) will be finally saved. Not one can be finally lost. (John 10:28Ps. 37:28)

X. General Resurrection

We believe that there will be a resurrection of all the dead; and that the joys of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked shall be eternal. (John 5:28-29 / Acts 24:15 / 1 Cor. 15:12-58 / 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

XI. Good Works

We believe that good works and obedience to the commands of God are well pleasing in His sight, and should be maintained; but they are to be considered only as an evidence of a gracious state, and not as a condition unto salvation. (Matt. 5:16 / 2 Cor. 9:8 / Col. 1:10 / 1 Tim. 2:3 / Tit. 2:73:8 / Heb. 10:24 / 1 Pet. 2:12)

XII. Ordinances & Observations

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the Church and that believers are the only proper subjects for baptism and that immersion is the only mode; and that none except those who have been regularly baptized are admitted in the Communion Service; and that the washing of the saints’ feet is an example of love and humility which should be practiced by the members of our Church. (Rom. 6:4 / Col. 2:12 / 1 Cor. 11:24-29 / Acts 8:26-38 / John 12:1-17)

XIII. The Church

We believe that the Church is the highest ecclesiastical authority on earth, subject alone unto God for all her acts and that her form of government is congregational, each member having an equal voice in all her acts. (Matt. 16:15-1918:15-17 / 1 Cor. 6:4 / Col. 1:18)