What We Believe
ARTICLES OF FAITH
The Authority of the Articles of Faith. The Articles of Faith do not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible is the sole and final source of what we believe. We believe the Articles of Faith accurately represent the teachings of the Bible and, therefore, are binding upon all members.
Article 1: The Word of God. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, which includes the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament; we believe it was fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and it remains divinely preserved to the present day; we believe it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
Article 2: The Trinity. We believe there is one living and true God, existing in three persons; these three are equal in every divine perfection, and they execute distinct yet harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:7)
Article 3: God the Father. We believe God the Father is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; we believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, and He saves all who come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. (John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5)
Article 4: Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit; we believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings; we believe He was fully God and fully man, possessing both deity and humanity united in one person, without division of the person or confusion of the two natures; we believe in His atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and personal, visible return to earth to establish His kingdom. (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Acts 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 1:2-3; Hebrews 4:13)
Article 5: The Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit came forth to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; to regenerate, sanctify, and empower believers; to indwell, comfort, help, teach, and guide believers; we believe when a person is converted, the Holy Spirit baptizes that person into the body of Christ; we believe there is a distinction between the spiritual gifts given to believers to equip them for the work of the ministry and the “sign gifts” given as manifestations of the Holy Spirit in order to provide credibility in the messenger and the message during the foundational period of the church; therefore, we believe “sign gifts” are not normal for the present day, and we do not believe speaking in tongues is necessarily an evidence of being filled with the Spirit. (John 14:26; 16:7-15; Romans 8:14-17; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14)
Article 6: Satan. We believe Satan is a being, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; he is the enemy of God and man; he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Genesis 3; Job 1:6-7; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
Article 7: The Depravity of Man. We believe man was created in the image of God, but fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is depraved and utterly unable to remedy his condition without divine intervention. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
Article 8: Salvation. We believe salvation is the gracious gift of God, experienced by those with a repentant spirit, who put their trust in Christ, His redemptive work on the Cross, and His resurrection from the dead; salvation is not received on the basis of human merit or work. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19) Furthermore, we believe all believers are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 2 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 1:4-5)
Article 9: The Church. We believe the church is the spiritual body and bride of Christ, which is comprised of all born again believers, who assemble for the purpose of fellowship and worship; the church has been given the primary task of spreading the Gospel throughout the world. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:25-27) We call an individual congregation a “local church” meaning a local gathering of believers. All the local congregations therefore compose the Church or Body of Christ.
Article 10: The End Times. We believe in the imminent, personal, and visible return of Jesus Christ to earth to establish His kingdom; we believe in the resurrection of every person, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous in God’s presence, and the endless suffering of the wicked in the lake of fire. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:1-15)
Article 11: Christian Conduct. We believe every Christian should live for the glory of God in such a manner as not to bring reproach to the Name of Christ, nor bring disgrace upon the church to which they belong; every Christian should strive for spiritual maturity, personal holiness, and edification of the body of Christ. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 3:17-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
Article 12: Giving. We believe every Christian is a steward of the resources entrusted to him by God; we believe every Christian maintains an obligation to support his church financially; we believe God established the tithe as a base standard of giving in the Old Testament, but the New Testament standard of giving is governed over and above the tithe by proportion and sacrifice as God leads. (Matthew 23:23; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Ephesians 4:28; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 4:15-19; 1 Timothy 5:17-18)
Article 13: Church Ordinances. We believe two ordinances have been committed to each church for administering: baptism and observance of the Lord’s Supper; we believe baptism commemorates the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; baptism is intended for born again believers, by means of immersion; we believe the observance of the Lord’s Supper is commemorative of His sacrificial death; we invite all born again believers to join us. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)