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Sunday Morn. - 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Eve. - 5:00 p.m.

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ARTICLES OF FAITH

 

 I.  Of the Scriptures 

 

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that is has truth without any error, for it is the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

 
  • By “Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which was originally written does not only contain and convey he Word of God but is the very Word of God.
  • By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
  • We believe that the original manuscripts are no longer in existence, but that God supernaturally and providentially preserved His Word from the beginning through all of the time to this very moment.  Psalms 12:6-7; Isaiah 59:21; Matthew 5:18; 24:25; I Peter 1:23.
  • We believe that God’s Word is preserved for us today in the Authorized King James Version (1611) and that it is the God-honored text of the Reformation.  We believe that inspiration without preservation would be meaningless.  We reject all other translations and paraphrases of the Word of God and subscribe to and use only the King James Version (1611).
  • We believe the Bible to be the absolute and final rule of faith, doctrine and practice for the believer and that every believer must come under its authority in order to be obedient to God.  II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16, 28:25; Psalms 119:105, 130, 160; Luke 24:5-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45; Psalms 119:89; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 3:4; I Peter 1:2-3; Revelation 22:19; John 12:48; Isaiah 8:20; Ephesians 6:17; Romans 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psalms 19:7-11; John 5:45-47; John 5:39.

   II.  OF THE TRUE GOD 

 

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great plan and work of redemption.  Genesis 17:1; Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; John 4:24; Psalms 83:18; 90:2; 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 15:11; Revelation 4:11; I Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; I Corinthians 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Philippians 2:5-6; Ephesians 2:18; II Corinthians 13:14.

   

III.  OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

That the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purposed is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching, teaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.  John 14:26; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; II Thessalonians 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; Romans 8:14-15; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2; Romans 8:26-27.

 

IV.  OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN

 

We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince and power of the air and the unholy god of this world.  We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness—destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to be the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.  Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; II Peter 2:4; Ephesians 2:2; John 14:30; I Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3; I Peter 5:8; I John 3:8; Matthew 13:35; Matthew 13:37-39; Luke 22:3-4; II John 7; I John 2:22; Revelation 13:13-14; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; Revelation 19:11-20; Revelation 12:7-9; Revelation 20:1-10; Matthew 25:41.

 

V.  OF CREATION

 

We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made by God and His established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”  We believe in the literal six days of creation, that in six days God created the Heaven and the earth and on the seventh day God rested.  Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:2-23; Genesis 1:11; Genesis 1:24.

 

 

VI.  OF THE FALL OF MAN

     
         We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.  Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12, 19; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1, 3; Romans 1:18; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:32; Romans 1:20, 28; Romans 2:1; Galatians 3:22.

 

VII.  OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

 

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.  We believe that neither entity of this most Holy Union of God and man, could compromise the other.  In other words the humanity that is Jesus could not compromise the Deity that is God.  Jesus while in the form of a man did not practice sin and was without sin; furthermore we believe that Jesus could not sin for He was Holy God.  The Deity that was present in this Holy Union of God and man in no way compromised the humanity of Jesus.  Jesus lived with every limitation that flesh puts upon a man.  That which was Deity did not compromise the humanity.  He was the perfect God-Man.  Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psalm 2:7; Galatians 4:4; I John 5:20; I Corinthians 15:47.

 

VIII.  OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

 

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death and shed blood make a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, by was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour.  Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 8:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; I Peter 2:24; 3:18; Isaiah 53:11; I Corinthians 15:20; Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 9:12-15; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:2.

 

IX.  OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION

 

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of god; that the new creation in brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.  John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13: John 1:12-13; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:9.

 

X.  OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

 

We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel (faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God).  It is the immediate duty of all men to heed the Word of God and to follow the moving of the Holy Spirit and be saved.  Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.  We believe that no man can be saved without the Blood of Christ and the drawing of the Holy Spirit; however, man can by his own choice turn away from the Holy Spirit when that self same Spirit is calling him to salvation.  I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; I Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29-30; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17; Romans 10:13; John 6:37; 15:10; Ephesians 2:4-5; John 3:18, 36; 5:40.

 

XI.  OF JUSTIFICATION

 

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.  Acts 13:29; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 3:1; Romans 5:9; Romans 5:1; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 1:17; Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Romans 4:1-8; Hebrews 10:38.

 

XII.  OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH

 

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.  Acts 20:12; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Romans 10:13; Psalms 51:1-4; Isaiah 55:5-7;  Luke 12:8; Romans 10:9-11.

       

XIII.  OF THE CHURCH

 

We believe that the New Testament Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, said church being understood to be the citadel and propagation of the divine and eternal grace; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officer of ordination is the Pastor whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures.  As a local New Testament Baptist Church, we also accept the office of Deacon as established by scripture, and with said office being developed and used according to the need of the church.  We further accept the office of Trustee, not as a scripturally established office but rather an office developed in the church to meet the legal requirements of our judicial system.  We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); first, to make individual disciples; second to baptize these disciples; third to teach and instruct these disciples as God as commanded through His Word.  We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the local Baptist Church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent of the church is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for Baptist Churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every Baptist Church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local New Testament Baptist Church is final.  Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23;  Ephesians 4:11; I Corinthians 12:4, 8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23, 20:17-28; I timothy 3:1-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; I Peter 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3-4; II Corinthians 3:23-24; I Corinthians 16:1; Malachi 3:19; Leviticus 27:32; I Corinthians 16:2; I Corinthians 6:1-3; I Corinthians 5:11-13.