Articles of Faith

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of "The Baptist Faith and Message" as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in the year 2000. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to mankind. The ordinances of the church are believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper.

 

We believe, based on the teachings of the Holy Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, that marriage is an institution ordained by God from the foundation of the world, and intended as a lifelong union between one man born a male and one woman born a female.

 

Beginning with Genesis chapters 1 and 2 and reaffirmed by the teaching of Jesus Christ when He said, as recorded in Matthew 19:4-6,"Haven't you read," He replied, "that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female," and He also said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 continues defining marriage by condemning certain lifestyles including adultery, prostitution and homosexuality. The Bible condemns all forms of sexual immorality and encourages Christians to flee from it because of its destructive effects and because the body of the Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

As a result of our belief that the Scripture contained in the Holy Bible are the words of God, we cannot sanction, approve, support or promote in any way adultery, fornication (a sexual relationship between an unmarried man and woman; i.e. "living together"), pornography, pedophilia, polygamy, bestiality or homosexual unions.

(Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 5:9)

 

As a result of our beliefs in the Holy Scriptures, as described previously, it is our policy that the facilities and grounds of this church, our members, our teachers, our leaders and our staff, may not be used or participate in any ceremony that in any way approves, celebrates, supports or allows same-sex union or a polygamist union or any other union which, in judgment of the church based on the Holy Scriptures, is inconsistent with our beliefs.

 

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.

 

The Scriptures – The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only inerrant, sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

(Jeremiah 30:2, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

God – There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. 

(Genesis 1, Exodus 20:3, Psalm 41:13)

 

Trinity – God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of Nature or essence of being. 

(I John 5:6-7)

 

Providence - God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

(Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 10:31-33, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Hebrews 1:3)

 

Gift of Salvation – The blessings of salvation are made free to all believers. There is nothing, which prevents the salvation of the worst sinner on earth except his own voluntary rejection of the Gospel. 

(Romans 6:23; 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

Fall of Man – God created man in His own image and free from sin, but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original state of righteousness. In consequence of this, all mankind are sinners, not by constraint but choice, and are transgressors of the law. 

(Genesis 3:15, Romans 3:23)

 

The Mediator –Jesus Christ, the One and only Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.

(Matthew 3:17, Romans 5:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-7, 1 Timothy 2:5, Philemon 2:5-11, Hebrews 1:3)

 

Regeneration – Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.

(John 3:1-8, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:3)

 

Repentance – Repentance is a gift of grace through the Gospel wherein the Holy Spirit convicts a person of the manifold evil of his sin, producing in him a godly sorrow, personal guilt, and hatred of such sin, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.

(Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, 2 Corinthians 7:9)

 

Faith – Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and leads to a life of holiness.

(John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 2:6-10)

 

Justification - God’s full acquittal from all sin, not upon any merits of the sinner, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ. They receive and rest on Him and His righteousness by faith.

(Romans 1:16-17; 3:23-26; 5:1-2; 18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

Sanctification – Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them from the moment of conversion. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands.

(John 17:17, Romans 8:3-4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 12:14)

 

Perseverance of the Saints – Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end. Although they may fall through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

(John 10:28, Romans 8:30, 1 John 5:13)

 

The Church – The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true followers, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to gather together into local churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline, and worship which He has appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Pastors, Elders, and Deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the offices are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

(Matthew 16:18; 18:15-18, Colossians 1:18, 1 Timothy 3:1-15,Hebrews 10:25, 1 Peter 5:1-4)

 

Baptism – Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he/she is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, raised up to live and walk in newness of life.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 8:38-39, Romans 6:3-5)

 

The Lord’s Supper – The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches until He returns. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate the propitiating death of Jesus, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. The Lord’s Supper is restricted from unbelievers, those who have not been baptized by immersion, and those under the discipline of the church to guard against judgment being brought on one who participates in an unworthy manner.

(Matthew 26:26-27, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-26)

 

The Lord’s Day – The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. It is to be kept sacred to magnify Jesus Christ, resting from worldly employments and amusements; works of necessity and mercy only excepted. 

(Genesis 2:2-3)

 

The Righteous and the Wicked – There is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked. Those only who are justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by The Holy Spirit are truly righteous in His sight. Those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under condemnation. This distinction between the righteous and the wicked holds in and after death, and will be made manifest at the judgment when final and everlasting rewards are made to all men

(Psalm 1:1-6, Malachi 3:18, Romans 2:7-10)

 

The Resurrection – The Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus arose from the dead. His grave was emptied of its contents. He appeared to the disciples after His resurrection in many convincing manifestations. He now exists in His glorified body at God’s right hand. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus. 

(Luke 20:27-28; 24:1-8, Romans 8:10-11, 1 Corinthians 15:22-32)

 

The Return of the Lord – The New Testament teaches in many places the visible and personal return of Jesus to this earth. The time of His coming is not revealed. It is the duty of all believers to live in readiness for His coming and by diligence in good works to make manifest to all men the reality and power of their hope in Christ.

(Matthew 24:36, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

 

The Judgment – God has appointed a day, wherein Jesus Christ will judge the world. The final announcement of destinies of men shall be made – the wicked going into everlasting punishment and the righteous into everlasting life. Also, everyone shall receive according to his deeds. 

(Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:11-15)

 

Worship - Worship is to be given to God and to Him alone; not to angels, saints, or any other creatures; and since the fall, not without a mediator, nor in the mediation of any other but Christ alone. The only acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by Himself and revealed in Scriptures.

(Exodus 20:3-6; Matthew 22:37-38; 1 Timothy 2:5)

 

Stewardship - God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtor-ship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.

(Genesis 14:20, Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 8:18, Malachi 3:8-12, Matthew 6:1-4; 19-21; 23:23; 25:14-29)

 

Manhood and Womanhood - Men and women are both created in God’s image and therefore husbands and wives are of equal worth but are given complimentary roles. The husband is responsible to lead, protect, and provide for his family, and is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. The wife is to come alongside in submission to the servant leadership of her husband with support in managing and nurturing the next generation. In these roles the marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people.

(Genesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Peter 3:1-7)

 

The Family - God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

(Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 6:1-4, Titus 2:3-5)

 

The Holy Spirit - Enables men to understand truth, exalts Christ and brings conviction to men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ and cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

(Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:14, Hebrews 2:3-4)

 

Election – We believe in election to the extent that God employs some, as agents in carrying out His holy will in the world. It is the eternal purpose of God but is in no way inconsistent with the free agency of man.

(John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4-6, 2 Thessalonians 2:13)