"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." - Romans 10:9
Our Purpose: Our purpose as a church is to display God's glory. We do this by worshipping him, building one another up in him, and telling others about him.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Based onThe Basis of the Union
Article I. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have their authority from God alone, and are given to us by divine inspiration. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible and sufficient standard of faith and practice. Psalm 1; Psalm 119; Matthew 4:4; John 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; 2 Peter 1:19–21, 3:14–16; Hebrews 4:12
Article II. The True God
We believe that there is one true and living God; He is an infinite Spirit; self-existent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, good, wise, just and merciful. He is the creator, preserver, and sovereign of the universe; He is inexpressively glorious in holiness, and worthy of all honour, confidence and love. In the Godhead there are three persons in one: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection, and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Genesis 1:1, 2:7, 17:1; Exodus 3:14, 34:6; Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:2; Psalm 90:1–4, 103:19, 139:1–6, 7–12; Isaiah 6:3, 40:17–23, 28; Matthew 3:16–17, 10:29–30, 19:26, 28:19; Mark 12:29, 14:36; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:3; James 1:17; 1 John 4:7–21; Jude 25; Revelation 4:8
A. The Father
We believe that the Father is the first person of the Trinity. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. 1 Chronicles 29:10; Matthew 6:9ff; John 5:26, 14:6–13, 17:1–8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14–15; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Hebrews 12:9
B. The Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the second person of the Trinity who, by virtue of His sacrificial work, is the world’s redeemer and the savior of all who believe. He is at present the intercessor of all His people at the right hand of the Father, and is to be the judge of all men. Luke 1:27,35; John 1:1,14: 3:16; 10:30; Acts 1:9,11; 10:42; 1 Corinthians 15:17, 20-23; 1 Tim 2:5; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:3, 4:14–16; Revelation 11:15; 22:12-13
C. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, by whom all saving, comforting and sanctifying power is exerted upon human hearts. John 3:7-8; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8,14; Acts 1:8; 5:3–4; Romans 15:16
Article III. State and Fall of Man
We believe that man was created sinless. By his own disobedience he fell into sin. Through his fall into sin, an evil nature was transmitted to the whole race, revealing itself in actual transgression, and bringing all under the reign of condemnation and death. Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:11-23; 5:12; 2 Corinthians 4:3; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
Article IV. The Atonement
We believe that the perfect life, vicarious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, have removed the obstacles in the way of the Holy Spirit’s regenerating power and of the Father’s forgiving grace being extended to the sinner, and constitute for every believing soul an all prevailing plea and sufficient ground for righteousness before God. Isaiah 53; Acts 3:19, 4:12, 8:32–35; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:14, 21; 1 Timothy 2:6; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 2:2
Article V. Regeneration
We believe that in regeneration a new life principle is begotten in the soul of man by the Holy Spirit through the Word of truth, producing a disposition to joyful obedience to Christ and to holy conduct in life. Acts 26:18; Romans 5:1; 6:13, 18-19,22, 8:9–11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1; Titus 3:5
Article VI. Repentance
We believe that in repentance the sinner, having seen his sin, being moved by energy of the Holy Spirit, is led to grieve for and hate it as an offence against God, and apprehending the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, he lovingly returns to God to walk in the way of His commandments. Mark 1:14–15; John 16:7-11; Acts 3:19; 20:21; 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:19; 1 John 1:9
Article VII. Faith
We believe that faith is a conviction of the intellect that God will perform all that He has promised and an implicit trust of the heart in Christ as a personal savior. It includes a hearty concurrence of the will and affections with the whole plan of salvation as revealed in the gospel, and is a condition of justification and of cleansing from the pollution of sin and of all subsequent gospel blessings. John 20:31; Romans 1:16; 3:21–26; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:8–9
Article VIII. Justification
We believe that justification is an act of God wherein He accepts as righteous the sinner, to whom is imputed the perfect righteousness of Christ, on the condition of faith alone. Romans 3:21–26,28; 5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:7
Article IX. Sanctification
We believe that the scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, Christians are made partakers of His holiness; that it has its beginnings in regeneration, and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the continual use of the appointed means: the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer. Romans 6:13-14, 19; 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 5:23-24; Titus 2:11-12; 3:5; Hebrews 12:14
Article X. The Lord’s Day
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord’s Day should be commensurate with the Christian’s conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:8–11; Matthew 12:1–12, 28:1ff; Mark 2:27–28, 16:1–7; Luke 24:1–3, 33–36; John 4:21–24; 20:1, 19–28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5–10; 1 Corinthians 16:1–2; Colossians 2:16, 3:16; Revelation 1:10
Article XI. A Gospel Church
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. In the more general sense, the word church is used to designate all whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The only scriptural officers are overseers/pastors/elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus. Matthew 16:15–19, 18:15–20; Acts 6:1–7; 1 Timothy 3:1–15, Titus 1:5–9, Revelation 3:5, 13:8
Article XII. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Baptism is the immersion of believers in water into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in which are represented their death to the world, the washing of their souls from the pollution of sin, their resurrection to newness of life, the burial and resurrection of Christ, their resurrection at the last day, and their engagement to serve God. The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Christ, to be observed by the churches in the manner indicated by Him in Matthew 26:26–30. Matthew 3:13–17, 26:26–30, 28:19–20, Mark 1:9–11, 14:22–26; Luke 3:21–22, 22:19–20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41–42, 8:35–39, 16:30–33, 20:7; Romans 6:3–5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21, 11:23–29; Colossians 2:12
Article XIII. Death, Resurrection, and Final Judgement
We believe that at death our bodies return to dust, our souls to God who gave them. The righteous being then perfected in happiness are received to dwell with God, awaiting the full redemption of their bodies. The wicked are cast into Hades reserved unto the judgement of the great day. There will be a general resurrection of the bodies of the just and of the unjust; the righteous in the likeness of Christ, but the wicked to shame and everlasting contempt. There will be a judgement of quick and dead, of the just and unjust, on the principles of righteousness, by the Lord Jesus Christ, at His second coming. The wicked will be condemned to eternal punishment, and the righteous received into fullness of eternal life and joy. Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16-18; 14:2-3; 1 Corinthians 15:12-57; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10; Revelation 20:11-15; 22:1-5, 20
Having been led, as we believe, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with one another/renew our covenant with one another.
We promise, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk cautiously in the world; be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements; cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; participate in one another’s joy’s; hear one another’s burdens and sorrows; be slow to take offence and always ready for reconciliation.
We will not neglect the service of the Church, and we will observe private prayer and the reading of the scriptures, earnestly seeking therein the help of the Holy Spirit.
We will strive for the advancement of this church and will sustain its worship, ordinances, and doctrine; that, according to our ability we will contribute regularly to its support and ministries, and that we will endeavour to lead to Christ our friends and acquaintances.
We will cooperate with other churches and Christian agencies in the fight against all organized and unorganized evils; practice temperance in all things; and be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Saviour.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Humbly confessing our past sins, we pray for the grace and strength to keep these, our holy vows, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.