Tenants of Faith Pertaining to Members

We Believe...

1. The Bible is Our All-Sufficient Rule of Faith and Conduct, in the Inspired Word of God.

The Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, contains the verbally inspired, and authoritative word of God. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:21).

2. There is But One Living and True God.

God has chosen to reveal himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God the same in substance, equal in power and glory. A Trinity in unity. (Dt. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Mt. 28:19; Lk. 3:22).  

3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man. Jesus Christ is perfect God and perfect man. (Jn. 1: 1-3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:10)  

4. The Eternal Son of God

a. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. (Mt. 1:23; Lk. 1:31,35).

b. Jesus Christ led a sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22).

c. Jesus Christ performed miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38).

d. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor.5:21).

e. Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead (Mt. 28:6; Lk. 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4).

f. Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:3).

g. Jesus Christ will visibly return again (Acts 1:10,11).  

5. The Sinfulness of Man.

When Adam and Eve fell from their original righteousness and communion with God they became dead in sin. From this original sin our natures became sinful. Because of the sinfulness of man, sinful man is inclined to serve his own will instead of God (Ps. 36:1; Jer.17:9).

6. In the Salvation of Man.

The Bible teaches that God has provided salvation for man in the person and work (life, ministry, vicarious death, and resurrection) of his son Jesus Christ. Conditions or requirements for salvation: Repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Mk. 1:15; Mk. 3:19, Mk. 16:31; Jn. 3:16).  

7. The Sanctification of the believer.

With salvation we are set apart from sin and dedicated to God for fellowship and service. This sanctification is both instant and progressive in the life of the saint. (1 Thess. 4:7, 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:4; 1 Pet. 1:2).  

8. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The purpose of the baptism is to empower or energize us for service. This is evidenced by the initial physical signs of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4).  

9. The Church and its Mission.

The Church are those regenerate persons who are gathered together in Christ the head of the church; through which the gospel is preached and believers are nurtured. (Mt. 28:19, 20; Mk.16:15; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14:12).  

A) To accomplish the work of the ministry we believe in the priesthood of the believer (Eph.4:12; 1 Pet 2:9)

B) And in the ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers (Eph. 4:11).

10. The Ordinances of the Church.

There are two ordinances (authoritative order, decree) that we observe and practice.

A) Water baptism by immersion: all who repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are eligible for water baptism (Mt. 28:19; Mk. 16:16; Acts 10:47; Rom. 6:4).

B) Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper. "Do it in remembrance" declares the Lord's death and as such a memorial (1 Cor. 11:24; 1K. 22:19). "You do show the Lord's death" is an act of faith in the atoning work of Christ and as a proclamation (1 Co. 11:26). "Till He comes" is a statement of anticipation of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and as such our hope.

11. Divine Healing.

Jesus Christ is our Divine Physician who according to His will, sovereignty, graciousness, and mercy can heal the sick. (Isa. 53:4, 5; Mt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).

12. The Second Coming of Christ.

His coming will be personal, visible, and glorious. (Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:10,11; Heb. 9:28; Phil. 3:20; Zech. 12:10; 2 Thess. 1:7; Col. 3:4; Rev. 1:7).

The dead in Christ will rise, then the redeemed that are alive shall be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air (1 Cor. 15:51,52; I Thess. 4:17; 2 Thess. 2:1; Titus 2:13).

With the Second Coming of Christ will begin the thousand year reign of Christ over an earthly kingdom (Rev. 20:2,6). 

13. The Final Judgment.

Known as the "Great White Throne Judgment" it describes the judgment of all the wicked dead (Rev. 20:11-14).

14. New Heaven and a New Earth.

Heaven and earth will have a new beginning. Heaven and Earth have awaited their redemption and will be restored in harmony and order, wherein dwells righteousness. (Ps. 102:25,26; Isa. 34:4; Isa. 51:6; Rom. 8:22; 2 Pet. 3:10,13). 

15. Marriage is an ordinance of the Church.          

Marriage is an ordinance of the Church.  This church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment.  A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these Articles.

16. Sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage.  Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia” – porneia) are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct and the creation and/or distribution and/viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.

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