STATEMENT OF FAITH
Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for any
statement of faith, and the only authority for our beliefs and
practices. Our church constitution is not to add to nor take from
the Bible as a rule of faith and practice or a source of truth. We
agree with, but are not limited to the Doctrinal Statement of the
Association as recorded in the 1998 Year Book. We further
adopt the following as our Declaration of Faith and our church
covenant. Bible references given in the doctrinal statement below
are to verses in the King James Version.
We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole
Bible as originally written and that the Bible is the
all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim.
We believe in the one, personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; I John 5:7-8).
We believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1:2).
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and
man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the
eternal lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41;
2 Cor. 4:4; Eph.6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).
We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus
Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14;
We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus
Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4, 5,
8; Acts 2:1-4).
We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in
innocence until he fell by voluntary transgression from his
sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Gen.
1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19). We believe in the total,
inherent depravity of man (Eccl. 7:29; Rom. 3:23; 5:12); in
salvation by grace through repentance and faith without works,
resulting from both mans’ free choice and Divine election.
We believe in the new birth, that the depraved sinner is saved
wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites
to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23;
Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners,
regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John
3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus
We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was
substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those
who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb.2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2
Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are
eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John
5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).
We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He
chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matt.
16:27; Matt.25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev.
We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His
ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly
of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to
carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church
is an independent, self-governing body, and no other
ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe
that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22;
Matt. 16:18; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph.3:21).
We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and
the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11;
1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1Thess. 4:13-18).
We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ
as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include
the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the
Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous
unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous
shall enter into the heaven age. (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2
Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).
We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's
churches: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the
immersion of believers in water, administered by the authority of
a New Testament church. The Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance,
restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance
(Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor.
11:1, 2, 17-20, 26).
We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a
church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose
qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.
We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are,
and properly should be, servants of the local churches (Matt.
We believe that Jesus Christ alone is the head of the church and
that all Christian churches should be free to worship without
interference from the government. (Eph. 1:22).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity
be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We
believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality,
bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are
sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God
disapproves of any deliberate attempt to appear as the opposite
sex. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom.
1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one
man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph.
been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord
Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, and, on the profession of
our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God,
Angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into
covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together
in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church,
in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and
spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and
doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support
of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the
poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to
religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our
kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the
world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements,
and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid tattling, backbiting,
and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of and use of
intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to
advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to
remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and
distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy
in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for
reconciliation and be mindful of the rules of our Saviour to
secure it without delay.
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.