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What We Believe

Articles Of Faith

1.Of the Scriptures
2.Of the True God
3.Of the Holy Spirit
4.Of the Devil, or Satan
5.Of the Creation
6.Of the Fall of Man
7.Of the Virgin Birth
8.Of the Atonement for Sin
9.Of Grace in the New Creation
10.Of the Freeness of Salvation
11.Of Justification
12.Of Repentance and Faith
13.Of the Church
14.Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
15.Of the Perseverance of the Saints
16.Of the Righteous and the Wicked
17.Of Civil Government
18.Of the Resurrection, Return of Christ & Related Events
19.Of Missions
20.Of the Grace of Giving




Of The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally
inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and
therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and
final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian
union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and
opinions should be tried.
1. By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from
Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not only contain
and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
2. 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.

Psalm 19:7-11; 119:89,105,130,160; Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 8:20;
Luke 16:31; 24:25-27,44-45; John 5:39,45-47; 12:48; 17:17; Acts
1:16; 28:25; Romans 3:4; 15:4; Ephesians 6:17; 2Timothy 3:16-17;
1Peter 1:23; 2Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:19
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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 Ghost, equal in every divine
perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great
work of redemption.

Genesis 17:1; Exodus 20:2-3; 15:11; Psalm 83:18; 90:2; 147:5;
Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 4:24; 10:30;
15:26; 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 11:23; 1Corinthians 12:10-11;
8:6; 12:4-6; 2Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; 4:6; Philippians
2:5-6; 1Timothy 1:17; 1John 5:7; Revelation 4:11
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Of The Holy Spirit
We believe 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 the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world
He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He
convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears
witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that
He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides,
teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

Genesis 1:13; Matthew 3:11; 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35;
3:16; 24:49; John 1:33; 3:5-6; 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27;
16:8-11,13; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Romans 8:14,16,26-27;
Ephesians 1:13-14; 2Thessalonians 2:7,13; Hebrews 9:14;
1Peter 1:2
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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 of the 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 His
Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, 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 the
judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and
his angels.

Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Matthew 4:1-3; 13:25;
25:41; 27:39; Mark 13:21-22; Luke 22:3-4; John 14:30;
Ephesians 2:2; 2Corinthians 11:13-15; 1Thessalonians 3:5;
2Thessalonians 2:8-11; 1Peter 5:8; 2Peter 2:4; 1John 2:22;
3:8; 4:3; 2John 7; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-10; 13:13-14;
19:11,16,20; 20:1-3,10

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Of The 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;
that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary
change of species, or development through interminable periods of
time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life
was made directly and God's established law was that they should
bring forth only "after their kind."

Genesis 1:1,11,24,26-27; 2:21-23; Exodus 20:11; Nehemiah
9:6; Jeremiah 10:12; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Romans
1:20; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 10:6

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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 of choice; and therefore under just
condemnation without defense or excuse.

Genesis 3:1-6,24; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:18,20,28,32;
3:10-19; 5:12,19; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1,3
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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 or can ever be born of a woman, and that He is both the
Son of God, and God, the Son.

Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 7:14; Matthews 1:18-25;
Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; 1Corinthians
15:47; 1John 5:20
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Of The Atonement For Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through
the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by appointment of
the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin,
honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His
death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His
atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a
martyr, but 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 own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead,
He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person
the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way
qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient
Savior.

Isaiah 53:4-7,11-12; Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; 10:18; Acts
15:11; Romans 3:24-25; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:8;
Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:14; 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2
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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
is 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.

Luke 5:27; John 1:12-13; 3:3,6-7; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:23;
2Corinthians 5:17,19; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:1; 5:9;
Colossians 2:13; 1John 5:1


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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; that it is the immediate duty of
all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and
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.

Isaiah 55:1; Matthew 11:28; John 3:15-18,36; 5:40; 6:37;
Acts 2:38; Romans 8:29-30; 10:13; 1Corinthians 15:10;
Ephesians 2:4-5; Colossians 3:12; 1Thessalonians 1:4;
1Timothy 1:15; Titus 1:1; 1Peter 1:2; Revelation 22:17
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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.

Isaiah 53:11; Habakkuk 2:4; Zechariah 13:1; Acts 13:39;
Romans 1:17; 4:1; 5:1-9; 8:1; Galatians 3:11; Titus 3:5-7;
Hebrews 10:38
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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 Savior.

Psalm 51:1-4,7; Isaiah 55:6-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; 18:13;
Acts 2:37-38; 20:21; Romans 10:9-11,13
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Of The Church
We believe that a Baptist 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
propagator 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 officers
of ordination are pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims,
and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures; we believe the true
mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to
make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to
teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in
the reversal of this order; we hold that the local 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 is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural
for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for
the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is
the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its
cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of
government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local
church is final.

Leviticus 27:31; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts
2:41-42; 6:5-6; 14:23; 15:22-23; 20:17-28; 1Corinthians
5:11-13; 6:1-3; 11:2; 12:4,8-11; 16:1-2; Ephesians 1:22-23;
4:11; 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 3:1-13
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Of Baptism And The Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a
believer, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a
solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and
risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a
new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation
and to the Lord's supper, in which the members of the church, by
the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to
commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always
by solemn self-examination.

Matthew 3:6; 3:16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42;
8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; 1Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians
2:12
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Of The Perseverance Of The Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the
end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark
which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special
Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by
the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.

Psalm 121:3; Matthew 6:20; 13:19-21; John 8:31-32;
10:28-29; 16:8; Romans 8:28,35-39; Philippians 1:6;
Colossians 1:21-23; Hebrews 1:14; 1Peter 1:5; 1John 2:19
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Of The Righteous And The Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between
the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit
of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as
continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and
under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and
after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the
everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 11:31; 14:32; Malachi 3:18;
Matthew 7:13-14; 25:34; Luke 9:26; 16:25; John 8:21;
12:25; Acts 10:34-35; Romans 1:17; 6:16-18,23; 7:6;
1Corinthians 15:22; Galatians 3:10; 1Peter 4:18; 1John
2:7,29; 5:19
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Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the
interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to
be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in
things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the
only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of
the earth.

Exodus 18:21-22; 2Samuel 23:3; Psalm 72:11; Daniel
3:17-18; Matthew 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 4:19-20; 23:5;
Romans 13:7; Philippians 2:10-11; Titus 3:1; 1Peter
2:13-14,17
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Of the Resurrection, Return of Christ & Related Events
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these
subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we
believe that Christ rose bodily "The third day according to the
Scriptures"; that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of
God"; that He alone is our "merciful and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God"; "that this same Jesus which is taken up from
you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him
go into heaven," bodily, personally, and visibly; that the "dead in
Christ shall rise first"; that the living saints "shall all be changed in a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump"; "that the
Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David"; and
that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He
hath put all enemies under His feet."

Psalm 72:8; Isaiah 11:4-5; Matthew 24:27,42; Matthew
28:6-7; Mark 16:6,19; Luke 1:32; Luke 24:2,4-6,39,51; John
14:3; John 20:27; Acts 1:9,11; 1Corinthians 15:4; Philippians
4:20; 1Thessalonians 4:16; 1Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9;
8:1; 9:28; 12:2
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Of Missions
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and
unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches.

Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you and, lo I am with you alway, even unto the
end of the world. Amen."

Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature."

John 20:21, "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto
the uttermost part of the earth."

Romans 10:13-15, "For whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in
whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in
him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear
without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they
be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
good things!"
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Of The Grace Of Giving
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the Faith.

2Corinthians 8:7, "Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in
faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and
in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also."

We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse
(common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week.

1Corinthians 16:2, "Upon the first day of the week let every
one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him,
that there be no gatherings when I come."

Under Grace we give, and do not pay, the tithe - "Abraham
GAVE the tenth of the spoils," - Hebrews 7:2,4 - and this was
four hundred years before the law, and is confirmed in the
new Testament; Jesus said concerning the tithe, "these ought
ye to have done", Matthew 23:23.

We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury of
the church.

Leviticus 27:30, "The tithe ... is the Lord's."

Malachi 3:10, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the
windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
shall not be room enough to receive it."
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