Articles of Faith

The Bible– The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and our infallible rule of faith and practice (II Peter 1:18-21; II Timothy 3:16,17).

God– There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver, and Righteous Governor of the universe; and in Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; yet as one God infinitely wise and good, whom all intelligent creatures are supremely to love, adore, and obey (Deut. 6:4; I Cor. 8:4; Jer. 10:10, John 4:24, Eph. 4:6).

Christ– Christ is God manifest in the flesh; in His divine nature truly God, in His human nature truly man. The mediator between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glorified, and is our ever present Savior and Lord (I Tim. 3:16; John 1:1,2; Matt. 1:23; 26:28; 28:5,6; Rom. 3:25,26).

The Holy Spirit– The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God (John 16:8, 13; II Peter 1:21).

The Government of God– God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and all things by maintaining the constitution and laws of nature. He also performs special acts, not otherwise provided for as the high west welfare of men requires (Acts 17:28; Matt. 10:30; Job 14:5; Isa. 9:6).

The Sinfulness of Man– Man was created innocent, but by disobedience fell into a state of condemnation. His posterity, therefore, inherits a fallen nature of such tendencies that all who come to year of accountability, sin, and became guilty before God (John 3:3; Rom.3:23; 8:1; 4:23).

The Work of Christ– The Son of God by His incarnation, life, suffering, death and resurrection, effected for all redemption from sin that is full and free, and is the ground of salvation by faith (Heb. 2:9; Rom. 5:18; 8:1; 4:25).

The Terms of Salvation– The conditions of salvation are (a) Repentance or sincere sorrow for sin and hearty renunciation of it. (b) Faith or the unreserved committal of one’s self to Christ as Savior and Lord with the purpose to love and obey Him in all things. In the exercise of saving faith, the soul is renewed by the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin and becomes a child of God. (c) Continuance in faith and obedience until death (Acts 17:20; Luke 13:3; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8, 9; Rev. 2:10).

Election– God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence, by faith in Christ, man became his elect (Rom. 1:28-30; 10:9, 10; I Peter 1:2)

Freedom of Will– The human will is free and self controlled, having power to yield to influence of the truth and the Spirit or to resist them and perish (Rev. 22:17; II Chron. 7:14; Rev. 3:20).

Salvation Free– God desires the salvation of all, the Holy Spirit strives with all, and whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely (Mark 16:15; Isa. 55:1; Gal. 2:20).

Perseverance– All believers in Christ, who through grace preserve in holiness to the end of life, have promise of eternal salvation (II Peter 1:10; Heb. 6:4-6; Rev. 2:10).

Gospel OrdinancesBaptism, or the immersion of believers in water, and the Lord’s Supper, are ordinances to be perpetuated under the Gospel. Feet washing is an ordinance teaching humility of universal obligation, and to be ministered to all true believers (Matt. 28:19, 20; Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:4; I Cor. 11:23-29; John 13:4-14).

Tithing– God commanded tithes and offering in the Old Testament; Jesus Christ endorsed it in the Gospel (Matt. 23:23); and the apostle Paul said, “Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store as God hath prospered him” (I Cor. 16:2; Gen. 14:20;Mal. 3:8-10).

The Christian Sabbath– The divine law requires that one day in seven be set apart from secular employments and amusements for rest, worship, holy works, and activities and for personal communion with God (Gen 2:3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 25: 1-6).

Resurrection, Judgment, and Final Retribution-The Scriptures teach the resurrection of all men at the last day. They that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of Life, and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation; then the wicked will “go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (I Cor. 15:1-58; Acts 17:31; Heb. 9:27; II Cor. 5:10; Matt. 25:46).

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