Our 18 Articles of Faith that outline some specifics on what we believe: as of 7/13/13
1. Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. It is without error and should be taken literally until it can no longer be taken literally (eg. if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off)
2. The True God. We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth.
3. The Fall of Man. We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state.
4. The Way of Salvation. We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace.
5. Justification. We believe the Scriptures teach 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 promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness.
6. The Freeness of Salvation. We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel.
7. Regeneration. We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again.
8. Repentance and Faith. We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God.
9. God’s Purpose of Grace. We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners.
10. Sanctification. We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness.
11. Perseverance of Saints. We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors.
12. The Law and Gospel. We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good.
13. A Gospel Church. We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel.
14. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; and the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
15. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is that between a man and a woman, in accordance with God’s Word in Genesis 2:22-24 and Romans 1:24-26
16. We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (1); and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (2); except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (3) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth (4).
17. Gender is sacred as ordained by God in the book of Genesis, and must not be modify, adjusted, and/or tampered with for any reason.
18. In accordance to 1 Cor 6:1-8, We believe that Christians should not take each other to court over church matters. We believe that Christians should not take each other to court over civil matters, if it can in any way be avoided. We believe that Christians should not take non-Christians to court over civil matters, if it can be avoided. However, in some instances, such as the protection of our own rights (as in the example of the apostle Paul in Acts 21 & 22), it may be appropriate to pursue a legal solution).