Section 1 - 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.
"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.
"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
II Tim. 3:16-17; II
Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psa. 119:160; Psa. 119:105; Psa.
119:130; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45; Psa. 119:89; Prov.
30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:2-3; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph.
6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psa. 19:7-11; John 5:45-47; John 5:3 9.
Section 2 - Of The True God
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.
Gen. 17:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; Psa. 83:18;
Psa. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17; Rom. 11:33;
Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John
10:30; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18;
II Cor. 13:14.
Section 3 - Of The Holy Spirit
believe 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.
John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19;
Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; II Thes. 2:7; John
16:8-11; John 15:26; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Matt.
3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John
16:13; John 14:26; Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16; II Thes. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2;
Section 4 - Of the devil Or satan
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 anti-Christ, and the author of all
the powers of darkness, destined however to final defeat at the hands
of God's Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place
prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14: 12-15; Ezek. 28: 14-17;
Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; John 14:30; I Thes. 3:5;
Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; Zech. 1:3; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:25, 37-39;
Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3;
II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thes. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11;
Rev. 16-20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41.
Section 5 - Of The Creation
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 changes 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
Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb.
11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh.
9:6; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24.
Section 6 - Of The Fall Of Man
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
Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph.
2:1, 3; Rom. 1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:32; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 1:23;
Section 7 - Of The Virgin Birth
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 or
can be born of woman; and that He is the Son of God, and God the Son.
Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psa. 27; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47.
Section 8 - Of The Atonement For Sin
believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the
mediatory office of the Son of God, who, by the 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 tender sympathies with divine
perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable and
compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11;
Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7;
Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; John 10:18; Phil.
2:8; Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11; Heb. 12:2; I Cor.
15:20; Isa. 53:12; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25; I John 2:2.
Section 9 - Of Grace In The New Creation
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 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.
John 3:3; II
Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; I John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; Acts
16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13;
John 3:8; John 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
Section 10 - Of The Freeness Of Salvation
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 that
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.
1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Matt. 11:28; Isa.
55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts 2:38; Isa.
55:7; John 3:15-16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; John 5:40;
John 3:18; John 3:36.
Section 11 - Of Justification
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 on 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.
Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:11; Titus 3:5-7; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:18; Heb. 10:38.
Section 12 - Of Repentance and Faith
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,
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 Saviour.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Psa. 51:1-4; Psa. 51:7; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11.
Section 13 - Of The Church
believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers
associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the
gospel: observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and
exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His
Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons
whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the
scriptures; we believe that 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 co-operate 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 methods of
its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of
government, of discipline, and of benevolence. The will of the local
church is final.
Acts 2:41; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:22-23;
Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4, 8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts
20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-7; I Tim. 3:8-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Col. 1:18; Eph.
5:22-23; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3-4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor.
16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev.27:32; I Cor. 16:2; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.
Section 14 - Of Baptism And The Lord's Supper
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 Saviour 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 wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ,
preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt.
3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4-5; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-5; Col.
2:12; Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-28.
Section 15 - Of The Perseverance Of The Saints
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.
Col. 1:21; I John 2:19; Matt. 13:19-21; Rom. 8:23; Matt. 6:30; Psa.
121:3; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; Phil. 1:6; John 10:28; John 10:29; John
16:8; Rom. 8:35-39.
Section 16 - Of The Righteous And The Wicked
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.
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom.6:17-18; Prov.
11:31; I Pet. 4:18; Rom. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John
2:29; I John 3:7; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 7:6; Rom.
6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26;
John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.
Section 17 - Of Civil Government
believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the
interest 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
Rom. 13:7; II Sam. 23:3;
Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13-14; I Pet.
2:17; Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 23:10;
Rev. 10:6; Phil. 2:10-11; Psa. 72:11.
Section 18 - Of The Resurrection, Return Of Christ And Related Events
believe in and accept the sacred Scripture 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 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."
28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2, 4-6;
Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb.
12: 2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John
14:3; I Thes. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 25:13; Jas. 5:8; Matt. 24:42;
Heb. 9:28; I Thes. 4:16; I Cor. 15:42-44; I Cor. 15:52; I Cor.
15:51-52; I Thes. 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; I
Cor.15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6.
Section 19 - Of Missions
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable, and this Commission was given to the churches.
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."
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."
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 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
Section 20 - Of The Grace Of Giving
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith.
Corinthians 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.
Corinthians 16:2. "Upon the first day of the week let everyone 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 a tenth part of all" - Abraham GAVE the tenth part of the spoils"
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 ye ought
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."
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." In the
New Testament the storehouse was the common treasury of the church.
4:34, 35, 37. "And brought the prices of the things that were sold and
laid them down at the apostles feet ...Having land, sold it, and
brought the money, and laid it at the apostles ' feet."