Declaration of Faith

DECLARATION OF FAITH

PREAMBLE: We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are inspired of God in their original writings. To the best of our ability as the Spirit of God has given us understanding this declaration defines in broad terms that which we believe the Bible teaches concerning each of the doctrines included in this statement.

The purpose of this statement is to provide the basis for doctrinal unity within this body of believers. It is not the intent of this statement to exclude from mutual fellowship in Christ other local churches which may have differences in doctrinal belief from this statement. The local church must have doctrinal unity. There is room for diversity from church to church provided that such diversity does not become heresy. Our Declaration of Faith, while not directly inspired, is the position of this body of believers that seeks to know and do the will of God. “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Cor. 1:10) “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like minded, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” (II Cor. 13:14)

The following principles will assist in the applying this Declaration of Faith in specific situations.

1.) This statement represents the corporate Declaration of Faith of this Fellowship.

2.) Persons who join this Church accept this Declaration in good conscience and without reservation to its major tenets. This does not require that a person must agree with every detail. Where differences may exist, they may be discussed with the Pastor or Elders. If differences are sufficient in the minds of the Pastor or Elders, they may recommend in the spirit of love and fellowship that membership in the fellowship of believers be delayed or another fellowship considered where differences would not exist.

3.) Church members and those who serve in any capacity are not free to teach or advocate among the congregation doctrines or doctrinal interpretations that differ in substance from this declaration of faith.

4.) Bible study groups or other group studies or ministries which are held under the auspices of this fellowship or advertised in our fellowship shall not be contrary to this Declaration of Faith.

5.) Should a question of fidelity to this Declaration of Faith be reported or observed within the ministries of this Fellowship, it shall be the responsibility of the Pastor and Elders to review and resolve the question.

6.) The Declaration of Faith shall not exclude a guest speaker or person to minister to us who may differ with us on matters within this Declaration of Faith. The Pastor and Elders will exercise judgment in these cases and, where appropriate, advise the guest.

7.) Should a person who is a member of our fellowship change his/her view and commitment to this Declaration of Faith, it shall be incumbent upon him/her to inform an Elder and to consider along with the Pastor and Elders the advisability of continued membership in this fellowship. Please refer to Article V, Section E on reconciliation.

WE BELIEVE…

A. We believe that the Bible is divinely inspired, completely trustworthy in its entirety, and that it is the only full, final, complete and infallible revelation of God from God to man. It is the complete rule of faith and conduct. Hence, we recognize no other authority above the Bible. II Timothy 3:16-17.
B. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16-17.
C. We believe in God the Father, creator of the universe, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:1, II Timothy 1:9.
D. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death, by Whom we are saved. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His pre-millennial visible return to the world according to His promise. John 1:1-3, Matthew 1:20, Hebrews 4:15, II Corinthians 5:17-21, Luke 24:39, Acts 1:9-11, I Thessalonians 4:17.
E. We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. John 16:7-14, Romans 8:9, 8:14-16.
F. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”: (John 3:16). We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence, and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. Ephesians 2:2-3, Romans 3:23, John 3:3, John 5:24, I John 5:12, Revelation 20:12-15.
G. We believe in the Church – a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. Ephesians 1:17-2:1.
H. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated for worship, work, fellowship and the persuasion of the unsaved to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that the inevitable by-products of this fellowship are human betterment and social improvements. We believe that the Scriptural order for church membership is always salvation, publicly confessed, baptism by immersion, church membership. This doctrine is known as “regenerate church membership.” Acts 2:37-47.

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