MAN AND SIN
We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate by eating of the forbidden fruit, and as the consequence of his disobedience the penalty of death was then and there inflicted, So that his moral nature was not only grievously injured by the fall, but he also totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. Gen. 1:16; 2:17; John 5:40; 6:53; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8.
We believe that this spiritual death or total spiritual bankruptcy of human nature (depravity) has been transmitted to the entire race of man, the God-man Christ Jesus alone excepted; hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of Divine Life, but is essentially at enmity with God, and incapable by any educational process whatever of subjection t o His Law. Gen. 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19; 8:6,7.
We believe that, owing to this universal depravity and death in sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again; this , a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation. Isa. 64:6; John 3:5,18; Gal. 6:15; Phil. 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23.
We believe that our redemption has been accomplished by the substitutionary death of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was made to be sin, and made a curse for us, dying in our place and that no repentance, no feeling, no religion no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church can add in the very least to the value of His precious blood shed on the Cross, or to the merits of that finished work, wrought for us by Jesus, Who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity. Lev. 17:11; Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7; Peter 1:18-19.
We believe that by God’s grace Christ is received through faith alone, and that the moment we trust Him as our Savior we pass out of death into everlasting life being justified, accepted before the Father according to the measure of Christ’s acceptance, loved as He is loved and one with Him forever. John 5:24; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:4-13; 1 John 4:17; 5:11,12.
We believe that it is the privilege of all who are born again by the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word. Luke 10:20; 12:32; John 6:47; Rom. 8:38,39; 2 Cor. 5:1, 6-8; 2 Tim. 1:12; 1 John 5:13.
We believe that The Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit with the Risen and Ascended Son of God; that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body; and that thus, being members one of another, we are responsible to edify one another, admonish one another, minister to one another and love one another, while keeping the unity of the faith. Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:32-47; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:2-27; Eph. 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Col. 3:14,15.
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of the Church and that they are a means of testimony and remembrance for the Church in this age. Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38,41; 8:12,16, 36-38; 9:18; 10:47; 16:14-15,33; 18:8, 19:5; Matt. 26:26-30; 1 Cor. 11:17-34.
SATAN AND HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe that this local church, in obedience to our Savior’s Great Commission, should aggressively be involved in evangelizing the unsaved through church outreaches and missions in our own community as well as around the world. Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 1:8
Approved by the Deacon Board August 18, 1987