Saturday, November 18, 2017

What We Believe


What We Believe

I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURE

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without error for its substance; 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 standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

II. THE ONE TRUE GOD

We 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 by harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

III. FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

IV. THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the Mediatory offices of Jesus Christ 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 was made propitiation for our sins;that having risen from the dead, he is now seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

V. JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the gospel which Christ secures to those that believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin; and the promise of eternal life. That justification is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through belief in Jesus and the Redeemer’s blood shed on the cross in our stead and by virtue of our faith in Christ is His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God. It brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing for all time and eternity.

VI. SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the sealer and comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means-especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.

VII. THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS

We 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 salvation. .

ARE YOU READY to accept Christ as your Lord?