Statement of Faith
Articles of Faith
The Divine Authority and Inspiration of the Scriptures.
We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, 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. II Timothy 3:16, 17; Isaiah 8:20; I Thessalonians 5:21
The Personality, Deity, and Present Work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit as a Divine person is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service; and that He is our abiding Comforter and Helper; and that He never takes His departure from His Church, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves or our experiences. John 7:38-39, 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:13-14; Acts 1:8, Romans 8:9; Phillipians 3:3.
The Total Depravity of Man.
We believe that this spiritual death or total corruption of human nature has been transmitted to the entire race of men, the Man Christ Jesus alone excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life. Genesis 6:5; Psalms 14:1-3, 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:16; Romans 5:12-19, 8:6-7.
We 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 born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both 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. 2:7; Gal 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47
Salvation by Grace through Faith.
We believe that Christ is received by Faith alone, and that the moment we trust in Him as our Saviour, we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved, and having His place and portion as linked to Him and one with Him forever. John 5:24, 17:23; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:4-6, 13; I John 4:17, 5:11-12.
The Believer’s Security.
We believe that it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the scriptures, to be assured of their eternal salvation from the very moment they have taken Him to be their Saviour; 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, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. Luke 10:20, 12:32; John 3:36, 5:24, 6:45, 10:28; Romans 8:33-39, II Corinthians 5:1, 6:8; II Timothy 1:12; John 5:13.
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; and so to live in the Spirit that we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Romans 6:13, 8:12-13, 13:14; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:1-10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9.
We 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 change 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 their kind.” Gen. 1:1, 11, 24; Gen. 2:21-23; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3
Authority of Statement of Faith
This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.