Statements of Faith and Doctrine
The Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all
sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general
unity; adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.
Section 1. Of the Scriptures.
We believe that the Holy Bible 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.
Section 2. Of the True God.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an
infinite and intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Preserver and
Ruler of the universe, infinite in holiness and all other perfections to whom we
owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. He is revealed to us as Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division
of nature, essence or being.
Section 3. Of the Fall of Man.
We believe that man was created by the special act of God, as recorded in
Genesis. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created
he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). “And the Lord God
formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath
of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). He was created in a state
of holiness under the law of his Maker, but through the temptation of Satan,
he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and
righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and in bondage to
sin, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action,
become actual transgressors.
Section 4. Of the Way of Salvation.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the
mediatorial office of the Son of God, who by the Holy Spirit was born of the
Virgin Mary and took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine
law by His personal obedience and made atonement for our sins by His death.
Being risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven; and, uniting in his
person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way
qualified to be a compassionate and all – sufficient Savior.
Section 5. Of Justification.
We believe that justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon
principles of righteousness of all sinners who believe in Christ. This blessing is
bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have
done, but through the redemption that is in and through Jesus Christ. It brings
us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other
Section 6. Of the Freeness of Salvation.
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the
gospel. It is the duty of all to accept them by penitent and obedient faith.
Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner except his own voluntary
refusal to accept Jesus Christ as Teacher, Savior and Lord.
Section 7. Of Grace in Regeneration.
We believe that regeneration or the new birth is a change of heart wrought
by the Holy Spirit, whereby we become partakers of the divine nature and a holy
disposition is given, leading to the love and practice of righteousness. It is a work
of God’s free grace conditioned upon faith in Christ and made manifest by the
fruit which we bring forth to the glory of God
Section 8. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also
inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God;
whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and 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 as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on Him alone as
the only and all-sufficient Savior.
Section 9. Of God’s Purpose of Grace.
We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to
which He regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners. It is perfectly consistent
with the free agency of man and in no way interferes with the salvation of any
individual. It is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is
infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes
humility. It encourages the use of means in the highest degree.
Section 10. Of 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 hears 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, selfexamination,
self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
Section 11. Of 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.
Section 12. Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel.
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of
His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability
which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely
from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through
a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law, is one great end of the
Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the
Section 13. Of the Gospel Church.
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized
believers associated by covenant in the 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 only Scriptural
officers are bishops, or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and
duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.
Section 14. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer,
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; to show forth,
in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen
Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is
a 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.
Section 15. Of the Christian Sabbath.
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian
Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all
secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all the means of
grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for
the people of God
Section 16. Of Civil Government.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests
and good order of human society; and 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 prince of
the kings of the earth.
Section 17. Of the Righteousness and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the
righteous and the wicked. Those only who are justified through the name of the
Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit are truly righteous in His
sight. Those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked
and under condemnation. This distinction between the righteous and the
wicked holds in and after death, and will be made manifest at the judgment
when final and everlasting awards are made to all men.
Section 18. Of Christian Education
We believe that Christianity is the religion of enlightenment, merit and
intelligence. In Jesus Christ are hidden all the treasurers of wisdom and
knowledge. All sound learning is therefore a part of our Christian heritage. The
new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. An
adequate system of schools is necessary to a complete spiritual program for
Christ’s people. The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is coordinate
with the causes of missions and general benevolence and should receive along
with these the liberal support of the churches.
Section 19. Of Social Service
We believe that every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the
will of Christ regnant (wide spread) in his own life and in human society; to
oppose in the Spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness and vice; to
provide for the orphaned, the aged, the helpless, and the sick; to seek to bring
industry, government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of
righteousness, truth and brotherly love; to promote these ends Christians should
be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being
careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ
and his truth. All means and methods used in social service for the amelioration
of society and the establishment of righteousness among men must finally
depend on the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in
Section 20. Of Stewardship
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual;
all that we have and are we owe to Him. We have a spiritual debtorship to the
whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in
our possessions. We are therefore under obligation to serve Him with our time,
talents and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to
us to use for the glory of God and helping others. Christians should cheerfully,
regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally contribute of their means
to advancing the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Section 21. Of Evangelism and Missions
We believe that it is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and the
duty of every church of Christ to seek to extend the Gospel to the ends of the
earth. The new birth of man’s Spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love
for others. Missionary efforts on the part of all rests thusly upon a spiritual
necessity of the regenerate life. It is also expressly and repeatedly commanded in
the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to
win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods sanctioned by
the Gospel of Christ.
Section 22. Of the Resurrection
We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus rose from the dead.
His grave was emptied of its contents. He appeared to the disciples after his
resurrection in many convincing manifestations. He now exists in His glorified
body at God’s right hand. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the
wicked. The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus.
Section 23. Of the Return of the Lord
We believe that the New Testament teaches in many places the visible and
personal return of Jesus to this earth. “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.” The time of his coming is not revealed. “But of that day and hour
knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36).
It is the duty of all believers to live in readiness for His coming and by diligence
in good works to make manifest to all men the reality and power of their hope in Christ.
Section 24. Of the World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day
Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final
retribution; that solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be
adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this
judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
Section 25. Of the Sacraments of Marriage
“Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…”, “…For this reason a man
will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,…”, Each man should
have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.”, “Finally
the time came for him to marry her.”. It is our sincere belief that marriage, as
ordained by God, is defined as being between one natural man and one natural
woman. The marriage ceremony is a Christian Service. No other will be
condoned or recognized and no other will be performed in any facility owned or
controlled by the Church or by any employee of the Church.