Our Articles of Faith

Article I.

The Old and New Testament Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired and are the  only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.

Article II.

There is one God and only one, who is self-existent, eternal and infinite in every excellence  and who has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in essence though distinct in personality.

Article III.

Man was created innocent. By disobedience of the command of God, he fell, thereby  losing his innocence, becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.

Article IV.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man came into the world to save men from the  guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as an atonement and making it available  to all who exercise faith in Him.

Article V.

The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith whereby we turn  unto God in sincere contrition and accept Jesus Christ as our all-sufficient Savior.

Article VI.

God has His purposes of Grace in the Salvation of men. These purposes are made effectual in the giving of His Son and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit upon all who sincerely believe in Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the  freedom of man’s will nor render inoperative the proclamation of the Gospel to all.

Article VII.

Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are “kept by the   power of God through faith unto salvation,” the sure proof of this being their patient  continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness.

Article VIII.

The ordinances of the Gospel are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the   immersion in water of the believer in Christ “in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”, and symbolizes the fact of regeneration. It symbolizes also the fact of   Christ’s death and resurrection, and also the believers’ death to sin and resurrection to   the new life in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His dying love   and symbolizes the fact that the believer is continually fed and nourished by Christ in   spiritual things. In this observance it is to be placed after baptism according to its  symbolic and historic order and as required by the teaching of the New Testament.

Article IX.

The Apostle’s Creed.
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into Hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the
Right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He shall judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Catholic* Church;
The communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

*The word “Catholic” in the context of this creed means “universal.” The reference is to the universal church worldwide.

Article X.

The first day of the week (Sunday) is to be observed as the Lord’s Day of Christian   Sabbath.

Article XI.

Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society. 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.

Article XII.

Jesus Christ is to come again, to judge the nations and fill the earth with His glory and   power.

Article XIII.

There will be a resurrection of the Just and Unjust: The Just for blessedness and reward; the Unjust for judgment and eternal doom.