I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.
Our statement of faith is The Baptist Faith and Message 2000. To read it in its entirety, click here.
Having been led by the Spirit of God to repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; we do now solemnly and joyfully make this covenant with one another.
With the help of the Holy Spirit:
We will submit to the authority of the Bible as the final word on all matters of life and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
We will seek to grow in godliness through regular Bible intake and prayer (1 Tim. 4:7; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2; Ps. 119:1-176; Matt. 4:4; John 17:17; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2).
We will regularly gather together to worship God and build one another up in Christ (Heb. 10:24-25).
We will walk together in brotherly love and maintain the unity of the Spirit. We will work together for the building up of this church in knowledge, love, and holiness. We will use our spiritual gifts for the common good of the church (John 13:34-35; Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:2-3; 1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Cor. 14:12, 26; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 Cor. 12:4-7).
We will work together to promote a faithful gospel ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrine, and discipline. We will contribute cheerfully, generously, and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel to all nations (Mal. 3:8-12; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 8:1-7; 2 Cor. 9:6-7).
We will exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over one another. We will rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, helping to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows. We will confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and provide help to those who are in need. We will speak the truth in love as we faithfully warn, rebuke, admonish, and forgive one another with all gentleness and humility. We will be slow to take offense and quick to pursue reconciliation (Rom. 12:10-15; Gal. 6:2; James 5:16; Eph. 4:15; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 5:1-2; Heb. 3:12-14; Prov. 19:11; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 4:8).
We will use our words to build up and bless each other rather than engaging in gossip or speaking ill of others (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thess. 5:11; Eph. 4:29-32).
We will respect the spiritual leadership of the pastors/elders/overseers as those who will give an account for our souls (1 Tim. 3:1-7; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:5).
We will seek to live carefully in this world, denying ungodliness and worldly passions. We will strive to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 1:14-16).
We will bring up those under our care in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Deut. 6:4-7; Eph. 6:4).
We will seek to proclaim the gospel and make disciples in our homes, communities, and to the ends of the earth in whatever way the Lord enables us (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:16-21).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen (2 Cor. 13:14).