ARTICLE I The Scriptures
We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; that it was verbally and plenarily inspired, the product of Holy Spirit controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.
We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions shall be tried.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:89; John 17:17; Psalm 19:7-11, 119:160
ARTICLE II The True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, and infinite 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 Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19
ARTICLE III The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that He was divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God existing from all eternity, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity. That as a man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death He made a full vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not a martyr’s death, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose again from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven. He is coming again to this world to establish His kingdom and to set up the throne of David. His coming will be personal and is imminent and pre-millennial.
John 1:1; I Peter 3:18; I Timothy 3:16; Matthew 1:20; John 20:28; I Timothy 2:5; Colossians 1:16-18; I John 5:20; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 1:8; Luke 1:26-28; Philippians 2:6-10
ARTICLE IV The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person (a) equal with God the Father and (b) God the Son (c) of the same nature; (d) that He was active in the creation; (e) that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; (f) that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; (g) that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; (h) that He is the agent in the new birth; (i) that He seals, baptizes into the body of Christ, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. And the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance) is the evidence of His indwelling, rather than the speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations.
John 14:16-17; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3 II Thessalonians 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32
ARTICLE VII The Fall of Man
We believe (a) that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but (b) by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and glorious state, (c) in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice, and (d) therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12, 19; Romans 3:10-19: Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:20, 28, 32; Galatians 3:22
ARTICLE VIII The Virgin Birth
We believe (a) that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; (b) born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or ever can be born of woman; and (c) that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psalm 2:7; Galatians 4:4; I John 5:20; I Corinthians 15:47
ARTICLE IX The Atonement for Sin
We believe (a) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; (b) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by 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 made a full vicarious atonement for our sins; (c) that His atonement consisted not in setting an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitute of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His body on the tree; (d) that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior.
Ephesians 2:8; Acts 5:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2;7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Acts 4:27-29; Romans 3:25; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:20; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 12:2; I Corinthians 15:20; Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 7:25, 9:12-15; I John 2:2
ARTICLE X Grace in The New Creation
We believe (a) that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; (b) that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; (c) that it is instantaneous and not a process; (d) that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; (e) that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man; but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; (f) that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruit of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41, 16:30-33; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:33; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:9
ARTICLE XI The Freeness of Salvation
We believe (a) in God’s electing grace; (b) that the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the gospel; (c) that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and (d) that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on the earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; (e) which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; I Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 2:9; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17; Romans 10:13; John 6:37; II Peter 3;9 Isaiah 55:6; Acts 2:38; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 55:7; John 3:15-16; I Timothy 1:15; I Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 2:4-5; John 5:40; John 3:18, 36; Luke 12:47
ARTICLE XIV Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are (a) solemn obligations and (b) also inseparable grace, (c) wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; (d) thereby, being deeply convicted 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; (e) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18;13; Romans 10:13; Psalm 51:1-4, 7; Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 12:8
ARTICLE XX The Return of Christ
We believe in (a) the bodily, personal, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will come in the air before the seven year tribulation period to catch away His church and (b) that He will come with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations (c) and set up His kingdom on earth.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:11-21
ARTICLE XXI The Resurrection
We believe in (a) the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; (b) that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; and (c) that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the millennial kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne of Judgment to receive their final doom.
John 5:21, 30; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:11-15