Our Beliefs

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Gen. 1:12:7Ex. 3:146:2 315:1120:1Lev. 22:2Deut. 6:432:61 Chron. 29:10Psalm 19:1-3Isa. 43:31564:8Jer. 10:1017:13Matt. 6:97:1123:928:19Mark 1:9 11John 4:245:2614:6 1317:1 8Acts 1:7Rom. 8:1415:11 Cor. 8:6Gal. 4:6Eph. 4:6Col. 1:151 Tim. 1:17Heb. 11:612:91 Peter 1:171 John 5:7

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Gen. 18:1Psalm 2:7Psalm 110:1Isa. 7:145-3Matt. 1: 18 233:178:2911:2714:3316:16,2717:52728:1 619Mark 1:13:11Luke 1:354:4122:7024:46John 1:1 18,2910:30,3811:25 2712:44 5014:7 1116:15¬16,28; 17:1 5,21 22; 20:1 20,28; Acts 1:92:22 247:55 569:4 5,20Rom. 1:3 43:23 265:6 218:1 3,3410:41 Cor. 1:302:28:615:1 8,24 282 Cor. 5:19 21Gal. 4:4 5Eph. 1:203:114:7 10Phil. 2:5 11Col. 1:13 222:91 Thess. 4:14 181 Tim. 2:5 6Titus 2:13 14Heb. 1:1 34:14 157:14 289:12 15,24 2812:213:81 Peter 2:21 253:221 John 1:7 93:24:14 155:92 John 7 9Rev. 1:13-165:9 1412:10 1113:819:16


God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, conforms believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. Gen. 1:2Judg. 14:6Job 26:13Psalm 51:11139:7 If.; Isa. 61:1 3Joel 2:28 32Matt. 1:183:164:112:28 3228:19Mark 1:10,12Luke 1:354:1,18 1911:1312:1224:49John 4:2414:16 17,2615:2616:7 14Acts 1:82:1-4,384:315:36:37:558:17,3910:4413:215:2816:619:1 61 Cor. 2:10 143:1612:3 11Gal. 4:6Eph. 1:13 144:305:181 Thess. 5:19;1 Tim. 3:164:12 Tim. 1:143:16Heb. 9:8,142 Peter 1:211 John 4:135:6 7Rev. 1:1022:17

The Bible

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of Gods 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. 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. The

criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ as stated in the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.
Ex. 24:4Deut. 4:1 217:19Josh. 8:34Psalm 19:7 10119:1189105140Isa. 34:1640:8Jer. 15:1636Matt. 5:17 1822:29Luke 21:3324:44 46John 5:3916:13 1517:17Acts 2:16 ff.; 17:11; Rom. 15:416:25 262 Tim. 3:15 17Heb. 1:1 24:121 Peter 1:252 Peter 1:19 21


Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His 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, and as soon as they
are capable of moral action 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 man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Gen. 1:26 302:5,7,18 2239:6, Psalm 1; 8:3 6; 32:1 5; 51 5; Isa. 6:5Jer. 17 5Matt. 16:26Acts 17:26 31Rom. 1:19 323:10 18,23;5:6,12,196:67:14 258:14 18,291 Cor. 1:21 3115:19,21 22Eph. 2:1 22Col. 1:21 22


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of Gods grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from
sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

B. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enable to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

C. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Gen. 3:15Ex. 3:14 176:2 8Matt. 1:214:1716:21¬26; 27:22 to 28:6; Luke 1:68 692:28 32John 1: 11 14,293:3 21.365:2410:9,28 2915:1 1617:27Acts 2:214:1215:1116:30 3117:30 3120:32Rom. 1:16 182:43:23 254:3 ff.; 5:8 10; 6:1 23; 8:1 18,29 39; 10:9 10,13; 13:11 14; 1 Cor. 1:18,306:19 2015:102 Cor. 5:17 20Gal. 2:203:135:22 256:15Eph. 1:72:8 224:11 16Phil. 2:12¬13; Col. 1:9 223:1 ff.; 1 Thess. 5:23 242 Tim. 1:12Titus 2:11 14Heb. 2:1 35:8 99:24 2811:1 to 12:8,14; James 2:14 261 Peter 1:2 231 John 1:6 to 2:11; Rev. 3:2021:1 to 22:5

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a congregation members are equally responsible. Its Scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
Matt. 16:15 1918:15 20Acts 2:41 42,475:11 146:3¬6; 13:1 3; 14:23,27; 15:1 30; 16 5; 20:28; Rom. 1:71 Cor. 1:23:165:4 57:179:13 14,12Eph. 1:22 232:19 223:8 11,215:22 32Phil. 1:1Col. 1:181 Tim. 3:1 154:141 Peter 5:1 4Rev. 2 321:2 3

Baptism and The Lord's Supper (Communion)

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matt. 3:13 1726:26 3028:19 20Mark 1:9 1114:22¬26; Luke 3:21 2222:19 20John 3:23Acts 2:41 428:35 3916:30 33Acts 20:7Rom. 6:3 51 Cor. 10:16,2111:23 29Col. 2:12

The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and Gods will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Gen. 1:1Isa. 9:6 7Jer. 23:5 6Matt. 3:24:8 10,2312:25 2813:1 5225:31 4626:29Mark 1:14-159:1Luke 4:438:19:212:31 3217:20 2123:42John 3:318:36Acts 1:6 717:22 31Rom. 5:178:191 Cor. 15 24 28Col. 1:13Heb. 11:10,1612:281 Peter 2:4 104:13Rev. 1:6,95:1011:15;21 22

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isa. 2:411:9Matt. 16:2718:8 919:2824:27,30,36,4425:31 4626:64Mark 8:389:43 48Luke 12:40,4816:19 2617:22 3721:27 28John 14:1 3Acts 1:1117:31Rom. 14:101 Cor. 4:515:24 2835 582 Cor. 5:10Phil. 3:20 21Col. 1:53:41 Thess. 4:14 185:1 fl.; 2 Thess. 1:7 fl.; 2; 1 Tim. 6:142 Tim. 4:1,8Titus 2:13Heb. 9:27 28James 5:82 Peter 3:7 fl.; 1 John 2:283:2Jude 14Rev. 1:183:1120:1-22:13

Evangelism and Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is 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 in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Gen. 12:1 3Ex. 19:5 6Isa. 6:1 8Matt. 9:37 3810:5 1513:18 3037 4316:1922:9 1024:1428:18 20Luke 10:1 1824:6 53John 14:11 1215:7 8,1617:1520:21; Acts, 18;2:;8:26 40; 10:42 48; 13:2 3; Rom. 10:13 15Eph. 3:1 111 Thess. 1:82 Tim. 4:5Heb. 2:1 311:39 to 12:2; 1 Peter 2:4 10Rev. 22:17


The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian schools is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people. In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute.
Deut. 4:1.5,9.146:1 1031:12 13Neh. 8:1 6Job 28:28Psalm 19:7 U.; 119:11; Prov. 3:13 ff.; 4:1 10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecc. 7:19Matt. 5:27:24 ff.; 28:19 20; Luke 2:401 Eor. 1:18 31; Eph. 4:11 16Phil. 4:8Col. 2:38 91 Tim. 1:3 72 Tim. 2:153:14 17Heb. 5:12 to 6:3; James 1:53:17


God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.
Gen. 14:20Lev. 27:30 32Deut. 8:18Mal. 3:8 12Matt. 6:1 4,19 2119:2123:2325:14 29Luke 12:16 21,4216:1 13Acts 2:44 475:1 1117:24 2520:35Rom. 6:6 2212:1 21 Cor. 4:1 26:19 201216:1 42 Cor. 8 912:15Phil. 4:10 19; 1 Peter 1:IB 19


Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ's people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Work as revealed in the New Testament.
Ex. 17:1218:17 ff.; Judg. 7:21Ezra 1:3 42:68 695:14 15Neh. 48:1 5Matt. 10:5 1520:1 1622:1 1028:19 20Mark 2:3Luke 10:1 ff.; Acts 1:13 142:1 ff.; 4:31 37; 13:2 3; 15:1 35; 1 Car. 1:10 17; 3:5 15; 12; 2 Car. 8 9; Gal. 1:6 10Eph. 4:1 16Phil. 1:15 18

The Christian and the Social Order

Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. The Christian should oppose, in the spirit of Christ, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice. He should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order 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.
Ex. 20:3 17Lev. 6:2 5Deut. 10:1227:17Psalm 101:5Mic. 6:8Zech. 8:16Matt. 5:13 1643 4822:36 4025:35Mark 1:29 342:3 ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18 2110:27 3720:25John 15:1217:15Rom. 12 141 Car. 5:9 10; 6:1 7; 7:20 24; 10:23 to 11:1; Gal. 3:26 28Eph. 6:5 9; Cal. 3:12-17; 1 Thess. 3:12; Philemon; James 1:272:8