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Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible was (a) written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit (b) that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and (c) therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.

 

God

We believe that there is (a) one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth, (b) inexpressible glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, (c) 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.

 

The Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit is a divine person; (a) equal with God the Father and (b) God the Son and (c) of the same nature, (d) that He was active in the creation; (e) that is 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 a testimony (h) that He is the agent in the New Birth, (i) that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.  And the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) is the evidence of His indwelling rather than the speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations.

 

Salvation

We believe (a) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (b) through the mediatorial office of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; (c) that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by llis death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own 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 Saviour.

 

The Church

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (a) associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; (b) observing the ordinances of Christ; (c) governed by His laws; and (d) exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; (e) that its scripturally designated officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures, (f) we believe the true mission of the church is found in the great commissions: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to baptize them; Third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded.