Doctrinal Statement

Purpose: It is the purpose of this statement to set forth certain teachings which we believe. 

Primary Article of Faith: 

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative standard by which all human conduct, beliefs, and religious opinions are to be tried. The criteria by which the Scriptures are to be interpreted is Jesus Christ. 

A.  Authority

  (1) God: 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 other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. God is Father in truth to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ.  


(2) Christ as Lord: Christ is the eternal Son of God. The ultimate source of authority is Jesus Christ the Lord, and every area of life is to be subject to His Lordship.  


(3) The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is God actively revealing Himself and His Will to man. He therefore interprets and confirms the voice of divine authority. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. 

B.  The Individual

(1) His worth: Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation, therefore merits respect and consideration as a person of infinite dignity and worth.  

C.  The Christian Life

(1) Salvation By Grace: Salvation from sin is the free gift God, through Jesus Christ, conditioned only upon trust in and commitment to Christ, the Lord.  


(2) The Demands of Discipleship: The demands based on the recognition of the Lordship of Christ relate to the whole life and call for full obedience and complete devotion.  


(3) The Priesthood of the Believer: Each Christian having direct access to God, through Jesus Christ, conditioned only upon trust in and commitment to Christ as Lord.  


(4) The Christian and His Home: The home is basic in God’s purpose for human well-being, and the development of Christian Family Life is a supreme concern of all believers in Christ. Marriage is a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. The word “Spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.  


(5) The Christian as a Citizen: The Christian is a citizen of two worlds- the Kingdom of God and the State, and is responsible to obey the law of the land as well as the higher law of God.  

D.  The Church

(1) Its nature: The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the fellowship of persons redeemed by Christ and made one in the family of God. In a local sense it is a body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.  


(2) Its membership: Membership in the church is a privilege properly extended only to regenerated persons who voluntarily accept baptism and commit themselves to faithful discipleship in the body of Christ.  


(3) Its Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two Ordinances of the church.  


(a) Christian Baptism 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 Jesus Christ.  


(b) 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.  


(4) Its Government: The church is an autonomous body subject only to Christ as its head. Its democratic government reflects the equality and responsibility of believers under the leadership of Christ.  


(5) Relation to the State: Church and State are both ordained of God and are answerable to Him. They should remain separate, but they are under the obligation of mutual recognition and reinforcement as each seeks to fulfill its divine function.  


(6) Relation to the World: The church is to be responsible to the world; its mission is to the world; but its character and ministry are not to be of the world. 

E.  The Church's Continuing Task

 (1) The Christian Ministry: Every Christian is under obligation to minister or to serve with complete self-giving but God in His wisdom calls many persons in a unique way to dedicate their lives to a full-time church related church ministry.  


(2) Evangelism and Mission: It is the duty and the 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. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.  


(3) Christian Education: Christian education grows out of the relation of faith and reason and calls for academic freedom and responsibility. The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is to coordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches.  


(4) Stewardship: Christian stewardship concerns the whole life as a sacred trust from God and requires the responsible use of life, time, talents, and substances, personal and corporate-in the service of Christ.  


(5) Self-Criticism: The church, if it is to remain healthy and fruitful, must accept the responsibility of constructive self-criticism.