God: The LORD does not
share His glory with another. He is deserving of
all praise and admiration. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He does what He pleases, as He pleases,
whenever He pleases. The LORD is to be feared, glorified, and enjoyed by those
who love Him.
Jesus: He is Messiah, Redeemer, and Lord.
Jesus is the Son of God, co-existent and co-equal with God the Father. He came from heaven to live among sinners. He was obedient to God's Law in every way. He had no sin. Jesus died on the cross where He atoned for the sins of God's children. He was physically resurrected by the Father three days after His death (Sunday) and ascended into heaven 40 days after His resurrection. He currently rules and reigns over all things.
Holy Spirit: He convicts people of sin, converts sinners to Christ, and illuminates the elect to truth.
The Holy Spirit is God. He is co-existent and co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He leads His people into all truth. He is to be yielded to in all things. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to live a life of service to God and grants joy in living. Evidence of Holy Spirit indwelling consists of, but not limited to, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, open to reason, full of mercy, impartiality, purity and sincerity.
The Bible: The Bible is inspired, without error, and sufficient.
The Bible is the Word of God and can be trusted. It was written in ancient languages, primarily Greek and Hebrew. The Bible has been translated into numerous languages for everyday people to read. Some of the best translations are the ESV, NASB, KJV, or NIV. Such translations are incredibly accurate to the original languages. Because the Bible is inspired by God we must not preach/teach the mere opinions of man, but rather the Word of God. Believers need no earthly analytical tools such as critical theory to assist in the Bible's interpretation or application. The Word of God is sufficient in itself.
Sin: Every human being is a sinner by their birth and choosing.
Sin affects everyone because all are sinners. People are not sinners because they sin, rather people sin because they are sinners. Such sin is derived from our first parents Adam and Eve (original sin). Mankind is totally depraved because of sin. This is not to suggest the imago Dei is worthless before God but rather all mankind is lost in sin before God. As a result, mankind must be saved from their sin by trusting in Christ alone.
Salvation: Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for God's glory alone.
Man's greatest need is to be reconciled to God. The problem is mankind cannot save themselves. Nothing we do will satisfy the justice of God - not our good works, good behavior, or benevolence. God saves His people by His free grace alone. The grace by which we are saved is through faith; one must believe upon Christ alone to be saved.
Election: God, in His sovereignty, has freely elected a people from before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him. Such an election was not in time but before time and nothing foreseen in men.
Evangelism: We tell others about Jesus.
Believers are called to go and make disciples. The only way people will hear of Christ is when someone tells them. Evangelism is not an option. There is a heaven to be gained and a hell to be shunned. Should anyone go to hell may they leap over our bodies in doing so. We must invite all people to come to Christ and be saved.
Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Baptism is very important. Every believer should be baptized. Baptism conveys the glorious gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. While some have attempted to use isolated verses to teach salvation by baptism, one does not need to look far to see that only the blood of Jesus can save sinners, a message clearly preached by the apostles. Baptism has been defined as an outward expression of an inward change. Every believer, unless providentially hindered, should be baptized. Standing in the water symbolically proclaims death to self. In being placed under the water one is symbolically proclaiming being buried with Christ. In being brought up out of the water the individual is symbolically proclaiming they have been raised with Christ.
The Lord's Supper is sacred. In partaking of the Supper we remember the depth of God's mercy in sending His Son to save His own. In partaking of the Supper we are proclaiming the gospel - That Jesus died in our place on the cross. The Lord's Supper is also a reminder that we will one day have kingdom fellowship with the Lord Jesus. By no means are the elements the actual blood and body of Christ. Rather, in the Lord's Supper we recognize the Lord Jesus to be present among us.
The Church: The Church is the redeemed of God.
God's Church is holy. Jesus loves the Bride (the church) and ultimately died for her. The church was purchased by the blood of Christ. The church gathers together to worship the triune God. The church evangelizes the lost and seeks to live as lights in a dark world. The church consists of God's people all throughout the ages. There is one church.
The Local Church: The Local Church meets to worship and proclaim Christ.
The local church is the place where God's people gather to fellowship in singing, giving, partaking of the Lord's Supper, observing the ordinance of Baptism, and sit under Biblical preaching. The Local Church scatters to represent Christ everywhere they go, walking in wisdom toward outsiders. The Local Church is comprised of confessing believers in the Lord Jesus and are under the authority of Biblically qualified church Elders. Members of the local church seek to walk together in unity by considering one another. Believers should seek to join with, and serve alongside, a Christ-honoring local church.
Second Coming of Christ: Jesus will return someday.
At the sound of the trumpet Jesus Christ will return in all His glory. At this time He will separate the sheep (believers) from the goats (unbelievers). Believers are called to live their lives in eager anticipation of His return. Unbelievers are called upon to repent and believe the gospel.
Having received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives under the leadership and direction of His Holy Spirit and having been baptized as symbolic of the physical death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the spiritual death, burial, and resurrection of the believer, we do hereby enter into covenant with one another and with God as one body in Jesus Christ.
Under the direction of the Holy Spirit of God, our intent is to manifest Christian love toward one another, to work together for the progress of this church in holiness, knowledge and comfort and to promote its prosperity and spirituality.
Moreover, we agree to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines and to contribute joyfully and consistently to the support of the ministry, the church’s expenses, benevolence, and the spread of the Gospel of Christ to all nations.
We will also strive to maintain family and private devotions, to religiously educate our children in biblical precepts, to seek to win our kindred and acquaintances to faith in Jesus Christ, to walk in the Spirit of Jesus Christ as an example before others, and to avoid any behavior that might be a stumbling block for others.
We further agree that it is the privilege and responsibility of members to honor, esteem and love the pastor and staff as our spiritual leaders, to pray for them constantly and to manifest a tender regard for their reputation.
We will also remember one another in prayer, help each other in our speech and be slow to take offense but ever ready to be reconciled, remembering the rules of the Savior that in order to receive forgiveness, we must be willing to forgive.
We also agree that if we leave from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where God’s Word is faithfully taught and preached.