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1.The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written divinely by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that is has God for its author, salvation for its end without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17


2. The True God

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, 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 Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

“God is a spirit.” - John 4:24


3. The Fall of Man

We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but voluntary transgression fell from that hold and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

“God created man in his own image.” Genesis 1:27


4. The Way of Salvation

We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who according to the will of the Father, assumed our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; 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 all-sufficient savior.

“By grace ye are saved.” - Ephesians 2:5


5. Justification

We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work, of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

“Of His fulness have all we received.” - John 1:16


6. Regeneration

We believe the Scriptures teach that regeneration, or the new birth, is that change wrought in the soul by the Holy Spirit, by which a new nature and a spiritual life, not before possessed, are imparted, and the person become a new creation in Christ Jesus; a holy disposition is given to the mind, the will subdued, the dominion of sin is broken, and the affections changed from a love of sin and self; to a love of holiness and God; the change is instantaneous, effected solely by the power of God, in a manner incomprehensible to reason; the evidence of it is found in a changed disposition of mind, the fruits of righteousness, and a newness of life. And without it salvation is impossible.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - John 3:3


7. Baptism

We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, or faith in the crucified, buried, and risen savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privilege of a Church relation, and to the Lord’s supper.

“Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” - Matthew 28:19


8. The Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a provision of bread and wine, as symbols of Christ’s body and blood, partaken of by the members of the church, in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord; showing their faith and participation in the merits of His sacrifice, and their hope of eternal life through His resurrection from the dead; its observance to be preceded by faithful self-examination.

“For, as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death until he comes.” - 1 Corinthians 11:26


9. The World to Come

We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be ajudged to endless sorrow, and the righteous to endless joy; and this judgement will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

“But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” - 1 Peter 4:7

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