DECLARATION OF FAITH

The following statement isn't new. In fact, it's the same statement most Baptist Churches (and others) have been using for centuries. We updated a few words here and there, but the content remains the same. We are a church built on an ancient faith and see no reason to rewrite our statement of faith. Of course, we are also a modern church and so don't often speak with such language. We seek to be a church of tomorrow--modern, relevant, even groundbreaking, but still kept theologically grounded in the beliefs of yesterday.

OF THE SCRIPTURES:

"We believe that the Holy Bible was written by chosen men, is divinely inspired, and is therefore infallible.  It is the final authority in faith and life and has salvation for its end.  It will remain to the end of the world and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions will be tried."

OF THE TRUE GOD:

"We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, 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."

OF THE FALL OF MAN:

"We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from the holy 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 excuses."

OF THE WAY OF SALVATION:

"We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon himself 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 most tender sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior."

OF JUSTIFICATION:

"We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to those who believe in him is justification that justification included the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works 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 THE FREENESS OF SALVATION:

"We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel, that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel, which rejection involves him in further condemnation."

OF GRACE IN REGENERATION:

"We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists of giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with the divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruit of repentance, and faith, and newness of life."

OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH:

"We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King; and relying upon him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior."

OF GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE:

"We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners, that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it predetermines all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable, that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree, that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel, that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence."

OF SANCTIFICATION:

"We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness, that it is a progressive work, that it is begun in regeneration and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially, the work of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer."

OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS:

"We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors, that a special providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation."

OF THE HARMONY OF THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL:

"We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church."

OF A GOSPEL CHURCH:

"We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, Associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that its only Scriptural officers are Pastors/Elders and Deacons, whose qualification, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus."

OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER:

"We believe that Christian baptism was instituted by Christ and is to be done in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost;  to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our 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 privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination."

OF THE LORD’S DAY:

"We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by the devout observance of all the means of grace both private and public; and preparation for that rest that remains for the people of God."

OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT:

"We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society, and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the Kings of the earth."

OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED:

"We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death."

OF THE WORLD TO COME:

"We believe 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; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness."