Who We Are
First and foremost, we are God-centered. We exist to bring glory to God. This is the chief aim and purpose of humanity and all of creation. The glory of God is ultimate. Because of God’s grace given to us, we seek to bring glory to Him by being a body of believers in Jesus Christ that meets together for encouragement, rebuke, growth, and guidance. We are not a social club that meets to fulfill a social need. We are a community that depends on Christ for guidance.
As a body of believers, we adhere to the following:
A. The Bible As Our Sole Authority for Faith and Practice, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 1:20-21; Isa. 8:20
B. Regenerate Church Membership, of believers having been born again, 1 Cor. 1:4-9; Jo. 3:3; Tit. 3:5
C. Believer’s Baptism by Immersion, symbolizing personal faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation, Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:1-4
D. Soul Liberty of the Individual, the freedom to interpret the Scriptures and to approach God directly apart from any man or institution, 2 Tim. 2:15; Jo. 4:24; Phil. 3:3; I Timothy 2:5
E. Autonomy of the Local Church, the freedom of the local church to govern itself, Acts 15:12-22
F. Separation of Church and State, the Church supporting the State and the State protecting the Church, but the two not linked together organizationally, Matt. 22:15-20; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:13-17
G. Personal and Ecclesiastical Separation, 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 1 Pet. 1:15-16
Declaration of Faith
We receive the Scriptures as the Inspired Word of God and as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as therein contained is expressed by the following declaration of faith:
A. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men Divinely inspired, and that it is the supreme and infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 4:2; Psalm 33:4; 146:6
B. We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; I Peter 1:15-16; Genesis 17:1; Psalm 115:3; Exodus 20:5-6; Deut. 7:9; Psalm 65:2; 102:17; Matthew 21:13, 22; Romans 6:23; 10:13; John 14:6
C. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of Virgin birth, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven where He makes intercession for the Saints, and His visible return to the world according to His promise. John 1:1-3, 18; Hebrews 1:8; Matthew 1:20-23; II Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:4-5; I Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Peter 3:22; Hebrews 7:25; I Thessalonians 4:13-18
D. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. John 15:26; 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; I Thessalonians 5:23; Acts 9:31
E. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We believe, therefore, that those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. Romans 5:12; 3:23; John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Revelation 20:14-15
F. We believe in the Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that to these local churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper, and that God has laid upon these churches the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, and the enthroning of Him as Lord and Master. We believe that all human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by-products of such a Gospel. I Corinthians 12:12-13, 27; Ephesians 1:22; I Corinthians 1:2-9; Acts 2:41; Matthew 16:16-18; John 4:24; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 11:23-30; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 10:9-10; Exodus 20:2-3; Galatians 6:10; Romans 13:7-10
G. We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other. I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25; Acts 15:12-22; Matt. 22:15-20; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:13-17
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, His holy angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
With respect to the Church, we commit, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry and expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
With respect to our fellow members in the Church, we also commit to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the exhortation of our Savior to secure reconciliation without delay.
With respect to our Christian living, we further commit to maintain family and personal devotions; to train our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our commitments, and exemplary in our conduct to abstain from the works of the flesh and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We moreover commit that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Our Biblical Basis
A. Salvation and Baptism.
(John 1:11-12; Matt. 28:19-20)
B. Duties to the Church
1. To walk together in Christian Love. (John 13:34-35)
2. To strive for the advancement of the Church and promote its prosperity and spirituality. (Phil. 1:27; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Cor. 7:1; 2 Pet. 3:11)
3. To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine. (Heb. 10:25; Matt. 28:19)
4. To contribute cheerfully and regularly. (I Cor. 16:2)
5. To carry my membership when I move and to be active in church work wherever I live. (Acts 11:19-21; Acts 18:24-28)
C. Duties to Fellow Members
1. To watch over one another in love. (I Peter 1:22)
2. To pray for one another. (James 5:16)
3. To aid in sickness and distress. (Gal. 6:2; James 2)
4. To cultivate sympathy and courtesy. (I Peter 3:8)
5. To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation. (Mat. 18:15-17; Eph. 4:30-32)
D. Duties in Christian Living
1. To give the kingdom of God pre-eminence. (Matt. 6:33)
2. To maintain family and personal devotions. (Deut. 6:4-7; I Thes. 5:17; Acts 17:11)
3. To religiously educate the children. (2 Tim. 3:15; Deut. 6:4-7; Eph. 6:4)
4. To seek the salvation of the lost. (Acts 1:8; Matt. 4:19; Psa. 126:2-6; Prov. 11:30)
5. To walk circumspectly in the world, and to be just in our dealings, faithful in our commitments, and exemplary in our conduct. (Eph.5:15; Phil. 2:14-15; I Peter 2:11-12)
6. To abstain from the works of flesh and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit and righteous conduct. (Gal. 5:17-24; 6:8; Rom. 8:3-8; Eph. 4:18-6:18; Col. 3:1-10; I Pet. 4:2-5)
7. To be zealous in our efforts for Christ. (Titus 2:14)