ARTICLE 1 – THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible was, (A) written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit, (B) that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter and (C) therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
1. By “The Holy Bible,” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not merely contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.
2. By “Inspiration,” we mean that the books of the bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
(A) II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21, Acts 1:16, Acts 28:25.
(B) Psalms 119:160, Psalms 119:105, Psalms 119:130, Luke 24.25-27, John 17:17, Luke 24:44-45.
(C) Psalms 119:89, Proverbs 30:5-6, Romans 3:4, I Peter 1:23, Revelation 22:19, John 12:48, Isaiah 8:20, Ephesians 6:17, Romans 15:4, Luke 16:31, Psalms 19:7-11, John 5:45-47, John 5:39.
ARTICLE II- THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is, (A) one, and only one, living and true God, who is infinite, intelligent spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth, (B) inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love, (C) 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.
(A) Exodus 20:2-3, Genesis 17:1, I Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, John
4:24, Psalms 147:5, Psalms, 83:18, Psalms 90:2, Jeremiah 10:10.
(B) Exodus 15:11, Mark 12:30, Romans 11:33, I Timothy 1:17, Revelation 4:11.
(C) Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, John 15:26, John 17:5, Acts 5: 3-4, I Corinthians 2:10-11,
I Corinthians 12:4-6, II Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18, Philippians 2:5-6, I John 5:7.
ARTICLE III – THE HOLY SPIRIT
That the Holy Spirit is a divine person, (A) equal with God the Father and (B) God the Son and (C) of the same nature, (D) that He was active in the creation, (E) that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, (F) that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness, (G) that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony, (H) that He is the agent in the new birth, (I) that He seals baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
And that the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) is the evidence of His indwelling rather than the speaking in tongues and other spectacular demonstrations.
(A) John 14:16-17.
(B) Matthew 28:19.
(C) Hebrews 9:14, John 14:26, Luke 1:35.
(D) Genesis 1:1-3.
(E) II Thessalonians 2:7.
(F) John 16:8-11.
(G) John 15:6-27, Acts 5:30-32.
(H) John 3:5-6.
(I) Ephesians 1:13-14, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33, Acts 11:16, Luke 24:49, John 16:13, John 14:26, Romans 8:14, Romans 8:16, II Thessalonians 2:13, I Peter 1:2, Romans 8:26-27, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:18-21.
ARTICLE IV – SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification has a twofold meaning, (A) that of setting apart of things, days or persons specifically for God and that the believer at the time of his regeneration is so set apart by God the Father, (B) the progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer, obedient to the Word of God experiences the power of the indwelling Christ for holiness of life and victory over the old nature, which work will be completed when the believer stands in Christ’s presence.
(A) I Corinthians 1:30, Hebrews 10:10-14.
(B) Colossians 1:26-28, John 17:17, I Thessalonians 5:23, II Corinthians 3:18.
ARTICLE V – THE DEVIL OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once, (A) holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the almighty, fell and (B) drew after him a host of angels, that he is now, (C) the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world, (D) we hold him to be man’s great tempter, (E) the enemy of God and His Christ, (F) the accuser of the saints, (G) the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, (H) the Lord of the Antichrist, and (I) the author of all powers of darkness, destined however, (J) to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and (K) to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
(A) Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17.
(B) Revelation 12:9, Jude 6, II Peter 2:4.
(C) Ephesians 2:2, John 14:30.
(D) I Peter 5:8, I Thessalonians 3:5, Matthew 4:1-3.
(E) Zechariah 1:3, 1 John 3:8, Matthew 13:25, Matthew 13:37-39, Luke 22:3-4.
(F) Revelation 12:10.
(G) II Corinthians 11:13-15, Mark 13:21-22.
(H) 1 John 4:3, II John 7, I John 2:22.
(I) Revelation 13:13-14, II Thessalonians 2:8-11.
(J) Revelation 19:11, Revelation 16:20, Revelation 12:7-9, Revelation 20:1-3.
(K) Revelation 20:10, Matthew 25:41.
ARTICLE VI – THE CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and (A) that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively, (B) that man was created directly in God’s own image and after his own likeness, (C) that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms, (D) that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God’s established law was they should bring forth only, “after their kind.”
(A) Genesis 1:1, Exodus 20:11, Acts 4:24, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 11:3, John 1:3, Revelation 10:6, Romans 1:20, Acts 17:23-26, Jerimiah 10:12, Nehemiah 9:6.
(B) Genesis 1:26-27, I Corinthians 11:7.
(C) Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:21-23.
(D) Genesis 1:11, Genesis 1:24.
ARTICLE VII- THE FALL OF MAN
We believe, (A) that man was created in innocence under the law of his maker, but (B) by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, (C) in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice and (D) therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
(A) Genesis 3:1-6, Genesis 3:24.
(B) Romans 5:12, Romans 5:19.
(C) Romans 3:10-19, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 1:18, Ezekiel 18:19-20.
(D) Romans 1:32, Romans 1:20, Romans 1:28, Galatians 3:22.
ARTICLE VIII – THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe, (A) that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, (B) born of Mary, a virgin as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman and (C) that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
(A) Genesis 3:15.
(B) Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, Mark 1:1, John 1.14, Psalms 2:7, Galatians 4:4.
(C) I John 5:20, I Corinthians 15:47.
ARTICLE IX – THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe, (A) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, (B) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, (C) that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, (D) 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 an all sufficient Savior.
(A) Ephesians 2:8, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24.
(B) John 3:16, Matthew 18:11, Philippians 2:7, Hebrews 2:14, Isaiah 53:4-7, Romans 3:25, I John 4:10, I Corinthians 15:3, II Corinthians 5:21.
(C) John 10:18, Philippians 2:8, Galatians 1:4, 1 Peter. 2:24, I Peter 3:18, Isaiah 53:11, Hebrews 12:2.
(D) I Corinthians 15:20, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 9:12-15, Hebrews 7:25, I John 2:2.
ARTICLE X – GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe, (A) that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again, (B) that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, (C) that it is instantaneous and not a process, (D) that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God, (E) that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but holly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel, (F) that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
(A) John 3:3.
(B) II Corinthians 5:17.
(C) Luke 5:27, I John 5:1, John 3:6-7, Acts 2:41, Acts 16:30-33.
(D) II Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1, II Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 2:13.
(F) John 3:8, John 1:12-13.
(F) Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9.
ARTICLE XI- THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe, (A) in God’s electing grace, (B) that the blessings of salvation are made free to all through the gospel, (C) that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith and (D) that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel, (E) which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
(A) I Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 3:12, I Peter 1:2, Titus 1:1, Romans 8:29-30.
(B) Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 55:1, Revelation 22:17, Romans l0:13, John 6:37.
(C) Isaiah 55:6, Acts 2:38.
(D) Isaiah 55:7, John 3:15-16, I Timothy 1:15, I Corinthians 15:10, Ephesians 2:4-5, John 5:40.
(E) John 3:18, John 3:36.
ARTICLE XII – JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, (A) that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness, (B) 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, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
(A) Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, Romans 8:1, Romans 5:9, Romans 5:1.
(B) Titus 3:5-7, Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, Romans 4:1-8, Hebrews 10:38.
ARTICLE XIII – REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are, (A) solemn obligations and (B) also inseparable graces, (C) wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God, (D) thereby, being deeply convicted 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, (E) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
(A) Acts 20:21.
(B) Mark 1:15.
(C) Acts 2:27-38.
(D) Luke 18:13, Romans 10:13, Psalms 51:1-4, Psalms 51:7, Isaiah 55:6-7.
(E) Luke 12:8, Romans 9:11.
ARTICLE XIV – THE CHURCH
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of immersed believers, (A) associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, (B) observing the ordinances of Christ, (C) governed by His laws and (D) exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word, (E) that its scripturally designated officers are pastors (elders) and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures, (F) we believe the true mission of the church is found in the great commission, first, to make individual disciples, second, to baptize them, third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order, (G) we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit, (H) that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel, that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation, (I) on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
(A) Acts 2:41.
(A & B) Acts 2:42.
(B) I Corinthians 11:2.
(C) Ephesians 1:22-23.
(D) Ephesians 4:11, I Corinthians 12:4, I Corinthians 12:.8-11.
(E) Acts 14:23, Acts 6:5-6, Acts 15:23, Acts 20:17-28, I Timothy 3:1-7, I Timothy 3:8-13.
(F) Matthew 28:19-20.
(G) Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:23-24, 1 Peter 5:1-4.
(H) Acts 15:22, Jude 3-4, II Corinthians 8:23-24, 1 Corinthians 16:1. Malachi 3:10, Leviticus 27:32, 1 Corinthians 16:2.
(I) I Corinthians 6:1-3, I Corinthians 5:11-13.
ARTICLE XV – BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is, (A) the believer’s immersion in water, (B) into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, (C) 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, (D) that in scriptural order it (baptism) precedes the privileges of church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ, (E) the Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in which the elements of bread and wine remind us of the love of God in Christ Jesus, “Who spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all,” that this ordinance is to be observed in anticipation of His coming and preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(A) Acts 8:36-39, Matthew 3:6, John 3:23, Romans 6:4-5, Matthew 3:16.
(B) Matthew 28:19.
(C) Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12.
(D) Acts 2:41-42, Matthew 28:19-20.
(E) I Corinthians 11:23-28, Romans 8:32.
ARTICLE XVI – THE PERSEVERANCE AND
PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS
We believe, (A) that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, (B) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors, (C) that a special providence watches over their welfare and (D) that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
(A) John 8:31-32, Colossians 1:21-23.
(B) I John 2:19, Matthew 13:19-20.
(C) Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:30, Psalms 121:3, Hebrews 1:14.
(D) I Peter 1:5, Philippians 1:6, John 10:28, John 10:29, John 16:8, Romans 8:35-39.
ARTICLE XVII – THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that, (A) there is radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked, (B) 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, (C) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, (D) and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
(A) Malachi 3:18, Genesis. 18:23, Romans 6:17-18, Proverbs 11:31, I Peter 4:18.
(B) Romans 1:17, I Corinthians 15:22, Acts 10:34-35, I John 2:29, I John 3:7.
(B & C) Romans 6:16.
(C) I John 5:19, Galatians 3:10, Romans 7:6, Romans 6:23.
(D) Proverbs 14:32, Luke 16:25, Matthew 25:34, Matthew 25:41, John
8:21, Luke 9:26, John 12:25, Matthew 7:13-14.
ARTICLE XVIII – CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is, (A) of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society, (B) that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, (C) except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, (D) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming prince of the kings of the earth.
(A) Romans 13:1-7, II Samuel 23:3, Exodus 18:21-22.
(B) Acts 23:5, Matthew 22:21, Titus 3:1, I Peter 2:13-14, I Peter 2:17.
(C) Acts 5:29, Acts 4:19-20, Daniel 3:17-18.
(D) Matthew 10:28, Matthew 23:10, Revelation 10:6, Philippians 2:10-11, Psalms 72:11.
ARTICLE XIX – THE RESURRECTION, RETURN OF
CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS
We believe in:
A. THE BODILY RESURRECTION.
(a) Matthew 28:6-7, Luke 24:39, John 20:27, I Corinthians 15:4, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:2, Luke 24:4-6.
B. THE ASCENSION.
(b) Acts 1:9, Acts 1:11, Luke 24:51, Mark 16:19, Revelation. 3:21, Hebrews 8.1, Hebrews 12:2.
C. THE HIGH PRIESTHOOD.
(c) Hebrews 8:6, I Timothy 2:5, I John 2:1, Hebrews 2:l7, Hebrews 5:9-10.
D. THE SECOND COMING.
(d) John 14:3, Acts l:ll , I Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 24:27, Matthew 25:13, James 5:8, Matthew 24:42, Hebrews 9:28.
E. THE RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD.
(e) I Thessalonians 4:16, I Corinthians 15:42-44.
F. THE CHANGE OF THE LIVING IN CHRIST. (f) I Corinthians 15:51-53, I Thessalonians 4:17, Philippians 3:20-21.
G. HIS REIGN ON THE THRONE OF DAVID. (g) Luke 1:32, Isaiah 9:6-7, Acts 2:29-30.
H. HIS REIGN ON EARTH.
(h) I Corinthians 15:25, Isaiah 32:1, Isaiah 11:4-5, Psalms 72:8, Revelation 20:1-4, Revelation 20:6.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage 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 doctrine, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to educate our children in the Christian faith, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings, to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger, to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember one another in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and in 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 rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, if possible, unite with a church where we can carry out the articles of the confession and the spirit of this covenant.