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Congregational Affirmation of Faith

Our Congregational Affirmation of Faith

I. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and
without error in the original manuscripts, written under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in
all matters of faith and conduct.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

II. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing
in three person; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and
that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of
creation, providence and redemption.

Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20;
Ephesians 4:5,6

III. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in
holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly
foreknows all that shall come to pass, 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

Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy
1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

IV. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the
Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles,
and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily
resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His
people, and personal visible return to earth.

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II
Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28;
Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews
9:28; I Timothy 3:16

V. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son
to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to
regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We
believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and
that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians
3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22- 26

VI. Regeneration
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he
sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death,
which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings
are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore
under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin
and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit
and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive
eternal life.

Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John
3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II
Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7;
Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John
1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1

VII. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which
Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe
in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus
Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for
worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the
members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of
Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

VIII. Christian Conduct
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the
well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless
before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his
possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others
the full stature of maturity in Christ.

I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24;
I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10

IX. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to
the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that
Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the
name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was
instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that
these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the
return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26

X. Religious Liberty
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and
is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church
is independent 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 dictation or patronage of the other.

I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12

XI. Church Cooperation
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus
Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational
organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district
conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches.
Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any

Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11

(This church is associated with the Treasuring Christ Together Network
and the Conservative Baptist Association of America, and may likewise
cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary
independent basis.)

XII. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ
to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the
resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of
the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.

Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I
Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I
Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4- 6,11-15