Who We Are

BYLAW II Section 2. Doctrine

 A. The Scriptures -- We believe that the Bible is God's Word, that it was written by men divinely and uniquely inspired, that it is absolutely trustworthy and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Psalm 119:105; II Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1:20, 21.

 B. God the Father -- We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself 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. Genesis 1:1-3; Isaiah 40:18-31; John 4:24; Ephesians 3:20-21.

 C. God the Son -- We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to the world according to His promise. Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 9:6-7; John 3:14-18; Hebrews 1:1-3.

 D. God the Holy Spirit -- We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. Psalm 51:12, 13; John 14:16, 17, 16:7-14;  Romans 8:1, 2, 14-16 , 26 .

 E. Sin and Salvation -- 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 accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour will rejoice forever in God's presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour will be forever separated from God. Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 1:18; Romans 3:23; 6:23; I Timothy 1:15.

 F. The Church -- 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 visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism and associated for worship, work and fellowship.  We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for observance -- tiII He come --, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper; and that God has laid upon these churches the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to enthrone Him as Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are essential products of the Gospel . Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11: 24-26; Ephesians l:19-23; I Timothy 3:15.

 G. Human Responsibility -- We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. Psalm 5I:4; Acts 4:I9, 20; Romans 14:10-12; Galatians 6:5.

 H. Church and State -- We believe that each church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from interference by an 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. Matthew 16:18, 19; Luke 20:25; Romans 13: 1-7; I Corinthians 6: 1-6.