We recognize the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, the believer's
only guide for faith and practice. We also believe that the following
doctrines are essential and no one shall hold office or teach who
does not agree with them.
We believe in One God, who is our Heavenly Father, who made all
things and rules over all in wisdom, righteousness and love. We
believe that this one living and true God is a Trinity of persons,
the Father the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that man was originally created in the image of God. When
he was created he was truly righteous and holy. But by a free act man
rebelled against God's rule, and by this rebellion separated himself
from God who is the source of all life. We believe that sin is
rebellion against God. Whenever we break God's holy laws we sin
against Him. Since sin cuts one off from fellowship with God, it
will finally lead to eternal death.
We believe 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." [John 3:16]. We believe that the Eternal
Son of God became man for our salvation, and that He is forever the
Son of God and the Son of Man, in one Divine Person. We believe our
Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, that he lived a
perfect and holy life, and that He died on the cross to bear the sin
and guilt of His people. We believe that Jesus Christ arose from the
dead, and is even now reigning at God's throne in Heaven.
We believe that by faith we must apply to our hearts all the benefits
which Christ gained for us on Calvary's cross. We believe that by
faith in the Savior our sins are forgiven us by God, and the perfect
righteousness of Christ Jesus is declared to be ours.
We believe that everything we receive, including our faith and
salvation, is due only to the grace of God. By grace we mean God's
unmerited favor toward us; God blesses us because of what He is,
rather than what we are. This marvelous truth forever cuts off all
grounds for human pride.
We believe that we are saved from sin and condemnation by God's
grace, through faith alone. Faith, however, is never without good
works. As Christians we are called upon to pattern our lives after
the example of the Lord Jesus Christ. These good works can never
become a source of pride, for these very works are the result of
God's grace in our lives.
We believe that the church is the special possession of the Son of
God, who in every age and in every place calls people into its
fellowship by His Word and Spirit. We believe that all those who by
true faith are united to the Savior, are part of His body, the
church. We believe that it is the duty of every Christian to unite
himself to a worshiping congregation where the true Christian faith
We believe that there are but two sacraments, instituted by Christ
for the edification, or strengthening of the faith of His followers.
The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are signs and seals of
God's activity and grace. In Baptism we receive the mark that sets us
apart as belonging to the family of God. The water of Baptism
symbolizes the washing away of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. The
sacrament of Holy Communion presents to us in visible and symbolic
form the same Savior who is proclaimed in Holy Scripture. Thus when
by faith we partake of the bread and fruit of the vine, we reaffirm
our faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe the same Lord Jesus Christ, who ascended into Heaven,
shall one day return as the judge of the living and the dead.
We believe that at the return of Christ the dead shall arise, and all
men shall receive their just judgment of God.
We believe that those who have confessed Christ before men, He will
own and confess before God and the holy angels, and receive them in
the eternal joys of Heaven.
12. We believe these
doctrines are confessed in the Apostles' Creed, which reads as
follows: I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead and buried; He
descended into Hell. The third day He arose again from the dead; He
ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father
Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; The Holy Universal Church; The
communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the
body; And the life everlasting. Amen.