PURPOSE, COVENANT, AND DECLARATION OF FAITH
The purpose of this church is to exalt Jesus Christ as the incarnate, crucified and risen Son of God; to maintain public worship services; to strengthen Christians in the faith through the teaching and preaching of the Bible and Christian fellowship; to seek the salvation of the lost; to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and to help proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the world.
This church is an independent and autonomous organization, whose government will be vested in its membership under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We are in affiliation with the Conservative Baptist Association of America and other Conservative Baptist agencies to more effectively carry out the Savior’s Great Commission.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Sprit 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 Spirit, 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, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. We also engage to maintain private and family devotions; to educate religiously our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, back-biting, and excessive anger; 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 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, always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the teaching of our Savior to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we shall, 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.
Declaration of Faith
This church regards the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God and as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Our understanding of Christian truth as therein contained is expressed by the following declaration of faith.
1. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men divinely inspired and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. 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 though Jesus Christ.
3. 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 and visible return to the earth according to His promise.
4. 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.
5. We believe that all men by nature and choice are sinners and thus subject to God’s judgment, 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 (John 3:16). We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God.
6. We believe in the church a living spiritual body of which Christ is head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible, New Testament, 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 visible churches the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, and to enthrone Him as Lord and Master has been given. We believe that all human and social improvements are the inevitable by-product of such a Gospel.
7. 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 kept 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 dictates or patronage of the other.