Articles of Faith

1967

1. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, and constitute the sole, supreme, and sufficient authority in every matter of Christian faith and practice.

 

2. We believe in one, living and only true, God, subsisting in the Trinity of three co-equal and co-eternal Persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the same in substance and equal in power and glory; the Father neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son eternally begotten nor proceeding; the Son eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

 

3. We believe in the essential deity; the eternal Sonship, and the true and sinless humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth, crucifixion, death and burial, His physical resurrection and ascension into heaven.

 

4. We believe in the Fall of mankind in Adam, their federal head, the guilt of whose transgression is imputed to them, and from whom they derive a corrupt nature, thereby rendering them both unable and unwilling to meet the claims of God's righteous and holy law.

 

5. We believe that before the foundation of the world, God the Father elected a multitude that no man can number into everlasting salvation, out of His pure love and grace, without any foresight of faith or good works in them moving Him thereto; and we believe He made a Covenant of Redemption with the Son and the Holy Spirit, on behalf of the persons thus chosen.

 

6. We believe that by this Covenant the Lord Jesus Chrtist voluntarily undertook the personal and eternal redemption of the elect from all sin and its penal consequences; that He effected this by His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross of Calvary; and we believe that in the same Covenant the Holy Spirit undertook the effectual calling of the elect, by His invincible power and grace, involving not only their regeneration but also their sanctification, by which they grow in grace and live godly in Christ Jesus.

 

7. We believe in the justification of the elect by faith alone, through the atoning death and resurrection, and imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

8. We believe that the grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the gift of God and the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, Who convinces them of sin, effects in them repentance unto life, and enables them to look to, receive, and rest upon, the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

 

9. We believe in the final perseverance in the state of grace, of all those who have been elected by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and regenerated by the Holy Spirit, so that they shall never perish but have eternal life.

 

10. We believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; the resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust, when the wicked will go away into everlasting punishment and the righteous into eternal bliss.

 

11. We believe it to be the duty and privilege of all true believers to profess their repentance towards God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, by being baptized, that is, immersed in water, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, prior to becoming members of a gospel church or partaking of the Lord's Supper, and that such should only partake thereof with members of churches of the same faith and order.

 

12. We believe the preaching of the gospel to every creature to be a divine command and solemn duty.

 

13.  Now each and all of these doctrines and ordinances we can honestly say it is our desire to maintain and defend in one spirit and with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel.

 

And we desire, by the grace of God, that our manner of life, both in the church and in the world, may be such as becomes the gospel of Christ; that we may live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present world.

 

And, as it regards each other in church communion, we desire to walk with each other in all humility and brotherly love; to watch over each other’s manner of life, to stir up one another to love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, but, as we have opportunity, to worship God according to His revealed will; and, when the case requires, to warn and admonish one another according to God’s Word.

 

Moreover, we desire to sympathise with each other in all conditions, both inward and outward, into which God, in His providence, may bring us; as also to bear with one another’s weaknesses, failings, and infirmities; and particularly to pray for one another, and for all saints, and that the gospel and the ordinances thereof may be blessed to the edification and comfort of each other’s souls, and for the gathering in of vessels of mercy unto Christ.

 

And for every blessing and favour, both temporal and spiritual, we who are as deserving of hell as the vilest of the vile, desire to ascribe all praise to the glory of the grace of God.

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