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The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be inspired by God, without error in the original writing, containing the complete revelation of the will of God for the salvation of men in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

In one living and true God, Creator of all things, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in every aspect of His character, one in essence, existing forever in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–each equally deserving worship and obedience.

That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of humanity.

In the physical resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ. As the one true Savior and Lord, He is the only mediator between God and man, the sinner’s Advocate and sympathetic High Priest who has ascended to and lives forever at the right hand of God making intercession for His people.

That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict the world of sin, and righteousness and judgment. He regenerates sinners and baptizes all who believe into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation. He indwells, instructs, guides, gifts, and empowers every believer for godly living and service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.

That all of mankind was created in the image of God but that through the sin of Adam, all sinned, and brought about both physical death and spiritual death which is separation from God. Every person is born with a sinful nature that can only be transformed by the initiative and power of the Holy Spirit working through the proclaimed word of the gospel.

That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead provide the only basis for salvation from sin and justification before God for all who believe, and that only those who trust in Jesus by faith in the gospel are born of the Spirit and therefore children of God.

The true Church, the body of Christ, is made up of those who have been regenerated and baptized by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ who is the Head. The church exists to glorify God through the advancement of His gospel message and is commissioned by Christ to do so through the discipleship and teaching of all nations.

That the true Christian is called with a holy calling to walk not after his own desires but after God’s. He has become a new creation in Christ Jesus and as such is called to deny self and follow Him in living the sacrificial life, to love God with all his heart, soul, and mind, and to love others as himself.

In the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer unto everlasting blessing and joy with the Lord and the unbeliever unto judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

In the existence of a personal devil, who is still working in the world to perpetuate sin and destroy the souls of men and that he, all his angels, and all who do not by faith receive Christ as Savior and Lord will be judged and condemned in His final victory over sin and death and hell.

That the Lord’s supper (Communion) and baptism by immersion are ordinances to be observed by the church in this present age. The Lord’s supper is a symbolic and worshipful reminder of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a testimony of and personal identification with the redeeming work of Christ in the life of a believer. Neither are to be regarded as a means to or requirement for salvation.

In the blessed hope of God’s people the church, which is the personal, visible, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in power and great glory as King of kings and Lord of lords. His kingdom will have no end and will include the redeemed from among every tribe, tongue, and nation who by faith have received the message of the gospel through the faithful proclamation of God’s word by God’s people.


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Or to view items individually, follow these links as well:

Full Doctrinal Statement

Doctrines of Sovereign Grace

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Special Creation in Six Days

The Danvers Statement (Source: Counsel for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood)

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