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1. The Scriptures:
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
3. The Trinity:
God is revealed to us a Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Election is God’s eternal choice of persons unto everlasting life, not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ, in consequence of which choice they are called, justified, and glorified.
6. The Fall of Man:
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit nature corrupt and wholly opposed to GOD and His law, and under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
7. The Mediator:
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand he liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually, and saving to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by saving grace, and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification is God’s precious and full acquittal if sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him, and His righteousness by faith.
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.
13. Perseverance of the Saints:
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and Sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally not finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments to themselves, yet they shall be renewed again into repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
14. The Church:
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is, invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of those churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline, and worship which He has appointed. The Scriptural officers of a church are bishops or elders (pastors) and deacons.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed into water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.
16. The Lord’s Supper:
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine*, and to be observed by his churches’ till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commerate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and their church fellowship.
17. The Lord’s Day:
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employment, works of necessity and mercy only expected.
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil offices being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
19. The Resurrection:
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgement. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
20. The Judgement:
God appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishments; the righteous into everlasting life.
* We understand that the New Testament institution of the Lord’s Supper used the term “wine”. For our church, we believe it is the better part of wisdom to use simple grape juice.