Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit 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 and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers, and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, toward its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
Articles of Faith
Article I - The Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; God-breathed, infallible, and inerrant in the original manuscripts; having been written by human authors carried along by the Holy Spirit,1 that it has God for its author and salvation for its end,2 and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.3
1 - 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:16; John 10:35; Acts 1:16; 3:21
2 - 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 1:10-12; John 5:38-39; Romans 1:16
3 - 1 John 4:1, 6; Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11; Psalm 119:59-60; Philippians 1:9-11
Article II - The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth;4 inexpressibly glorious in holiness,5 and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love;6 that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;7 equal in every divine perfection,8 and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.9
We believe that God created all that now exists in six literal days and from nothing, and it was all very good;10 that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit acted together in the work of creation;11 that out of all living things, only man was created in God's image and God granted him dominion over all lesser forms of life and over the earth itself.12
12 - Genesis 1:26-28; 9:6; Psalm 8:3-8; Colossians 3:10; James 3:9
Article IV - Providence
We believe that God orders and directs His universe in every detail;13 that every event in nature and every human action and decision is according to His decree and purpose; that God is absolutely authoritative and comprehensively controls everything, everywhere, all the time;14 and in God's infinite wisdom and power, all things work together for the good of His people,15 and for the glory of His name.16
We believe that Adam, appointed representative of the human race,17 was created in holiness, under the law of his maker18 but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state19 and as a consequence every person is now a sinner,20 both by nature and by choice21 and is in a state of radical depravity, meaning every dimension of his being is distorted by sin.22 Apart from the grace of God, fallen man treats sin as his master, God as an enemy, the message of the cross as foolishness,23 possessing neither the desire nor the ability to love God, to keep His laws, to understand the gospel, to repent of sin, or to trust in Christ24 and is therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.25
17 - Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:22
18 - Genesis 1:27, 31; 2:16-17; Ecclesiastes 7:29
19 - Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12
20 - Romans 5:15-19; John 3:6; Psalm 51:5
21 - Isaiah 53:6; Genesis 6:12; Romans 3:9-18; James 1:13-15
22 - Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 1:28-32; Titus 1:15
24 - Jeremiah 13:23; Mark 4:10-12; John 6:44, 65; 8:43-47; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 4:17-19
25 - Romans 1:20; 3:19; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Galatians 3:22
Article VI - Christ and the Way of Salvation
We believe that according to His eternal plan, God sent His Son into the world to save sinners;26 that he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary,27 though tempted in all things was without sin and lived a life of perfect obedience;28 that he died on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for sins, absorbing God’s wrath, and paying our penalty29 forever finishing the substitutionary work of atonement for his people by the shedding of his blood;30 that he rose victoriously from the dead and is now enthroned in heaven,31 affirming both his deity and his authority;32 and that he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.33
26 - John 3:16; Romans 5:8; John 17:2; Galatians 4:4-5
33 - Hebrews 2:18; 4:14-16; 7:25-26
Article VII - The Freeness of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel;34 that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a glad, penitent, and obedient faith;35 that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel;36 which rejection involves him in aggravated condemnation.37