Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation
of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It
has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any
mixture of error, for its matter.
There is one, and only one, living and true God. The eternal God
reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct
personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His
creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the
purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become
children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus
Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death
on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ. He convicts
of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers
the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is
the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice, man sinned
against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human
personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in
that Christ died for man; therefore, every man possesses dignity and is
worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered
freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His
own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest
sense, salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He
regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. All true believers
endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified
by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall
persevere to the end.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of
baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and
fellowship of the gospel and seek to extend the gospel to the ends of
the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks
also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the
redeemed of all the ages.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an
act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified,
buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the
life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members
memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to
its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly and
the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in
righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. The righteous
will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every
church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all
nations to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.
The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is coordinated with
the causes of missions and general benevolence. There should be a
proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. The
freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is
limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature
of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school
Christ’s people should organize such associations and conventions
as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of
God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the
churches. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian
Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of
Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. The Christian
should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness,
Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church
protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. A
free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of
human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in
covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal
worth before God since both are created in God’s image. The marriage
relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from
the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.
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