Our Statement of Faith is a document that puts forth a concise and clear declaration of what we believe as a church based on God’s revelation to us in the Scriptures. This document is not an exhaustive explanation of our beliefs, but it highlights and summarizes issues we deem as essential to membership of this local body and faithfulness to our Lord.
The following are additional “statements of faith” with which Covenant Baptist Church would be in general agreement. We understand each statement to be in general agreement with one another, differing mainly in the amount of detail offered:
- 2nd London Baptist Confession (1689)
- New Hampshire Statement of Faith (1833)
- Baptist Faith and Message (2000)
SUMMARY OF THE CBC STATEMENT OF FAITH
In summary we believe that the Scriptures are our perfect guide in which God, the originator of all things, has revealed Himself and that People, who were created to worship God, have instead sinned against God by rejecting his self-revelation and rebelling against his commands. Yet, Salvation has been offered to all people, is rooted God’s Grace and includes the simultaneous gifts of Justification and Regeneration that are linked necessarily to the response of Repentance and Faith. God’s work of salvation continues on in Sanctification and the Perseverance of Believers. Believers are united in the Church, which is to faithfully preach the Gospel and administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. As Christians we recognize God’s design in the Family and our responsibility to the Civil Government. Our final hope looks toward the World to Come, which we pray will arrive soon.
Necessity. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the only sufficient, certain, and infallible standard of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. God’s goodness, wisdom, and power are clearly demonstrated in the light of nature and the works of creation so that all people everywhere are left without excuse. However, this revelation is not sufficient to give the knowledge of God and his will necessary for salvation. Therefore, God was pleased at different times and in various ways to reveal himself and his will to his people.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:29-31; Ephesians 2:20; Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:19-21, 2:14-15; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21; 2:13-14; Ephesians 4:17-21; Genesis 15:4; Exodus 7:5; Numbers 12:6, 8; Hebrews 1:1-2
Canonicity. We believe that this revelation has been completely preserved in writing as Holy Scripture, authored by God, and written down by men without error through divine inspiration exclusively in the following books of the Old and New Testaments:
THE OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.
2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 1:2; 2 Peter 1:21; cf. Exodus 17:14, 24:4; Jeremiah 30:2
Authority. We believe that the authority of the Holy Scriptures does not depend on any man, church, or tradition, but entirely upon God, its author. We may be moved by the witness of the church to have a high estimation of the Scriptures and be likewise affected by Scripture’s witness to its own perfection. These and other proofs provide abundant evidence that the Scriptures are the Word of God. Even so, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority of the Scriptures comes from the internal work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 5:9; cf; Ephesians 2:20, 3:5; 1 Peter 1:25; cf. Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 12:6; 19:7-10; John 16:13-14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 1 John 2:20, 27
Sufficiency. We believe the whole counsel of God concerning everything essential for his own glory and our salvation, faith, and life is either explicitly stated or by necessary inference contained in the Holy Scriptures. Nothing is ever to be added to the Scriptures, either by new revelation or human traditions. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Holy Spirit is necessary for a saving understanding of what is revealed in the Word. We recognize that some circumstances concerning the worship of God and government of the church are common to human actions and organizations and are to be ordered by the light of nature and Christian wisdom, following the general rules of the Word, which must always be observed.
2 Timothy 2:15-17; Galatians 1:8-9; Revelation 21:18-19; John 6:45; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Corinthians 11:13-14; 14:26, 40
Clarity. We believe that some things in Scripture are clearer than others and that some people understand the teachings more clearly than others. However, the things that must be known, believed, and obeyed for salvation are so clearly set forth and explained in one part of Scripture or another that both the educated and uneducated may achieve a sufficient understanding of them through ordinary means.
2 Peter 3:16; Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Psalm 19:7; 119:130
Availability. We believe that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament was written in Greek, and that these testaments in their original languages and autographs were inspired directly by God and kept pure down through the ages by His unique care and providence. We believe that all of God’s people have a right to and a claim on the Scriptures and are commanded by God to read and search them. Not all of God’s people know these original languages, so the Scriptures are to be accurately translated into the common language of every nation to which they come. In this way the Word of God may dwell richly in all, so that God’s people everywhere through the Scriptures may hope in God and worship Him in an acceptable manner.
John 5:39-47; Acts 15:15; 1 Corinthians 14:6, 9, 11-12, 24, 28; Colossians 3:16
Finality. We believe that the Holy Scriptures reveal the principles by which God will judge all people and will remain to the end of the world the absolute standard and final authority by which all matters of life and doctrine should be tested. We believe that the infallible rule for interpreting Scripture is the Scripture itself. Therefore, when there is a question about the one, true, and full meaning of any part of Scripture, it must be understood in the light of other passages that speak more clearly. Moreover, we believe that the Scriptures are the supreme judge for deciding all religious controversies and for evaluating all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, human teachings, and individual interpretations. In the Scripture our faith finds its final word.
1 John 4:1, 6; Titus 1:9; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Acts 15:15-16; Matthew 22:29-32; John 5:39-47; Ephesians 2:20; Acts 28:23
The One True God. We believe that there is only one living and true God. He is the eternal, infinite Creator and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. He is merciful, just, and loving and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His glory. He alone is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and is worthy of all honor, confidence, obedience and love.
The Trinity. We believe that the one true God eternally exists as three distinct persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; each is fully God and equally possesses all the perfections of deity while executing their distinct and harmonious roles in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20:3-4; Deuteronomy 4:35, 4:39, 6:4–5, 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; 1 Kings 8:23; Psalms 86:8–10; Isaiah 6:3; 44:6–8, 45:5-25, 46:9; Jer. 10:6-10; Micah 7:18; Malachi 3:6; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:6, 17:3; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; 2 Corinthians 3:17, 13:14; Galatians 3:20; Ephesians 1:3-14, 4:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 Timothy 1:17, 2:5; James 2:19; 1 John 5:20; Jude 25; Revelation 4:11
God the Father. We believe that God the Father is fully divine and sovereignly reigns over creation. He is the source of all life and the one to whom the eternal kingdom belongs. He is the author of every event that occurs in both time and eternity. He foreknows, chooses and predestines people according to His glorious plan of redemption. The Father draws sinners to believe in His Son through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Father forgives their sin and adopts them as His children, thus giving them peace with Him.
Matthew 5:16, 6:5-14, 7:11, 18:35, 24:36, 28:19; John 3:16, 5:22-26, 6:37-40, 6:44; 8:16, 10:10 27-29; 15:8, 16:23, 17:1-8; Acts 1:7, 10:37; Romans 5:1, 6:4, 8:15, 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians 8:6, 15:24; Galatians 1:1; Ephesians 1:3-12; 4:6, 32; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Hebrews 12:6-10, 13:15-20; 1 Peter 1:2, 1:17, 1 John 1:9, 3:22, 4:14; 2 John 1:4
God the Son. We believe that God the Son is fully divine and has eternally existed with the same glory as the Father. He was born as a man named Jesus who lived a sinless life, died as a substitute for sinners, and rose from the dead on the third day as the Lord and Savior of all those who believe in Him. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, mediating on behalf of those who believe. He will soon return to judge sinners and to receive all those who have trusted in Him for salvation.
Matthew 1:25, 4:1, 8:18-27, 11:19, 16:21, 26:42, 28:18-20; Mark 4:38, 5:1-15, 10:45, 15:39; Luke 1:34-35, 9:12-22, 22:70, 24:36-43; John 1:1-18, 3:16, 4:6, 5:18-21, 8:58, 10:30, 11:27-35, 14:28, 19:28, 20:28-31; Acts 1:11, 20:28; Romans 1:4, 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-19, 2:9; Titus 1:3-4, 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-2:3, 2:17, 4:12-14; 1 Peter 2:21; 2 Peter 1:1, 2:20, 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 4:2-3, 4:9, 4:15, 5:20; 2 John 7; Revelation 1:5, 2:18, 3:14, 19:11-16
God the Spirit. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is the eternal Spirit who shares in the fullness of deity along with the Father and the Son. He is the Spirit of truth sent by God the Father and Jesus Christ to carry out the eternal plan of redemption among God’s people. His primary ministry is to exalt and glorify Jesus Christ by applying the Gospel to sinners’ hearts, that is, to convict them of their sin, give them new life in Christ, and seal them until the day of redemption. He subsequently indwells and empowers the Church to be a faithful witness in the world by illumining the truth of God’s Word, transforming the moral and spiritual character of individual believers, and equipping Christians to edify the Church by giving them a variety of gifts.
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:22-27; John 14:16-17, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:4-4, Acts 1:8, 7:51, 10:19, 11:12, 13:2, 15:28, 16:6, 21:11; Romans 8:2-17, 8:27, 15:30; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14, 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:1-6, 3:17-18, 13:14; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Hebrews 10:29
We believe that God created people in His own image and because of this all people have inherent value. We believe that God created people male and female as the crowning jewel of His creation. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created with innocence, but were deceived by Satan, voluntarily rebelled against God, and brought sin into the world. As a result, all people are born as sinners, inheriting the condemnation of our first parents, Adam and Eve. We believe that we are sinners by nature, utterly void of the holiness required by God and enslaved by the power of sin, doing the works of the devil, our father. As a result, we do not worship God as He requires according to His holy Law, but instead choose to worship idols and unworthy things. All people are, apart from God’s grace, unable to turn to God and are under just condemnation to eternal punishment, without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1–6, 6:5, 8:21; Psalm 14:2-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Hosea 6:7; John 8:44; Romans 1:18, 2:14, 3:10-18, 5:12–21, 6:16-17, 8:7-10; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22, 15:45–50; Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:18; Titus 3:3; 1 John 3:7-10
We believe that the salvation of sinners is only by the grace of God through the work of Jesus Christ, who is the mediator of the New Covenant, the promised Messiah, and Savior of the world. He is fully God and fully man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught the way of God’s kingdom, worked miracles, suffered, died on a cross, rose from the dead and is now enthroned in heaven as High Priest and Lord over all. In His death, He became the sacrificial substitute and made full atonement for sins, destroying the works of the devil, and absorbing the righteous wrath of God on behalf of those who repent of their sin and believe in Him so that they may, by faith, be adopted into the family of God. This message of salvation is known as the Gospel. We believe that salvation is made free to all who believe in Christ, and that it is the immediate duty of all to receive Him by a penitent and obedient faith. We believe that the power of the Gospel is sufficient to save even the greatest sinner and that all people everywhere are commanded to repent and believe upon Jesus. Those who reject Jesus and His Gospel do so voluntarily and will receive eternal condemnation for their decision. The gracious gift of salvation makes a clear distinction between the righteous and the wicked. Those who trust in Christ are pleasing in God’s sight and will abide with Him forever. Those who continue in unbelief are wicked in His sight and remain under His wrath, destined to judgment for eternity in Hell.
Isaiah 53:4-5, 55:1; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 4:17, 11:20-24; Mark 1:15; Luke 19:10; John 1:1-14, 3:16-21, 5:40, 6:29; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 4:12, 13:46, 15:11, 17:30; Romans 1:16-17, 3:21-26, 4:25; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7, 15:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-8, 4:14, 7:25, 9:13-15, 12:25-29; 1 John 3:8, 3:23, 4:10; Revelation 21:1-4, 22:17
We believe that in God’s eternal purpose, He graciously chose some people before the foundation of the world to be regenerated and saved through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. This choosing, otherwise known as election, was not based on any good they would do, but only on His sovereign mercy and pleasure. God’s electing grace does not diminish people’s accountability before God and is perfectly consistent with man’s responsibility to believe in Christ. This grace of God exhibits His love, compassion, goodness, wisdom, holiness, power, and unchangeable character. This grace also extinguishes boasting, grants assurance, cultivates humility, promotes love, encourages prayer, fuels evangelism, and solidifies trust in God to keep those who are His.
Exodus 33:18-19; Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Jeremiah 31:3; Luke 10:22; John 1:12-13, 6:37-44, 10:16; 15:16; Acts 2:22-23, 4:27-28, 13:48, 15:14, 16:14, 18:12; Romans 3:27, 4:16, 8:28-9:24, 11:5-6, 11:28-36; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, 3:5-7, 9:22, 15:10; Galatians 1:15-16; Ephesians 1:1-2:10; Philippians 1:6, 3:12; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10, 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:8-9, 2:10; Hebrews 6:11; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:10-11; 1 John 4:19; Revelation 13:8
We believe that justification is God’s declaration that those who believe in Christ are righteous in His sight because He has fully forgiven them of their sin and imputed Christ’s righteousness to them. We affirm that justification is given freely by God, not in consideration of anything we have done, but solely through faith in Christ and His finished work. This justification brings us into peace and favor with God, and secures our eternal destiny with Him.
Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 53:11-12; Matthew 9:6; John 1:16; Acts 10:43; Romans 3:20-28, 4:1-5:21, 6:23, 8:30-34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 2:15-17, 3:24; Philippians 3:7-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:12, 25
We believe that in order to be saved, a sinner must be regenerated, or born again. Regeneration is a work of God’s grace whereby the Holy Spirit gives new spiritual life and replaces our rebellious heart with a heart that delights in obeying God and responding to Him by repentance and faith. This new birth occurs when the Holy Spirit of God applies the divine truth of the Gospel to a sinner’s heart, resulting in our voluntary obedience to God through faith in Jesus Christ. The new birth is evidenced by spiritual fruits of repentance, faith, and a newness of life that seeks to please God. We believe that only God can give us this new spiritual life and bring us into the blessings of the New Covenant. In this New Covenant, we receive forgiveness of sins, God’s Law written on our hearts, and the indwelling presence of God’ Holy Spirit.
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; John 1:12-13, 3:3-7; Acts 10:44; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13; James 1:17-18; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:29, 3:9-10, 4:7, 5:1-4, 5:18
REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are the right and required response of sinners to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are the inseparable acts of turning away from sin and turning to God through Christ alone for salvation. This response to the Gospel is brought about by the Holy Spirit who graciously convicts us of our sin, convinces us of our unrighteousness, and reveals that we are hopelessly condemned apart from Christ. We affirm that the Holy Spirit assures us that Christ is the only way of salvation and therefore we turn to God with sincere remorse for our sin and certain hope for mercy. We affirm that salvation comes to those who truly believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that all true believers will trust in Him alone as their only and all-sufficient Savior.
Isaiah 55:1-7; Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 1:15; Luke 15:18-21, 24:46-47; John 1:12, 3:16, 6:37, 7:37, 16:8; Acts 2:37-38, 3:19-23, 11:18; 16:30-31, 17:30, 20:21; Romans 2:4, 10:9-11, 10:17; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 4:14, 6:1, 7:25
We believe that sanctification is the process by which God frees believers from slavery to sin and makes them more like Christ in their lives. This is a progressive work that begins in regeneration and is carried on in the hearts and lives of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit until they see Christ. While this growth in holiness is a gift of grace, it also requires a believer to actively, intentionally, and persistently fight sin through means such as prayer, reading and hearing God’s word, and the mutual edification of Christian community. Faith and repentance are necessary responses to Christ that mark a believer’s life from the moment of conversion until Christ calls us to be with Him.
John 17:17; Romans 6:5-6, 6:11-19; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 7:1; Galatians 2:20, 5:16-24; Ephesians 4:20-24; Philippians 3:13-14; Colossians 3:5-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 4:14, 10:24-25, 12:1, 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15; 2 Peter 1:3-10; 1 John 3:9; Revelation 3:19
THE PERSEVERANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power, and that they will, by His grace, persevere in in active trust and obedience to Christ until they see Him face to face. The grand mark of those who receive salvation is that they have an enduring attachment to Christ as their Lord and Savior. This enduring faith of believers distinguishes them from those who renounce Christ and prove not to be His. A persevering faith is evidence of God’s election and love which gives sure hope of eternal life with Christ.
Matthew 5:13, 24:13; John 6:38-40, 8:31, 10:27-29, 15:6; Romans 8:30, 11:22; 1 Corinthians 9:27, 10:12, 15:1; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:22-23; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 2:12; Hebrews 1:14, 3:12-14, 4:11, 6:12, 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4-5; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 2:19; 2 John 1:9; Jude 20; Revelation 2-3, 14:12, 21:7.
HARMONY OF LAW AND GOSPEL
We believe that the moral Law of God, as given by God to Adam in the garden, written by his finger at Sinai in ten commandments, and summarized by the Lord Jesus Christ, is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government and the absolute standard by which He will judge all men. As such, God obligated Adam and all his descendants to personal, total, exact, and perpetual obedience to His Law, as it has been written on the heart of every person and revealed in the Scriptures. We believe that the Law originates with God, thus is perfectly holy, just, and good. Therefore, it is useful to us as a rule of life that informs us of God’s will and of our duty to him. It is also useful for exposing our sinful corruption, strengthening our conviction and hatred of sin, and demonstrating our need for Jesus Christ and his perfect obedience. Our inability to perfectly obey the Law as God requires is not due to any deficiency in the Law but arises entirely from our love of sin. We believe that deliverance from the love of sin and restoration to a free and cheerful obedience to the Law of God through a Mediator is one great goal of the gospel and of the means of grace appointed by God for our joy and the establishment of the visible church.
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:16-17, 3:8-11; Exodus 20:1-17; Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:5; Psalm 19:8-9; Joshua 24:19; Psalm 119:137; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Matthew 5:17, 39-40; 22:34-40; Luke 16:16-17; Romans 2:14-16; 3:20, 31; 4:15; 7:7-16; 8:2-10; 10:4; 13:8-10; Galatians 3:21-24; Ephesians 2:20; Colossians 2:17; 1 Timothy 1:5-11; 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:2 Hebrews 9:9-10; 12:14; James 2:8, 10-12; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:2; Matthew 5:39-40, 19:16-26; Romans 3:21-22
We believe that the invisible church is the communion of God’s people drawn from every tribe, language, people, and nation throughout all the ages. It is made visible in the assembly of believers in local churches, which are marked by the right preaching of God’s word and right administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church is governed by the word of God, which teaches that elders are given to oversee the church as pastors, that deacons are to serve the church, and that the congregation, comprised of all members, have the responsibility to defend doctrine and execute discipline when required by Scripture. We affirm that members of local churches are commanded to assemble regularly, promote Christ-honoring unity, and live lives that bring honor and glory to God. The mission of the church is to be a corporate display of God’s glory to the world by preaching the gospel and making disciples.
Matthew 5:16, 16:19, 18:15-20, 28:18-20; John 1:12, 13:34-35, 17:20-24; Acts 6:1-6, 11:26, 14:23, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 5:4-5, 12-13; 11:25-26; 2 Corinthians 2:6-8; Ephesians 3:10, 4:1-2, 4:11-12; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 4:13, 5:17, 5:17; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:19-25, 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Revelation 5:9
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Baptism in water is the delightful duty of all believers upon their profession of faith. Baptism is to be done by immersion, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; to show forth our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior in a solemn and beautiful symbol. Baptism is a response to the command of Christ that symbolizes our death to sin, our resurrection to a new life, and our entrance into and unity with the people of God. Baptism is performed once, upon one’s profession of faith, and is required for church membership. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s dying love through the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine. This time of remembrance should be taken by baptized believers and members in good standing with a Gospel-preaching local church who prepare for the meal with self-examination to ensure holiness before God and unity with the church. The Lord’s Supper is performed regularly at the discretion of each local church.
Matthew 3:13-17, 26:26-29, 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-42, 8:36-38, 16:32-33; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:11-12
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of society. Families are composed of people related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Husband and wife are both made in God’s image and have equal value before God; while at the same time possessing distinct roles in the marriage. The husband is to gently lead and sacrificially love his wife as Christ loved the church and the wife is to graciously submit herself to her husband as the church willingly submits to Christ. We believe that children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and inheritance from the Lord. Parents are to patiently lead their children in the ways of Christ by intentional instruction, gracious discipline, and consistent example based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents for the glory of God and their ultimate good.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7
We believe that civil government is divinely appointed by God for the interests and good order of society, and that officials are to be prayed for and rightfully honored. These officials are to be obeyed except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and Ruler over the kings of the earth.
2 Samuel 23:3-4; Psalm 2:2-6; Mark 12:13-17; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Revelation 19:16
THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that the end of the world is soon approaching. On that last day Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave to final judgment. At that time, there will be a solemn separation during which the wicked will be judged and sentenced to endless, conscious punishment in hell, and the righteous rewarded with endless, conscious joy in the new heavens and new earth. This judgment will fix forever the final state of people in heaven or hell based upon God’s unchanging and unchallengeable principles of righteousness as revealed through both His creation and His Word, the Bible. Those belonging to Jesus will have eternal life in the new heavens and the new earth and live in everlasting joy to the glory of God.
Psalm 19:1, 50:6; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 13:36-50, 24:31-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 14:14; John 3:3