Since we believe that the local Church is the Body of Christ and that all things should be done decently and in order, we think it best to state in writing the order of the government of the body so that its members may better understand their duty, right, and responsibilities and believe that it will promote harmony and goodwill; we do, therefore, adopt the Covenant and Statement of Faith and Bylaws as follows:
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly most 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, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, drugs (prescription or nonprescription for purposes other than treatment of illness or as prescribed b a physician), and tobacco; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rule of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible 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
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us. "Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were witnesses, and ministers of the Word, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed." Luke 1:1-4.
1. We believe the whole Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 as the verbally inspired and infallible Word of God. II Timothy 3:15
2. We believe that Jesus Christ was born of Mary, the virgin, and is the Son of God and God the Son. Luke 1:26-32
3. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, the Just for the unjust that He might bring us to God. I Cor. 15:3
4. We believe that He rose from the grave the third day according to the Scriptures. I Cor. 15:4
5. We believe that Jesus Christ only is our Great High Priest, and we need not the intercession of any man, but that Christ ever liveth to make intercession for us. Heb. 7:25
6. We believe that Jesus Christ will come in person bodily, visibly, to establish His kingdom on the earth. Zech. 8:3
7. We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust. Acts 24:14-15. The saved in Christ (just) wi11 be raised at the pre-Tribulation return of Christ for His saints. I Thess. 4:13-18. The unjust will be raised at the end of Christ's Thousand-year reign, for judgment. Rev. 20:4-6
8. We believe in the new birth of the soul, that regeneration is a new creation of the soul which was dead in trespasses and sin. II Cor. 5:16-17
9. We believe that the Church is a local, called out assembly of baptized believers, whose only mission is to preach the Gospel to every creature, baptizing them and teaching them whatsoever Christ has instructed in His Holy Word. Matt. 28:18-20
10. We believe that Christ only is the Head over all things to the Church, which is His body. Col. 1:18
11. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the only administrator of the Church, and that it is unscriptural for any hierachy to lord it over the Church of Jesus Christ.
12. We believe that all true believers should be baptized, as the Lord had commanded..."Go ye therefore as the Lord has commissioned and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Matt. 28:18-20
13. We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, a newborn soul. "Then they that gladly received His Word were baptized". Acts 2:41
14. We believe the Scriptures teach, "Bring ye all the tithe (tenth) into the storehouse", the common treasury of the Church. Mal. 3:10, I Cor. 16:2
15. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:35-39, John 3:16, John 5:24, Heb. 10:39, Jude 1:24, Isa.42:17, Eph 1:13, I John 5:11-12, and I Peter 1:5
16. We believe in eternal punishment that is a lake of fire and brimstone; and that all unbelievers will be cast into it. Luke 16:24, Matt. 18:8-9, Rev. 21:8, Rev. 20:14-15