Key Beliefs of
Landmark Missionary Baptist Churches

When our church was organized in 1917, she adopted the Articles of Faith and Church Covenant as found in Bogard's Baptist Way Book.  These are a declaration of what we believe the Bible teaches.


ARTICLES OF FAITH

Article I. Of the Scriptures

     We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; (II Timothy 3:16-17) that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (II Timothy 3:15), and truth without any mixture of truth for its matter; (Prov. 30:5-6) that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; (Rom. 2:12; John 12:47-48) and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (Phil. 3:16), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried. (I John 4:1; Isa. 8:20.)

Article II. Of the True God

     We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; (John 4:24; Psalm 147:5; 83:18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:10) inexpressibly glorious in holiness, (Exod. 15:11) and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; (Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11) that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; (Matt. 28:19; John 15:16) equal in every divine perfection (John 10:30), and executing destinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14.)

Article III. Of the Fall of Man

     We beleive that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; (Gen. 1:27, 31; Eccl. 7:29) but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; (Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12) in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, (Rom. 5:19; John 3:6; Psalm 51:5) not by constraint but choice; (Isa. 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9-18) being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, (Eph. 2:13; Rom. 1:18, 31; 2:1-16) without defense or excuse. (Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20; 3:19.)

Article IV. Of the Way of Salvation

     We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; (Eph. 2:5; I John 4:10) through the Mediatorial offices of the Son of God; (John 3:16; 1:1-14) who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin; (Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9,14) honored the divine law by His personal obedience, (Isa. 42:21; Phil. 2:8) and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25) that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven; (Heb. 1:38; Col. 3:14) and united in His wonderful person the tenderest symopathies with dibvine perfections, He is ebvery way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. (Heb. 7:25-26; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18.)

Article V. Of Justification

     We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ (John 1:16; Eph. 3:8) secures to such as believe in Him is justification; (Acts 13:39; Rom. 8:1) that justification includes the pardon of sin,(Rom. 5:9) and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; (Rom. 5:17; Titus 3:5-6) that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; (Rom. 4:4-5) by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; (Rom. 5:19; 3:24-28) that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. (Rom. 5:1-3, 11; Matt. 6:33.)

Article VI. Of the Freeness of Salvation

     We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel of Christ; (Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17) that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial penitent and obedient faith; (Rom. 16:26; Mark 1:15; Rom. 1:15-17) and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel of Christ; (John 5:40; Rom. 9:32) which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. (John 3:19; Matt. 11:20.)

Article VII. Of Grace In Regeneration

     We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; (John 3:3,6-7) that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; (II Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Rom. 2:28-29) that it is affected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth; (John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18) so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel of Christ; (I Peter 1:22-25; I John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24) and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life. (Eph. 5:9; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21.)

Article VIII. Of Repentance and Faith

     We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces wrought in our souls in regeneration (Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; I John 5:1) whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, (John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38;16:30-31) we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; (Luke 18:13; James 4:7-10) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. (Rom. 10:9-13; Acts 3:22-23; Heb. 1:8.)

Article IX. Of God's Purpose of Grace

     We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; (II Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; Rom.11:5-6) that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; (II Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16) that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; (Exod. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15; Eph. 1:11; Rom. 9:23-24; 11:28-36) that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; (I Cor. 4:7; 1:26-31; Col. 3:12) that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; (II Tim. 2:10; I Cor. 9:2; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40) that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel of Christ; (I Thess. 1:4-10) that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; (Rom. 8:28-31; 11:29) and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. (II Peter 1:10-11; Phil. 3:12.)

Article X. Of Sanctification

     We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; (I Thess. 4:3; 5:23; II Cor. 7:1) that it is a progressive work; (Prov. 4:18; II Peter 1:5-8; Phil 3:12-16) that it is begun in regeneration; (John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; Phil. 1:9-11) and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means--especially, the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. (Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; I Peter 2:2.)

Article XI. Of the Perseverance of Saints

     We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; (John 8:31; I John 2:27-28; 3:9) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial profession; (I John 2:19; Matt. 13:20-21) that a special providence watches over their welfare; (Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33) and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; Jode 24-25.)

Article XII. Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel

     We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; (Rom. 3:31; Matt. 5-17; Luke 16:17) that it is holy, just, and good; (Rom. 7:12, 14, 33; Gal. 3:21) and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin: (Rom. 8:7-8; Jer. 13-23) to deliver from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy law, is one great end of the Gospel of Christ, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. (Rom. 8:2, 4; 10:4; Jude 20-21; Matt. 16:17-18.)

Article XIII. Of a Gospel Church

     We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers; (I cor. 1:1-13; Matt., 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1) associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel of Christ; (Acts 2:41-42, 47; II Cor. 8:5; I Cor. 5:12-13) observing the ordinances of Christ; (I Cor. 11:2, 23; II Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20) governed by His laws; (Matt. 28:20; John 14:15, 21; I John 4:21) and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; (Eph 4:7; I Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:27) that its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons; (Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; I Tim. 3) whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus.

Article XIV. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper

     We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; (Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23) into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48) to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:120 that it is a prerequisite to the privelege of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, (Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20) in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; (I Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29) preceded always by solemn self-examination. (I Cor. 11:28; 5:1,8.)

Article XV. Of the Lord's Day

     We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day; (Acts 20:7; Col. 2:16-17; John 20:19; I Cor. 16:1-2) and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, (Exod. 20:8; Rev. 1:10; Psalm 118:24) by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, (Isa. 58:13-14; 56:2-8) by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private (Psalm 118:15) and public; (Geb. 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; 13-44) and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God. (Heb. 4:3-11.)

Article XVI. Of Civil Government

     We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; (Rom. 13:1-7; Deut. 16:18; II Sam. 23:3) and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; (Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; I Tim. 2:1-8) except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Acts 5:29; Matt. 10:28; Dan. 3:15-18; 6:7-10) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. (Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Psalm 72:11.)

Article XVII. Of the Righteous and the Wicked

     We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; (Mal. 3:18; Prov. 12:26; Rom. 6:16) that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; (Rom. 1:17; 7:6; 6:18-22; I John 2:29; 3:7) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; (I John 5:19; Gal 3:10; John 3:36) and this distinction holds among men both in and after death. (Prov. 14:32; 10:24; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24.)

Article XVIII. Of the World to Come

     We believe that the end of the world is approaching; (I Peter 4:7; I Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35) that in the last days Christ will appear in the heavens; (Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Thess. 5:1-11) that at His coming the dead saints will be raised from their graves, and the living believers caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air; (I Thess. 4:16-17; I Cor. 15:51-53) that the saints will be judged for rewards according to their works; (II Cor. 5:10, I Cor. 3:11-15) that Christ will descend to the earth with His saints, personally and bodily; (Jude 14; Zech. 14:4; Acts 1:11) that Christ will reign over the earth in peace for one thousand years; (Isa. 2:1-4; Isa. 65:18-25; Rev. 20:1-4) that at the end of the thousand years the wicked dead shall be raised and forever consigned to the "lake of fire"; (Rev. 20:5, 11-15) that the righteous shall enter into eternal joy with the Lord; (Rev. 7:15-17; 22:1-7) that these judgments will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. (Rom. 3:5-6; II Thess. 1:6-12; Heb. 6:1-2; Rom. 2:2-16.)


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