Confession of Faith

1. Of the Scriptures We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (2), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (6).
(1) 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, 2nd Peter 1:21, 2nd Samuel 23:2, Acts 1:16, John 10:35, Luke 16:29-31, Psalm 119:11, Romans 3:1-2
(2) 2nd Timothy 3:15, 1st Peter 1:10-12, Acts 11:14, Romans 1:16, Mark 16:16, John 5:38-39,
(3) Proverbs 30:5-6, John 17:17, Revelation 22:18-19, Romans 3:4
(4) Romans 2:12, John 12:47-48, 1st Corinthians 4:3-4, Luke 10:10-16, Luke 12:47-48
(5) Philippians 3:16, Ephesians 4:3-6, Philippians 2:1-2, 1st Corinthians 1:10, 1st Peter 4:11
(6) 1st John 4:1, Isaiah 8:20, 1st Thessalonians 5:21, 2nd Corinthians 5, Acts 17:11, 1st John 4:6, Jude 3, Ephesians 6:17, Psalms 119:59-60, Philippians 1:9-11

2. 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 (7); inexpressibly glorious in holiness (8), and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love (9); that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (10); equal in every divine perfection (11), and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (12).
(7) John 4:24, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 83:18, Hebrews 3:4, Romans 1:20, Jeremiah 10:10
(8) Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 6:3, 1st Peter 1:15-16, Revelation 4:6-8
(9) Mark 12:30, Revelation 4:11, Matthew 10:37, Jeremiah 2:12-13
(10) Matthew 28:19, John 15:26, 1st Corinthians 12:4-6, 1 John 5:7
(11) John 10:30, John 5:17, John 14:23, John 17:5, 10, Acts 5:3-4, 1st Corinthians 2:10-11, Philippians 2:5-6
(12) Ephesians 2:18, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Revelation 1:4-5

3. Of the Fall of Man We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker (13); but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state (14); in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners (15), not by constraint, but choice (16); 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 (17), without defense or excuse (18).
(13) Genesis 1:27, Genesis 1:31, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Acts 17:26-29, Genesis 2:16-17
(14) Genesis 3:6-24, Romans 5:12
(15) Romans 5:19, John 3:6, Psalms 51:5, Romans 5:15-19, Romans 8:7
(16) Isaiah 53:6, Genesis 6:12, Romans 3:9-18
(17) Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 1:18, Romans 1:32, Romans 2:1-16, Galatians 3:10, Matthew 20:15
(18) Ezekiel 18:19-20, Romans 1:20, Romans 3:19, Galatians 3:22

4. Of the Way of Salvation We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (19), through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God (20); who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin (21); honored the divine law by his personal obedience (22), and by his death made a full atonement for our sins (23); that having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven (24); and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all- sufficient Saviour (25).
(19) Ephesians 2:8, Matthew 18:11, 1st John 4:10, 1st Corinthians 3:5-7, Acts 15:11
(20) John 3:16, John 1:1-14, Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 12:24
(21) Philippians 2:6-7, Hebrews 2:9, Hebrews 2:14, 2nd Corinthians 5:21
(22) Isaiah 42:21, Philippians 2:8, Galatians 4:4-5, Romans 3:21
(23) Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 20:28, Romans 4:25, Romans 3:21-26, 1st John 4:10, 1st John 2:2, 1st Corinthians 15:1-3, Hebrews 9:13-15
(24) Hebrews 1:8, Hebrews 1: 3, Hebrews 8:1, Colossians 3:1-4
(25) Hebrews 7:25, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 7:26, Psalm – 89:19, Psalm 34

5. Of Justification We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ (26) secures to such as believe in him is Justification (27); that Justification includes the pardon of sin (28), and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness (29); 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 (30); by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God (31); 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 (32).
(26) John 1:16, Ephesians 3:8
(27) Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11-12, Romans 8:1
(28) Romans 5:9, Zechariah 13:1, Matthew 9:6, Acts 10:43
(29) Romans 5:17, Titus 3:5-7, 1st Peter 3:7, 1st John 2:25, Romans 5:21
(30) Romans 4:4-5, Romans 5:21, Romans 6:23, Philippians 3:7-9
(31) Romans 5:19, Romans 3:24-26, Romans 4:23-25, 1st John 2:12
(32) Romans 5:1-2, 1st Corinthians 1:30-31, Matthews 6:33, 1st Timothy 4:8

6. Of the Freeness of Salvation We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel (33); that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith (34); and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel (35); which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation (36).
(33) Isaiah 55:1, Revelation 22:17, Luke 14:17
(34) Romans 16:25-26, Mark 1:15, Romans 1:15-17
(35) John 5:40, Matthew 23:37, Romans 9:32, Proverbs 1:24, Acts:13:46
(36) John 3:19, Matthew 11:20,Luke 19:27, 2nd Thessalonians 1:8

7. Of Grace in Regeneration We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again (37); that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind (38); that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth (39), so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel (40); and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life (41).
(37) John 3:3, John 3:6-7, 1st Corinthians 2:14, Romans 14:3, Revelation 21:27
(38) 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 36:26, Deuteronomy 30:6, Romans 2:28-29, Romans 5:5, 1st John 4:7
(39) John 3:8, John 1:13, James 1:16-18, 1st Corinthians 1:30, Philippians 2:13
(40) 1st Peter 1:22-25, 1st John 5:1, Ephesians 4:20-24, Colossians 3:9-11
(41) Ephesians 5:9, Romans 8:9, Galatians 5:16-23, Ephesians 2:14-21, Matthew 3:8-10, Matthew 7:20, 1st John 5:4, 1st John 5:18

8. Of Repentance and Faith We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (42); whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ (43), we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy (44); 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 Saviour (45).
(42) Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Ephesians 2:8, 1st John 5:1
(43) John 16:8, Acts 2:37-38, Acts 16:30-31
(44) Luke 18:13, Luke 15:18-21, James 4:7-10, 2nd Corinthians 7:11, Romans 10:12-13, Psalm 51
(45) Romans 10:9-11, Acts 3:22-23, Hebrews 4:14, Psalm 2:6, Hebrews 1:8, Hebrews 7:25, 2nd Timothy 1:12

9. 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 (46); that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end (47); that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable (48); that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy (49); that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree (50); that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel (51); that it is the foundation of Christian assurance (52); and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence (53).
(46) 2nd Timothy 1:8-9, Ephesians 1:3-14, 1st Peter 1:1-2, Romans 11:5-6, John 15:16, 1st John 4:19
(47) 2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14, Acts 13:48, John 10:16, Matthew 20:16, Acts 15:14
(48) Exodus 33:18-19, Matthew 20:15, Ephesians 1:11, Romans 9:23-24, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 11:28-29, James 1:17-18, 2nd Timothy 1:9, Romans 11:32-36
(49) 1st Corinthians 4:7, 1st Corinthians 1:26-31, Romans 3:27, Romans 4:16, Colossians 3:12, 1st Corinthians 15:10, 1st Peter 5:10, 1st Thessalonians 2:12-13, 1st Peter 2:9, Luke 18:7
(50) 2nd Timothy 2:10, 1st Corinthians 9:22, John 6:37-40, 2nd Peter 1:10
(51) 1st Thessalonians 1:4-10
(52) Romans 8, Isaiah 42:16, Romans 11:29
(53) 2nd Peter 1:10-11, Philippians 3:12, Hebrews 6:11

10. Of Sanctification We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness (54); that it is a progressive work (55); that it is begun in regeneration (56); 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 (57).
(54) 1st Thessalonians 4:3, 1st Thessalonians 5:23, 2nd Corinthians 7:1, 2nd Corinthians 13:9, Ephesians 1:4
(55) Proverbs 4:18, Hebrews 6:1, 2nd Peter 1:5-8, Philippians 3:12-16
(56) 1st John 2:29, Romans 8:5, John 3:6, Philippians 1:9-11
(57) Philippians 2:12-13 Ephesians 4:11-12, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 6:18, 1st Peter 2:2, 2nd Peter 3:18, 2nd Corinthians 13:5, Luke 9:23, Luke 11:35, Matthew 26:41

11. Of the Perseverance of Saints We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end (58); that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors (59); that a special Providence watches over their welfare (60); and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (61).
(58) John 8:31, 1st John 2:27-28, 1st John 3:9, 1st John 5:18
(59) 1st John 2:19, John 13:18, Matthew 13:20-21, John 6:66-69
(60) Romans 8:28, Matthew 6:30-33, Jeremiah 32:40, Psalm 121:3, Psalm 91:11-12
(61) Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:12-13, Jude 24-25, Hebrews 1:14, Hebrews 13:5, 1st John 4:4

12. 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 (62); that it is holy, just, and good (63); and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin (64); to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church (65).
(62) Romans 3:31, Matthew 5:17, Luke 16:17, Romans 3:20 Romans 4:15
(63) Romans 7:12, Romans 7:7, Romans 7:14, Romans 7:22, Galatians 3:21, Psalm 119
(64) Romans 8:7-8, Joshua 24:19, Jeremiah 13:23, John 6:44, John 5:44
(65) Romans 8:2-4, Romans 10:4, Hebrews 8:10, Hebrews 12:14, Jude 20-21

13. Of a Gospel Church We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (66), associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel (67); observing the ordinances of Christ (68); governed by his laws (69), and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word (70); that its only scriptural officers are Elders and Deacons (71), whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
(66) 1st Corinthians 1:1-13, Matthew 18:17, Acts 5:11, Acts 8:1, Acts 11:21-23, 1st Corinthians 4:17, 1st Corinthians 14:23, 3rd John 9
(67) Acts 2:41-42, 2nd Corinthians 8:5, Acts 2:47, 1st Corinthians 5:12-13
(68) 1st Corinthians 11:2, 2nd Thessalonians 3:6, Romans 16:17-20, 1st Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 18:15-20, 2nd Corinthians 2:17, 1st Corinthians 4:17
(69) Matthew 28:20, John 14:15, John 15:12, 1st John 4:21, John 14:21, 1st Thessalonians 4:2, 2nd John 6, Galatians 6:2
All The Epistles – We have not printed those here (go to the scriptures)
(70) Ephesians 4:7, 1st Corinthians 14:12, Philippians 1:27
(71) Philippians 1:1, Acts 14:23, Acts 15:22, 1st Timothy 3, Titus 1

14. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper We believe that the best picture of Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer (72), into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost (73); to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, as it symbolizes our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (74); that baptism by faith is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper (75), in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ (76); preceded always by solemn self-examination (77).
(72) Acts 8:36-39, Matthew 3:5-6, John 3:22-23, John 4:1-2, Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Acts 16:32-34, Acts 18:8
(73) Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47-48, Galatians 3:27-28
(74) Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, 1st Peter 3:20-21, Acts 22:16
(75) Acts 2:41-42, Matthew 28:19-20
Acts and Epistles – We have not printed that here (go to the scriptures)
(76) 1st Corinthians 11:26, Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20
(77) 1st Corinthians 11:28, 1st Corinthians 5:1, 1st Corinthians 5:8, 1st Corinthians 10:3-32, 1st Corinthians 11:17-32, John 6:26-71

15. Of the Christian Sabbath We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath (78); and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes (79), by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private (80) and public (81); and by preparation for that rest that remains for the people of God (82).
(78) Acts 20:7, Genesis 2:3, Colossians 2:16-17, Mark 2:27, John 20:19, 1st Corinthians 16:1-2
(79) Exodus 20:8, Revelation 1:10, Psalm 118:24
(80) Psalm 119:15
(81) Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 11:26
(82) Hebrews 4:3-11

16. Of Civil Government We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (83); and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (84); except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (85) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth (86).
(83) Romans 13:1-7, Deuteronomy 16:18, 2nd Samuel 23:3 , Exodus 18:21-23, Jeremiah 30:21
(84) Matthew 22:21, Titus 3:1, 1st Peter 2:13, 1st Timothy 2:1-3
(85) Acts 5:29, Matthew 10:28, Daniel 3:15-18, Daniel 6:7-10, Acts 4:18-20
(86) Matthew 23:10, Romans 14:4, Revelation 19:16, Psalm 72:11, Psalm 2, Romans 14:9-13

17. Of the Righteous and the Wicked We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (87); 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 (88); while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse (89); and this distinction holds among men both in and after death (90).
(87) Malachi 3:18, Proverbs 12:26, Isaiah 5:20, Genesis 18:23, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 6:16
(88) Romans 1:17, Romans 7:6, 1st John 2:29,1st John 3:7, Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22, 1st Corinthians 11:32, Proverbs 11:31, 1st Peter 4:17-18]
(89) 1st John 5:19, Galatians 3:10, John 3:36, Isaiah 57:21, Psalm 10:4, Isaiah 55:6-7
(90) Proverbs 14:32, Luke 16:25, John 8:21-24, Proverbs 10:24, Luke 12:4-5, Luke 9:23-26, John 12:25-26, Ecclesiastes 3:17, Matthew 7:13-14

18. Of the World to Come We believe that the end of the world is approaching (91); that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven (92), and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution (93); that a solemn separation will then take place (94); that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy (95); and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness (96).
(91) 1st Peter 4:7, 1st Corinthians 7:29-31, Hebrews 1:10-12, Matthew 28:20, Matthew 13:39-40, 1st John 2:17, 2nd Peter 3:3-13
(92) Acts 1:11, Revelation 1:7, Hebrews 9:28, Acts 3:21, 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1st Thessalonians 5:1-11
(93) Acts 24:15, 1st Corinthians 15:12-58, Luke 14:14, Daniel 12:2, John 5:28-29, John 6:40, John 11:25-26, Acts 10:42
(94) Matthew 13:49, Matthew 13:37-43, Matthew 24:30-31, Matthew 25:31-33
(95) Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 22:11, 1st Corinthians 6:9-10, Mark 9:43-48, 2nd Peter 2:9, Jude 7, Philippians 3:19, 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11, John 4:36, 2nd Corinthians 4:18
(96) Romans 3:5-6, 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-12, Hebrews 6:1-2, 1st Corinthians 4:5, Acts 17:31, Romans 2:2-16, Revelation 20:11-12 ,1st John 2:28, 1st John 4:17