Doctrine & The Two Ordinances Christ left s with are discussed in this section with associated scriptural references.Directly below are the 24 basic doctrinal statements that identify what we believe in. Directly below those is a review of the two ordinances. The first one is the Baptism of Believers and the second is The Lord’s Supper. (Click on the underlined words to go directly to that section.)
- What Constitutes Scriptural Baptism?
- Why Baptize by Immersion?
- Who Has the Authority to Baptize?
- What Will Baptism Do For Us?
- Who Can Be Baptized?
- Why Be Baptized?
- The Lord’s Supper
- The Origin of the Supper
- The Recipients of the Supper
- The Authority of the Church
- The Elements of the Supper
- The Unleavened Bread
- The Fruit of the Vine
- The Restrictions of the Supper
- It Can Only be Observed in Church Capacity
- Only Faithful Members Can Participate
- The Origin of the Supper
Here are 24 basic doctrinal statements that identify what we believe in.
1-We believe that love, one for another, as Jesus loves the believer, partially manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent. (Matthew 22:35-40; John 13: 34, 35; John 15:12; 1st John 4:7-21; 1st John 5:1-3; )
2-We believe in the verbal inspiration and infallibility of the whole Bible as originally written, and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. (Psalm 119:160; 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17; 2nd Peter 1:21)
3-We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal in Divine perfection. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:32-35; John 14:16; Hebrews 1:7,8)
4-We believe in the Genesis account of Creation. ()
5-We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28: 11-19; Matthew 25:41; 2nd Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-17; Revelation 20:10)
6-We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1st Peter 2:22)
7-We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2nd Corinthians 5:19)
8-We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches. (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:4,5,8; Acts 2:1-4)
9-We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts. (1st Corinthians 12: 12,14; Micah 7:15)
10-We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgressions from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12,19)
11-We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe. (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 2:9; 1st Peter 2:24; 1st Peter 3:18; 2nd Peter 3:9; 1st John 2:2)
12-We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints. (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1st Corinthians 15:42-58; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18)
13- We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to the Millennium and to the eternal heaven, which will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous onto eternal punishment in the lake of fire, and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age. (Matthew 25:46; John 14: 1-6; 1st Thessalonians 4:14-18; 2nd Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19; Revelation 20: 4-6 & 11-15; Revelation 21:8)
14-We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9)
15-We believe that the moment a person repents of his sin and places his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, he is born again, becomes a child of God, is personally indwelt by the Holy Spirit, receives forgiveness of all his sins and receives eternal life. He is also assured that from the moment of his physical death he will forever be in the presence of Christ, that he will be in the first resurrection and that he will not suffer any punishment in Hell or the Lake of Fire, regardless of the degree of his faithfulness to God This is because he is saved and kept wholly by God’s Grace, apart from works. (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:37-30, Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 10:39; 1st Peter 1:5; John 3;6; John 16:8,9; Romans 8:9-11; 1st Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:8,9; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5)
16-We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient. (Matthew 16:37; Matthew 25:14-23; John 1:12; Hebrews 12:5-11; 2nd John 8; Revelation 22:12)
17-We believe that Jesus Christ established His church, the Body of Christ, during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that there has been a succession of true churches adhering to the doctrines and practices of the New Testament from the time of Christ to this day, and that the churches of this Association are so identified. (Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Ephesians 3:21)
18-We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will choose His Bride from the faithful members of His New Testament Churches. (2nd Corinthians 11:1-3; Revelation 19:7,8)
19-We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of that local church observing the ordinance. (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 8:12,38; Romans 6:4; 1st Corinthians 5:11-13; 1st Corinthians 11: 1,2,17-20,26)
20-We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church – pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus 1:6-9 and 1st Timothy 3:1-13.
21- We believe that all associations, fellowships and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches. (Matthew 20:25-28)
22- We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Romans 13:1-7; 1st Peter 2:13-15)
23- We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5,13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1st Corinthians 5:1; 1st Corinthians 6:9; 1st Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
24- We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans l7:2; 1st Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)