THE SCRIPTURES. The sole authority for the Church is the Bible, verbally inspired, innerrant, infallible, and totally sufficient and trustworthy. No portion of Scripture is marked by error or the effects of human sinfulness. The authority and sufficiency of Scripture extends to the entire Bible and is therefore the final authority for all doctrine and practice. No portion of the Bible is to be used in an effort to deny the truthfulness or trustworthiness of any other portion. There can be no effort to identify a canon within the canon or, for example, to set the words of Jesus against the writings of Paul (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21).
GOD. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:22, Revelation 22:13).
THE TRINITY. The one true God is revealed to us as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1, 10:30, Acts 5:3-4, Colossians 2:9, I John 5:7).
THE FALL OF MAN. God originally created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27), for His glory (Isaiah 43:7), and free from sin (Genesis 2:25); but, through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness (Genesis 3:1-24); whereby his posterity [i.e. descendants] inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law (Romans 3:9-18), are under condemnation (Romans 5:18), and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors (Psalm 51:5).
THE MEDIATOR. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5). Having taken upon Himself human nature (Philippians 2:5-8), yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15), He perfectly fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17), suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners (John 10:15, Romans 3:25, I Peter 2:24). He was buried, rose again on the third day (I Corinthians 15:4), and ascended to His Father (Acts 1:9), at whose right hand He lives forever to make intercession for His people (Romans 8:34). He shall return in power and great glory to judge the living and the dead (II Timothy 4:1). He is the only Mediator, the Prophet (Acts 3:20-22), Priest (Hebrews 4:14), and King of the church, and Sovereign of the Universe (Ephesians 1:21-22).
REGENERATION. Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who makes alive those who are dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of Godís free and special grace alone (Ezekiel 36:24-27, John 3:3-8, II Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5) .
REPENTANCE. Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein the Holy Spirit makes a person aware of the manifold evil of his sin, so that he humbles himself with godly sorrow, detesting sin, and abhorring [i.e., hating] self, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things (Psalm 51, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, 24:47, Acts 11:18, 20:21, II Corinthians 7:9-10).
FAITH. Saving faith is the belief, on Godís authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving grace, and leads to a life of holiness (John 6:44-45, Romans 10:17, I Corinthians 12:3, Ephesians 2:8, Titus 1:1, Hebrews 10:39)
JUSTIFICATION. Justification is Godís gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made. It is given not for anything wrought in them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith (Acts 3:19, Romans 3:26, 4:5-7, 8:30-33, I Corinthians 1:30).
SANCTIFICATION. Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by Godís Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial [i.e., willing] obedience to all Christís commands (John 17:17-19, Acts 20:32, Galatians 5:16-25, I Peter 1:2).
THE CHURCH. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:18), which is composed of all His true disciples (Ephesians 2:11-3:6), and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches (Acts 14:23,27, 20:17,28, Galatians 1:2, Philippians 1:1, I Thessalonians 1:1); and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering the order, discipline and worship which He has appointed (Acts 20:28, Ephesians 4:11). The regular officers of a church are Bishops (or Elders) and Deacons (I Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, I Peter 5:1-5).
BAPTISM. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39, Romans 6:1-11).
THE LORDíS SUPPER. The Lordís Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship (Luke 22:15-20, I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-32).
THE RESURRECTION. There will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
THE JUDGMENT. God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds: the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Acts 17:30-31, II Corinthians 5:10, I Peter 4:17, Revelation 20:12).