We believe the Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21). This record is final, authoritative, and unchanging! We believe the Bible to be the all-sufficient rule for faith and conduct (apart from integration with any other discipline) through the power of the Holy Spirit to regenerate, sanctify, and equip the believer for life and service (John 17:17, Heb. 4:12; James 1:18-27).
We believe in the One True
God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6), existing eternally as three persons: the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor.
13:14). This tri-unity is clearly set forth in the form and formula of
Christian baptism (Matt. 28:19-20).
We believe in the Lord Jesus
Christ, in His pre-existence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by
virgin birth (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-23), sinless life (Heb. 4:15),
substitutionary death (2 Cor. 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke
24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16),
and coming again (Acts 1:11). Further Scriptural evidence of His
preexistence as God the Son is found in John 8:58; His deity, John
20:28 and 1 John 5:20; and His coming again, John 14:3.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, in
His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in
each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1
Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9); and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian
life and service (Eph. 3:16; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22-23). We believe that
The Holy Spirit provides each believer one or more spiritual gifts “for
serving one another” (1 Peter 4:10); and gifted men to the Church for
perfecting (Eph. 4:11-13). However, apostolic sign-gifts and miracles,
even in the early Church, were not for all believers (1 Cor. 12:28-30)
and ended with the Apostolic era (1 Cor. 13:8; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb.
2:3-4). We also believe that Spirit baptism is a once for all action, at the moment of regeneration (Eph. 4:5; 1 Cor. 12:13).
We believe in man’s direct creation
in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin
resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12), and the necessity
of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5). We believe in the
recent, direct creation of the heavens, the earth, and all their hosts,
without pre-existing material, in six literal 24-hour days (Gen. 1 and
2; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3). We believe in the
sanctity of human life (Gen. 9:6; Ps. 139:13-16) and in the distinct
function of men and woman in the home and the church (Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 2:8-15).
We believe in a complete and
eternal salvation by God's grace alone, received as the gift of God
through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work
(Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
We believe in the one true Church,
the body and bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all
true believers of the present age (1 Cor. 12:12-13); and the
organization of its members in local churches for worship, for
edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local
church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph.
4:11-16). We believe confession of faith and triune immersion to be the
two essential scriptural requirements for membership in the local church
(Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 2:38). Each local church shall determine its own
additional membership requirements (Acts 2:42-47), and the discipline of
its own members (1 Cor. 5:3-5). Triune immersion may not be
circumvented except for medical reasons of a physical nature.
We believe the Christian life
consists of a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God
from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2), manifested by speaking
the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph.
5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with
the Word of God (1 Cor. 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but
showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Rom. 12:17-21),
exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), and maintaining a
life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6), including the privilege, when
sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with
oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18). Not engaging in carnal
strife is understood to include not only war but also church and
personal relationships. This is to reaffirm the biblical teaching on
nonresistance (not to be equated with pacifism) in war and peace (Matt.
5:39-41; Luke 6:27-29; John 18:36).
We believe the Christian should
observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism
of believers by trine immersion (Matt. 28:19) and (2) the threefold
communion service, consisting of the washing of the saints' feet (John
13:1-17), the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:20, 33-34; Jude 12) and the
communion of the bread and the cup (1 Cor. 11:23-26). We believe that
only trine immersion and only threefold communion meet the biblical
mandates of our Lord Jesus Christ concerning ordinances (Matt. 28:20;
We believe in Satan’s existence and
personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Rev.
12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev. 20:10).
We believe in the personal,
visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the
earth (1 Thess. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (1 Thess. 1:10; Rev.
3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His
millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6). We believe the
tribulation will be a seven-year period (Dan. 9:24-27) following the
rapture of the Church; and we believe the thousand-year kingdom will
include the literal fulfillment of God's covenant promises to ethnic
Israel (Jer. 33:14-26; Ezek. 36:25-28; 40-48; Rom. 11:23-32).
We believe in the conscious
existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection
of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom.
14:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers
(Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the
eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15). We understand
eternal punishment to be a conscious state (Rev. 14:11).
1820 State Route 590 | Gibsonburg, OH 43431-7800
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