Articles of Faith

This Confession was drawn up by the Rev. John Newton Brown, D. D., of New Hampshire (b. 1803, d. 1868), about 1833, and has been adopted by the New Hampshire Convention, and widely accepted by Baptists, especially in the Northern and Western States, as a clear and concise statement of their faith, in harmony with the doctrines of older confessions, but expressed in milder form. The text is taken from the Baptist Church Manual, published by the American Baptist Publication Society, Philadelphia.

Of the Scriptures 

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17. All scriptures are given by inspiration of God and are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (Also 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Samuel 23:2; Acts 1:16; 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psalm 119:111; Romans 3:1, 2.)
  1. 2 Timothy 3:15.   Able to make thee wise unto salvation.    (Also 1 Peter 1:10-12; Acts 11:14; Romans 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38, 39.)
  1. Proverbs 30:5, 6. Every word of God is pure … Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Also John 17:17; Revelation 22:18, 19; Romans 3:4.)
  1. Romans 2: 12. As many as have sinned in the law shall be judged

by the law. John 12:47, 48. If any man hears my words… the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (Also 1 Corinthians 4:3, 4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47, 48.)

  1. Philippians 3:16. Let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. (Also Ephesians 4:3-6; Philippians 2: 1, 2; 1 Corinthians 1: 10; 1 Peter 4:11.)
  1. 1 John 4: 1. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God. Isaiah 8:20. To the law and to the testimony: If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Prove all things. 2 Corinthians 13:5. Prove your ownselves. (Also Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:6; Jude 3; Ephesians 6:17; Psalm 119:56, 60; Philippians 1:9-11.)

We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the universe, infinite in holiness and all other perfections to whom we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. John 4:24. God is a Spirit. Psalm 147:5. His understanding is infinite. Psalm 83:18. Thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. (Also Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20; Jeremiah 10:10.)
  1. Exodus 15:11. This is like unto thee… glorious in holiness. (Also Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1: 15, 16; Revelation 4:6-8.)
  1. Mark 12:30. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. Revelation

4:11. Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Also Matthew 10:37; Jeremiah 2:12, 13.)

  1. Matthew 28:19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. John 15:26 When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father he shall testify of me. (Also 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 1 John 5:7.)
  1. John 10:30. I and my Father are one. (Also John 5:17; 14:23; 17:5, 10;

Acts 5:3, 4; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; Philippians 2:5, 6.)

  1. Ephesians 2:18. For through him (the Son) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 2 Corinthians 13:14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. (Also Revelation 1:4, 5; comp. Ch. 2, 7.)

We believe that man was created by the special act of God, as recorded in Genesis. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

He was created in a state of holiness under the law of his Maker, but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and in bondage to sin, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Genesis 1:27. God created man in his own image. Genesis 131. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Also

Ecclesiastes 7:29; Acts 17:26-29; Genesis 2:16, 17.)

  1. Genesis 3:6, 24. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. .. So he (the Lord God) drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Also Romans 5:12.)
  1. Romans 5:19. By one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners. (Also John 3:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:15-19; 8:7.)
  1. Isaiah 53:6. We have turned everyone to his way. (Also Genesis 6:12; Romans 3:9-18.)
  1. Ephesians 2:1-3… Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Also Romans

1:18.)

  1. Ezekiel 18:19, 20. Yet say ye, Why doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father?…. The soul that sinneth, it shall die.  The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Romans 1:20. So that they are without excuse. Romans 3:19. That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. (Also Galatians 3:22.)

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial office of the Son of God, who by the Holy Spirit was born of the Virgin Mary and took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the

divine law by his personal obedience and made atonement for our sins by his death. Being risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in Heaven, and, uniting in his person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Ephesians 2:8. By grace are ye saved.   (Also Matthew 18:11; 1 John 4: 10; 1 Corinthians 3:5, 7; Acts 15: 11.)
  1. John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Also John 1:1 14; Hebrews 4:14; 12:24.)
  1. Philippians 2:6, 7. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. (Also Hebrews 2:9, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:21.)
  1. Isaiah 42:21. The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. (Also Philippians 2:8; Galatians 4:4, 5; Romans 3:21.
  1. Isaiah 53:4,  5…..He was wounded for our transgressions,  he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   (Also Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25; 3:21-26; 1 John 4:10; 2:2; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3; Hebrews 9:13 15.)
  1. Hebrews 1:8. Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God is forever and ever. (Also Hebrews 1:3; 8:1 Colossians 3:1-4.)
  1. Hebrews 7:25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the utter­ most that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Colossians 2:9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Hebrews 2:18. In that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he

is able to succor them that are tempted. (Also Hebrews 7:26′ {Psalm 89: 10;

Psalm 34.)

We believe that justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of righteousness of all sinners who believe in Christ. This blessing

is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but through the redemption that is in and through Jesus Christ. It brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other needed blessing.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. John 1:16. Of his fulness have all we received. (Also Ephesians 3:8.)
  1. Acts 13:39. By him all that believe are justified from all things. (Also Isaiah 53:11, 12; Romans 8:1.)
  1. Romans 5:9. Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Also Zechariah 13:1; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43.)
  1. Romans 5:17. They which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Also Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 3:7; 1 John 2:25; Romans 5:21.)
  1. Romans 4:4, 5. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Also Romans 5:21; 6:23; Philippians 3:7-9.)
  1. Romans 5:19. By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Also Romans 3:24-26; 4:24-25; 1 John 2:12.)
  1. Romans 5:1, 2. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:3. We glory in tribulations also. Romans 5:11. We also joy in God. (Also 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31; Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 4:8.)

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the duty of all to accept them by penitent and obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner except his own voluntary refusal to accept Jesus Christ as Teacher, Savior and Lord.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Isaiah 55:1. Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters. Revelation 22:17. Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Also Luke 14:17.)
  1. Romans 16:25, 26. My gospel. . . according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. (Also Mark 1:15; Romans 1:15-17).
  1. John 5:40. Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (Also Matthew 23:37; Romans 9:32; Proverbs 1:24; Acts 13:46.)
  1. John 3:19. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (Also Matthew 11:20: Luke 19:27; 2 Thessalonians 1:8.)

We believe that regeneration or the new birth is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit, whereby we become partakers of the divine nature and a holy disposition is given, leading to the love and practice of

righteousness. It is a work of God’s free grace conditioned upon faith in Christ and made manifest by the fruit which we bring forth to the glory of God.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. John 3:3. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. (Also John 3:6, 7; I Corinthians 2:14; Revelation 14:3; 21:27.)
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:17. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. (Also Ezekiel 36:26; Deuteronomy 30:6; Romans 2:28, 29; 5:5; 1 John 4:7.)
  1. John 3:8. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth; so is everyone that is born of the Spirit.   John 1:13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. James 1: 16-18…   Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth. (Also 1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 1:30; Philippians 2:13.)
  1. 1 Peter 1:22-25. Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit. 1 John 5;1, Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. (Also Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:9-11.)
  1. Ephesians 5:9. The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteous­ ness and truth. (Also Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 2:14-21; Matthew 3:8-10; 7:20; 1 John 5:4, 18.)

We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; 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.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Mark 1:15. Repent ye, and believe the gospel. Acts 11:8. Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Ephesians 2:8. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourself; it is the gift of God. 1 John 5:1. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.
  1. John 16:8.   He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement. Acts 2:37, 38.They were pricked in their heart, and said… Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Also Acts 16:30, 31.)
  1. Luke 18: 13. And the publican… smote upon his breast saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. (Also Luke 15: 18-21; James 4:7-10; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Romans 10:12, 13; Psalms 51.)
  1. Romans 10:9-11. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Also Acts 3:22, 23; Hebrews 4:14; Psalms 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; 7:25, 2 Timothy 1:12.)

We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which he regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners. It is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man and in no way interferes with the salvation of any individual.

It is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility. It encourages the use of means in the highest degree.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. 2 Timothy 1:8, 9. Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, according to the power of God; who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, nor according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (Also Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Peter 1:1, 2; Romans 11:5, 6; John 15:16; 1 John 4:19.)
  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 14.  But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Also Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matthew 20:16; Acts 15:14.)
  1. Exodus 33:18, 19. And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. Matthew 20:5. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? (Also Ephesians 1:11; Romans 9:23, 24, Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 11:28, 29; James 1:17, 18; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 11:32 36.)
  1. 1 Corinthians 4:7. For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? (Also 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Romans 3:27; 4:16; Colossians 3: 12; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Peter 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:12, 13; 1 Peter 2:9; Luke 18:7.)
  1. 2 Timothy 2:10. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s

sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory, 1 Corinthians 9:22. I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some (Also John 6:37-40; 2 Peter 1:10.)

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10. Knowing,   brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, in much assurance.
  1. Romans 8:28-31.  Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If god be for us, who can be against us? (Also Isaiah 42:16; Romans 11:20.)

We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; 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.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:3. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. And the very God of peace sanctifies you wholly. (Also 2 Corinthians 7:1; 13:91 Ephesians 1:4.)
  1. Proverbs 4:18.  The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Also Hebrews 6:1; 2 Peter 1:5-8; Philippians 3:12-16.)
  2. 1 John 2:29. If ye know that he (God) is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness born of him. Romans 8:5. They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; they that after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Also John 3:6; Philippians 1:9-11.)
  1. Philippians 2:12, 13. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his

good pleasure. (Also Ephesians 4:11, 21, 30; 6:18; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18;

2 Corinthians 13:5; Luke 9:23; 11:35; Matthew 26:41; Ephesians 6:18.)

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. John 8:31. Then said Jesus…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. (And 1 John 2:27, 28; 3:9; 5:18.)
  1. 1 John 2:19. They went out from us, but they were not of us: but if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. (Also John 13:18; Matthew 13:20, 21; John 6:66-69.)
  1. Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Also Matthew 6:30-33;Jeremiah 32:40; Psalm 121:3; 91:11, 12.)
  1. Philippians 1:6. He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Also Philippians 2:12, 13; Jude 24, 25; Hebrews 1:4; Hebrews 13:5; 1 John 4:4.)

We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; 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.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Romans 3:31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law. (Also Matthew 5:17; Luke 16:17; Romans 3:20; 4:15.)
  1. Romans 7: 12. The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. (Also Romans 7:7, 14, 22; Galatians 3:21; Psalm 119.)

 

  • Romans 8:7, 8. The Carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Also Joshua 24:19; Jeremiah 13:23; John 6:44; 5:44.)
  1. Romans 8:2-4. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Also Romans 10:4; Hebrews 8:10; 12:14; Jude 20, 21.)

We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word; that its only Scriptural officers are bishops, or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:1-13. Paul. .. unto the church of God which is at Corinth. . . .Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (Also Matthew 18:17; Acts 5:11, 8:1; 11:21-23; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 14:23; 3 John 9.)
  1. Acts 2:41, 42. They that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 2 Corinthians 8:5. They. . .first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. (Also Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 5:12, 13.)
  1. 1 Corinthians 11:2. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. (Also 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Romans 16:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Matthew 18:15-20; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 1 Corinthians 4:17.)
  1. Matthew 28:20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. (Also John 14:15; 15:12; 1 John 4:21; John 14:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; 2 John 6; Galatians 6:2; all the Epistles.)
  1. Ephesians 4:7. Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 1 Corinthians14:12. Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Philippians 1:27. That. . .I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
  1. Philippians 1:1. With the bishops and deacons. (Also Acts 14:23;15:22; 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1.)

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; 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;

that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ-preceded always by solemn self-examination.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Acts 8:36-39. And the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. .. And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (Also Matthew 3:5, 6;  John 3:22, 23; 4:1, 2; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32-34′ 18:8.)
  1. Matthew 28:19. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Also Acts 10:47, 48; Galatians 3:27, 28.)
  1. Romans 6:4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptizing into death that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Also Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20, 21; Acts 22:16.)
  1. Acts 2:41, 42. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfast in the apostles’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (And Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts and Epistles.)
  1. 1 Corinthians 11:26. As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. (And Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:2225; Luke 22:14-20.)
  1. 1 Corinthians 11:28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. (Also 1 Corinthians 5:1, 8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; John 6:26-71.)

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Acts 20:7. Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them. (Also Genesis 2:3; Colossians 2:16, 17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2.)
  1. Exodus 20:8. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Revelation 1:10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day. Psalm 118:24. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
  1. Isaiah 58:13, 14. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor find thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words; then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob.
  1. Psalm 118:15. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous.
  1. Hebrews 10:24, 25…….Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is. Acts 11:26. a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.
  1. Hebrews 4:3-11. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest.

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Romans 13:1-7. The powers that be are ordained of God… For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. (Also Deuteronomy 16:18; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-23; Jeremiah 30:21.)
  2. Matthew 22:21. Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are

Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. (Also Titus 3:1;1 Peter 2:13; 1 Timothy 2:1-3.)

  1. Acts 5:29. We ought to obey God rather than men. Matthew 10:28. Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. (Also Daniel 3: 15-18; 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20.)
  1. Matthew 23:10. One is your Master even Christ. Romans 14:4. Who art thou that judges another man’s servant? Revelation 19:16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Also Psalm 72:11; Psalm 2; Romans 14:9-13.)

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Those only who are justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit are truly righteous in His sight. Those who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and are under condemnation. This distinction between the righteous and the wicked holds in and after death, and will be made manifest at the judgment when final and everlasting awards are made to all men.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Malachi 3:8. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Also Proverbs 12:26; Isaiah 5:20; Genesis 18:23; Acts 10:34, 35; Romans 6:16.)
  1. Romans 1:17. The just shall live by faith. Romans 7:6. We are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 1 John 2:29. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (Also 1 John 3:7; Romans 6: 18, 22; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Proverbs 11:31; 1 Peter 4:17, 18.)
  1. 1 John 5:19. And we know we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. Galatians 3:10. As many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse. (Also John 3:36; Isaiah 57:31; Psalm 10:4; Isaiah 55:6, 7.)
  2. Proverbs 14:32. The wicked is driven away in his wickedness; but

the righteous hath hope in his death. (See also, the example of the rich man and Lazarus. Luke 16:25.)

We believe that Christianity is the religion of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is therefore a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. An adequate system of schools is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people. The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is coordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. Proverbs 10:14. Wise men lay up knowledge; but the mouth of the

foolish is near destruction. (Also Proverbs 8: 10-12; Acts 7:22; Acts 13:1; Acts

17:30.)

  1. John 8:32, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Also John 8:12; John 5:39; Acts 17:11.)
  1. 2 Timothy 2:15. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (Also Luke 2:52; Acts 19:8-10.)

We believe that every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ regnant in his own life and in human society; to oppose in the Spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness and vice; to provide for the orphaned, the aged, the helpless, and the sick; to seek to bring industry, government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth and brotherly love; to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and his truth. All means and methods used in social service for the amelioration of society and the establishment of righteousness among men must finally depend on the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

Matthew 25:35, 36. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (Also James 1:27; Mark 9:38-41; Ephesians 5:5.)

Acts 11:29. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. (Also Romans 15:26; 1 Corinthians 16:1; 1 Timothy 5:8; Acts 5:11.)

We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to him. We have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in our possessions. We are therefore under obligation to serve him with our time, talents and material possessions: and should recognize all these as entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and helping others. Christians should cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally contribute of their means to advancing the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. 1 Peter 4: 10. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.   (Also 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Malachi 3:8-10 .)
  1. 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gathering when I come. (Also Matthew 16:24; Luke 11:42.)

We believe that it is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and the duty of every church of Christ to seek to extend the gospel to the end of the earth. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life. It is also expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods sanctioned by the gospel of Christ.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

Matthew 28:19, 20. God ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Also Mark 16:15; Acts 8:30-35; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27.)

We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus rose from the dead. His grave was emptied of its contents. He appeared to the disciples after his resurrection in many convincing manifestations. He now exists in his glorified body at God’s right hand. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

Matthew 28:1-6. In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and

his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

(And Luke 24:1-7; Mark 16:1-7; John 20:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; John

5:28, 29.)

We believe that the New Testament teaches in many places the visible and personal return of Jesus to this earth. “This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him

go into heaven.” The time of his coming is not revealed. “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24: 36). It is the duty of all believers to live in readiness for his coming and by diligence in good works to make manifest to all men the reality and power of their hope in Christ.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

Acts 1:11. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Also Matthew 24; Revelation 19:11-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12.)

We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grace to final retribution; that solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

  1. 1 Peter 4:7. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (Also 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Hebrews 1: 10-12; Matthew 25:31; 28-20; 13:39-43; 1 John 2:17; 2 Peter 3:3-13.)
  1. Acts 1: 11. This same Jesus, which was taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Also Revelation 1:7; Hebrews 9:28; Acts 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11.)
  1. Acts 24:15. There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. (Also 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Luke 14:14; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28, 29; 6:40; 11:25, 26; Acts 10:42.)

 

  1. Matthew 13:49. The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just. (Also Matthew 13:37-43; 24:30, 31; 25:31-33.)
  1. Matthew 25:31- 46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Revelation 22:11. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (Also 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 7; Philippians 3:19; Romans 6:23;2 Corinthians 5:10, 11; John 4:36; 2 Corinthians 4:18.)