Our Common Confession

Our Confession of Faith and Responsibility

Adopted by the Elders and Deacons, July 2, 2008

Paragraph One: Central Confession of Faith

We believe in One Triune God who is the first cause of all things and sovereign over all; we believe in salvation from sin by grace alone through faith alone, in Christ alone; and we believe in the inspired and inerrant canonical Scriptures as the all-sufficient rule for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. –Deut. 6:4; Psa. 135:6; Dan. 4:35; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1; Acts 17:11; Rom. 5:1; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:11, 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21.

Paragraph Two: Unity

We endeavor to be diligent in preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as we walk together in Christian love and forgiveness, supporting one another in prayer and in times of distress. – Matt. 5:23-25; John 13:35; 1 Cor. 13:7; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 4:3, 28; Phil. 2:3; Heb. 10:25, 13:6.

Paragraph Three: Co-Laboring Together

We endeavor to faithfully participate in the life and ministries of the church, and we agree to submit to the discipline of the church when we err, and to lovingly participate in the correction of others. – Psalm 133:1; Matt. 18:15-20; 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; 11:23-29; 2 Cor. 2:5-11; Gal. 6:1; Eph. 4:3-16; Col. 3:14; 2 Thess. 3:6-15; 1 Tim. 5:19-20; Titus 3:9-1; Heb. 10:23-25; 1 Peter 4:10.

Paragraph Four: Doctrinal Integrity

We endeavor to reject all heretical beliefs and practices, using Scripture as our final authority, as we devote ourselves to the study, teaching, and application of the whole counsel of God that we may be equipped for every good work. – Acts 2:42, 20:27; 1 Tim. 1:13; 2 Tim. 1:14, 3 16-17, 4:1-2; Titus 3:10.

Paragraph Five: Supporting this Ministry

We endeavor to contribute cheerfully and regularly to this church for its general ministry and expenses, the relief of the poor, the cause of reformation and revival, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations. – Acts 1:8; 11:29; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:7; 1 Tim. 5:17-18.

Paragraph Six: Humility

We endeavor to cherish and defend our historic Christian doctrine and our church while clothing ourselves with humility, and we will refrain from arrogance in regard to other churches with which we may disagree. – Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 6:20; 2 Tim. 2:25; 3 John 1:1-11; Rev. 2:1-7.

Paragraph Seven: Preaching and Teaching

We endeavor to give high regard to the faithful preaching and teaching of God’s Word as that which performs its work in us who believe. – Nehemiah 8:1-18; 1 Thess. 2:13; 5:20. James 1:21; 1 Tim. 4:2-4; 1 Peter 1:22-25.

Paragraph Eight: Vocation

We endeavor to view whatever vocation unto which God has called us as a holy calling and an essential part of our day to day ministry unto Jesus Christ. – 1 Cor. 7:21, 10:31; 1 Peter 2:12.

Paragraph Nine: Evangelism

We endeavor to share the Gospel with our family, friends, and acquaintances as we have opportunity to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. And we will work to support the church in proclaiming the Gospel, from the town of Clarkson to the ends of the world, declaring the glory of the Lord to the nations, making disciples, baptizing and teaching them. – Exo. 20:3-6; 1 Chron. 16:8-36; Matt. 28:18-20; Heb. 1:1-3; 1 Peter 2:9.

Paragraph Ten: Leaders

We endeavor to submit to and pray for our elders and deacons as those who will give an account for our souls. – Phil. 1:1; 1 Thess. 5:12.; Heb. 13:17.

Paragraph Eleven: Marriage and Family

We endeavor to marry only in the Lord, to cultivate godly marriages and families, to provide for their needs, and to oversee the education of our children, mindful always of the contrary voices of our culture and educational institutions, that they may clothe themselves in Christ and enjoy Christ’s riches. – Deut. 6:4-7; Prov. 1:8-9; 22:6; 1 Cor. 7:39; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; Eph. 5:22-6:3; 1 Tim. 5:8.

Paragraph Twelve: Personal Integrity

We endeavor to live with Spirit-filled integrity, living holy lives in this present world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts, believing repentance as normal to the Christian life. We shall strive to obey the laws of our land in so much as they do not conflict with God’s, and to treat those who rule over us with respect. – Deut. 6:4-9; 11:18-22; Josh. 1:8, Psalm 19:7-11; Prov. 22:6Matt. 28-18-20; Rom. 13:14; Eph. 6:4; 1 Peter 2:9-15.

 

Soli Deo Gloria