We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour. We believe in an unlimited atonement. That the atonement in Christ’s blood in sufficient for every individual but only benefiting those who receive it by personal faith. Isa. 53:4-7, 11, 12; Matt. 18:11; John 3:16; John 10:18; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 12:2; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; I John 2:2; I John 4: 10.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit upon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. Luke 5:27; John 1:12-13; John 3:3, 6-7; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:17-19; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 2:1; Eph. 5:9; Col. 2:13; II Pet. .1:4; I John 5:1.
We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and an obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. We are neither Calvinist nor Arminian in doctrine but believe in a Biblical balance; believing in the sovereignty of God, the eternal security of every believer, and the indispensable work of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of a soul. We believe also that Christ’s death is sufficient for all and salvation is offered freely to every man. Therefore man is responsible for receiving or rejecting this offer. Isa. 53:6; Isa. 55:1, 6-7; Matt. 11:28; John 3:15-18, 36; John 5:40; John 6:37; Acts 2:38; Rom. 8:29-30; Rom. 10:13; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; Col. 3:12; I Thes. 1:4; I Tim. 1:15; I Tim. 2:4; Titus 1:1; I Pet 1:2; II Pet 3:9; I John 2:2; Rev. 22:17.
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification, that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Isa. 53:11; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 4:1-8; Rom. 5:1, 9; Rom. 8:1; Gal. 3:11, Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38.
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby being deeply convicted 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 and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
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 eternal salvation. Psa. 12:3; Matt. 6:20; Matt. 13:19-21; John 8:31-32; John 10:28-29; John 16:8; Rom. 8:28, 35-39; Phil. 1:6; Col. 1:21-23; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; I John 2:19.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked-, that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Gen. 18:23; Prov. 11:31; Prov. 15:32; Mai. 3:18; Matt. 7:13-14; Matt. 25:34, 41; Luke 9:26; Luke 16:25; John 8:21; John 12:25; Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 6:16-18, 23; Rom. 7:6; I Cor. 15:22; Gal. 3:10; I Pet. 1:18; I John 2:7, 29; I John 5:19.