The Scriptures: The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction. God is its author and it reveals the principles by which God will judge us. It is the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
The True God: There is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love.
The Fall of Man: Man was created in holiness, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state. All mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but choice and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
God's Purpose of Grace: Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners. Perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable. It is the foundation of Christian assurance.
The Way of Salvation: The salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediation of the Son of God. Jesus assumed our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins. Having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
Regeneration: Regeneration is that change wrought in the soul by the Holy Spirit, by which a new nature and a spiritual life, not before possessed, are imparted, and the person becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. A holy disposition is given to the mind, the will subdued, the dominion of sin broken, and the affections changed from a love of sin and self, to a love of holiness and God. The change is instantaneous, effected solely by the power of God, in a manner incomprehensible to reason; the evidence of it is found in a changed disposition of mind, the fruits of righteousness, and newness of life. Without it salvation is impossible.
Repentance: Repentance is a personal act, prompted by the Spirit consisting of a godly sorrow for sin, as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul. It is accompanied with great humiliation due to oneís sin and guilt. Since none are sinless in this life, repentance needs to be often repeated.
Faith: Faith, a grace wrought by the Spirit, is the medium through which Christ is received by the soul as its sacrifice and Savior. It is an assent of the mind and of the heart while Christ is unreservedly trusted for salvation. By it the believer is brought into vital relation with God, freely justified, and lives as seeing Him who is invisible. Faith cannot save, but it reveals Christ to the soul as a willing and sufficient Savior, and commits the heart and life to Him.
Justification: Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness. 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 perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us, and every other blessing needful for time and eternity is secured.
Adoption: Adoption is a gracious act, by which the Father, for the sake of Christ, accepts believers to the estate and condition of children. They become members of the family of God - entitled to all the rights, privileges and promises of children.
Sanctification: Sanctification is the process by which we are made partakers of His holiness. Begun in regeneration, it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit by means of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
The Perseverance of Saints: Such as are truly born of the Spirit will not utterly fall away and finally perish, but will endure unto the end. Their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors.
The Law and the Gospel: The Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government. It is holy, just, and good. The inability of fallen men to fulfill it arises entirely from their sinful nature. To deliver and to restore them through a Mediator is one great end of the Gospel.
A Gospel Church: 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 Pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Christian Baptism: Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost. It shows, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, one's faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation.
The Lordís Supper: The Lordís Supper is a provision of bread and wine as symbols of Christís body and blood, partaken of by the members of the Church, in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord. It proclaims their faith and hope of eternal life through His resurrection from the dead.
The Christian Sabbath: The first day of the week is the Lord's Day, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remains for the people of God.
Civil Government: Civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society. Magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed - except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. Civil rulers have no rights of control over, or of interference with, religious matters.
The Righteous and The Wicked: There is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those justified through faith in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem. All who continue in unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death.
The World to Come: The end of the world is approaching. At the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution. A solemn separation will then take place. The wicked will be judged to endless sorrow, and the righteous to endless joy. This judgment will forever fix the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.