What We Believe
We believe that the church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (a) associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; (b) observing the ordinances of Christ; (c) governed by His laws; and (d) exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; (e) that its officers are Pastors who have been ordained, and Elders whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; (f) we believe the true mission of the Church is found in the Great Commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19) (g) We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; (h) that it is scriptural for the true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; (i) on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
We believe that Christian baptism is (a) the immersion in water of a believer; (b) in the Name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit; (c) to show faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; (d) and that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation. We believe in participating in the Lord’s Supper from time to time in which (e) the members of the body of Christ by the sacred use of bread and cup are to commemorate the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe that the Holy Bible (a) was written by men supernaturally inspired; (b) has truth without any admixture of error for its matter, and (c) therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. By The Holy Bible, we mean the collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis through Revelation, which, as originally written, does not contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God. By Inspiration, we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God, (a) an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; (b) inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; (c) that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He has (a)always existed as eternal God the Son. While retaining (b) His absolute deity, He became and remained a perfect man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He (c) died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins according to the scriptures. He (d) rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of God the Father, He is (e) now our High Priest and Advocate. He is the Head of His body, the Church, and ultimately, (f) every knee will bow to Him and confess that He is Lord.
The Holy Spirit
That the Holy Spirit is a divine person; (a) equal with God the Father and (b) God the Son and (c) of the same nature; (d) that He was active in the creation; (e) that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled; (f) that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and (g) testimony; (h) that He is the agent in the new birth; (i) that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
The Devil or Satan
We believe that Satan was once (a) holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty One, fell, and (b) drew after him a host of angels; that he is now (c) the malignant prince of power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. (d) We hold him to be mans great tempter, (e) the enemy of God and His Christ, (f) the accuser of the saints, (g) the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; (h) the lord of the anti-Christ, and (i) the author of all powers of darkness destined, however, (j) to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and (k) to the judgment of an eternal justice in a place prepared for him and his angels.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and (a) that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; (b) that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; (c) that mans creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; (d) that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was they should bring forth only after their kind.
The Fall of Man
We believe (a) that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but (b) by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, (c) in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and (d) therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
The Virgin Birth
We believe (a) that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; (b) born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever or can ever be born of woman, and (c) that he is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.
The Atonement For Sin
We believe (a) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (b) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him 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; (c) 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 sinners place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; (d) 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 in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior.
Grace in the New Creation
We believe (a) that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; (b) that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; (c) that it is instantaneous and not a process; (d) 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; (e) that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; (f) that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
The Freeness of Salvation
We believe (a) in God’s electing Grace; (b) that the blessings of salvation are made free to all in the gospel; (c) that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and (d) that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; (e) that such rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; (a) that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; (b) that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works or righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemers blood whereby His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are (a) solemn obligations, and (b) also inseparable graces, (c) wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; (d) 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; (e) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
The Perseverance of the Saints
We believe (a) that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; (b) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; (c) that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and (d) that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that (a) there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; (b) such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His esteem; (c) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; (d) this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
The Return of Christ
We believe in the personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, at the end of this present age.
When: Aug 4th @ 10:30AM
What: Intro to Wildwood
Where: Conference Room
When: Aug 11th, @ 10:30AM
What: Wildwood Doctrine
Where: Conference Room
When: Aug 18th @ 10:30AM
What: Elder Interviews
Where: Conference Room
When: Sep 9th @ 9AM & 10:30AM
What: Present New Members
Where: Worship Center