Doctrinal Statement

I. Of the Scriptures

We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old
and New Testaments as originally written; that it was verbally and plenarily inspired and is the product of
Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks. We believe
the Bible to be the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed and opinions shall be tried. 2
Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

II. The True God

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler
of Heaven and earth; worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. 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. Exodus 20:2,3; I Corinthians 8:6;
Revelation 4:11

III. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the
same nature; that He was active in creation; that He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled;
that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel
in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals endues, guides, teaches,
witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer John 14:16, 17; Matthew 18:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26;
Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5,6; Ephesians 1:13,14; Mark 1:8; John
1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26,27.

IV. The Devil, or Satan

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created by God as an angel
but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this
age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the
lake of fire. Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.

V. Creation

We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and man; that this
account is a literal historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any
evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God. All men are descended from the
historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race. Genesis 1:2; Colossians 1:16,17; John

VI. The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his
Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless happy state, and all man sinned in him,
in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are
sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12, 19; 1:18,32

VII. The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as
no other man was ever born or can be born of-woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the
Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14.

VIII. Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial
offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon
Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus
qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the
just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an
example by His death as a martyr, but was a 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 in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an
all-sufficient savior.

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of
mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith. Jonah
2:9; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7,8; Hebrews
2:14-17; Isaiah 53:4-7; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24.

IX. Resurrection and Priesthood of Christ

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at
the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us. Matthew 28:6,7; Luke 24:39; John
20;27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; 12:2;
7:25; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9, 10.

X. Grace and the New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again. The new birth is a new creation in Christ
Jesus, it is instantaneous and not a process. In the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins in made
a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. This new creation is brought
about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit
in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper
evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17;
I John 5:1; Acts 16:20-23; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1,5; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8.

XI. Justification

We believe that justification is an act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous upon the basis of
the imputed righteousness of Christ. It is bestowed not in consideration of any work of righteousness
which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood. Romans 3:24; 4:45; 5:1,9;
Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9.

XII. Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a
threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer
in a position of holiness at the moment he rests the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the
Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the
Lord’s return. Hebrews 10:10-41; 3:1 John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; I Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 5:25-
27; I Thessalonians 4:3,4; 5:23,24; I John 3:2; Jude 24,25; Revelation 232:11.

XIII. The Security of the Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6;
John 10;28,29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1.

XIV. The Church

We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by
covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing there ordinances of Christ; governed by His
laws; and exercising the gifts rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are
pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We
believe the true mission of the church is the faithfulness witnessing of Christ to all men as we have
opportunity. 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; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in
contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of
the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership of polity, of government, of
discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. I Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 1:22,23;
3:1-6; 4:11 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15;13-18

XV. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn
and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified buried and risen Savior through Whom we died
to sin and rose to a new life. Baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church and it is
prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He come, and should be
preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is
baptism first and then the Lord’s Supper, and that participants in the Lord’s Supper should be immersed
believers. Acts 6:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians
11:23-28; Matthew 28;18-20; Acts 2:41,42.

XVI. Separation

We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness and
ecclesiastical apostasy. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; I Thessalonians 1:9,10; I Timothy 6:3-5; Romans 16:17; 2
John 9-11.

XVII. Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human
society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in those things
opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming King
of Kings. Romans 13:1-7; 2 Sam. 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5;29; 4:19,20;
Daniel 3:17,18.

XVIII. Rapture

We believe in the premillennial return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment, and that at that
moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies and the living in Christ shall be given
glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the
seven years of the Tribulation. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians
3:20,21; Revelation 3:10

XIX. Tribulation and Millennium

We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the
revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish a literal
millennial kingdom. Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29,30;
Revelation 20:1-4,6

XX. The Righteous and the Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only
those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ 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 in the lake of fire. Malachi 3:18;
Genesis 18:23; Romans 6;17,18 I John 5:19; Romans 7:6; 6:23; Proverbs 14:31; Luke 16:25; Matthew
25:34-41; John 8:21; Revelation 20;14,15.

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Service Times:
Worship Hour: 10:00 AM
Instruction Hour: 11:15 AM
Education Hour: 6:00 PM

Prayer Meeting:
Wednesday, 6:45 PM

6015 Bancroft, SE
Alto, MI 49302