Our Affirmation of Faith...
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker
of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who
was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The
third day he arose from the dead' he ascended into heaven and sitteth
at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall
come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy
Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness
of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Twenty Five Articles of Religion
- The Holy Trinity - We experience the one God through the
three aspects of His personality; namely, Father, Son and Holy
- The Incarnation of Christ - In Christ there are two natures,
The Divine and the Human joined together in one person.
- The Resurrection of Christ - Christ truly arose from the
dead and ascended into heaven.
- The Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is
of one substance with the Father and the Son.
- The Holy Scriptures - The Bible contains
all we need to know to be saved.
- The Old Testament - The Old Testament
is not contrary to the New; in both the Old and the New Testament
eternal life is offered to mankind.
- "Original Sin" -
This corruption of the nature of every man is called "Original Sin." It
goes back to Adam, the first man.
- Free Will - Every person is free to choose right or wrong;
but even if you choose right, you must have God's help to live
a good and holy life.
- The Justifcation of Man - We are saved by faith in Christ
and by that faith alone. Good works cannot save us.
- Good Works - Good works are fruits of our faith in Christ
- Works of Supererogation -
The belief one can do more good than God requires is called "works
- Sin After Justification - Christians who truly repent
receive God's forgiveness and rise again to a good and holy life.
- The Church - The Church of Christ is a congregation of
faithful men and women in which the pure word of God is preached
and the sacraments duly administered.
- Purgatory - we do not believe in the idea of purgatory,
which is the doctrine that here is a place other than heaven or
hell where souls go to be cleansed.
- Familiar Speech - Public worship and the sacraments should
be conducted in a language the people can understand.
- The Sacraments - There are only two sacraments: Baptism
and the Lord's Supper.
- Baptism - Baptism is the sign of regeneration or the new
- The Lord's Supper - The supper of the Lord is a symbol
of Christ's suffering and death for us.
- Communion in Both Kinds - Both the bread and wine are
to be given to the people in the Lord's Supper.
- The Sacrifice of Christ - The sacrifice of Christ is for
the sins of the whole world, both original and actual.
- The Marriage of Ministers - The ministers of Christ are
not commanded by God's law to abstain from marriage.
- Rites and Ceremonies of the Church - It is not necessary
that the rites and ceremonies should in all places be the same
or exactly alike.
- The Government of the United States - All righteous government
should be supported and defended by Christians.
- Christian Men's Goods - Christians have
a right to own private property. However, every man should give
liberally of his possessions to help others.
- A Christian Man's Oath -
Christians should not swear. They may take oath, however, as
may be required by the courts of the land.