beliefs
In short, we believe, “Salvation is of the Lord!” as Jonah uttered from the belly of the whale. When we can see ourselves as the weak, sinful creatures that we are, and God as the exalted, sovereign, holy, pure essence that He is, we understand that apart from His grace and mercy, we would be utterly lost.  Salvation is all of the Lord. It’s not decisional; it’s not earned. Salvation is entirely by God's grace. More specifically, we subscribe to the five doctrine's of grace often remembered using the acrostic TULIP.

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nconditional Election

Election is God’s eternal choice of certain, specific individuals for salvation to heaven. This choice was not based on any seen or foreseen merit in these individuals, but was motivated solely by His sovereign love. (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 9:15)

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imited Atonement

Limited atonement describes the full payment of sins for a limited number of individuals: God’s chosen people. The benefit of Christ’s atoning death accrues to all of those He chose, and only to them. God’s family includes people from every nation, tongue, and tribe. And though the number saved is limited, the work of salvation is not. God’s redemptive work did not merely make salvation a possibility, but was alone sufficient to secure the salvation of all those loved and elected by the Father. (Matthew 1:21; John 10:15; Ephesians 5:25; Matthew 20:28)

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rresistible Grace

Every member of God’s chosen family will be quickened, or born again: this infallible, irresistible operation of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of God’s children turns them from the power of Satan to God. God doesn’t try to save men. He doesn’t plead with them. He saves them! What He purposes, He does; nothing can stand in His way. (John 6:37; Titus 3:5; Galatians 5:25)

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reservation of the saints

Through God’s preserving grace, His children will never finally be lost, for they are kept by the power of God. All those loved by God before the foundation of the world will spend eternity in His presence in heaven. (John 10:28-29; 2 Peter 1:10)


otal Depravity

All men are sinners by nature, and are dead to spiritual things. Apart from God they are unable to do good or to seek Him. They are not only passively overcome by sin, but actively and willingly engage their strength, ability and gifts in pursuit of things that displease God. (Romans 3:23, 7:18, 8:8; Psalm 9:17)

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Articles of Faith

  1. We believe in the True and Living God of the Bible, and that there is a trinity of persons in the Godhead: the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and yet there are not three gods, but one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Luke 1:25; John 1:1 & 14:16-18; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6)
  2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and the only rule of faith and practice. (Romans 15:4 & 11:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  3. We believe that in the fall of Adam and the imputation of his sinful nature to his posterity, that man was rendered incapable of recovering himself, by his own free will and ability, to a righteous state, and that without the shed blood of Jesus, he is unacceptable before a perfect and holy God. (Genesis 2:16-17 & 3:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:22)
  4. We believe in the everlasting love of God to His people and the eternal election of a definite number of the human race to grace and glory, and that there was a covenant of grace and redemption made between the Father and the Son before the world began, in which the salvation of the elect was secured, and they in particular are redeemed through the death and resurrection of Christ. (Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 49:6; Matthew 25:33-34; John 15:19; 17:2; 2 Timothy 2.18-19; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to them. (Romans 4:6-8, 24-25; 5:9-10)
  6. We believe that all who were chosen in Christ will be effectually called, regenerated, sanctified, supported by the Spirit, and kept by the power of God, so that they shall be preserved in Jesus Christ, and not one of them shall be finally lost. (John 6:37-39, 45; Romans 8:28-30; Hebrews 2:11-13; Jude 1)
  7. We believe that it is the responsibility of Christians to show love and support to God’s children in this world, and that by helping others and sharing the good news of the gospel, we may be of service in God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 25:35-40; James 1:26-27)
  8. We believe that good works are the fruit of the Spirit and follow after regeneration and that they can only justify us in the sight of men and angels and are evidence of our gracious state. (Ephesians 1:4-7; 5:9-11; Matthew 7:17-20; Galatians 5:22)
  9. We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a general judgment, and that the happiness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be eternal. (Matthew 25:31-46)
  10. We believe that the visible church of Christ is a congregation of faithful persons who have gained christian fellowship with each other and have given themselves up to the Lord and one another and have agreed to keep up a holy discipline laid out in Scripture.
  11. Jesus Christ is the head of his church and the only law giver. The government of each church congregation is within its individual body of believers. The purpose of discipline in the church is to reclaim those who have fallen away in order to glorify God and maintain peace and unity in the church.
  12. Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of the gospel and along with Christ's example of feet washing should be carried out until Jesus' second coming. Ordinances should be administered by ordained Primitive Baptist ministers.
  13. A person who desires baptism must first believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. The mode of baptism is immersion. (Acts 8:36-37)
  14. Members of the Primitive Baptist church may participate in communion.
  15. It is the duty of every child of God to become a member of the visible church, to make a public confession of faith, to be baptized and to partake of the Lord's supper.