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History of U.B. Churches in Harrisonburg-Staunton Region December 26, 2013

justice; yet they are pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and spring from a true and living faith; for
through and by them a living faith may be as evidently known as a tree is discerned by its fruits.

Regeneration, Sanctification and Christian Perfection. That regeneration is the work of the
Holy Spirit wrought in us whereby we are made partakers of the divine nature, and experience newness
of life in Christ Jesus. By this new birth the believer becomes a child of God, receives the gift of
adoption, and is made an heir of the kingdom of heaven. That the witness of the Spirit is an impression
on the soul, whereby the Spirit of God, the heavenly Comforter, immediately convinces the regenerate
believer that he has passed from death unto life, and that his sins are all forgiven, and that he is a child of
God. That sanctification is the work of God’s grace, through the Word and the Spirit, by which those
who have been born again are separated in their acts, words and thoughts from sin, and are enabled to
live unto God, and to follow holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. It consists in being
cleansed from all sin, loving God with all the heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving our neighbor as
ourselves. This gracious state of perfect love is attainable in this life by faith, both gradually and
instantaneously, and should be earnestly sought by every child of God. But it does not deliver us from
the infirmities, ignorance and mistakes which are common to man. This is the state which we
denominate Christian Perfection.

Sin After Justification. That not every sin willingly committed after justification, is therefore
be sin against the Holy Spirit, which is unpardonable. They cannot all be precluded from repentance
who fall into sin after justification, nor can reacceptance straightway be denied them. After we have
received the Holy Spirit, it may happen that we depart from grace, and fall into sin; and we may even
then by the grace of God, rise again and amend our lives. Therefore, the doctrine of those is to be
rejected, who say that they can no more fall into sin, as long as they live here, or who deny forgiveness
to such as truly repent.

The Church. That the visible Church of Christ is the community of true believers, among
whom the Word of God is preached in its purity by men divinely called, and the ordinances of God are
duly administered, according to Christ’s own appointment; that this divine institution is for the
maintenance of worship, the edification of believers, and the conversion of the world to Christ.

The Sacraments. That the sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, were ordained by
Christ, are to be used in the church, and should be practiced by all Christians. Baptism is not merely a
token of the Christian profession, whereby Christians are distinguished from others, and whereby they
obligate themselves to observe every Christian duty; but it is also a sign of internal ablution or the new
birth. The Lord’s Supper is not merely a token of love and union that Christians ought to have among
themselves, but it is rather a mystery or representation of our redemption by the sufferings and death of
Christ; insomuch that such as rightly, worthily and faithfully receive the same partake of the body and
blood of Christ by faith, as the imparting means, not in a bodily, but a spiritual manner, in eating the
broken bread and in drinking the blessed cup.

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