What We Believe
I. The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally Inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant, infallible, and God breathed. (Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13, 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter1:20-21)
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14 )
A. God the Father
God as Father is intelligent, all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (Genesis 1:1, 2:7, 1 Chronicles 29:10, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 4:6)
B. God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was RAISED from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord. (John 1:1-14, Luke 1:35, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 2:24)
C. God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them until the day of redemption. (Judges 14:6, Joel 2:28-32, Matthew 1:18, 3:16, John 16:8-11, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Ephesians 5:18)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God, man is totally depraved of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:10, 22-23, 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10, John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19) There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
V. Eternal Security and Assuarance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Romans 8:1, 38-39, 1 Corinthians 1:4-8, 1 Peter 1:5) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2:11-15)
VI. The Church
We believe that the New Testament church, which is the body and the bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of born-again believers in Jesus Christ. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. Each localcongregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ our Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. (Acts 2:41-42, 6:3-6, Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 3:8-11, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Revelation 21:2-3).
VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer death to sin, the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believers faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby member of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Matthew 3:13-17, 26:26-30, 28:19-20, Mark 1:9-11, 14:22-26, Luke 3:21-22, 22:19-20, John 3:23, Acts 241-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, 20:7, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 10:16,21, 11:23-29, Colossians 2:12).
VII. The Ministry and Spritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer's responsibilty to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gifts. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. All spiritual gifts are given to edify the church. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13, Ephesians 4:7-8) We believer that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7, 1 John 5:14-15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1-8, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Peter 4:10-11).
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