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Statement of Faith
 

The Bible:

The word of God, the sixty-six books of the old and new testaments. Verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

The One True God:

Existing eternally as three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).


The Lord Jesus Christ:

His pre-existence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrew 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Hebrew 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).

The Holy Spirit:

His personality (John 16:7-15), deity (Acts 5:3-4), His work in each believer, baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9), and filling (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).

Man:

His direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).

Salvation:

A complete and eternal salvation by God's grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Church:

One true church the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).

Christian Life:

A life of righteousness, good works and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4), setting differences between christians in accordance with the word of God (1 Corinthians 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude towards all men (Romans 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the spirit (Galations 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).

Ordinances:

The christian should observe the ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ which are, 1) Baptism of believers by trine immersion (Matthew 28:19) and 2) The threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saint's feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord's supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and the cup (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Satan:

His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and his people (Revelations 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelations 21:10).

Second Coming:

The personal, visible, and imminent return of Jesus Christ to remove His church from the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), and afterward to descend with the church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelations 19:11-20:6).

Future Life:

The conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians. 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).