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We Believe:

1. The Holy 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 in the original writings, infallible and God breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21: Matthew 5:18; John 16: 12, 13)

2. The God Head

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

3. The Person and Work of Christ:

a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35)

b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24, 25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10: Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1, 2)

4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11, 2 Corinthians 3:6; 13; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9, 27; Ephesians 5:18)

b. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20: Ephesians 5:18)

5. The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

6. Salvation

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 precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. ( Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12, 13; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18, 19)

7.  The Eternal Security and Assurance of the believers

a. 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; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 2:19)

b. 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, however, clearly forbids the use of  Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

8. The Two Natures of the Believer

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25 Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)

9. Separation

We believe that all saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God. ( 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2; Romans 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John  9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)

10. Missions

We believe that it is obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truth of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)

11. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelist, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and the speaking in tongues and working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)

b. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15)

12. The Church

a. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a Spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 5:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2)

b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Act. 14:27; Acts 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

13. Dispensationalism

We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation but reject the extreme teaching known as “Hyper Dispensationalism” such as that teaching which opposes either the Lord’s table or water baptism as a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. ( Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

14. The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

15. The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in that “blessed hope”: the personal, imminent, pretribulation, and premillenial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10)

16. The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; John 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12, 13)

 

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