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Statement of Faith

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: We believe both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible to be the only verbally inspired Word of God, authoritative, infallible, and inerrant in the original writings (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).
 
GOD: We believe that there is only one true and living God, in Whom are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yet one in essence, co-equal and co-existent. We believe that God is Spirit; the He is holy, just, righteous, loving, unchanging, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent ( Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 29:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 4:24; John 3:16; James 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 4:13; Ephesians 1:19-21; Psalm 139:7-10).
 
GOD THE FATHER: We believe in God the Father Who is distinguished as such because of His eternal peculiar relationship to Jesus Christ His Son. We believe that God is the Father of regenerated man (John 20:17; 1 Corinthians 15:24,28; Romans 8:14-17,23; 1 John 3:1).
 
GOD THE SON: We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal second Person of the Trinity and the eternal Son of God the Father, was begotten of Mary, a virgin, by the Holy Spirit, and was born man. He was in every respect as we are, but without sin. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that He ascended into heaven and thus becomes the only Mediator between God and men (John 1:1-3,14-18; Luke 1:35-35; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Timothy 2:5).
 
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the divine Person of the Holy Spirit has been active in the world from the beginning. It is He Who shows men their sin and leads them to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. He initiates the new birth and is actively present in believers, building, correcting, and empowering their growth toward the stature of Christ (2 Peter 1:21; John 16:7-8; John 15:26; John 3:3-5; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:13).
 
CREATION: We believe that God created all things from nothing, and that it was good (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:1-3;  1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11).
 
FALL AND DEPRAVITY OF MAN: We believe that man was created in innocence subject to God’s commands but by willful disobedience fell from his sinless and happy state. In consequence all men are now sinners, not only by nature but also by choice. Therefore, all are under just condemnation without defense or excuse and for this reason need the new birth (Genesis 3; Romans 3:10-19; John 3:3-7).
 
SALVATION: We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to us by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ Whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins. Saving faith works in the believer to manifest a new life and relationship to God. Repentance is involved in the salvation experience: one feels sorrow for sin, and a sincere willingness to turn from sin, and a sincere willingness to turn to God (John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 20:21; Acts 26:20; John 1:12; Romans 2:4). We believe that all TRUE BELIEVERS, once saved, are kept secure forever and can never be lost (Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30).
 
ATONEMENT: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace. The Son of God, Who was Himself completely without sin, voluntarily took upon Himself our sin in obedience to the will of the Father. By His death in the sinner’s place, the just for the unjust, He made a full and complete atonement. In raising Christ from the dead on the third day, God the Father bore witness to the completion of His atoning work (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 10:17-18; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:26-27; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4,17; Romans 4:24-25).
 
CHRISTIAN MATURITY: We believe that it is the will of God that all believers continue to mature toward the stature of Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As the believer willingly accepts the direction of the Spirit, his inner life is sanctified and brought into more perfect obedience to God’s will. Moreover, within the fellowship of Christians and in the world, the Spirit directs the believer toward the likeness of Christ so that by his active love he bears witness to God’s presence and power within him and glorifies God before men (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 4:13, 22-24; John 13:34-35; 1Thessalonians 4:1-3; Matthew 5:16; 1 John 3:16-17).
 
THE CHURCH: We believe that the Church is the body of those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Membership in the local assembly does not necessarily constitute membership in the body of Christ. The Church is intended to worship, to observe the ordinances and to strengthen believers in the faith. It is entrusted with God’s message of salvation and is commissioned by Christ to proclaim the gospel everywhere (Revelation 2:18-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; John 4:23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:41-42; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; Matthew 29:18-20).
 
ORDINANCES: We believe that Christ set forth two ordinances: Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 19:5; Matthew 29:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
 
SATAN: We believe in the personality of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Job 1:6-7; Matthew 4:2-11; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekial 28:11-19) and whose destiny is everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:10).
 
SEPARATION: We believe that all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior, and that separation from worldly pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Leviticus 19:2; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 7:11; 1 John 2:15-17).
 
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: We believe in the personal imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own and His subsequent return to earth to set up His kingdom ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 20:6).