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- We believe and fully trust in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament (66 books) as the very words of God and without error in all that they teach in the original manuscripts, and are of supreme and infallible authority on all matters of doctrine and practice. (2 Tim 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 3:16; 1 Cor 2:13, 14:37; Mat 5:17-19; 22:43-44; John 14:26; 16:12-14)
- We believe in one living, sovereign, and all-glorious God, eternally existing in three infinitely, excellent, and admirable Persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is fully and completely God, without deficiency, and satisfied completely in their union. (Deu 6:4; Job 42:2-3; Ps 115:3; Dan 4:25; 4:34-35; Eph 1:11; Jam 4:15; Matt 28:19,20; 2 Cor 13:14)
- We believe in God the Father, creator of the universe, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayers, and predestined whosoever believes in Christ to adoption as His sons before the foundations of the world. (Gen 1:1; 1 Cor 8:6; Psa 147:5; Isa 6:3; 2 Chr 7:14; Jer 33:3; Psa 100:3-5; John 3:16, Deut 32: Eph 1:3-6; Gal 3:26)
- We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternally begotten son of God, for whom and through whom all things were created. We believe that through the virgin Mary and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, Jesus became flesh, taking on a fully human nature, so that the two, perfect, and distinct natures are inseparably joined together in one Person, without confusion or mixture. (John 1:1, 14; 2; Isa 7:14; Mat 1:22, 23; Heb 2:10, 14, 17)
- We believe in the Holy Spirit who is responsible for convicting men of their sins, regenerating the heart in spiritual rebirth, sanctifying and sealing the new life of the believer, and dispensing of all spiritual gifts to all believers. We believe that it is through the Holy Spirit that Scripture is both inspired and now illuminated for the believer. (Matt 28:19; Mark 12:36; John 3:5-7; 7:37-39; 14:16-18, 26; 16:7-14; Rom 6:3; 8:9; 1 Cor 2:10-13; 12:8-13, Eph 1:13, Gal 3:27; 1 Jo 5:7)
- We believe that God speaks to His children. He speaks providentially in various ways, providing not only wisdom and direction to the collective body but also specific direction to the individual. He may speak directly (Numbers 12:8), through His son Jesus (Acts 9), through His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), or through his angel messengers (Luke 1:30). His children know his voice (John 10:4), and may know it fully by studying the Scriptures (John 5:39; 2 Tim 2:15; 1 John 4:1-6). At no time, will his voice contradict His written Word, nor His unchanging character. The voice of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one (1 Corinthians 2:10; John 17). (Num 23:19; John 10:4, 27; Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18)
- We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that our first father Adam, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. All humans (born of sinful Adam) are born with a sinful nature and commit sin both in thought and deed. (Gen 1:26, 27; Psa 51:5; Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12)
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representation and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him as their personal Savior are justified (declared legally innocent/righteous before God) on the grounds of His shed blood. There is no other way that man can be saved and enter heaven, but by faith alone in Christ alone. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom 3:24-26; 10:8-11; Gal 3:24; Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 2:24)
- We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus, His ascension into heaven, and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; 1 Cor 15:1-4; Heb 9:24; Rom 8:34; John 2:1, 2)
- We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. We must persevere to the end to be saved, but through the testimony of God’s word it is He who wills and works within us to make sure that we do so (a believer may succumb to a sin season, but the Lord will bring him/her back). Those who are saved have a new nature, now slaves to righteousness and not sinful flesh, and thus we are not to use Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. Works do not save, but true faith changes the inner man and will demand an outworking of that life change (Matt 24:13; Mar 13:13; Luke 6:42-45; Rom 6:18; 8:35-39; 1 Cor 15:10; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 5:13; Phi 2:13; Col 3:10; Tit 2:11-15; James 2:26; 1 John 5:13)
- We believe that every person born of the Spirit possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature (whose eradication will only occur after physical death when we are fully sanctified) through the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (Gal 5:16-25; Rom 7:25; 1 John 1:8-10)
- We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (1 The 4:13-18; 2 The 2:7-9; 1 Cor 15:51-58)
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust to the everlasting bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (Mat 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Rev 20:5, 6, 12, 13).
- We believe in the church as a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, of which all who have accepted Christ as their only way to heaven are members. We believe that the scriptural ordinances of the church are physical baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and are only symbols of our testimony to God’s saving work on the cross and in our lives. (Eph 1:22, 23; Col 1:18, 24; Rom 6:1-6; 1 Cor 12:12-27; Mat 28:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-32).
- We believe that the Gospel is not only the good news of salvation, (Christ has fought the sin battle for us and won) but the only way to have victory over sin in this life. Victory in this life is possible only through faith (trust in Christ), and not our own effort (following the law). We obey, not to gain Christ’s love, but out of gratitude for what Christ has done for us. We willingly and joyously serve Him in all things. (Mar 1:14; Rom 5:8; Eph 2:4-10; Gal 3:1-9)