WHAT WE BELIEVE

THE BIBLE

We believe the Scripture, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired by God. We believe the Bible is inerrant in the original writings, and it is Christian's final authority in faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16-17;

2 Peter 1:20-21)

GOD

We believe there is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. God is infinitely perfect and He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31)

THE PERSON AND WORD OF CHRIST

We believe, by the miracle of the virgin birth-that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. We believe that He (God) became man without ceasing to be God, to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin. We believe Christ died for the sins of all people as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe He arose bodily from the dead for our justification. Finally, we believe He is now exalted at the right hand of God as Head of the Church. Christ is Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate. ( John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15;

1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11)

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the believing sinner, baptizing him into the Church (which is the Body of Christ). We believe He indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift so we can use this gift for the strength and outreach of the church. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5)

SALVATION

We believe salvation is God's free gift. Salvation is neither merited nor secured in part of in whole by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We receive God's gift only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, all true believers have-as a present possession-eternal life, perfect righteousness, and son-ship in God's family. Christians also enjoy every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and have the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. God has delivered Christians from all condemnation, and we have eternal security in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

SATAN

We believe Satan is a person, a fallen angel, the author of the fall of man, and the god of this age. However, we also believe that he is the Christian's defeated enemy. His destiny is eternal punishment. (Job 1:6-12; Mark 8:32)

SIN

We believe Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind. Therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind's fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God through the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23)

BAPTISM AND LORD'S SUPPER

Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the Church two visible symbols (called "ordinances") as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord's supper. Baptism by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is a one-time act of obedience. It serves as an outward sign of conscious confession of repentance and faith. The Lord's supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord's death, burial, resurrection, and promised return. Each person must decide whether or not to be baptized or to participate in the Lord's supper. Regardless, we do not regard anyone's participation in these practices as a means of salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

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