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What We Believe

God

 There is but one and only true God who is most wise, most holy, most loving and gracious, and most just in His ways; eternally existent in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each with distinct personal attributes having identical nature and essence, and entirely sovereign over creation, history, revelation, salvation and final judgment. (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Thess. 1:9; Jer. 10:10; Jn.4:24; 1 Tim.1:17; Acts 17:24; Gal. 4:6; Gen. 1:1-3; I Jn. 5:7; Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19).

The Bible

 The original texts of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and thus infallible, completely reliable, and the only authority in all matters of faith and practice.  Today, we have excellent manuscript copies, proving God has preserved His word through the centuries. (Heb. 1:1-7; Rom. 15:4; Matt. 4:4, 7, 10; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-19; I Thess. 2:13; Col. 3:16)

Jesus Christ

  He is the eternal Son of God, and through Him the Father created all things (Col. 1:16).  He is God incarnate (Jn.1:1-14), born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23), lived a sinless human life, fulfilled God's Law perfectly (Matt. 5:17-20) and performed divine miracles. He died a vicarious, atoning sacrifice by shedding His blood for our sins, destroying the works of Satan (Col. 2:13-15). He was raised bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven, continues His mediatorial work, and will personally return in power and glory one day to establish His physical Kingdom (Rev. 20-21). (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:15-19; Gal. 3:14, 4:4; Col. 1:16; 1 Pet. 1:19-20; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 5:5-6; Jn. 1:14; 1 Jn. 5:20; Rom. 1:3-4)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God and the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent by the Father to bear witness to His Son. His power is essential for the regeneration of sinners, and His indwelling presence in all believers is vital for their progressive sanctification and witness. (Jn. 4:24; Gen. 1:1-3; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2 Cor. 13:14; Jn. 15:26; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 5:18; Eph. 4:3-6; 2 Cor. 12:3-13; Jn. 14:16-18; 2 Cor. 5:5; Gal. 5:16, 22, 25; Eph. 1:13, 4:30; 2 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:21)  

At the moment a person trusts Christ as Lord and Savior, he or she is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. He continues to dwell in the believer as he or she matures in relationship with the Lord. The Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and bestows on them spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. These gifts are to be exercised humbly and in love for the strengthening of the church. All believers are commanded to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21). The Holy Spirit seals the believer unto eternity.

Man and Salvation

 Created originally in the image of God (Gen. 1:27; 2:7), man became a fallen, lost and sinful being, who can be redeemed and restored to fellowship with God only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not by works. This salvation is a gift from God, proclaimed in the Gospel of God's grace (1 Cor. 15:1-8). Once a person truly puts his or her faith in Jesus alone for salvation, by God's grace alone, that individual cannot lose the salvation God gives. (Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 2:15, 3:9, 19-23, 6:23, 7:5-8, 25; Gal. 3:10, 5:17)

The Church

 Through their union with the Head Jesus Christ, all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are one in His Spirit and belong to His Body, the Church. Though Jesus spoke to the disciples in Matthew 28, all Christians are called to the Great Commission - to declare His Gospel, disciple converts in all nations, serve one another, and help others for the common good and for His glory. (Heb. 12:12; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:23,27; Eph. 1:10, 22-23, 27,32; Col. 1:18; I Cor. 12:12-13, 28; Eph. 4:11-13)

Ordinances

  Baptism by immersion after salvation, and the Lord’s Supper or Communion are the only two ordinances instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ for all believers to partake in testimony and remembrance of Him, until He returns. (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 4:11; Col. 2:11-23; Acts 2:41, 20:7; 1 Cor. 10:16, 21, 11:23-26, 12:13; Matt. 26:26-27)

Future

God, in His own time, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His word, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly again to the earth, the dead will be raised, believers will be raptured and Christ will judge all men in righteousness during a time known as the Day of the Lord. After the Millennium, the wicked will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, the place of everlasting punishment (Rev. 20). The believers, in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in the new heavens and new earth with the Lord. (Acts 17:31; Jn. 5:22,27; 1 Cor. 5:3; 2 Pet. 2:4; 2 Cor. 5:10; Eccl. 12:14; Rom. 2:5, 16; Rom. 14:10, 12; 2 Thess. 1:5-7)