We Believe…

THE WORD OF GOD.  We believe that the Bible is the work of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  II Timothy 3:16.

THE TRINITY.  We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these three are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.  Genesis 1:26; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:1-3; Acts 5:3,4,9.

GOD THE FATHER.  We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers and that He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  John 4:24; John 8:54.

JESUS CHRIST.  We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings.  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death for the sins of all people; His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and His personal visible return to earth.  John 1:14; Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:23; I Corinthians 15:3; John 1:1.

THE HOLY SPIRIT.  We believe in the Holy Spirit who came to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.  Romans 8:11; John 16:7-11.

SATAN.  We believe in the personality of Satan.  We believe that he is a liar and deceiver and that he is the accuser of the brethren and opposer of all truth.  John 8:44; Revelation 12:9,10.

SALVATION.  We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, and are therefore under condemnation.  We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  We believe they become a new creation in Christ Jesus.  II Corinthians 5:17.

THE CHURCH.  We believe in the Universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.  We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized by immersion on a credible profession of faith, associated for worship, work and fellowship.  We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.  Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 1:19.

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT.  We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he be a faithful steward of his possessions and spiritual gifts; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others his full stature in Christ.  Philippians 4:8; I John 2:15-17.

THE ORDINANCES.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church – (1) Baptism and (2) the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Matt. 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23,24.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.  We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical of political authority; that therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation of patronage of the other.

LAST THINGS.  We believe in the personal, premillenial, and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air for His saints; also His return to earth with His saints to judge the nations; and to establish His Millennial Kingdom.  We believe in the eternal peace of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.  John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10,11; Mark 9:44, 46, 48.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS.  We believe that God has given to believers Spiritual gifts according to I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4.

THE BELIEVER.  We believe that the “true” Christian is eternally secured in Christ with God.  Furthermore, we believe that he is to live his life separated unto Christ in perfect assurance and in the power of a living Christ.  John 10:28,29.

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