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What We Believe
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired, word by word, without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, preserved in its doctrinal purity to the present and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, yet one in nature, equal in every divine perfection, and that they function distinctly but harmoniously in the work of creation, redemption, and guidance.
We believe man was created in the image of God and in the likeness of God, in innocence and without sin, but in Adam's sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from God, and man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and spiritual death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ the Son
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became fully man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings, substitutionary death and bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same essence and nature, that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the agent of the new birth, and that He seals and protects, endows with power, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, prepares for ministry and helps the believer, indwells and controls every true child of God from the moment of trusting in Christ as personal Savior.
We believe in the person of Satan. We believe that he is a liar and master deceiver, that he is the accuser of the brethren, opposes all truth, and is destined to eternal judgment in the lake of fire.
We believe the Genesis account of creation and believe that all forms of life and matter came by direct creation of God.
At the time of creation, God Himself established the institution of marriage and defined it as the union between one man and one woman for life (Genesis 2:23-24), Christ also honored the institution of marriage and reaffirmed its definition by quoting from Genesis 2 (Mark 10:1-12), and the New Testament epistles are consistent in their support of the importance of the institution of marriage and in reaffirming the definition of one man and one woman for life (Romans 7:1-6; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:22-33; I Peter 3:1-7). Therefore, we believe that marriage, as ordained by God, is the sacred union of one man and one woman.
Salvation is the gift of God's grace. It cannot be gained by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. All who trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins through the shed blood of Christ and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and are called to be agents of salvation. We believe that all the saved, those who have put their faith in Christ alone, are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation
We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world today giving spiritual gifts to all believers, according to his sovereign will. A spiritual gift is a divine enabling to accomplish the spiritual ends the Holy Spirit desires. The gifts are outlined in 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4:10-12. Their primary purpose is for the common good-to build up the body of Christ. They are not signs of spirituality. Spirituality is revealed by the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.
We believe that the true church, the body of Christ (the universal church), is a spiritual organism. The universal church is composed of every person who has trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation. We believe the local church is a company of believers, who associate for worship, service and fellowship.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We believe that Christian Water Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that Christian baptism is the outward reenactment of the inward change that took place when the person placed his/her faith in Jesus Christ-dying to his/her old life and being raised spiritually to a new life in Christ. Therefore, we practice immersion as our mode of water baptism. We believe that Christ instituted the Lord's Supper for commemoration of his death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well- being of his fellow man, that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions. He should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ by submitting to Christ as Lord.
Return of Christ
We believe in the bodily, personal return of Christ and that He will come to catch away His church. We believe that this event is imminent. We believe that He will come with His church at the close of the age to judge living nations and to set up His kingdom on earth.
a. in the resurrection of the dead;
b. that believers who sleep in Jesus Christ will be raised when He comes for His church;
c. that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the age to receive final judgment.
We believe in the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless torment of the wicked.
Note: Scripture references on the above Doctrinal Statement are available upon request.