What we believe…

 
 
The Bible

We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God and are inerrant in the original writings, and are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.  Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 1:12; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21

 
God

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (co-eternal in being); each having precisely the same attributes (co-identical in nature); worthy of the same worship and obedience (co-equal in power and glory).  Deuteronomy 6:4;  Matthew 28:19,20;  John 1:1-14;  Ephesians 4:4-6;  2 Corinthians 13:14;  1 Peter 1:2

 
The Father
We believe that the Father, the First Person of the Trinity, is the Designer, Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign Ruler of the universe.  All created things exist by His will and for His pleasure and glory.   Because of His infinite love, the Father willed that fallen mankind could be redeemed from sin and reconciled to Himself through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, to worship Him and enjoy fellowship with Him for now and eternity.  John 3:16; 4:23; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 11:3; 15:24-28; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 1:3-5; 3:26; 4:6; Ephesians 1:3-11; 4:4-6; Hebrews 2:10-11; 12:5-9; James 1:13; 1 Peter 1:17;
Revelation 4:9-11

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Jesus, the Son

a. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is true God and true Man.  He is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin.  We believe that Jesus Christ is sinless and died for our sins as a vicarious/substitutionary blood sacrifice; His crucified body was raised from the dead, and He ascended into Heaven to stand before the Father as our High Priest, Advocate and Mediator.  His sinless life and His death on the cross provide the only atonement that fully satisfies the righteous requirements of God for the sinner.  Colossians 1:15-20;  Hebrews 4:15;  1 Timothy 2:5;  1 Peter 1:18-20;  1 Corinthians 15:1-4  and  1 John 2:1-2
 
b. We believe in “that blessed hope” which is the personal and imminent coming in the air of the Lord Jesus Christ for His
redeemed ones; and in His return to earth with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom.  Zechariah 14:1-21;  Luke
16:19-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1- 15; 21:1-8

  The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, being the Third Person of the Trinity, convicts men of sin, enables men to place genuine faith in Jesus Christ, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and sets believers apart to a holy life.  We believe His indwelling at the moment of saving faith constitutes the only baptism of the Holy Spirit and is not necessarily evidenced by any special immediate signs.  We believe the Holy Spirit gives gifts to every believer as He determines, for mutual service within the Church/body of Christ. We also believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled/controlled with the Spirit of God.  John 14:16, 17; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:1-31; 13:8; Ephesians 1:13; 2:22; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27

 

Man

We believe that man was directly created in the image of God but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, and that all human beings, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted, are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition and must be born again of the Spirit of God.  Genesis 1:26, 27; 1 Samuel 15:23; John 3:3-7; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
 
Sin

Sin is any lack of conformity to the will of God, or transgression of the law of God.  Sin separates man from God, incurring His wrath and judgment, and resulting in man’s spiritual and physical death.  Sin is manifested in selfishness, rebellion and the total depravity of man’s conduct and behavior before God and man.  Sin is the cause of the curse and defilement of the created universe.  Genesis 3:17, 18; Romans 6:23; 8:21; James 2:10; 1 John 3:4; 5:17

 
Salvation
We believe that salvation from sin is a free gift offered by God through His grace.  It is received by personal repentance from sin, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ’s precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins for all mankind), and no righteous work on our part can in the least add to the value of that precious blood or to the merit of the redemptive work completed on Calvary.  We further believe that all who are truly born again/saved are sealed by the Holy Spirit and nothing, not even ourselves, can remove us from the hand of our Father.  In the end Christ will present us blameless before the Father. Isaiah 64:6;  John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24,25; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; 20:31;  Romans 3:24-26; 8:1, 16, 28-39; 10:9,10;  2 Corinthians 5:10;  Ephesians 2:8, 9; 4:30;  Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:18-23;  1 John 5:10-13;  Jude 24