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Statement Of Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Scriptures.  We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.  2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13.

The Trinity.  We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Deut. 6:4, 2 Cor. 1-14.

God the Father.  We believe God the Father is the infinite, eternal and almighty personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love, and is the first Person of the Trinity.  He concerns Himself mercifully and sovereignly in the affairs of people, He hears and answers prayers, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him in repentance and faith through Jesus Christ.  Ex. 3:14-15, 1 Chron. 29:10-13, Jer. 10:12-13, John 5:26-27, 1 Cor. 8:4-6, Eph. 1:15-23

The Person and Work of Christ.  We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ--who was, who is, who is to come—in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return for His church and with His church in power and glory.  Rom. 3:25; Heb. 7:24-25; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; John 20:31, Col 1:15-17.

The Holy Spirit.  We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, in the present age indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and that every believer is commanded of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 5:18-20; 1 Cor. 3:16-17.

Man's Creation and Fall.  We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sin nature and consequent alienation from God and came under the judicial sentence of death.  Gen. 1:26; Rom. 3:22; 6:23.

Human Life. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God and in His image, so human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically and mentally challenged or disabled, and at every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. Therefore, we are called to defend, protect, and value all human life.  Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Psalm 139:13-16.

Salvation.  We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works pleasing unto God.  Titus 2:11-14; Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 John 5:11-13.

The Church.  We believe that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons in this age of grace, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations.  Eph. 1:2-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14.

Marriage.  We believe that marriage is a reflection of Christ’s faithful love for the church and God’s faithful love for creation. Therefore, we believe in the Biblical definition of marriage as consisting of one man and one woman until death parts them. Eph. 5:25-27; Mark 10:1-12; Gen. 1:27, 2:24; Rom. 1:18-32.

The Final State.  We believe that the condition and retribution of the lost and the salvation and blessedness of the saved are conscious and everlasting.  Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-15.