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WHAT WE BELIEVE

1)  THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, authoritative, inerrant, and God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).  We use the King James Version of the Bible.

2)  THE GODHEAD

One Triune God exists in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).

3)  THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN

Man was created in the image and likeness of God, But in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and it totally unable to retrieve his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:12).

4)  THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man; that H accomplished our redemption through His spiritual death on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24, 25; 4:25; I Peter 1:3-5); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1, 2).

5)  THE PERSONALITY AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, indwells all believers in the present age, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and that it is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 5:18).

6)  SALVATION

Salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose efficacious death on the Cross provided man's reconciliation to God (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12).

7)  THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF BELIEVERS

All believers are kept secure forever (Romans 8:1, 38, 39; John 10:27-30; I Corinthians 1:4-8)

8)  THE CHURCH

The church, which is now the Body and shall be the Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this age irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:120-14)

9)  THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN

The person of Satan is the open and declared enemy of God, and man (Job 1:6, 7; Matthew 4:2-11; Isaiah 14:12-17).

10)  THE BLESSED HOPE

The next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming, otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the Church (I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).

11)  THE TRIBULATION

The Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel's seventieth week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob's trouble, the great Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6-19).

12)  THE SECOND COMING

The great Tribulation will be climaxed by the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to set up His kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-25; II Thessalonians 1:7-19; Revelation 20:6).

13)  THE ETERNAL STATE

The soul and human spirit of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul, human spirit, and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in the glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body shall be reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 15:19-16; 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Revelation 20:11-15).

14)  THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BELIEVERS

To "grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ," to the end that his life is consistent with the Lord's plan, thus bringing both blessing to the believer and honor to the Lord (ii Peter 3:18).

15)  CHURCH ORDINANCES

The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return (Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

We observe baptism by immersion for believers (Romans 6:1-6).

16)  SOVEREIGNTY

God, who exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is sovereign and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of and consistent with the essence and attributed of Deity (I Chronicles 29:11, 12; Daniel 4:35; Psalms 24:1; Ephesians 1:11; I Timothy 6:15).

17)  SPIRITUALITY

Spirituality is an absolute condition in the life of a believer in this dispensation wherein he is filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit, walking in love and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Spirituality is distinct from maturity, a believer becomes carnal through any act of mental, verbal, or overt sin, and spirituality (fellowship with Christ) is restored solely by personal confession of that sin to God the Father (John 15:7, 8; II Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-13; I John 1:5, 9; 2:2; I Corinthians 11:30, 31).

18)  SPIRITUAL GIFTS

God the Holy Spirit in grace and apart from human merit sovereignly bestow spiritual gifts to believers in this dispensation.  Some of the permanent spiritual gifts which exist today are pastor, teacher, evangelist, missionary and administrator.  The temporary spiritual gifts ceased with the completion of the canon of Scripture, and these were apostleship, prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, healing, and working of miracles (I Corinthians 12, 13; Ephesians 4:7-12; Romans 12:4-8).

 

 
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