What we believe
Statement of Faith
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A. The church receives the Scriptures as the Inspired Word of God and as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice.
B. (of) Christian truth is expressed by the following declaration of faith:
1. ...the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, and the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life. (John 20:31, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:19-21, John 14:21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. ...in God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1, Matt. 28:19, Eph. 2:18).
3. ...in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:1, Acts 15:18, Rom. 11:33, Rev. 19:6, 2 Chron. 16:9, John 3:16)
4. …..testifies Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God; that at His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin. His sinless life serves as an example for us. He made atonement for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection; His ascension; His personal, and imminent return for His church as promised. (1 Thess. 4:16-18, John 3:16, Isa. 1:14, Matt. 1:22-23, John 1:29, 2 Cor. 5:21, Mark 16:6, Acts 1:11, Titus 2:13, 1 Cor. 15251-53)
5. ...that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men of sin, to regenerate the believing sinner, to seal his salvation for eternity and to give gifts to believers. We believe that it is also the Holy Spirits ministry to guide, comfort, instruct, and further empower the believer for Godly living and service. (John 1617-11, John 14116-17, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:2, Eph. 1:13-14)
6. ...that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost. Only by God’s grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Rom. 3:23, John 3:36, Rom. 6:23, Heb. 9:27, Rev. 20:11-15, Gen. 1:27)
7. ..the bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (1 Thess. 4116-18, Rev. 20:11-15)
8. …..in the Church, the living spiritual body of believers, of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to these local churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. God has laid upon these churches the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and the enthroning of Him as Lord. We believe that all human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable result of the Gospel. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 4:16, Heb. 10:1920, Acts 8:36-37, Rom. 6:3-6, 1Cor. 10:16, 11:23-33, Gal. 1:12, Mark16:15)
9. ...that government, by God-given authority, is to protect the innocent, administer justice, punish the evildoer and provide an environment in which peaceable lives may be lived in all godliness and honesty. We believe that every human being and government is responsible ultimately to God. We believe that our primary allegiance is to be obedient to Gods will and His written word. We believe that each Christian has an obligation to pray for his government, to be subject to its leadership insofar as it is not contrary to our need to be obedient to God and His written word and to exert influence, through the means provided, to make known Christian principles as they apply to our governmental system. (I Tim. 2:1-4, Rom. 13:1-7, Acts 4:18-20)