Section One: The Bible
We believe that the Old and New Testaments, of which the Bible is comprised, are the infallible, authoritative, and inspired Word of God, according to II Timothy 3:16-17 and Matthew 5:18. Through faith, we hold to the belief that the original writings of the Bible are the final and complete authority for the practice of our faith. According to II Peter 1:21, we believe that although human authors used their individual writing styles while penning the Scriptures, they were perfectly guided by the Holy Spirit who instructed them to write precisely what He desired, free of errors or omissions.
Section Two: God
We believe in one Creator who is God above of all, according to Colossians 1:16, and that He has revealed Himself to mankind in three distinct Persons, which are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as recorded in II Corinthians 13:14. However, He is a single being in essence and glory, as stated in John 10:30. God is eternal (Psalm 90:2,) merciful (1 Peter 1:3,) gracious (Ephesians 2:8,) infinite (1 Timothy 1:17,) just (Deuteronomy 32:4,) sovereign (Psalm 93:1,) unchanging (Malachi 3:6) and righteous (Exodus 9:27.) God is omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13,) omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6) and omnipotent (Revelation 19:6.) God is Holy (Isaiah 6:3,) God is good (Romans 8:28) and God is love (1 John 4:8.)
Section Three: Jesus Christ
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is God in human form, God incarnate, and the expressed image of God the Father, who became a man without ceasing to be God, to demonstrate who God is and offer all mankind salvation, according to Colossians 1:15, Matthew 1:21 and John 1:18.
We believe that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary after being conceived of the Holy Spirit; that He is truly, fully man and truly, fully God, and lived a life of sinless perfection. We believe all of His teachings are true, as per Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 14, and that he died on the cross as a substitute sacrifice for all of humanity, as is stated in 1 John 2:2 and Isaiah 53:5-6. We hold that His death offers complete salvation for any person who receives Him as his or her Lord and Savior, in accordance with Acts 16:31 and John 1:12. We believe, as is stated in Ephesians 1:7 and Romans 5:9, that our salvation is based on His shed blood and attested to by the literal resurrection of His physical body from the tomb, as recorded in I Peter 1:3 and Matthew 28:6.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was raised up in his glorified body to Heaven, as spoken of in Acts 1:9-10, and now sits at God's right hand as our Advocate and High Priest, according to Hebrews 7:25 and Romans 8:34.
Section Four: The Holy Spirit
We believe in three-fold personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in Acts 5:3-4, and that He regenerates sinners, as mentioned in Titus 3:5, and indwells those who believe on him: Romans 8:9. He is the single agent through whom Christ baptizes all Christians into His body, as per I Corinthians 12:12-14. We believe that He is the seal through whom God the Father guarantees believers' salvation unto the day of redemption that is spoken of in Ephesians 1:13-14. He is the Divine Teacher who illumines the minds and hearts of believers as they read God's word: I Corinthians 2:9-12.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is utterly sovereign regarding the distribution of the Gifts of the Spirit, as spoken of in I Corinthians 12:11. We believe that the miraculous spiritual gifts seen in the early development of the church no longer function to that same degree today, although the Holy Spirit is still the author of those gifts: Ephesians 2:20; 4:7-12, I Corinthians 12:4-11, II Corinthians 12:12.
Section Five: Angels and Demons
We believe that angels are real and were created by God to be His messengers and servants, as recorded in Psalm 148:2, Nehemiah 9:6 and Hebrews 1:14. We believe in the existence of the Devil and his demons. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel himself, and also led other angels to rebel against God, as recorded in Ezekiel 28:12-15 and Matthew 25:41. Satan is the great enemy of both mankind and God, and demons serve him in propagating evil. Satan and his demons will eventually be placed in the Lake of Fire as their punishment, as spoken of in Revelation 20:10.
Section Six: Humanity
We believe that humans were a direct creation of God and that each of us is made in God's likeness and image, and therefore created equal: Genesis 1:26-27. We believe that a sinful nature has been inherited by humankind as a whole because of Adam's fall and that all men and women choose to sin, as recorded in Romans 3:23. We believe that God is exceedingly offended by all sin, and that no human remedy is available to reverse this fallen state: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-5 and 12.
Section Seven: Salvation
According to Ephesians 2:8-9, we believe that the gift of salvation is brought to us by the grace of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ when he died on the cross, and that his death fully justified us and redeemed us from sin. This is because Jesus died in our place, taking on His own body our sins, as recorded in Romans 5:8-9 and 1 Peter 2:24.
We believe that the only way to receive salvation is by grace alone, through faith in Christ Jesus and no other. Obedience and good works are the results of salvation, but do not bring salvation. Because of the perfection, sufficiency, and greatness of the sacrifice Jesus made, those who accept him as their Savior are eternally secure in that salvation, sealed in Christ forever, and kept by God's power: I Peter 1:5; John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Jude 24; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:1, 38-39.
We believe that changed lives and good works are the obvious results of salvation, according to James Chapter Two, but similar to the way salvation cannot be acquired through good works, it is also not sustained or maintained through such works.
Section Eight: The Church
We believe that the Body of Christ, also referred to as the Church, is a spiritual organism comprised of all Christians in this present age, as stated in Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27, I Corinthians 12:12-14, II Corinthians 11:2, and Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27. We believe in water baptism of all believers as a testimony to their identification with Christ, and the Lord's Supper as a remembrance of Jesus' shed blood and subsequent death according to I Corinthians 11:23-26, Acts 2:41-42, 18:8 and Matthew 28:19-20.
Through the Church, those who believe learn to follow the Lord's instructions and to testify regarding their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior through holy living. We believe that the Church's primary mission is to carry out the Great Commission, and that this is the obligation of all Christians who are commanded to witness the truth of God's Word, by word and by life. All the world must hear the Gospel preached, according to II Corinthians 5:19-20, Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:19-20.
Section Nine: Things to Come
We believe in the Blessed Hope, outlined in Titus 2:13, and the Rapture of the Saints when the Lord Jesus Christ returns: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to Earth in a physical, visible manner, when He, along with His saints will establish the millennial Kingdom promised in Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and Zechariah 14:4-11. We believe that all Saints will be physically resurrected to everlasting joy on the New Earth, while the lake of fire awaits the wicked to award them punishment for all eternity, as recorded in John 5:28-29, Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13 and Matthew.
We believe that at the time of death, believers' souls are absent from the physical body and in the presence of the Lord, where they await their resurrection when the body and soul are reunited with the Lord in glory, forever: I Thessalonians 4:16-17, II Corinthians 5:8, Luke 23:43 and Philippians 1:23, 3:21. We believe that according to Revelation 20:11-15, Luke 16:19-26, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, Mark 9:43-48 and Matthew 25:41-46 that unbelievers' spirits will remain in conscious misery after their death and at the time of the resurrection, when body and spirit are reunited, they will be called to the Great White Throne Judgment Seat, from where they will be condemned to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire.
Section One: The Bible
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