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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

The Holy Scriptures

     We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be

     the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life,  

     inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (II Timothy

     3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16: 12-13)

The Godhead

     We believe in the triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father,

     Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-

     equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and

     perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4, II Corinthians 13:14)

  1. The person and work of God the Father.

a. We believe that God the Father who is holy, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, so loved the world that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to become our only means of salvation.

b. We believe that God the Father is sovereign and calls the sinner and that He becomes the believer’s Father at the new birth.

c. We believe that God the Father sends the Holy Spirit to abide in the believer forever in response to the Son’s request, and that this takes place at conversion.

2.  The person and work of Christ

a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (John 1:1-2, 14, Luke 1:35)

b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all people as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24-25, I Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7, I Peter 1:3-5)

c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor and advocate. (Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 7:25, 9:24, Romans 8:34, I John 2:1-2)

3.  The person and work of the Holy Spirit

a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11, II Corinthians 3:6, I Corinthians 12:12-14, Romans 8:9,

Ephesians 1:13-14)

b. We believe that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth, and that this it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13, I John 2:20, 27, Ephesians 5:18).

The Total Depravity of Mankind

     We believe that all mankind was created in the image and  

     likeness of God but that in Adam’s sin, the human race fell,

     inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God and

     that all mankind is totally depraved and utterly unable to remedy

     mankind’s lost condition. (Genesis 1:26, 27, Romans 3:22-23;

     5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

Salvation

     We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to all people

     by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,    

     whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of

     our sins. (Ephesians 2:5-10, John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, I Peter

     1:18-19)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

     We believe that all the redeemed, once save, are kept by God’s    

     power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40;

     10:27-30, Romans 8:1, 38-39, I Corinthians 1:4-8, I Peter 1:5)

     We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the    

     assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word;

     which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an

     occasion to sin. (Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus   2:11-15)

Life of a Believer

     We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to   

     bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all

     religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and

     associations is commanded of God. (II Timothy 3:1-5, Romans 1:1-2;

     14:13, I John 2:15-17, II John 9-11, II Corinthians 6:14-7:1)

     We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and

     word of the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the

     gospel to all mankind. (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8,

     II Corinthians 5:19-20)

The Church

     We believe that Christ is the head over all things in the church, which is

     the body and espoused bride of Christ, made up of all born again

     persons. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27, I Corinthians 12:12-14,

      II Corinthians 11:2)

     We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is    

     clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures.

       (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32, I Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11)

  

      We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external

     human authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28,

     Romans 16:1, 4, I Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13, I Peter 5:1-4)

The Personality of Satan

     We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the

     fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and mankind, and

     that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7,

     Isaiah 14:12-17, Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41, Revelation 10:10)

The Second Coming of Christ

     We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent

     pretribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His

     redeemed ones, and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to

     establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18,

     Zachariah 14:4-11, Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6,

     I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9)

The Eternal State

     We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life

     and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

     (Matthew 25:46, John 5:28-29; 11:25-26, Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13)

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