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What We Believe
Holding Hands


Bible: We believe the Bible, including both Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority in doctrine and life. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-9)


God: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possessing precisely the same attributes and perfections.  They are, however, distinct in office and activity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


Jesus Christ: 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 a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.  After living a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin.  After substantiating the accomplishment of that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him. (John 1:1,2,14,18; Luke 1:34-35; Romans 3:24-26, 8:34)


Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, who convicts the world of sin.  He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead, baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them from the day of redemption, gives spiritual gifts to them and fills those who yield to Him. (John 3:3-8, 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Ephesians 5:18)


Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin.  But in Adam’s voluntary sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead, alienated from God and incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition. (Genesis 1:26, 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-18, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace.  It cannot be gained by meritorious works, but is freely given to all who repent and put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary.  All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1:7; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 9:9-10; Romans 2:4)


Sanctification: We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive, and ultimate.  Positionally it is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God.  Since he retains his sinful flesh, however, there is need for progressive sanctification as he grows in grace by the power of the Spirit.  Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart from sin in his practice as he is now in his position in Christ when he is taken to be with Christ. (John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10,14)


Church: We believe that the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all persons who have trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age. We believe that the Church began at Pentecost, is distinct from Israel and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 10:32).  We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who voluntarily join together in one locale for the purpose of worship, study of the Word of God, celebration of the ordinances, Christian Fellowship, and equipping Christian service. (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-13)


Baptism & Lord’s Supper: We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper which are to be observed by believers until He returns.  We believe that by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with His Savior and that infants of believing parents may be dedicated to the Lord but not baptized (Acts 2:38, 8:26-38).  We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death until He returns, the elements being symbols of His body and blood.  We believe that every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper but that participation should always be preceded by serious self-examination. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Return of Christ: We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church, and His subsequent premillennial return to earth to establish His kingdom. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6)

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