Fundamentals of What We Believe

One God

We believe in the one ever-living God: infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father in creation, as Son in redemption, and as the Holy Spirit by emanation (giving out) in the church age.

Scripture References: Deuteronomy 6:4Isaiah 43:10Isaiah 44:6Ephesians 4:5-61 Corinthians 8:4James 2:19Revelation 4:2.

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, a divine revelation from God to man. We accept the Scriptures as the supreme source and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

Scripture References: 2 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20-212 Timothy 1:13Psalm 119:105, 160Psalm 12:6Proverbs 30:5Psalm 19:7-10.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin; that He lived a sinless life, was crucified on Calvary for our sins, and bodily rose from the grave; and that He has been exalted to the throne of God where He is the only mediator between God and man. We believe that through His death and life we have personal salvation and power for victorious living.

Scripture References: Matthew 1:22-23Isaiah 9:6John 1:1-5, 14John 14:10-301 Timothy 3:16Hebrews 4:14-161 Corinthians 15:3-4Acts 1:9-11.

Salvation

We believe that all men have sinned and stand in need of redemption, which is obtained through the new birth by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those repenting and being born again become children of God and heirs with Christ.

 

Scripture References: Romans 6:23John 14:6Ephesians 2:8-9Titus 3:5Romans 6:1-72 Corinthians 5:17Luke 13:31 Peter 3:21Romans 8:1-16John 3:5Acts 2:38.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world today and that the baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, along with His accompanying gifts, is the privilege of all New Testament believers. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.

Scripture References: John 16:7-18Acts 1:4-8Acts 2:38-392 Corinthians 3:171 Corinthians 2:121 Corinthians 3:16Ephesians 1:13Ephesians 5:18Galatians 5:25.

The Church

We believe the Church has been called out of the world to be a habitation of God through the Spirit. As the Body of Christ on earth, the church offers hope to mankind. The church is one body made up of many members, diverse in their gifts and callings of the Holy Spirit. God has ordained church government and He gives various ministries, roles, tasks, or offices.

Scripture References: 1 Peter 2:91 Corinthians 12:12-31Romans 12:4-8Ephesians 2:221 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Death and the afterlife

We believe that the spirits or souls of people were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. We believe that Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ to receive His bride, the church, to Himself. At His coming, we believe the dead in Christ will be resurrected from the grave. We believe in Christ’s millennial reign on earth.

Scripture References: John 3:16John 14:1-3Romans 6:23Romans 8:17-181 Corinthians 2:7-9Revelation 20:15.

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