Statement of Faith

Article III: Faith and Doctrine

Section 1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe that all 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. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)

Section 2. The Godhead
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These are co-eternal in being, co-i9dentical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and have the same attributes and perfection. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 2:9-10; Isaiah 9:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Section 3. 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; John 1:14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6)
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
C. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

Section 4. The Person and Work of the Holy spirit
A. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person and proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is therefore eternal, and of the same essence, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son. we believe, therefore, that the Holy Spirit is truly God.
B. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; and that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body (church ) of Christ, indwelling them, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14)
C. We believe He is the divine teacher, who guides believers into all truth, He is the indwelling intercessor, interceding for the believer. It is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20; 1 John 2:27; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 5:18-19)

Section 5. The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam”s sin, the whole human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ephesians 2:12-13)

Section 6. Salvation
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man 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 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

Section 7. Eternal Security and Assurance of the Believer
A. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:12-13)
B. We believe that it is the priviledge 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 the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

Section 8. The Believer’s Two Natures
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims of the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13; Romans 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-101 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)

Section 9. Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savoir and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (2 Timothy 3:1-4; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)

Section 10. Missions
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and word to the truths of the Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; 1 Peter 3:19; Psalms 107:2)

Section 11. Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
A. We believe that God is soverign in the bestowing of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Corinthians 14:18-19)
B. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, according to His will, on behalf of the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15)

Section 12. The Church
A. We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2)
B. We believe that establishment and and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; Acts 20: 27; Acts 20:28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

Section 13. Dispensations
We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation but reject the extreme teaching known as “hyper-dispensationalism”, such as the teaching that opposes either the Lord’s table or water baptism as a Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matthew 29:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Section 14. 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 man; that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

Section 15. The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in that “blessed hope”, the personal imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to the earth with His Saints, to establish His millennial kingdom. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10)

Section 16. The Eternal State
A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6; Revelation 20:12-13)
B. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death, abscent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are united to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
C. We believe the souls of the unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when the soul and body will be reunited and they shall appear before the great white throne judgement, and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)

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