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What we believe

The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of divine instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. .. and therefore is … the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, John 1:1,14)

God
We believe in one eternal living and true God, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe. God is perfect in holiness, and in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. God reveals himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus Christ

Jesus, the eternal Son of God, came to earth to redeem a lost world. He came to manifest God to humanity-He was God in the flesh. As such, Jesus was without sin. He came to reveal God’s love to us. Jesus voluntarily gave up his life to take away the sins of the world. His death on the cross was the sacrifice that made redemption possible. We believe that Jesus arose from the dead, conquered death, and later ascended into heaven. This example of life, death, and resurrection will ultimately be given to all believers. We believe that Jesus is the foundation and head of the church. Seated at the right hand of the Father, He continues to intercede in behalf of all believers (John 1:1,14; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:8, John 14:6,7)

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the third person in the trinity. The Holy Spirit inspired the authors of the Bible. The Spirit exalts Christ. The Spirit convicts persons of their need for salvation in Christ and enables them to understand truth. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the time of one’s placing faith in God as Savior. The Holy Spirit is our source of power and strength for living the Christian Life. (John 14:16,17,26, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 4:30; Romans 5:5, Galatians 5:16-25)

Humankind

We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Humanity is the highest form of creation. Humans, by free choice, have sinned against God. All human beings are sinful and stand in need of salvation. God loved human beings so much that He decided to send His own Son to redeem us from our sinful state. Humanity finds completion in God through salvation. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23 John 3:16, Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10.9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Church

The Church is the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, tongue and people and nation. The Church expresses itself through local congregations of believers who have associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each congregation operates in unity under the Lordship of Christ and is accountable to Him alone. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18, 1 Timothy 3:15: Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Peter 2:5)

 

Church Ordinances

 

Baptism

Believer’s Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a symbolic act of death, resurrection, and cleansing. Jesus Christ set the example when he himself was baptized. It is both an act of obedience and a public testimony of faith. (Mark 1:9-13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Matthew 28:19)

Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act commemorating the Lord’s death until He comes again. Believers receive bread and juice, a symbolic act of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. It is a testimony of remembrance to Christ’s sacrificial death.(Matthew 26:20-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

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