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Statement of Faith

In matters of doctrine and Christian faith and practice, the Church strives for three things: in the essentials of the faith, unity; in non-essentials of the faith, liberty; in all things, love and charity.

Essentials of Our Christian Faith and Practice

1. ABOUT THE BIBLE - The Bible is God’s Word to Man, the sole authority for Christian faith and practice.

The Bible is authoritative and is the sole basis of our belief, morality and governing of life. It is composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that the entirety of Scripture originated with God and is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts. The Word of God is the written revelation of Himself to man, complete in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content and without any contradictions in its teachings. The Bible is God’s Word to us, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.

2. ABOUT GOD - There is one true living God.

In the beginning God created out of nothingness the world and all things therein. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. He is working, by His providence, throughout history to accomplish His redemptive purposes. We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, possessing all the attributes of deity.

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.

God is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. He 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.

JESUS CHRIST - Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, Son of the Living God.

Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity who was united forever with humanity through a miraculous conception and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless human life and voluntarily offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind by dying on a cross. Jesus Christ died a substitutionary death for our sins, was buried, arose from the dead with the same body, though glorified, and ascended into Heaven where He now is seated at the right hand of the Father. He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, where He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict the world of

sin, to regenerate, cleanse and secure from sin.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their sins and to draw them to Jesus Christ. He is alive in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He supplies the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual and Biblical truths, and direction for daily living. He implants within every believer a spiritual gift(s) for the upbuilding of the body. As Christians, we live daily under His power and control, appropriated by faith, making it possible for every believer to live a Christ-like lifestyle and bear fruit to the glory of God.

3. ABOUT MAN, SIN, AND SATAN - Man’s condition is one of sin and separation from

God.

Man was created in innocence directly and immediately by God, in His spiritual image, for the purpose of fellowship with God and for the glory of God. Man was tempted by Satan and sinned, and because of this all men have been born in sin since that time. Every person has a tremendous potential for good, but all are marred by a nature of rebellion and disobedience toward God, which the Bible calls sin. Sin separates us from God, others, and everything that is good, ultimately and eternally in hell. All persons need to be saved from their sin.

4. ABOUT SALVATION - God has acted in the person of Jesus Christ to save man from sin.

The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Man was originally created to have fellowship with God; however, man defied God, choosing independence, and was thus alienated from God, suffered a corruption of his nature, and was rendered unable to please God. The fall of man took place at the beginning of human history, and all people since have suffered the consequences of sin and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of sinful man is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness. God’s saving grace must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates or gives new life to one who commits his life to Jesus, and he is kept by God’s power forever, never to be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39).

5. ABOUT THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH - God has given us two holy ordinances by which we might again participate in the partnership we enjoy with Him through His Son.

Having received God’s free gift of salvation, every believer is commanded, according to Scripture, to follow the example of Christ and be baptized by immersion, an act of obedience to the Lordship of Christ and identification with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection, and to regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

6. ABOUT THE CHURCH - Jesus Christ established His church to continue His mission and ministry on earth.

The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become partners of the church. There is one true church universal, made up of all who have, by faith, accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together for the purpose of worship; prayer; the teaching of the Word; fellowship; observance of baptism and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ; service to the fellowship of believers through the development of spiritual gifts and talents; and outreach to all unbelievers. Wherever believers join regularly in obedience to this command, a local expression of the universal church is found. Under the watchcare and spiritual leadership of the pastoral staff (elders) and other supportive leaders, its partners are to work together in unity with the express purpose of glorifying God.

7. ABOUT DEATH AND RESURRECTION - Everyone will face judgment before God; some to eternal life, others to eternal condemnation.

Death seals the eternal destiny of every individual, but the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ and there is separation of soul and body until the first resurrection when the spirit, soul, and resurrected body will be reunited in glorified form with Christ forever. All men will be bodily resurrected, the saved to everlasting life, but the lost into eternal condemnation.

8. ABOUT LAST THINGS - Jesus Christ will return and God’s plan for eternity will be carried out.

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to the earth. The dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men according to their works. Unbelievers will be cast into eternal punishment and outer darkness prepared for the devil and his angels who preceded them, and the saved will enter into the eternal state of glory with God and will in their resurrected and glorified bodies spend eternity.

9. ABOUT CHRISTIAN FAITH AND PRACTICE - Scripture is the sole, final authority in all matters of the Christian faith.

This church purposes to follow the instructions for living found in God’s Word, while recognizing that it cannot restrict the conscience of individuals in areas where Scripture does not speak. In the essentials of the faith, we have unity and clarity. In other non-essential beliefs, we have liberty, instructing each believer to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she is ultimately responsible.

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