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Statement of Faith

Section 1: We Believe in God
I. We believe the LORD God, as revealed in the Bible, is the one and only living and true God. He is the holy, just, sovereign, self-existent and self-sufficient One (Deuteronomy 6.4; John 5.39, Isaiah 43.10, 11; Isaiah 6.3; Psalm 135.6; Exodus 3.14).
II. This God reveals Himself to us in the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each equal in His nature, essence, and being, yet each possessing distinct personal characteristics suitable to His person and work (Matthew 28.19; 2 Corinthians 13.14; 1 Peter 1.2).
III. We believe in God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is Creator of all things, visible and invisible, physical and spiritual. Out of nothing, by the power of His Word, He called all that exists into being and sustains it according to His desire and power (Genesis 1; Hebrews 11.3; Psalm 104; Colossians 1.16,17).
IV. God has a purpose and plan for all things in heaven and on earth which will be accomplished according to His eternal decrees for His glory. In this, His manifold attributes, including His wisdom, power, love, and faithfulness are revealed to us (Isaiah 46.10-13; Ephesians 1.3-5, 11; Matthew 24.35; 1 Corinthians 10.31; Romans 1.20).
V. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
VI. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
VII. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
VIII. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
IX. We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not regarded as a means of salvation.
X. We believe that the true Church is composed of such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head.
XI. We believe that only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
XII. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
XIII. We believe in the personal and pre-millennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
XIV. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

Section 2. We Believe in the Bible
I. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
II. We believe the Bible, as it was composed in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. This Bible, which in English translations is made up of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is completely sufficient concerning all matters of belief and living (Proverbs 30.5a; 2 Peter 1.20,21; Deuteronomy 8.18; Hebrews 4.12,13; 2 Timothy 3.16,17).
III. Man's belief in the authority of Scripture comes from the inward work of the Holy Spirit who works in the mind, heart, and will of man. The Spirit and the Scriptures work in us to draw us into a personal saving knowledge of God in Christ, to establish the content of our belief or faith, and to direct us in the conduct of our daily lives (John 6.44; 1 Corinthians 2.12-14; Romans 6.17; John 16.13-15; 2 Timothy 3.16,17).
IV. Nothing is to be added to or taken away from the Scriptures in any way, such as new revelation or traditions of men. It is the standard by which all knowledge is tested (Deuteronomy 4.7, 12.32; Revelation 22.18,19; Galatians 1.8; Colossians 2.8).
V. Each of us is called to correctly handle the Word of God. Thus, we are to discern its true, intended, and plain meaning. We establish meaning by context, by recognizing the basic unity of all Scripture, and therefore, by following the basic rule of all Biblical interpretation — Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture (i.e., Genesis 12.7 with Galatians 3.16; Joel 2.28-32 with Acts 2.16-24; Genesis 15.6 with Romans 4.1-3; 2 Timothy 2.15; 2 Peter 3.15,16; 2 Corinthians 4.2; Romans 4.1-3,13).

Section 3. We believe in the Church
I. We believe that the indwelling Holy Spirit into one spiritual and physical body called the church, of which Jesus Christ is the head, unites all those who have faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This church is made manifest in each local church that recognizes Jesus as Lord and Savior and serves Him according to the Scriptures (e.g., 1 Corinthians 1.1,2; Romans 12.5; 1 Corinthians 12.12-27; Ephesians 1.13b-14; Colossians 1.18).
II. God's purpose in establishing His church is to glorify Himself by making known His manifold wisdom, which He demonstrated in Jesus Christ. This is accomplished when believers:
• Gather together in the power and unity of the Holy Spirit for worship by the proclamation of the Word, praise, prayer, and participation in the ordinances of the church (Hebrews 10.25; Acts 2.42-47);
• Mutually exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification, equipping, and growth of the members for works of service (Ephesians 3.10,11; 4.11-13; 1 Corinthians 12.4-7; 1 Peter 4.10);
• Proclaim the good news of God's saving grace in Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world (Matthew 28.19,20);
• Are salt and light in all of our various callings (Matthew 5.13-16).
III. God has established two ordinances for the church to observe: baptism, which is undergone once as a sign of the new life in Christ after a person has confessed faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and the Lord's Supper, which is to be observed regularly to call into remembrance the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, until He returns (Acts 2.38,42; 1 Corinthians 11.23-26).
IV. All Believers are priests within the household of God. All possess a common dignity, calling, and privilege of communion before and with God. All are called to offer sacrifices of themselves, praise and thanksgiving to God. With our various gifts and callings, we serve God and one another. Within this household, Jesus Christ appoints elders (pastors) as under shepherds to serve His people by administering the activities of His church and providing watchcare over the spiritual needs of its members. Deacons minister to the physical needs of the church, both corporately and individually (1 Peter 2.9, 10; Romans 12.1,2; 1 Corinthians 12.7; Acts 20.28; 1 Timothy 3.1-13; Titus 1.5-9).
V. The final authority by which all disputes within the church are to be settled is Scripture, being interpreted by the guidance and illumination of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3.16,17; John 14.26, 16.13a).


Section 3. We believe in Salvation
I. Man’s Needs:
• We believe that in the beginning all God's creation, including man, was good. Mankind, male and female, was righteous, walking closely with God. Man fell from that position of fellowship with God into disgrace, deserving condemnation to Hell, through unbelief and rebellion.
• Everyone has inherited Adam's sinful nature and is totally unable to do anything that is pleasing to God. All are dead in their sin and cannot in themselves respond to the gospel for salvation (Genesis 1, 2, 3; Romans 3.10-12, 5.12-21, 8.6-8; Ephesians 2.1-9).
• And this is the gospel, that Jesus Christ, being fully God and fully man, was sent by the Father and came willingly to be the only mediator between God and man. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life of obedience to His Father, observing all His commands and fulfilling all His purposes. In doing so, He revealed to man the glory, mercy, grace, and truth of God, teaching man the new way of life (Hebrews 1.1-3; John 1.14; Acts 2.23,36; 1 Timothy 2.5; Luke 1.26-28; 1 Peter 2.21,22; John 14.6, 17.4).
• Jesus Christ gave up His life by death on the cross at the hands of sinful men according to God's sovereign purpose. Christ, being without sin, did this in order to pay God's just penalty for sin on behalf of those whom the Father had chosen to redeem from the effects of sin. He then rose bodily from the dead, removing the power of the curse of death from His people forever (Acts 2.23; Romans 3.23-26; 1 Peter 1.18-2 1; John 20.25,27; 1 Corinthians 15.54-58).
• After Christ ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to make the Savior known to those whom God the Father had chosen. The Holy Spirit works in God's people by making them spiritually alive and enabling them to freely receive the free gift of eternal life as offered in the gospel through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Lord of His people, now dwells in the Father's presence, interceding on their behalf and enabling them to grow more and more in living obedience to Himself (Acts 1.8,9; John 16.7-13; Ephesians 2.4-8; Romans 3.21-26; Colossians 1.18; Ephesians 1.18-2 1; Hebrews 7.24,25; 2 Corinthians 10.5).
II. Man's Response to God's Grace
• All who respond by faith to the gospel promises are declared righteous before God by means of the righteousness of Christ credited to them. They are reconciled to God through the forgiveness of sin by Christ's substitutionary death on their behalf. Thus reconciled, believers have passed from judgment, wrath, and death to life and have received a spirit of adoption as beloved children who know God as Father (Romans 3.21-26; 2 Corinthians 5.21; 1 Peter 2.24; Romans 6.23; Romans 5.9-11).
• Growth in conformity to the image and likeness of God by obedience is a vital and necessary part of the life of the believer. Thus believers, having been re-created to do good works, will grow increasingly in the grace of God, turning from their sin and following Jesus Christ as Lord (2 Corinthians 3.17,18; Ephesians 4.11-13; Ephesians 2.10; Romans 6.1,2, 11-14; 2 Peter 3.18; 1 Peter 3.15a).
• All those whom God has chosen and redeemed will most certainly be preserved by God and will persevere in their saving faith until that time when God chooses to take them to be with Him forever (John 10.28,29; Philippians 1.6; John 14.1-3).
III. Second Coming of Jesus Christ and Last Things
• We believe that God has appointed a day when Jesus Christ will visibly return in glory to judge the world in righteousness. His justice will be displayed in the resurrection to eternal punishment of all unbelievers, who will be cast into Hell to experience His wrath and separation from God forever. His mercy will be displayed by the gathering of all believers in resurrected and glorified bodies to everlasting life and fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord (Matthew 24.36; John 5.28,29; Matthew 25.31; Revelation 21.3; Mark 13.26,27; 2 Thessalonians 1.7-10; Revelation 21.8’).

Section 3. We Subscribe to ‘One man: One wife’ Form of Marriage
I. We believe that the only legitimate marriage and the only marriage sanctioned by God is that which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
II. We believe that any form of homosexuality or bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, pornography or any attempt to change one’s gender is sin and offensive to God.
III. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
IV. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.

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