DOCTRINAL STATEMENT (Why We Believe, What We Believe)
THE SCRIPTURES: We believe the entire Bible, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, the Word of God has been protected and preserved and is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. All scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
GOD: We believe there is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each being a distinct person and with a distinct function, but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection, and attributes.
JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, shed His blood on the cross as a vicarious substitute, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power (John 1:1-3,14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11).
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. He is the chief convictor of sin, the chief agent of regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and empowers every believer to live a godly life. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9,11; Titus 3:5).
MANKIND: We believe that in the beginning God created mankind in His image. Mankind was originally created with the ability to live perfectly for God’s glory. (Genesis 1:27,31).
SIN: We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind, therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind’s fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23).
SALVATION: We believe the salvation of lost and sinful mankind is a free gift of God’s grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ’s vicarious and atoning death, effected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
THE CHURCH: We believe that the church is the body of Christ and the family of God. It is made up of saved and baptized believers who regularly join together on the Lord’s day for worship, fellowship and ministry. (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25).
EVANGELISM: We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make growing disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
THE HOME: In addition to these important beliefs, We also believe that God has given the parents and the home the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6).
MARRIAGE: Marriage is the joining of one man and one woman with the promise of being faithful to one another for a lifetime. Marriage is God’s special gift. (Gen 1:27-28; Gen 2:18-25)
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