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Oct 14

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible, in its original autographs, was inspired (verbal plenary = every single word and the sum total of all the words) by God and recorded by Spirit controlled men.  It is, therefore, truth without error.  The Bible has been preserved by God in 66 books which are not alterable in intended content but only in readable language.  It is the only perfect and error-free rule for all faith and practice.  It is both the duty and delight of all Believers to deepen their knowledge of God’s Word through regular study of it.

Isaiah 40:8;   Isaiah 59:21;   Matthew 5:182 Timothy 3:16-17;   Hebrews 2:1-42 Peter 1:19-21

THE GODHEAD

We believe in the Triunity of God.  He is one God, yet eternally and coequally exists in three distinct persons, namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is the only entity that can truly create (ex-nihilo = out of nothing) and He has perfectly created all things in six literal days.  In addition, He sustains His creation by His might.

Deuteronomy 6:4;   Matthew 28:18-19;   John 10:30;   John 15:26;   Acts 5:3-4;   2 Corinthians 13:14;   Hebrews 1:1-8

THE FATHER

We believe that God the Father orders and accomplishes all things according to His own purposes and glory.  The Father’s attributes are superlative and point to His holiness and righteousness which both segregate Him from sin yet also redeem man from sin.  He is completely compatible in all His attributes and His dealings with His creation are wholly just.  The Father is transcendent in that He is far superior to His creation yet He is also immanent in that He works within His creation.  No man can fully comprehend the Father’s personhood and nature yet He is to be worshipped exclusively for what He has done and for who He is.

Genesis 1:1-31;  Psalm 103:19;  Psalm 145:8-9;  Matthew 6:30;  John 1:3;  John 4:24;  Romans 8:15-17;  Galatians 4:6;  Ephesians 1:4-11;  Colossians 1:15-17

THE SON

We believe in Jesus Christ as the second person of the Triunity of God. He has and does and will exist eternally and coequally with the Father and the Spirit.  He created all things.  His humanity was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary to become both fully God and fully man.  He emptied Himself of the independent exercise of His Deity, yet retained His very divine nature.  By His own purpose, He allowed Himself to be killed.  He suffered and died on the cross to bear the sins of the whole world.  He was buried, and on the third day bodily rose from the dead.  He ascended to Heaven where He makes intercession for all believers.  He is the head of the church.  He will receive the church in the rapture and then return again in glory with His bride to reign as sovereign during the Millennium.  Ultimately, all will give an account before Him as a perfectly righteous judge.

Genesis 1:1;  Isaiah 7:14;  Psalm 2:7-9;  Matthew 1:18-25;  John 1:1-2;  John 1:11-18;  John 3:16;  John 5:22-23;  John 10:30;  Acts 1:9-11;  I Corinthians 15:51-58;  II Corinthians 5:19;  Galatians 4:4;  Philippians 2:5-8;  Colossians 1:15-17;  I Thessalonians 4:13-18;  I Timothy 4:10;  Hebrews 1:1-3;  Hebrews 4:15;  Hebrews 7:25;  II Peter 2:1;  I John 2:2;  Revelation 20

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, co-equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature.  He created all things. He directly magnifies Jesus Christ.  His work in the lives of non-Believers is conviction, drawing, and enlivening.  His work in the lives of New Testament believers is predominantly, yet not exclusively, baptism, indwelling, filling, sealing, guiding, and illumination of the Word of God.  These works solidify God’s relationship with man, insuring that salvation will be fully realized.  In addition, the Holy Spirit empowers the church for service by the giving of spiritual gifts.  Some of these gifts (sign gifts of I Corinthians 12) have fulfilled their purpose and use due to the completion of the superior canon (66 books) of Scripture.

Genesis 1:1;  Isaiah 40:13;  Psalm 139:7;  Matthew 28:19;  Luke 1:35;  John 3:5-7;  John 15:26-27;  John 16:8-19;  Acts 2:33;  Romans 8:23-27;  I Corinthians 6:19-20;  I Corinthians 12:4-13;  I Corinthians 13:8-13;  II Corinthians 12:12;  Galatians 5:16-17;  Ephesians 4:10-13;  Ephesians 4:30;  Hebrews 1:1-2;  Hebrews 2:1-4;  II Peter 1:19-21;  I John 2:20-27

ANGELS

We believe sinless spirit beings were created by God called angels.  They were created to worship and minister to God and to His saints.  One of these angels (Lucifer) rebelled against God, thus becoming Satan.  He, along with a large number (one third) of the angels, who also rebelled (demons), are destined for judgment in the Lake of Fire.  Today, Satan and the fallen angels are operating, under God’s sovereignty, as the gods of this world.  Angels are not redeemable creatures and their eternal fate has been sealed.

Genesis 3:1-19;  Job 1:1-2:10;  Isaiah 6:2-3;  Isaiah 14:12-17;  Ezekiel 28:11-19;  Romans 5:12-14;  Ephesians 6:10-12;  Colossians 1:16;  I Timothy 3:6;  Hebrews 1:14;  II Peter 2:4;  Jude 1:6;  Revelation 20:10

MAN

We believe that man was created by God in His own image-the first of these being Adam along with his wife Eve-free from sin and its effects.  His intended purpose is to glorify God by living in His will and enjoying fellowship with his Creator.  By his voluntary transgression, he fell into sin thus plunging the whole human race into depravity, corruption, death and condemnation.  Thus, all men are divinely declared sinners by nature and by choice.  Jesus Christ is the only human to not possess a sinful nature.  All men inherently stand in great need of redemption, which is provided to man by God through faithful obedience to the Gospel. Man, as created, possesses both a physical and spiritual part. The physical part is man’s body and the spiritual is his soul and spirit. Furthermore, we believe that God created marriage for mankind’s benefit as its first institution. By definition, marriage is a relationship ordained and ratified by God between one man and one woman.

Genesis 1:26-27;  Genesis 2:16-17;  Genesis 2:20-24; Genesis 6:5;  Psalm 14:1-3;  Psalm 51:5;  Isaiah 43:7;  Jeremiah 17:9;  John 8:44;  John 14:6;  Romans 1:16;  Romans 3:10-19;  Romans 5:10-12;  Romans 8:6-7;  I Corinthians 2:14-16;  Ephesians 2:1-3;  Colossians 1:16;  I John 3:8

THE GOSPEL

We believe the Gospel (“good news”) is the provision which God has provided to redeem man from his sinful, fallen state. The Gospel is that God sent a Messiah (Jesus Christ) who died in the place of all sinners on the cross. He was then buried and bodily rose from the dead. His death satisfies God’s wrath which is justly deserved because of man’s sin. His resurrection demonstrates both His deity and His ability to resurrect those who would believe in Him. All who wish to find salvation from sin and hell must believe this Gospel; there is no other way.

John 3:16; John 14:6 Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is initiated and completed by God.  In His grace He has established a new vital relationship with sinful man.  This relationship is realized by the repentance of man by faith to God’s effectual call to be saved.  In His grace, He has chosen us before the foundation of the world.  Our new relationship places us in Christ and Christ in us.  At the very moment of our new union, we are converted into a new creation.

John 15:16;  Acts 13:48;  Acts 18:27;  Romans 2:4;  Romans 8:27-30;  Romans 9:22-24;  II Corinthians 7:9-10;  Ephesians 1:4-11;  Philippians 1:29;  II Thessalonians 2:13;  II Timothy 2:10;  Titus 3:4-7;  I Peter 1:1-2

Justification is the act of God whereby He declares us righteous.  It is accomplished through the substitution of Christ on the cross where by man’s sin is place on Christ and his righteousness is imputed to us.  We are completely forgiven, declared saints.

Acts 2:33;  Romans 3:20-26;  Romans 8:33;  Romans 10:9-10;  Ephesians 2:8-9;  I Peter 2:21-24

Sanctification is the work of God whereby we are transformed into the image of Christ; which begins at salvation and concludes with glorification.  God gives provision for victory over the power of sin initially, daily, and eternally.  We do not experience eradication of sin during this present life.  However, since God’s work is complete, we can be assured of salvation based on the promises of God, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the transformed life of the Believer.  God can be trusted to finish the work of salvation that He has initiated, thus the Believer is eternally secure.  Until perfected by Christ upon glorification, all Believers are responsible to grow and change according to the Spirit’s teaching of the Word of God in the context of a local church.

John 14:1-4;  John 17:17-19;  Acts 20:32;  Romans 6:1-22;  Romans 7:1-6;  Romans 7:22-25;  Romans 8:15-17;  Romans 11:29;  I Corinthians 1:1-2;  II Corinthians 5:17;  Galatians 5:16-25;  Ephesians 1:13;  Ephesians 4:20-24;  Philippians 1:6;  Colossians 3:9-10;  I Thessalonians 4:3-4;  II Thessalonians 2:13;  II Timothy 1:12;  I Peter 1:5;  Jude 24-25

Glorification is the work of God whereby our union with Christ will be fully and perfectly realized.  This will occur upon physical death or the Rapture of Christ’s Church where we will experience the total absence of sin and its effects.  The culmination of the work of the triune God in salvation will be manifested in a new people, a new body, a new age, and a new creation.

Romans 8:27-30;  Titus 1:11-14;  Philippians 3:21;  I Corinthians 15:35-44;  I Corinthians 15:50-54;  II Corinthians 5:8;  Revelation 20:6;  I John 3:1-3;

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is a New Testament organism.  It was unknown to the Old Testament prophets and was established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head.  It was revealed through the Apostles and is empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit.  The church began at Pentecost and will continue to be God’s primary instrument for His work among men until the rapture.  It is unique and is given its own distinct promises apart from those of God’s chosen people, namely Israel.  It is promised a future as the bride of Christ and is considered to be His body, even as Christ is the head. The church is both universal and local in scope.  All those who have believed the Gospel unto salvation are baptized (placed) by the Holy Spirit into the universal body of Christ. The New Testament also clearly displays a pattern of developing and maturing a local body of Believers known as the local church.  The local church is responsible to make disciples by evangelism of the lost and education of the saved.  The church is to provide regular opportunity for assembly focused on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, involving praise, prayer, fellowship, and training in the Word of God.  The local church is to carefully be involved in the regular practice of the two ordinances, namely Communion and believer’s baptism.  Communion is the memorial celebration, by believers, of the death of Jesus Christ as modeled at the last supper of Jesus with His disciples.  Believer’s baptism is the outward identification of a believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is correctly pictured by immersion in water.  This symbol of unity with Christ is also the NT pattern for believers to be united with a local church.  In addition, the local church is to be autonomous and self-governed under the principles of the NT.  The local church has two offices, that of Pastor/Shepherd (synonymously named in the NT, Elder or Overseer/Bishop) and Deacon.   These men are to lead as servants of Christ in the affairs of the local church and are endowed with His authority as outlined in their Biblical qualifications.

Matthew 16:18;  Matthew 28:18-20;  Acts 1:8;  Acts 2:1-21;  Acts 2:38-42;  Acts 8:36-39;  Romans 6:1-11;  I Corinthians 10:32;  I Corinthians 11:28-32;  I Corinthians 12:12-13;  I Corinthians 15:51-52;  Ephesians 3:1-6;  Ephesians 4:11-15;  Ephesians 5:32;  Philippians 1:1;  Colossians 1:18;  I Thessalonians 4:13-18;  I Timothy 3:1-13;  I Timothy 5:17-22;  Titus 1:5-9;  Hebrews 10:19-25;  I Peter 5:1-5;  I John 1:3

LAST THINGS

We believe that physical death involves the separation of the soul from the body.  The believer’s soul passes immediately to the presence of the Lord awaiting reunification with our glorified bodies at the Rapture.  All men will be bodily resurrected.  The saved will be raised unto eternal life and the unsaved will be raised unto eternal judgment and wrath.  All men will receive judgment.  The saved will experience reward for their service to the Lord at the Bema Seat (Bema = reward) and the unsaved will experience eternal punishment and separation from God for their sin and unbelief at the Great White Throne.

Daniel 12:2;  Matthew 25:41-46;  Luke 16:19-26;  John 5:28-29;  John 6:39;  Romans 8:1-11;  II Corinthians 4:14;  II Corinthians 5:8;  Philippians 1:21-24;  I Thessalonians 4:13-18;  II Thessalonians 1:7-9;  Revelation 6:9-11;  Revelation 20:4-15;

We believe the personal bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the clouds to catch away His church will occur prior to the Great Tribulation (Pre-Tribulational Rapture).  This Rapture will be followed by seven years of wrath and judgment upon the earth from God which will be used to arouse Israel to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  The culmination of the Great Tribulation will be the physical return of Jesus Christ with His church to the earth to rule and reign for a thousand years (Pre-Millennial Second Coming).  This Millennial Kingdom will be immediately preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist at the Battle of Armageddon and the removal of Satan from the world to the Abyss.  The Millennial Kingdom will come to a close with the release of Satan for one last attempt of rebellion known as the Battle of Gog & Magog.  Christ will be victorious and will destroy the elements of the earth with fire and will usher in the New Heavens and the New Earth where all Believers will experience perfect fellowship with God and each other without the effects or presence of sin.  Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will deliver up the Kingdom to God the Father and the Triune God will reign for all eternity!

Deuteronomy 28:15-68;  Isaiah 65:17-25;  Jeremiah 31:31-34;  Ezekiel 36:22-32;  Ezekiel 37:21-28;  Daniel 7:17-27;  Daniel 9:27;  Daniel 12:1-3;  Zechariah 8:1-17;  Matthew 21:43;  Matthew 25:41;  John 5:21-30;  John 14:1-4;  Romans 11:1-26;  I Corinthians 15:51-53;  I Corinthians 3:11-15;  I Corinthians 15:24-28;  II Corinthians 5:10;  I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11;  II Thessalonians 2:2:7-12;  Titus 2:13;  II Peter 3:10;  Revelation 7:9-17;  Revelation 20:4-15;  Revelation 19:11-21;  Revelation 20:7-8;  Revelation 21-22