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A. Bible. We believe the Bible, containing both the Old and New Testaments, in the original autographs, to be plenarily and verbally inspired of God and that it is the supreme inerrant and infallible authority in all matters. We believe that God does maintain the purity of His Word. (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; 1 Cor. 2:13).
B. God. We believe God is a perfect Spirit (Deut. 32:4; Matt. 5:48; John 4:24) Who is infinite (Ps. 139:7-12), eternal (Isaiah 43:10-13) and unchangeable (Mal. 3:6) in His being and attributes. We believe He has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Isaiah 42:1; 48:16; Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). The three persons of the Trinity are one in essence, coeternal in existence, and coequal in person (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 45:21; John 1:1-3, 18; 1 Cor. 2:10,11).
C. Father. We believe that the Father is the first Person of the God head who orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Acts 1:7; 1 Cor. 8:6). As the absolute and highest ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Isaiah 43:10,11; Eph. 1:9-11). His Fatherhood denotes a spiritual relationship, first of all within the Trinity (Matt. 7:21; Mark 14:36; John 10:30; 17:1; 1 Pet. 1:3) and secondly, within mankind, creatively in relation to all men (Mal. 2:10; 1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6), but spiritually only in relation to believers (John 1:12,13; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).
D. Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal second Person of the Godhead for whom and by whom all things were created (Col. 1:18), is the Son of God (Heb. 1:8,9). He became man (John 1:14; Phil. 2:6-8), being born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18) and conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). He was tempted as we are yet without sin (Heb. 4:15) and He poured out His blood upon the cross as a once-for-all vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory atonement for the sin of the world (Rom. 5:9,10). He was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification (Rom. 4:25). He is our only Redeemer for sins (Acts 4:12). Being bodily raised from the dead on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4-8), He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9) and is now glorified at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for all believers (Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1).
E. Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is eternal and sent from the Father and the Son. He is the third Person of the Godhead and is engaged in the ministry of convicting of sin (John 16:8-11), bearing witness of Jesus Christ (John 15:26), regenerating those who believe (John 3:5-8), baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the time of conversion (1Cor. 12:12,13). He indwells all believers (1 Cor. 6:19), guides and comforts them (John 14:25,26; Rom. 8:26,27), bestows gifts according to His pleasure (1 Cor. 12:11), seals them until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30), and empowers them for Christian living and service (Acts 1:8; John16:12-15).
F. Man. We believe that man was created in the likeness and image of God (Gen. 1:27). Man fell from this state and sin entered the world through the voluntary revolt of Adam, (Rom 5:12) and the deception of Eve (1 Tim 2:14) (Gen. 3:6), resulting in every man being inherently corrupt and totally depraved (Jer. 17:9), with a will to sin (John 6:44; Rom. 3:10-18). He is guilty, separated from God (Rom. 3:23; Isaiah 53:6) and subject to eternal displeasure and punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 3:36; Rom. 1:18-20; 6:23).
G. Salvation. We believe that the salvation of the elect (Rom. 8:33) is the free gift of God's grace (Eph. 2:8,9) and is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ and His shed blood (Rom. 5:8-19; 10:9,10), apart from human works or merit (Titus 3:5). Salvation consists of the remission of sins (Acts 13:38,39; Rom 8:1), the justification of the believer (Rom. 3:24-26; 5:9), the adoption as sons of God (John 1:12; Gal. 4:6,7), the regeneration of the believer (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17), the priesthood of the believer (1 Pet. 2:5), and the security of eternal life with its blessings (John 3:16; 4:14; 5:24; 6:47; 10:28).
H. Satan. We believe that Satan is an angel, who was originally good (Ezek. 28:12-19), but fell (Luke 10:18) because of prideful ambitions (Isaiah 14:12-14). He is the deceiver of mankind (1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 2:2), whose future destiny consists of Divine Judgment (Rev. 12:7-9) and being cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:1-3, 10).
I. Church. We believe that the universal church, called in the Scriptures the Body of Christ, was begun at Pentecost (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2; 1 Cor. 12:13). It consists of all those regenerated by the Holy Spirit. They are in spiritual union and communion with both Christ and with their fellow believers (1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:22,23; 3:17; 4:15,16; Col. 1:18). The church's mission is to carry out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). The local church, first founded at Pentecost (Acts 2:43-47), is a company of believers observing the ordinances and principles laid down in the New Testament (1 Cor. 11:23-32; Acts 6:1-6). Only two church offices are indicated in the New Testament, elders ( 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9), men who govern all aspects of the church (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:7,17), and deacons (1Tim. 3:8-13), who support the elders. Divine arrangement is for a plurality of male elders (Acts 14:23; 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:5,6), of which one or more may be teaching pastors (Eph. 4:11,12; 1 Tim. 5:17). The deacons (or deaconesses) are to carry out the directives of the elders in areas of service to the needs of the flock (cf. Acts 6:2-4; Rom. 16:1).
J. Ordinances. We believe the Ordinances of the New Testament are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism of a believer in Christ is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience to Christ's command (Matt. 28:19,20). It does not save, but symbolizes the fact of regeneration and of one's faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:1-5). The Lord's Supper (Communion) is a symbolic ordinance for believers, depicting Christ's body given for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption. It is not a saving ordinance but a reminder of Christ's death until He comes again (1Cor. 11:23,24).
K. Second Coming. We believe that Jesus Christ personally will catch up His church to meet Him in the clouds (John 14:3; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:14-17; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:1-12; Rev. 3:10; cf. Acts 1:9). At the conclusion of the tribulation Christ will send forth His angels to gather His own and come again visibly with glory and power to set up a literal Kingdom on the earth and reign for a thousand years (Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-20:6; cf. Acts1:11).
L. Resurrection. We believe that there will be resurrection of the just and the unjust.: the just for blessedness and reward (Job 19:25-27; Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:28,29; Rev. 20), the unjust for judgment and eternal doom (Rev. 20:1-15).