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What We Believe

Scriptures

We believe in the Scriptures consisting of the Old and New Testaments only, as the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and ultimate authority for faith and practice (II Peter 1:21II Timothy 3:16-17).

Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one in substance, perfect in every divine attribute; yet varied in office (John 14:7-12John 16:7Matthew 28:19).

Jesus Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, whose humiliation in the days of His flesh did not include laying aside His deity (Matthew 1:18-20John 1:1-2:14).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who receive Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (I Corinthians 15:3-4II Corinthians 5:21Romans 3:21-26).

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His bodily ascension into heaven; and in His present life there for us as High Priest and intercessor (Matthew 28:5-16Acts 1:9Hebrews 7:25-26).

We believe in “that blessed hope” – the personal, visible, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (I John 3:2-3I Thessalonians 4:14-17I Corinthians 15:51-53Titus 2:13). 

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same substance. We believe that the Holy Spirit is true God and that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; bears witness to the Truth; is the agent of the new birth; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer; that He takes up His abode within the individual at the time of regeneration and thus indwells every born-again believer; that He infills the believer for service upon each experience of surrender and dedication.

We believe that the Holy Spirit testifies concerning Jesus Christ and never leads any person at any time contrary to the teaching of the Bible (Acts 5:1-4John 16:7-11). 

Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a depraved sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed (Romans 5:12Ephesians 2:1-6).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Salvation is solely through faith in that shed blood and is not earned by any good works whatsoever. All those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated and become sons of God (Ephesians 2:8-9John 1:12John 3:5-7).

We believe that all the elect of God, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 10:27-30Romans 8:31-39).

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