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Statment of Faith:
The Holy Scriptures:
The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, written by men in God's control, inerrant and infallible in the
original manuscripts, and the complete and final authority in faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matt.
5:18; John 16:12, 13).
There is only one living God existing in three Persons revealing Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit with
distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19;
The Total Depravity of Man:
Man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin, but in Adam’s sin the race fell,
inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and separated from God. As a result, man is now a sinner by
nature and imputation and condemned to eternal damnation and unable to retrieve his lost condition (Gen. 1:26,
27; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12; Eph. 2:12).
The Person and Work of Christ:
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; having been conceived
of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He
accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross,
thereby satisfying God's righteous judgment against sin. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption
by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes
on behalf of those who have believed on Him (Jn. 1:1,2,14,18; Lk. 1:34,35; 24:36-43; Rom. 2:12,13; 3:24-26; 8:
34; Heb. 4:14-16; 2 Cor. 5:21).
The Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin and He indwells all believers in the present
age. He baptizes them into the Body of Christ and seals them unto the day of redemption. He bestows spiritual
gifts upon believers and fills or controls those believers who yield to Him to empower them for Christian life and
service. It is the responsibility of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:
13, 14; 5:18).
Salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God given to man by grace and is received by personal faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Every individual who puts their faith in Jesus Christ as
their personal Savior has been forgiven and saved from their sins. As a result of this faith, they are declared
righteous before God and have been born into the family of God through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit
(Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12).
Eternal Security of Believers:
We believe that all believers are kept secure forever (Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; John 10:27-30; I Cor. 1:4-8). This assurance, however, is not the
occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate willful and/or persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them.
The true Church is the Body of Christ and shall be the Bride of Christ. The Church is a spiritual organism that is made up of all born-again
redeemed individuals of this age regardless of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14).
The Personality of Satan"
God created an innumerable company of spiritual beings, known as angels. Lucifer as the highest in rank of those angels sinned through
pride, and became Satan. A great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall. Satan is the author of sin and, under the permission of
God, was the deceiver of Eve in the Fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man and will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire
(Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 4:2-11; Jn. 12:31; Rev. 20:10). In his warfare, he appears as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:13-15),
counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine (1 Tim. 4:1-3), and that these doctrines in every case
are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice of Christ and of salvation by grace alone.
The Blessed Hope:
The next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and
believers who are alive at His coming, otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the Church (I Cor. 15:51-57; I Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:
The Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob’s trouble, the
great Tribulation (Dan. 9:27; Jer. 30:7; Matt. 24:15-21; Rev. 6-19).
The Second Coming of Christ"
The great Tribulation will be climaxed by the (premillennial) return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom upon
the earth (Zec. 14:4-11; 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6).
The Eternal State:
At death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until
the resurrection of the body at Christ's coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then shall be with Him forever in glory.
We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the
close of the Millennium when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire--not to be annihilated, but to be separated from
God forever in conscious punishment (Lk. 16:19-26; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21-23; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15).
The Responsibility of Believers:
Every believer is mandated to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and be consistent with the Lord’s plan. Not only will this
bring blessing to the believer, but honor to the Lord (2 Pet. 3:18).
The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper to be observed until His return as the commemoration of His death (Matt. 28:19, 20: 1 Cor.
Spirituality is an absolute condition in the life of a believer in this present Church Age wherein he is filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit, walking
in love and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Spirituality is distinct from maturity. A believer becomes carnal through any act of mental,
verbal, or overt sin, and their spirituality or fellowship with Christ is restored exclusively by personal confession of that sin to God the Father (Jn.
15:7,8; 2 Cor. 5:6; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 6:11-13; 1 John 1:5, 9; 2:2; 2 Cor. 11:30, 31). Sanctification from sin affects both the positional and
practical aspects of a believer. Positional sanctification (i.e., justification) as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and is without further growth;
however, practical sanctification (i.e., progressive sanctification), a result of the work of the Spirit in regeneration using the Word of God,
provides the nourishment for growth in maturity in Christ. Practical sanctification is imperfect in the life of every believer since there is some
element of corruption in every part of our fallen sin nature. This corruption is the source for the war between the flesh and the spirit. The
maturing to obedience is possible for believers as they feed on the Word, submit to the Spirit of God, and are in fellowship with other believers
for service and accountability (Jn. 17:17; 1 Cor. 1:30; Rom. 6:19,22; Heb. 10:25; 1 Pe. 2:2; 2 Pe. 1:3).
God The Holy Spirit in grace and apart from human merit sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to believers in our present Church Age. Some of the
permanent spiritual gifts that are still operational today would include such gifts as that of pastor-teacher, evangelist and such. The temporary
spiritual gifts, on the other hand, ceased with the completion of the canon of Scripture, and would include apostleship, prophecy, speaking in
tongues, interpreting tongues, healing, and working of miracles (I Cor. 12, 13; Eph. 4:7-12; Rom. 12:4-8).