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Statement of Faith

(FAQ: In Brief)

God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:25-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; 16:8-11,13; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:9-14; 6:19-20; Hebrews 9:14)

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 sinful nature, and become guilty sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; I John 1:8)

The Bible

´╗┐We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. It is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose victorious from the grave on the third day; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; I Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; I John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; I Corinthians15:14)

The Church

We believe that the church is a called out assembly of baptized believers brought together by the Spirit of God to carry out the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Return of Christ

We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; 1Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Eternity

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the unsaved, the everlasting joy in Heaven of the saved, and the everlasting punishment in hell of the unsaved. (John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15)

Baptism

We believe baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has occurred in the life of the believer. It is identification with Christ by picturing his death, burial, and resurrection. (Acts 2:28-41, 47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; 10:47; 18:8; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13)

The Lord's Supper

We believe the Lord's Supper is a memorial service whereby we remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The bread and cup are symbols of His broken body and shed blood which were given for our salvation. We believe that those who partake of the Lord's Supper should be born-again believers, walking in fellowship with Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:42-46; 1Corinthians 11:23-29)

Marriage and Sexuality

We believe God prescribes and describes the marital relationship as the union of one man and one woman in permanent sacred fidelity. Any expression of marriage or sexuality outside of this position is clearly and expressly prohibited in the Holy Scriptures. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:1-9; Mark 10:1-12; Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:4)

Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that from conception to natural death all human life is created by God in his image and is therefore sacred. (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 9:5-6; Deut. 5:17; Ps. 139:13-16; Pr. 23:22; Jer. 1:5; Lk. 12:6-7)

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