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what we believe

THE SCRIPTURES
The Old and New Testament Scriptures were divinely inspired (i.e. God-breathed), having been written down through the agency of the Holy Spirit in such a way that all of what the divinely selected men recorded was authoritative, inerrant, and infallible in the original writings, in both the ideas they expressed and the very words they used. The Scriptures are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.
II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21, Matthew 5:19, 24:35, Luke 24:44, John 5:39, 10:35, 14:15, 14:21-26, 17:17 & Isaiah 8:20

THE TRINITY
There is one God, and only one, who is self existent, eternal, and infinite in every excellence, and who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, though distinct in personality.
Isaiah 45:21-22, Jeremiah 10:10, Exodus 3:14, Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:4, John 1:1-13, Romans 9:5, I Timothy 3:16, Revelation 1:8, John 14:26, 15:26, Acts 5:3-4, I Corinthians 3:16, 12:11 and Matthew 28:19

MAN
Man was created innocent. By disobedience to the command of God he fell from God’s grace, thereby losing his innocence, becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.
Genesis 1:27, 31, 2:16-17, 3:1-6, Psalm 9:17, 14:1-3, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Isaiah 53:6, Jeremiah 17:9, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Matthew 25:46, Romans 1:18, 32, 2:1-16, I Corinthians 15:22, Galatians 3:10, Ephesians 2:3 and I John 1:8

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the son of man came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin. He offered His blood as an atonement, making it available to all who exercise faith in Him. We believe in His deity, His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary atonement, bodily resurrection, ascension, and His personal visible return to earth.
John 1:14, 29, Luke 1:26-35, Acts 4-12, Romans 3:20-26, John 3:14-16, Galatians 6:14, Matthew 1:20, 26:28, Acts 16:31 and John 6:53

SALVATION
The result of trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation is justification, whereby pardon from sin is secured and we are brought into a state of peace and favor with God. The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith, whereby we turn to God in sincere contrition and accept Jesus Christ as the all-sufficient Savior. God’s plan for the salvation of men is by His grace alone. He accomplished His plan through the giving of His Son, and through the constraining and regenerative influence of the Holy Spirit upon all who sincerely believe in Christ. This plan does not contradict or invalidate the freedom of man’s will, nor render inoperative the proclamation of the Gospel to all.
Ephesians 1:7 Acts 2:38 ; Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4, Isaiah 46:10, John 3:6-8, 6:44, 1:12-13, I Peter 1:2, James 1:18, John 16:7-11, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:12-13, John 5:40 and Romans 10:13-16, Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:35

ETERNAL SECURITY
Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are “kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation,” the proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness.
Romans 8:35-39, I Peter 1:5, John 10:27-29, 8:31, Colossians 1:21-23, Hebrews 3:14, Matthew 24:13, I John 2:19, II Corinthians 3:18 and II Peter 1:3

THE ORDINANCES
The ordinances of the Gospel are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, and resurrection to spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s dying love, suffering, and death on the cross. The believer’s observance of the Lord’s Supper is to be placed after baptism, according to its symbolic and historic order as required by the teaching of the New Testament.
Matthew 3:6, 13:17, 28:19-20, Mark 1:5, 9:11, 16:16, John 3:5, 23, Acts 8:36-38, Romans 6:3, Colossians 2:12, Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, John 6:51-58, 63, Acts 2:41 and I Corinthians 11:23-29

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God, and strive to be filled with the knowledge of His will in wisdom and spiritual understanding. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did, be a faithful steward of possessions and seek to realize the full stature of maturity in Christ.
Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10

THE CHURCH
The Church Universal includes the whole company of believers of whatever name, age or country, and is known only to the eye of God. The Local Church is a company of believers baptized in the name of the Triune God, and observing the forms, ordinances and principles laid down in the New Testament. The first day of the week is to be observed as the Lord’s Day.
Colossians 1:8, Ephesians 5:27, 2:19-21, 1:22-23, I Corinthians 12:27-28, 1:2, 11:2, Romans 6:17 and II Timothy 1:13; John 20:19, 26, Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 16:1-2

THE GOVERNMENT
Civil government is of divine appointment. Government leaders are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:21, Acts 5:29, 4:18-20

LAST THINGS
Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, and fill the earth with His glory and power. There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust, the just for blessedness and reward, the unjust for judgment and eternal doom.
Matthew 24:25-51, John 14:3, Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, II Thessalonians 2:3-8; Revelation 1:7, 20:1-6; Daniel 12:2, John 5:28-29, Acts 24:15, Luke 20:35-38, I Corinthians 15:22-24, 42-58, Matthew 25:31-46, II Corinthians 5:10 and Revelation 20