Doctrinal Statement

I Believe God is the Creator and Sovereign Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 1:2)

 I Believe Jesus Christ is the perfect Son of God being co-equal with the Father. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and thus was born sinless. Having lived a sinless human life, He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will visibly return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; Luke 1:29-37; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3, 4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14, 15)

I Believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person being co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to convict men of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ. He dwells in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when he or she is saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)

I Believe the Bible is God’s Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error for its matter, and therefore it is totally true and trustworthy. It is the infallible rule of faith and practice. (Psalms 19:7-11; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; Luke 21:33; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

I Believe all people are made in the image of God being the supreme object of God’s creation. Man lost his innocence when Adam disobeyed God. This state of disobedience called sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life. All people are born with a depraved sin nature and thus under the penalty of sin, incurring the wrath of God. (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-24; Psalms 8:3-6; 51:3-5; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1, 2; Romans 3:23; Eph. 2:1-3)

I Believe Salvation is God’s free gift to us being a work of grace. People must accept this free gift of salvation. No person can earn or deserve salvation no matter the extent of self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When an individual turns from his or her self-ruled life and turns to Jesus in faith, he or she is saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Isa. 64:6; John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 3:9-20; 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)
I Believe in Eternal Security because the true believer is kept and maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. If a person has been genuinely saved, he or she cannot “lose” that salvation; he or she is secure in Christ forever. (John 5:24; 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 24)

I Believe Heaven and Hell are real places. People were created to exist forever. They will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to face the wrath of God in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. (John 3:16; 14:1-7; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; 1 Cor. 2:7-9; 2 Thess. 1:5-10; Revelation 20:15)

I Believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers operating under the Lordship of Christ. The purposes of the church are clearly defined by her Founder and Head Jesus Christ. The two ordinances given to the church are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. They are symbolic and have no saving power. (Matthew 3:13-17; 16:15-19; 22:37-40; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 10: 16, 21; 11:23-29; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Colossians 1:15-20; 2:12)

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