What We Believe

I. GOD

 

There is one, and only one, living and true God. He is all-knowing, all loving, all-powerful, all loving, and all-wise. He alone is holy, sovereign, eternal, and perfect in all His ways. He is the source of and sustainer of creation. God is one spirit and exists equally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 

 

A. God the Father reigns providentially over all creation and extends His grace and mercy to man. 

 

B. God the Son, Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is God who came to earth to save sinners from their sins. He lived the perfect life, was crucified, and raised again on the first day of the week, and ascended to heaven back to the Father. 

 

C. God the Holy Spirit is present in all believers and seals all who believe until the day of redemption while acting as a guide. 

 

Genesis 1:1, Exodus 6:2-3, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:18, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthews 28:19, Mark 12:29, John 4:24, 1 Corinthians 1:8, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:6,Ephesians 4:13, Colossians 1:17;1 Timothy 1:17, Hebrews 1:1-3, James 2:19, 1 John 1-2, 1 John 5:7 

 

II. THE SCRIPTURES 

 

The Scriptures are divinely inspired by God through men and are the revelation of Himself to man. The Scriptures are the infallible and inerrant instruction and doctrine for life and conduct. It is the final authority and complete (verbally plenary) in its revelation of God’s love and plan of redemption for man. The Scriptures contain the message of the good news from God to all of mankind. The Scriptures contain the give a historical account, present announcement, and future anticipation of God’s relationship as Creator with the created. 

 

Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 19:7-10; Psalms 40:7; Isaiah 40:8; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; Acts 17:2-3; Acts 18:28; Rom 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 10:7; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21

 

III. MAN

 

Man is created by God in His own image. He created them male and female innocent from sin yet endowed with a choice. Man fell as a result of sin and became subject to a sinful nature. As a result of sin man became spiritually dead and depraved. In such a sinful state man can only have a rightful standing with God through salvation which is through Christ Jesus. All of mankind is due Christian love. 

 

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12

 

 IV. SALVATION

 

Salvation is the manifestation of God’s plan of redemption to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who alone lived the sinless life and by His sacrifice obtained eternal life for all who believe in Him. Salvation is the extension of the free gift of grace from God to mankind. Through salvation, believers are regenerated, justified, sanctified, and glorified. Salvation is available through Christ only. As a result of salvation believers are no longer subject to the penalty of sin which is death, but recipients of the gift of eternal life. Salvation is eternally secure as believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

 

Isaiah 64:6;Matthew 26:28; John 1:12; John 5:24;John 10:28; John 13:1;John 14:16-17; Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:5; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:25; Jude 24

 

V. THE CHURCH

 

The Church is those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and live under the headship of Christ. The Church is united as one with many members with different roles and gifts to be used for the glorification of God and the edification of one another. Started at Pentecost; built on the truth of Jesus Christ. It is both universal and local while including all believers. 

 

C – Christ’s body 

H – Holy Spirit baptism at Pentecost 

U – Unity of all true believers 

R – Reach the world with the good news 

C – Christ the foundation 

H – Honor and glorify God 

Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-17; Ephesians 1:20-23; Ephesians 4:3-10; Ephesians 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; Colossians 3:14-15 

 

VI. ORDINANCES

 

Baptism is an ordinance that consists of the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord's Supper is a ordinance of the church in which believers eat bread and the fruit of the vine as a symbolic act of obedience that memorializes the death of Jesus Christ as Saviour and anticipates His second coming. 

 

Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 26:26-30; Matthew28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; Luke 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42;Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12 

 

VII. LAST THINGS 

 

The fulfillment of the great hope of the Church is upon the imminent return of Jesus Christ and receiving to Himself the Church, both alive and asleep. All will be judged according to righteousness with the just enjoying eternal life and the unjust eternal damnation and punishment. 

 

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:27,30,36,44; Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 26:64; Mark 8:38; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; Luke 16:19-26; Luke 17:22-37; John 14:1-3; Romans 14:10; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; Revelation 3:11; Revelation 20:1-22:13

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