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Bible

The Authority of our faith revolves around the belief and practice that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. It is inspired, given solely by God (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21). It is inerrant, based upon the character of God (Psalm 33:4; Titus 1:2). It is preserved, by the sovereignty of God (Psalm 119:89).

God

The Central theme of our faith is the eternal existence of one true God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

Jesus Christ

The Focus of our faith is the belief that Jesus Christ is the eternal God-man who through the virgin birth entered time (Matthew 1:23; John 1:14); living a sinless life (I Peter 2:21-22); died on the cross, was buried and physically rose from the grave to redeem mankind from sin (I Corinthians 15:3-4). Therefore, ascending into heaven to be seated on the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20).

Holy Spirit

The Consummation of our faith is the instantaneous indwelling of the Holy Spirit at our eternal salvation (I Corinthians 6:19). His ministry includes the spiritual baptism of believers into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), administering of gifts (I Corinthians 12:4, 11), conviction of sin (John 16:8-11), continuous filling (Ephesians 5:18) and sealing us until the day of Christ’s imminent return (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30).

Satan

The Conflict of our faith is the belief that Satan, who was created by God to be a beautiful angel, through pride was banished from heaven (Ezekiel 28:14-17; Isaiah 14:12-15). He now rules and reigns in this world as the enemy of God, our adversary, our accuser and our tempter (Ephesians 6:12; I Peter 5:8). However, he will be defeated, face Holy judgment and justly condemned to the Lake of Fire, a literal place prepared for him and his angels (Revelation 20:10).

Creation

The Foundation of our faith is the firm belief that the Genesis account of creation can only be interpreted as a literal event (Genesis 1:1 – 2:7). All things under heaven were made by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). Mankind was created in His likeness male and female for the purpose of marriage, pro-creation and companionship (Genesis 1:26-28).

Sin

The Tragedy of our faith is the belief that man, who was created in innocence, but with willful disobedience fell from its sinless state (Genesis 1:31; Romans 5:12-19). In direct consequence, all of mankind has inherited a sinful nature that resulted in a physical and spiritual separation from God (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3; Revelation 20:14-15).

Salvation

The Victory of our faith is the belief that man, who is separated from God by his sin, can be forgiven by God through His grace. Salvation will be freely given to any man that believes by faith in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, His burial and His bodily resurrection from the grave. His salvation is instant, powerful and eternally permanent (Romans 1:16-17, 5:1; Ephesians 2:9, 10; I Peter 1:3-5).

Church

The Fellowship of our faith is the belief that the Church of God is a spiritual organism comprised of all believers, everywhere for all time (I Corinthians 12:12-14). Although, the New Testament clearly teaches the establishment of local churches for the purpose of “…perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Acts 13:1-3; Ephesians 4:12). The local church is to be submitted to the authority of Christ with liberty to be self-governing (Ephesians 1:22-23). God has designed the local church to have offices held by biblically qualified pastors (elders, bishop) and deacons to lead and facilitate the overall ministry of the church (Acts 6:1-8; I Timothy 3:1-13). The local church is responsible to administer baptism by immersion and to observe the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Second Coming

The Hope of our faith is the belief that Jesus Christ is coming again. His physical return to earth will be with His saints at the end of The Great Tribulation to bring judgment upon all nations (Zechariah 14:1-9; II Timothy 4:1; Revelation 19:11-16). He will set up His Millennial Kingdom and rule and reign from David’s throne in Jerusalem (Isaiah 11:1-9). The close of the millennium will be the Great White Throne Judgment reserved for Satan, his angels and all that died in their sin without Christ (Revelation 20:11-15). The ending of the great judgment will be the presentation of the New Heaven, New Earth and the New Jerusalem where we shall live with Him for all eternity (Revelation 21:1-22:21).

In ESSENTIAL beliefs, we have UNITY.

In NON-ESSENTIAL beliefs, we have DIVERSITY

In ALL of our beliefs, we promise LOVE.

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