Statement of Beliefs

Statement of Beliefs

1.)  The Word of God - The Holy bible is the uniquely inspired Word of God, inerrant in its orignal manuscripts.  It is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training  in righteousness.  It is our final authority in matters of faith and practice.  Matthew 5:17,18; Luke 24:25-27; Hebrews 4:12; II Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25.

2.)  The Triune God
The Lord our God is one Lord, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is Sprit with attributes of freedom, infinity, transcendence, imminence, immutability, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, love, holiness, and justice.  Deuteronomy 4:6, 6:4, 33:27; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 139:1-18; Isaiah 6:3,43:10; Mathew 28:19; Mark 12:29; Luke 8:27; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; 1 John 1:9,4:8; Revelation 15:3.

B.)  God is sovereign and created the world out of nothing, inncluding living things, each after its kind.  He sustains and provides for His creation.  Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Acts 17:24-27.

       C.)  Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.  In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature, and so continues to be both God and Man, two distinct natures in one person, forever.  He lived a sinless life, worked miracles, died a vicarious and atoning death, and rose bodily from the grave on the third day.  He ascended to the right hand of the Father.  He will return to judge the living and the dead, and bring a reign of righteousness and peace on the earth. Isaiah 11:1-11, 53:11; Amos 9:11-15; Mathew 1:20, 24:29-51; Luke 1:35; I Corinthians 15:3-7; Galations 4:4; Ephesians 1:20,21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 2:14-18, 4:15, 9:23-28; Revelations 5:9-11, 20:6.

       D.)  The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.  He proceeds with the Father and the Son, convicts of sin, indwells and assures the believer of sonship, and gives spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of christ.  John 16:8; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:8-9, 12:6-8; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, 12:14; Hebrews 9:14.

3.)  The Doctrine of Man - Man was created by God in the image and likeness of God.  Through willful disobedience, man has become alienated from God and unable to satisfy His righteous demands.  Therefore, man is an enemy of God and in need of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation.  Genesis 1:26-31, 2:7, 3:1-7, 3:17,    5:1-3; I Corinthians 11:7; John 3:3-8; Romans 5:12-21, 8:5-8, Titus 3:5-7;  James 3:9.

4.)  The Doctrine of Salvation - Luke 24:47; Romans 10:13-15; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7.
 Salvation consists in the forgiveness of sins, the imputation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life.  It is received only by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ on the basis of His atoning death and resurrection.  John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; I John 5:11-13.

       B.)  The Scripture assures the believer of eternal security in Christ so that none need despair, but it also warns of the consequences of disobedience, and the uselessness of a faith that makes no difference in one's life.  John 10:28; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30; Jude 24.

       C.)  The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16).  The outward evidence is a life of holiness
(1 Thessalonians 4:7; II Timothy 1:9).

5.)  Satan- Satan is the adversary of mankind, the deceiver and god of this present world.  His powers of evil are vast but limited by the will of God who overrules all his wicked devices for good.  He was defeated and judged at the cross; therefore, his final doom is certain.  John 12:31; Romans 8:28; II Corinthians 4:4, 12:7; Ephesians 2:2; Revelations 12:9; 16:11.

6.)  The Church
 The Church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members.

       B.)  The visible church is local company of believers in Jesus Christ, who are baptized into His body and associated with Him for worship, service and fellowship.  The Church observes two ordinances:  Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26.

       C.)  The task of the Church is to make disciples by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching those who believe to observe all that the Lord has commanded.  Mathew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 11:23-26, 14:26-40; Ephesians 4:16; Colossians 1:18, 2:19.

       D.)  By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am holy."  Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's Word.  I Thessalonians 5:23,24; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15,16; I John 2:6.

7.)  The Last Things
 The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly, and personally to gather living believers and resurrect deceased believers unto Himself.  He will establish His kingdom of peace and rule on the earth for 1000 years.  After this He will judge all who have ever lived, assigning unbelievers to the lake of fire and rewarding believers according to their works.  Mathew 24:29, 30; Luke 21:25-28; John 14:3; Acts 1:10, 11; Romans 6:23; I Corinthians 3:11-15, 15:51, 52; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 5:9,10.

       B.)  The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb's Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death.  Revelation 19:20, 20:10-15.

       C.)  We, as promised in the Scriptures, look for a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells.  II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1.