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Doctrinal Beliefs

The Bible: We believe the Bible is the Word of God that was inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by chosen men of God. It is without error in its original manuscripts and is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. (cf. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Godhead: We believe there is one God who has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three equally possess the same attributes, nature, and perfections. (cf. Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Peter 1:2)

The Father: We believe the Father as Creator is the source and ruler of all things. He is infinitely perfect and acquainted with all of our ways. He has a unique fatherly relationship with those who have embraced His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. (cf. Psalm 103:19; John 14:19-24)

The Son: We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the God-man, full deity and true humanity. He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died to fully pay the penalty for our sin, rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory. (cf. Luke 9:26; John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 John 5:11-12)

The Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is the agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. He is continually convincing and comforting. He uniquely regenerates, indwells, seals, baptizes, fills, and gives spiritual gifts to individual believers for lives of personal holiness and good works. (cf. John 14:26; Acts 1:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)

Man: We believe that humankind, male and female, was created in the image of God. Yet in Adam’s rebellion the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and consequently became alienated from God. (cf. Genesis 1-3; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:12)

Sin: We believe that sin originated with Satan. He then influenced Adam to disobey God’s command who then fell into a state of sin and corrupted the entire human race. Sin separates humankind from God. (cf. Genesis 1-3; Romans 6:23)

Salvation: We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to humankind by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s salvation involves deliverance from the penalty of sin (justification), the power of sin (sanctification), and ultimately the presence of sin (glorification). Every believer’s salvation is secure, which is kept by the power of God due to Christ’s finished work on the cross (His death, burial, and resurrection). (cf. John 3:16; 6:47; 10:27-30; Romans 5:1; 6:1-14; 8:29-30; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 51-53; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 5:11-12)

Angels: We believe God created an innumerable company of angels. A great many of them continue to serve God’s holy purposes, while a lesser amount are fallen, led by Satan, and destined for eternal punishment. (cf. Matthew 25:41; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 12:4; 20:10)

The Church: We believe the church is the body of Christ, who is the head. The church is comprised of all those who have experienced salvation in this age. It is the role of the church to evangelize and disciple all nations, gather together for corporate worship, and observe the ordinances (Lord’s supper and water baptism) instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ. (cf. Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Hebrews 10:24-25)

End Times: We believe Christ will return in the air to gather the Church, both dead and alive, to Himself. This event is both imminent and Pre-Millennial. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the establishment of His millennial kingdom on earth will occur immediately following the tribulation. The remaining dead will be resurrected to eternal life or eternal punishment. (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:6, 11-15)

Israel: We believe God called a people to Himself who are the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There will be a national regeneration of Israel when the Jewish people recognize the Lord Jesus as Messiah at which time all of the provisions of the covenants made to the nation will be fulfilled. (cf. Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21; Deuteronomy 30:1-10; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 11:25-29)

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