The Holy Bible
God has spoken the sixty-six books of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors As the verbally inspired Word of the Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts, the completed revelation of His will for salvation and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged
There is one God who directly and immediately created all things, who is holy and infinitely perfect, and in whom all things have their source, support, and end.He exists eternally in a loving tri-unity (trinity) of three equally divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power God has graciously purposed from eternity past to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. Since He is not limited in knowledge or power by any external forces or the will of His creatures, what He purposes will come to pass. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God created Adam and Eve in His image as male and female, thus the gift of two different, yet complementary, sexes reflect the goodness of God’s creation. However, because Adam and Eve voluntarily rebelled, as their descendants, we are born under the condemnation of sin. Therefore, sin has affected the whole of our being, leaving us morally and spiritually “dead in [our] trespasses and sins”. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, renewed, and reconciled to God (Romans 5:12-15; Ephesians 2:1-3). Since humanity is the crowning work of God’s creation, each human being is created in His image, is sacred, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. This respect must be directed to all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed within the marriage relationship. God has commanded abstinence from any form of sexual activity outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. The impact of this position in the operations of the church is further explained within the position papers of the church.
God created an order of spiritual beings known as angels before the formation of the world for the purposes of worshiping and serving Him . Angels possess individual personalities; they are intelligent and powerful; and they are inferior to God but superior to man. Lucifer was one of the highest in rank of all the angelic beings in eternity past, but he sinned through pride and rebelled against God, thereby becoming Satan. Satan’s proclaimed purpose is to oppose the plan of God and to promote his own evil program by deceiving and attacking men. In carrying out his work, Satan is aided by other fallen angels known as demons or evil spirits The demons can influence, tempt, control, and even inhabit humans. There are also unfallen angels, known as elect or holy angels, who carry out the will of God by ministering to men The holy angels are preserved from sinning by a divine decree and exist to serve God according to His good pleasure. They also glorify God in their obedience and service to believers, and they eventually will be used by God to judge the wicked.
Sin is anything contrary to the nature and character of God. All people born into the world are alienated from God because of their fallen nature in Adam as well as their personal acts of sin. Every person is completely incapable of meriting salvation and avoiding the judgement of God). Sin is not eradicated until the time of glorification. However, God has made provisions for forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and for victory over sin through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
God the Father shares the same essence with God the Son and God the Spirit. The Father is not begotten nor is He the One who was crucified. He is frequently spoken of as “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thanks to His choice in adopting us, He is also our Father, and we are described as His children. Hence, Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven”.
In Christ, the Father was propitiated; that is, His anger against our sin was turned away from us. Thus, both His love for us and His holy anger against sin found expression in and were fully satisfied through the work of Christ on the cross . Thus, we affirm our God is our Redeemer.
The Son: Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the pre-existent and eternal Son of God who is fully God and fully man, one person with two natures. He was supernaturally conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary . Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners, was buried, arose bodily from the tomb, and ascended into Heaven where He ministers on the behalf of the saints. He is the one Mediator between God and man , the only one in whose person God and man can be reconciled , and He will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission .
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a fully divine member of the Trinity, equal to God the Father, and God the Son, of the same essence but with a distinct personality and function. He is Eternal, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent , and Holy .
The Holy Spirit was there at the creation of the world and still has an active ministry to the World today. He glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father in all that He does. He convicts the unsaved and regenerates all that believe , and in Him all believers are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs into the family of God. He indwells all believers, filling them with the Spirit of God , thus sealing them and guaranteeing their security in the Lord . Through His teaching, He guides, equips, and empowers all believers for Christ-like living and service . By this process believers are sanctified. He also intercedes on behalf of all of God’s children.
The Holy Spirit also bestows Spiritual Gifts to each believer in order edify the Body of Christ . Some of these gifts were foundational in nature and not for the Body of Christ today. Included among these are: speaking in tongues, healing, and prophesying new revelation. The Holy Spirit never departs from a believer and His presence in their lives is the guarantee that God will bring us safely into Heaven where we will enter fully into the inheritance that awaits us.
Salvation involves the redemption of the entire person—body, soul, and spirit—and is offered freely to all who, having been called by God, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. The moment we trust Him as Savior, we pass from death into life, accepted by the Father according to the measure of Christ’s acceptance, and loved even as He is loved. As our representative and substitute, He shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for our salvation. We rejoice that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.
This salvation is a gift of God’s grace, appropriated through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ. This faith is a gift of divine grace and is not simply knowledge of Jesus Christ, but is an act of personal trust accompanied by the miracles of regeneration and justification, leading to sanctification and glorification.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby we become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin and is accompanied by repentance and faith in Christ, resulting in a new nature within us .
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of the sins of all who are regenerated. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the regenerated, and God declares them to be entirely righteous, bringing them into a relationship of peace and favor with Himself .
Sanctification is the process by which God sets believers apart for His own purposes that they might progress toward spiritual maturity by the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and will be the final blessed and abiding state of all who have been redeemed.
A dispensation is an era of time during which man is tested with respect to obedience to some definite revelation of God’s will.
These dispensations span the entire history of mankind and are not different ways of salvation . We believe God administers His purpose in different ways under varying dispensations such as: the Mosaic Law , the era of grace , and the future millennial kingdom .
To observe the dispensational distinctions gives us a proper understanding of scripture and how God progressively relates to man from Genesis to Revelation.
The church, which had its special beginning on the day of Pentecost, is comprised of all who have been baptized (placed) by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, of which He is the head. The true church is manifested in local churches whose membership should be comprised only of
The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of baptism and communion which tangibly and symbolically express the Gospel. Although these ordinances are not the means of salvation and do not confer special grace, when they are celebrated by the church in genuine faith, they do confirm and nourish the church, the body of Christ.
In obedience to Christ’s command, we urge every believer upon profession of faith, to follow joyfully our Lord’s instructions and to be baptized “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We encourage those who were baptized as infants to follow in believer’s baptism as a testimony of their own personal faith in Christ. We desire to follow the pattern of the New Testament in which conversion was followed by baptism by immersion.
The next event in God’s prophetic calendar is the rapture (snatching away) of the Church. when dead and living believers will be caught up to meet the Lord. At this time, believers will receive rewards at the judgement seat of Christ Following the rapture is a seven year period of tribulation. Following the tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to earth and reign for a thousand years. Following this millennial kingdom will be judgement at the Great White Throne of God, at which time the unsaved dead will be judged according to their deeds and cast forever into the lake of fire Finally, true believers of all ages past and present will enter into an eternal state of joy and bliss in the new heavens and the new earth to worship and serve God forever. Amen.
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