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1. INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible in the original writings, consisting of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, was given by divine inspiration and is the Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19,20,21; I Thessalonians 2:13); that it reveals manís state by nature and presents the only means of his salvation. (Romans 3:10, 11,12; Acts 4:12); that it constitutes the only perfect rule and final authority in all matters pertaining to Christian faith and practice (Acts 17:11; Isaiah 8:20); and that it sets forth the principles by which man will be judged (Romans 2:1-3).

2. BELIEF IN GOD

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is the creator ands sustainer of all things visible and invisible. Matthew 28:19 and I John 5:7

a. God, the Father: We believe in God the Father, who is true holiness, eternal power, infinite love, perfect justice, absolute truth, the Alpha and Omega, the ďI AM THAT I AMĒ Exodus 20:2,3; Genesis 1:1, Leviticus 19:2, Romans 1:20, I John 4:8,9; Romans 3:26, Titus 1:2, Revelations 22:13, and Exodus 3:14.

b. God the Son: We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and substitutionary death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His bodily ascension to the right hand of the Father, where He ever liveth to make intercession for His saints, in His pre-Tribulational coming for His saints and in His return to earth to reign in power and glory. John 1:14, Matthew 1:18,22&23; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 10:38; I Peter 1:19; Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25; I Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Acts 1:10,11; Zechariah 14:4-9.

c. God the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person who moved holy men of God to write the scriptures, who convicts of sin, who quickens in the new birth, who baptizes the believer into the body of Christ at salvation, who seals and is the earnest of our inheritance, and who indwells the believer with power for holy living and service. John 14:16,17; II Peter 1:21; John 16:8,9; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:13,14; I Corinthians 12:13.

3. MAN: HIS CREATION, FALL AND NEED OF REDEMPTION

We believe that man was created by an immediate act of God in His own image as given in the Genesis account and not by process of evolution; that through disobedience to God, lost his first estate and thereby became a sinner in need of a Savior, and since that time all men are born sinners, spiritually dead, alienated from God, and stand in need of personal redemption that is in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Psalms 51:5; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21; Romans 3:23,24; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:12.

4. BLOOD ATONEMENT FOR SIN

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace; that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, shedding His blood on the cross as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who repent and believe in Him receiving Him by Faith as personal Savior, are there-by justified on the ground of His shed blood. Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 4:4,5; I Corinthians 15:3;5:6; Isaiah 53:6; Acts 17:30; 10:43; 13:38,39; Matthew 9:14; John 1:12; Colossians 2:6; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7.

5. PERSONAL NEW BIRTH

We believe that in order to be saved, all men being sinners must be born again. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this new birth is instantaneous, not a process; and that it is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We believe that in the new birth God justifies the believer and that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer with power for holy living and service. We further believe that every believer stands as a priest before God. Romans 3:10,23; John 1:12,13; Revelation 3:20;I Corinthians 6:19,20; II Corinthians 5:17; Acts 16:30-34; John 16:7,8; 3:3-8; I Peter 1:23; 2:5; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 8:33; Revelation 21:27; 1:6; Galatians 5:22,23.

6. JUSTIFICATION

We believe that justification is a judicial act of God by which He imparts to the born-again believer complete pardon of sins, the gift of eternal life and imputes to the believer His own righteousness. We believe that justification is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which the believer has done, but solely because of his faith in the shed blood and substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 4:6-8; 3:21,22,25; 5:9; Acts 13:38,39; John 5:24; 6:47; Philippians 3:8,9; Titus 3:5.

7. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS (SAVED) AND WICKED

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We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked. We believe the righteous to be those who have been born of the Spirit of God through faith in the shed blood and substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the wicked to be those who have never been born of the Spirit of God. We believe that the righteous are assured of eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ, whereas the wicked are destined to everlasting conscious suffering in a real and literal Lake of Fire, eternally separated from God. Psalm 1; Malachi 3:18; John 1:19-23; 3:18; Galatians 3:26; John 3:3,5; Romans 8:9; I John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16.

8. SATAN

We believe in the reality of Satan, a living personality who is the unholy prince of this world, the author of all powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.

9. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that all who are truly born again, are eternally secure since they have been saved by believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, and are kept by the power of God unto salvation. I John 5:1; Acts 16:31; John 10:26,29; Romans 10:9,10,13; 8:31,39; Ephesians 1:13; II Corinthians 1:22; I Peter 1:3-5.

10. THE CHURCH

We believe that the true church is the body of Christ, a living organism made up of born-again believers including those who have gone to be with the Lord and that this spiritual body is made manifest through the local church, a congregation of believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. Acts 2:41,42,47; 29:17-28; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; 4:11; 5:30; Colossians 1:18; II Timothy 3:17; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

11. THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

We believe that Christ as the Head of the church commanded two ordinances: Baptism and the Lordís Supper.

a. Baptism

We believe that baptism as taught in the Scriptures is by immersion, is not necessary for salvation yet it is the privilege and duty of every child of God to be obedient the Lord in baptism as an open confession of his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Mark 1:19; John 3:23; Acts 8:38,39; 10:47,48; Luke 23:39-43; Romans 6:3-5.

b. The Lordís Supper

We believe that the Lordís Supper is to be observed by the born-again believers in remembrance of the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ, that its observance shows forth His death till He comes, and should always be preceded by self-examination. Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:19,20; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:3-5.

12. ATTITUDE TOWARD CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is ordained of God for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the protection of the good (Romans 13:1-7). We therefore consider it our duty to pray for rulers and magistrates (I Timothy 2:1-3), and to be submissive and obedient to their authority, except in things opposed to the will of God. Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13,14; Acts 4:19; 5:29; Matthew 23:10.

13. THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His bodily ascension into Heaven where He now is at the right hand of God as our High Priest, Mediator, Intercessor and Advocate. Mark 16:4-7; Matthew 28:5-7; John 20:27; Luke 24:36-40,50,51; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 8:1; 9:15; 1:3; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1.

14. CHRISTíS SECOND COMING

We believe in the personal, visible, pretribulationial and imminent return of Christ (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; Mark 13:34-37). This will be accomplished in two stages: First, the Rapture--Christís coming for His Saints--when Christ will descend into the air to catch away His waiting bride, the church (I Thessalonians 4:14-18; I Corinthians 15; Revelation 3:11). Second, the Revelation--Christís descending with His Saints (Jude 14; Romans 8:16-19; Colossians 3:4; Revelation 19:14). To establish the long-promised kingdom and to reign upon the earth for a thousand years (Daniel 7:13,14; Luke 1:32,33; Revelation 5:9,10; 20:4-6). Between these two stages the great tribulation judgments are visited upon the apostate and rebellious world. (Matthew 24:21; II Thessalonians 1:3-10; Revelation 6:19).