What We Believe



WE BELIEVE

a. In One God, the Creator and Lord of the world, Who eternally exists in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
b. We believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures without error in the original writings. These alone constitute the written Word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

c. That God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, became fully human, born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and lived as man on earth. He experienced all human emotions and desires, yet was without sin, according to the Scriptures.
d. This same Jesus was crucified, was dead, and was buried, yet rose from the dead to live eternally.
e. His death was substitutionary, He died in place of sinful man, to reconcile man to God.
f. All who believe on Him are eternally justified before God, redeemed by His shed blood, and given the free gift of salvation and eternal life. Only through faith in Christ can there be forgiveness for sins.
g. The Lord Jesus Christ lives now to intercede before God for all who trust in Him.
h. Jesus Christ will come again in person to meet the true Church in the air, which is the blessed hope of the Church. And to the earth to establish His thousand year Kingdom.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

i. That those who believe in Christ are regenerated or born again spiritually by the Holy Spirit, and are indwelt by Him.
j. In the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead, co-equal with the Father and the Son.
k. The Holy Spirit instructs believers in true spiritual wisdom, unites the Body of Christ (the Church) and gives gifts to the Church to provide for its needs.

MAN

l. That man was created by God, in His image, with an eternal soul.
m. Man was created by God to have fellowship with, and to glorify Him, yet he was given a free will, and the responsibility to make moral choices.
n. Man can only be complete as God made him when he accepts the full and free salvation of God, made possible by Jesus Christ.
o. Since Adam sinned man has fallen from his original state, and is now in a state of rebellion towards God, by action and in very nature.
p. The Scriptures reveal God as the Judge of all mankind, on the basis of His omniscience and eternal justice.
q. The eternal destiny of man is determined by God's grace and man's response. Heaven with its eternal glory and the joy of being with Christ is the final abode of those who respond to God's gift of salvation. Hell, with its eternal misery and separation from God is the final abode of those who neglect their great salvation.
r. In the reality and personality of the Devil - Satan, the Adversary of God.

THE CHURCH

s. In the sacrament of baptism by immersion as the Christian's evidence to others of his resolve to follow Christ.
t. In the regular observance of the Lord's Supper, open to all those who are trusting in Christ.
u. That the Church is the entire body of believers in Jesus Christ.
v. That the local Church is raised up by God as His unique vehicle of witness in a community, to spread the Good news and to glorify Him by word and action.
w. The two great commandments are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. We believe that these precepts contain the sum of the Law, and establish true human priorities, that is, the recognition of God as our only Supreme Ruler, and equality of all men in natural rights. It is the duty of all men to live in obedience to these commandments.