Scriptures We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible. The Old and New Testament are definitely inspired word for word. The Scripture is the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21) We do not believe the Bible contains the Word of God, but that it is the very spoken Word of God. We encourage our church family to use the King James Bible in our worship services.
Sovereign God God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three Persons and yet but one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6)
Son Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, Who became a man totally apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:1-15) We believe it was an impossibility for the Son to sin. He was tempted as we are, but did not yield to the temptations.
Sin Man was created in the image of God in that he can think, feel, and act, but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death – separation from God. Now all mankind is totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature, is bent toward sinning, and has become sinful in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:16, 17; 3:6-19; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23) We recognize that when a believer sins it has an effect on that believers fellowship with God and not his relationship.
Sacrifice The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into Heaven in the glorified body where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father as Head of the Church, making intercession for the Saints as our High Priest. (Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 1:20-23; I Peter 3:18)
Salvation Man is lost and must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. Salvation is by grace alone through personal faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. (John 1:12; 3:3-7; Ephesians 2:8, 9) We are not saved because of our good works, but are saved to perform good works. Being born again comes when one turns from sin and calls on the Lord Jesus to save him. ( Romans 10:9-13)
Service The local church is a group of believers baptized by water, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission: preaching the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:22, 23)
Second Coming The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is coming again in the air at any moment to catch up His Church and to reward their service; the unbelievers left behind will go through a period called the tribulation, after which Christ shall return visibly to the earth to set up His Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule; after this the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord. (Matthew 24:29-42; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11-20:15)
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