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Statement of Faith

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Statement of Faith

 

We believe the Bible to be the holy, inerrant and inspired word of God, and that we adopt the Bible in all questions of faith, conduct and life to be the final authority.  Our stated position of faith is only representative and used as a systematic expression of the Biblical doctrines of the Scriptures, and a stated position of major doctrines to aid our church regarding its identity.  In short, the Bible is our guide and authority.

THE BIBLE TEACHES, THEREFORE WE BELIEVE…

That the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority of faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Proverbs 30:5-6)

That there is one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-equal in power, and having the same attributes and perfections.(Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 43:10-11)

That the Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died for our sins and rose again, and that He is the only Savior through whom man obtains forgiveness and salvation. (Matthew 1:22-25; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; John 20, 21; Acts 4:12)

That man was brought into existence by special creation on the sixth literal day, that he was in an unfallen state for the purpose of fellowship with God, and that he, both man and woman, fell in an act of sin in disobedience to God, and that all of Adam’s race has inherited a sin nature and is in a lost condition, alienated from God only to be remedied by the Lord Jesus Christ in salvation. (Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 19:4-5; Genesis 3:6-7; Romans 5:12, 6:3)

That salvation is only possible through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and is received by mankind by an act of repentance, receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. (1 John 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 17:30, 20:21; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 10:9-13)

That the mode of baptism is immersion, and that only those individuals who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior may be baptized; that baptism is entered into by the believer in obedience to the Lord’s command; that it is a picture of our salvation and new life; and that it is not a means of grace. (Acts 8:26-40, 8:12, 8:18; Matthew 3:15-16, 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-7)

That all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God. (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, 5:22)

That the local church is a group of called-out believers – its founder and head is the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s authority is the Bible, its ministry is to serve people, and its mission is to win the lost and train its converts. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 25:41-46, 28:19-20; Acts 14:27)

That the family is God’s ordained institution to lovingly care for, provide for and train up its children in the Lord; that parents are given the above responsibilities to care, provide, and to train, and that training includes correction of children by spanking with a rod; that children are to honor and obey their parents; that homosexuality, bestiality, sexually active unmarried couples, unfaithfulness in marriage and abortion are damaging to God’s ordained family and life; that these acts are not acceptable to God or this church; and that all violations will immediately terminate membership or employment or be cause to deny membership. (Genesis 2:21-25; exodus 20:12; 20:13; Leviticus 18:22-23; Proverbs 22:6; Psalms 78; Deuteronomy 6; Proverbs 22:15; Proverbs 29:15; Exodus 21:22-23)

That God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His spiritual gifts, and that all believers are called to exercise their gifts in service to the church. (1 Corinthians 13:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:11-18; 1 Corinthians 14; Acts 2:1-21)

That there is a bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-15)

That there is a personal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ before the tribulation for His espoused bride, the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:13—5:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:10)