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Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

While we realize that we cannot confine God to mere articles of faith, we also recognize the importance of doctrine in these days of no absolutes. We often hear the statement, “It doesn’t matter what I believe as long as I am sincere.” This statement is contrast to what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that doctrine must be sound; it must be pure; it must be scriptural; and it must be obeyed. Sincerity alone has led many on the path of deception. To avoid being blown about by winds of doctrine in these days, it is important for every believer to have a firm grounding in the basic fundamental doctrines or teachings of the scriptures. We offer the following statements as summary:
· We believe in the Holy Scriptures of the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God. II Timothy 3:16 & I Corinthians 2:13

· We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, that he is very God and very man. Luke 1:26, John 1:18, Isaiah 7:14, & Isaiah 9:6

· We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose again the third day, and then personally appeared to his disciples. I Corinthians 15:1-4 & Romans 4:25

· We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation, and His personal, literal, bodily second coming for the church. John 14:2-3 & I Thessalonians 4:13-18

We believe that sin is a transgressing of, or falling short of, God’s standard in action, thought, and character. All individuals are born with a sin nature that affects their motivation, affection, and actions. The results of sin include separation from God, and death. Romans 3:10,23;  Romans 6:23, 14:23, James 4:17, I John 5:17

We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect, sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain the remission of sins. Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12,22, & Romans 5:11

· We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ. Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:34-36, & Acts 19:1-6

· We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequently to salvation, with the scriptural evidence, namely, speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives utterance. Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-46, & Galatians 3:14-15

· We believe in the operation of the gifts of the spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14, as manifested in the early church.

· We believe in the Spirit filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness in the fear of God, as an expression of Christian faith. Ephesians 5:18, II Corinthians 6:14, & II Corinthians 7:1

We believe that since the Bible is the Inspired Word of God, it is then authoritative in all areas of human behavior, including marriage, family, sexuality, morality and ethics Psalms 119:11,105, II Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 5:12-14

We believe that the Bible defines marriage as the covenant relationship between a man and a woman. The importance of this union to society requires that we support and protect marriage as the Word of God does Genesis 2:24, Romans 1:27, Ephesians 5:22, 25, I Peter 3:1-7

· We believe in the healing of the body by divine power, or divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the early church. Acts 4:30 & Romans 8:11

· We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper, for believers. I Corinthians 11:28-32

· We believe in eternal life for believers, John 5:24 & John 3:16, and eternal punishment for unbelievers. Mark 9:43-58, II Thessalonians 1:9, & Revelations 20:10-15

· We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels. Matthew 25:41 & Revelations 20:10-15

In addition to these basic fundamentals we also hold that

The church of Jesus Christ is the last instrument that God is using to extend His kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ. Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:20-23,3:10

The local church is self-governing and self-supporting in its mature state. Acts 13:1-4

The Biblical form of church government is a plurality of elders with a Lead Pastor who all qualify on the basis of I Timothy 3 in spiritual life, character, domestic life and ruling ability.

Every believer in Christ must be subject to God’s authority is a specific local church for spiritual protection and long term fruitfulness. Hebrews 13:17

We believe in the public gathering of the Church together for prayer, worship, teaching and preaching of the Bible and the administering of the sacraments of the church. Acts 2:1, I Corinthians 11, Hebrews 10:25

 

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