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THE BIBLE

We believe that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testament comprise the full word-for-word, truthful, inerrant Word of God which is the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice(Isa. 40:8; II Tim. 3:16-17; Heb.4:12; II Pet.1:20-21).

THE TRINITY

We believe that in one God eternally existing in three equal persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity(Deut.6:4; Isa.48:16; Jer.10:10; Matt.28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; II Cor.13:14;  Heb.1:8).

                 THE FATHER

We believe that as eternal Father, He is the Father of all men in the non-salvation, Creator-creature sense, the Father of the nation Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the spiritual Father of all who believe in Christ. He is the author of salvation, the One who sent the Son, and disciplinarian of His children.(Exod.4:22; Ps.2:7-9; John 5:37; Acts 17:29; Gal.3:26; Eph.1:3-6; Heb. 12:9; I Pet. 1:3).

                 THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe Jesus Christ is God incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, completely God and completely man. We believe in His pre-existence, His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, his bodily resurrection from the grave, His ascension into heaven, and His bodily return from heaven.(John 1:1, 14,18; Luke 1:35; Rom.3:24-26; 4:25: I Pet. 1:3-5; Eph.4:11-16; I Thess. 4:13-18; Heb.1:3; 7:23-25; I John 2:1-2).

                THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and bestows spiritual gifts upon all believers at the time of their conversion. Experientially, He fills, teaches, leads, assures, and prays for believers. (John 14:26-15; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4; 11:1-18; Rom.8:14-16,26-27; I Cor.6:19; 12:7-11, 13; Eph.1:13-14; 5:18; IIThess.2:1-10; Titus 3:5).

MAN AND SIN

We believe man was created in the image of God; that he sinned in Adam and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death (separation from God); is now a sinner, by nature and by choice; and is in need of salvation. (Gen.1:1,27; 2:17; 3:1-19; Isa.14:12-14; Luke 20:36: Heb. 1:13-14; 2:5-8; I Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; John 12:31; Heb.2:14; Rev. 20:10; John 1:1-3; 8:44; Col. 1:16-17, Rom. 5:12-21; Eph.2:1-3).

SALVATION

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's substitutionary payment for our sins, not based on human merit, works or religious ceremony. We believe that anyone who has placed their faith in Christ is eternally secure, has everlasting life, will not come into condemnation, and shall never perish. We believe that assurance comes to the believer from three primary sources: trusting the Word of God's promises, the witness of the Holy Spirit, and a persevering walk with the Lord. (John 1:12; 2:3,16; II Cor. 5:17-21; Ehp. 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; Dan. 12:1-2; Matt. 25:31-46; John 3:16,36; 5:24; 10:28-29; 11:25-26; Rom.8:39,
I John 4;11-13; Jude 1; Rev.20-12-15).

BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and that it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.

We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He come, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism first and then the Lord's Supper, and those participants in the Lord's Supper should be immersed believers (Acts 11:23-28; Matt.28:18-20; Acts 2:41,42).

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

We believe that we are called with a holy calling, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. But the flesh withis fallen, Academic nature, which in this life is never eradicated, being with us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept by the Spirit constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord (Rom.6:11-13; 8:2,4, 12-13; Gal.5:16-23; Eph.4:22-24; Col.2:1-10; IPet.1:14; I John 1:4-7; 3:5-9).

THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ (Phil.1:6; John 10:28,29; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1).

THE DISPENSATION

We believe that the dispensations are stewardships by which God administers His purpose on the earth through man under varying responsibilities. (Eph.3:11; 1Cor.9:17; Eph.3:2,9; Col. 1:25; I Tim.1:4)

THE GREAT COMMISSION

We believe that it is the explicit message of our Loud Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved that they are sent forth by Him into the world even as He was sent forth of His Father into the world.

We believe that those whom God has saved are sent into the world by Christ as He was by the Father. Those so sent are ambassadors, commissioned to go make disciples and make Christ known to the whole world. We also believe that everyone should have and opportunity to carefully examine the facts about Christ and have a chance to make an intelligent decision about Him. (Matt.28:18-20; John 15:17-18,20-21; Acts 1; Rom.10:14-15; 2Cor.5:18-20; Col.4:2-6; II Tim.2:14-26; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)

RAPTURE AND SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ, and event which can occur at any moment, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies with out tasting death, and shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation (1Thess.4: 13-18; ICor.15:42-44,51-54; Phil.3:20,21; Rev.3:10).

We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial kingdom (Dan.9:25-27; Matt.24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isa.9:6-7; 11:1-9; Acts 29:29,30; Rev.20:1-4,6; 3:10; 1Pet. 2:9).