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Stmt of Faith

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Scripture

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). The whole Bible is inspired, in that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21) to write the very words of Scripture. This divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of Scripture as it appeared in the original manuscripts. The whole Bible in those original manuscripts is, therefore, without error. (Luke 24:27, 44John 5:39Romans 15:41 Corinthians 10:112 Timothy 3:16)

The Triune Godhead

There is one true and living God, the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things. He is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, and is revealed to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God the Father: God, as Father, reigns over all of His universe with providential care. He is all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, and all-wise. (Genesis 1:11 Chronicles 29:10Jeremiah 10:10Matthew 6:9Acts 1:7Romans 8:14-151 Corinthians 8:6;1 Corinthians 15: 24Ephesians 4:6)

God the Son: The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless, substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against sin. He arose bodily from the grave and He ascended to the right hand of His Father, where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him. (Luke 1:34-35John 1:1, 2, 14, 18Romans 3:24-26Romans 8:3)

God the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin (righteousness and judgment); that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ; that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of final redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him. (John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-111 Corinthians 12:7-11, 13Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)

Creation

Man was created directly by and in the image of God. God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, by direct acts in six literal days. God rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 1:1John 1:3Colossians 1:16-17)

Man

Although man was created in the image of God, he fell into sin and is lost. This is true of all men; and except a man be born again by the Holy Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (Genesis 1:26-27John 3:3Romans 3:10, 23)

The Devil – Satan

Satan is real. He inspires sin as evil incarnate, initiated the fall of man, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Matthew 4:1-3Acts 5:32 Corinthians 4:4;Revelation 20:10)

Atonement For Sin

The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice and all who believe on Him are redeemed by His shed blood. There is a resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ and His glorious ascension into heaven; He is our High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1-3, 14; 3:1-7Hebrews 10:4-141 John 2:2)

Salvation

Salvation is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained or made more secure by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed on all who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (John 1:12Acts 16:30-33Romans 10:9-10Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9)

Jesus is the Way, The Truth, and the Life—the one and only way to eternal life. (John 14:6)

The Christian Walk

We have a holy calling to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit in order that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Romans 6:11-13; 8:2, 4, 12-13Galatians 5:16-23Ephesians 4:22-24Colossians 2:1-101 Peter 1:14-161 John 1:4-7; 3:5-9)

The Great Commission

Until the return of Christ, it is the Christian’s duty and privilege to seek the fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission and to minister in His name to a needy world. We are to be instruments of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit brings redemption and reconciliation in the world. (Matthew 25:31-46; 28:18-20)

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