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Statement of Faith

We believe…
...In one God, revealed in three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our God, holy and omnipotent, desires relationship with men, women, boys and girls everywhere.   (Matthew 3:16-17 & 23-29; John 17)   
…That the Holy Bible is divinely inspired, both the Old and the New Testaments. God’s Word is one of the main ways He communicates with His children, reveals Himself and shows His ways.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
...That Man, in his natural state, is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope, and without God. We also believe that man can be forgiven and know God through Jesus Christ.  (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1, 2, 12)
...In the Divinity and Humanity of Jesus Christ; that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is God come in the flesh, and that He is both divine and human. He came, died on the cross and rose from the dead that we might be restored to a relationship with God. He did all of this so that we might live out God’s destiny and plan for our lives.  (Luke 1:26-38, John 14:1-3, Acts 2:36-3:14, Philippians 2:5-12, Hebrews 1:3-15)

...In the Blood Atonement; that the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to save, and His righteousness is given (or imputed) to all who believe in Him. There is no sin too great that His blood is not sufficient to cleanse and forgive.  (Acts 4:12, Romans 4:1-9 & 5:1-11; Ephesians 1:3-15)
...In the Bodily Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ; that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and was resurrected, then ascended to the Father and is presently seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us.  (Luke 24:39-42; John 20:24-29; John 14:1-6; Romans 8:34)
...In the Second Coming, the visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth to gather His Church (His Bride) and judge the world. (Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; James 5:8; Revelation 1:7)
...In Salvation. We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, resulting in the regeneration (new birth) of a person. Good works are not a condition of salvation; rather, they are the fruit of salvation. This salvation is entirely by grace of our Lord and not by any good thing we do. Salvation is a love gift from God, whose love is unconditional.  (Acts 3:19-20; Romans 4:1-5 & 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10)
...In the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit’s purposes in redeeming man are: to convict him of sin, to regenerate (give new birth to) the repentant believer, to guide the believer in understanding the Holy Scriptures, and to indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would. (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39; 14:16-17; Acts 2:39-48; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:4,5,8; Acts 10:44-47)  
...In Heaven and Hell. The Holy Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and salvation for the saved – Hell for the unsaved and Heaven for the saved. The Bible says that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. That means anyone!  (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)
…In the Local Church. We believe that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Local Expression of a Body of Believers who have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; who are under recognized, delegate authorities; and who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission and minister as the Holy Spirit leads. (Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; Acts 2:40-47; 20:28; Ephesians 5:22-32; I Timothy 3:15)
…In a Separated Life.  We believe that believers should seek, as the early disciples did, to practice the separated life from the world and unto Jesus Christ and to set standards of conduct which shall exalt our Lord and edify His church.  (Romans 12:1-3; II Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 3:17)   
…In Divine Healing.  We believe that God does use doctors, medicines and other material means for healing.  However, we believe divine healing has been provided for us in the Atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Isaiah 52:5; James 5:14-16; Mark 16:18; I Corinthians 12:9; Mark 11:23)
…In the Ordinances of the Church.  We believe that two ordinances of the Church as set by the Lord Jesus Christ are water baptism and communion (The Lord’s Supper).  (Matthew 3:15-16 & 28:19-20; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:1-4; Luke 22:13-20)  
…In the Priesthood of the Believer.  We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord Jesus Christ and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus.  Each person must believe for himself, be baptized for himself, obey for himself and answer to the Creator for himself.  (Revelation 1:6; I Peter 2:9)   
…In Tithes and Offering.  We believe that God’s plan of finance for His work is by tithes and offerings and that it is a joy for His children to acknowledge His Lordship in this manner.  (Malachi 3:6-12; Genesis 14:17-20; Hebrews 7:1-10; Matthew 23:23;
II Corinthians 8 & 9; Acts 20:35)  

…In Christ-likeness.   We desire that by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power, and integrity would  shine through all  that we are and
all we do.  (Ephesians5:2)

…In Being Spirit-led.  We honor Jesus as our Head and the Holy Spirit as our Counselor.  We seek to be responsive to the Holy Spirit in life and ministry.   (Colossians 1:15-18; Romans 8:14)
…In Covenant Relationships.  We are honored by every person and group with whom God allows us to work and relate.  We aim to work together to build the kingdom by maintaining mutual respect, open communication, determined cooperation, and believing and speaking the best about each other.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
…In Discipleship.  We desire to grow as disciples of Christ and to make disciples of others.  (Matthew 28:18-20)
…In Integrity.  It is important for us to speak the truth, have honest dealings, and live uprightly.  (Ephesians 4:15)
…In the Kingdom of God.   We aim to move in the signs of the present fulfillment of the kingdom, desiring the Spirit’s powerful presence, ministering through the Spirit’s gifts, and seeing God heal and work wonders.  (Mark 1:14-15)
…In Prayer.   We believe that prayer is essential as our primary means of communion with God, as well as God’s primary means of accomplishing His purposes in the world.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:6)
…In Unity.  We are convinced that all who belong to Christ are one in His body, the church.  We aim to maintain unity by honoring all who call on Jesus’ name. (John 17:21-23)

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