Our Beliefs

 I.  THE BIBLE- THE SCRIPTURES

 

    The holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian unity, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. 

 

II.  GOD

 

   There is one and only one true and living God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

 

    A. GOD THE FATHER

 

         God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the        purposes of His grace.

 

    B. GOD THE SON

 

       Christ is the eternal Son of God and God the Son. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the          virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His perfect obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the            redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His as the person who was with them before      His crucifixion. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and finish his redemptive mission. 

   C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

       The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. He is the One who draws a lost person        to salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. He is our teacher of the Holy Scriptures. He indwells the believer in and the      follower of Christ, the redeemed.

 

III. MAN

 

   Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. God then created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. Man is born a sinner but lives in an age of innocence until he becomes sin-conscious, from that moment he is guilty before God, of sin and must be born-again to have everlasting life and become a Christian, a follower and disciple of Christ.

 

IV. SALVATION

    

      Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who will accept Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. 

 

V. THE CHURCH

 

    A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ (baptism and communion), governed by His commandments, exercising the gifts, rights and privileges given hem by His Word, and seeking to take the gospel of Christ to the ends of the world. Our Scriptural officers are the pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church. the office of pastor or shepherd is limited to men as qualified by scripture. 

 

VI. MARRIAGE AND THE HOME

 

  According to the Holy Scriptures, marriage is a union between one man and one woman for life. According to the Holy Scriptures, sex outside of marriage is forbidden and therefore a grave sin and those who do so are in rebellion against their Creator. According to the Holy Scripture, there is to be a union of mutual love and respect being cultivated between the husband and wife throughout life. The husband is to love, provide for, protect and cherish his wife.  The wife is to love, provide for, protect and cherish her husband. Children born into this union are to obey and honor their Father and their Mother.

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