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What We Believe
ABRIDGED CONFESSION OF FAITH
1. The Bible: The Bible as originally written was totally and completely inspired and truth without any error. It is the center of Christian unity and the standard by which all conduct, creeds and opinions are tried. It is sufficient for the salvation of sinners, instruction of the believers and the direction of the local church.
2. God: There is one and only one living and true God, an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Ruler of heaven and earth; glorious in holiness, and worthy of honor, confidence and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every way yet having distinct roles in the great work of redemption.
3. Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of Mary, a virgin. He is both the Son of God and God the Son. After His physical death Jesus arose bodily from the dead. He is now ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest.
4. The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son. He was active in the creation and currently He restrains the evil one, convicts of sin, and bears witness to the truth. In regard to salvation He is the agent in the new birth; He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
5. The Devil: Satan is the unholy god of this age, the ruler of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
6. Creation: The Genesis account of creation is a literal, historical account of the creative acts of God without any evolutionary process. Man (spirit, soul, and body) was created by a direct work of God, not from any existing form of life. All people are descended from Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race.
7. Sin: Adam was created innocent but by voluntary transgression he fell from his sinless state. In consequence all men are totally depraved, and are partakers of his fallen nature. They are sinners by nature and by conduct; and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
9. The Church: All true believers are unified in the universal body of Christ called the Church. Established on the day of Pentecost this Church is manifested through Biblical local churches. A Biblical local church is an autonomous group of immersed believers in Jesus Christ associated by covenant. Her chief task is to glorify God by obeying the Biblical commands related to the church. It observes His ordinances of baptism and communion; is governed by His laws; and exercises the rights and privileges of His Word. It is cared for by pastors and deacons. The will of each church is final on all matters. Christians both individually and as constituted in local churches are to separate entirely from worldly or religious apostasy unto God.
10. Civil Government: While sovereignty belongs to God civil magistrates are the ministers of God to men for good. Being ordained of God subjection to civil authority is natural and necessary. Since no one form of government is prescribed each is held accountable to acknowledge God's authority according to His Word, and to conduct its affairs so as to conserve human rights. As long as such subjection can be in accord with the law of God it should be conscientiously rendered.
11. Future Things: Israel, sovereignly selected as God's eternal covenant people currently is dispersed because of disobedience and rejection of Christ She will be regathered after the rapture of the church and saved as a nation at the Second Advent. Christ's return for His church (rapture) will take place before the tribulation and the millennium. At that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised and the living in Christ shall be caught up meet the Lord in the air. The Great Tribulation, following 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 reign. There is an essential difference between the saved and the unsaved. Only those justified by faith in Jesus Christ and sanctified are truly righteous in God's eyes. All who continue in unbelief are wicked in His sight and under His curse. This is true in life and after death culminating in the everlasting blessing of believers and the everlasting conscious suffering of unbelievers in the lake of fire.
EXPANDED CONFESSION OF FAITH
1) The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally and plenarily inspired and therefore is truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the center of true Christian unity and the supreme authoritative standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried and is sufficient for the salvation of sinners, the instruction of the believers and the direction of the local church. (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21)
2) The True God
We believe there is one, and only one living and true God. He is an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Ex. 20:2, 3; I Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:1)
3) Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest. (Matt. 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 25:2?6, 51; Acts 1:9?11; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:6; 12:2; Heb. 7:25; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; 5:9, 10, Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18?25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Heb. 1:8)
4) The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation. In His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. In His relation to the Christian He is the agent in the new birth and He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. (John 14:16, 17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5, 6; Eph. 1:13, 14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49, Rom. 8:14, 16, 26, 27; Rom. 15:19; Heb. 2:4; I Cor. 13:8)
5) The Devil or Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the unholy god of this age, the ruler of all the powers of dark nes s, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Matt. 4: 1-11; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10)
We believe the Genesis account as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God with out any evolutionary process. That man ? spirit, soul, and body, was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. (Gen. 1, 2; Col. 1: 16, 17; John 1:3)
7) The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker. But by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved; are partakers of Adam's fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct; and therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Gen. 3:1?6; Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12 , 19; Rom. 1:18 , 32)
The Atonement for Sin: We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediation of the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father fully took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust. Christ, the Lord, "bore our sin in His own body on the tree." (Jonah 2:9; Eph. 2:8; Acts. 15:11; Rom. 3:24, 25; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7, 8; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; I John 4:10 ; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21 )
Grace in the New Creation: We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. (John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6, 7; Acts 16:30, 33; II Peter 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1, 5; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8)
Election: We believe that election is that eternal act of God. By this act of His sovereign pleasure and on account of no foreseen merit in them, He chooses certain out of the number of sinful men to be the recipients of the special grace of His Spirit, making them voluntary partakers of Christ's salvation. (Psa. 147:20; Rom. 3:1, 2; Rom. 8:27-30; Eph. 1:4, 5; John 6:37 , 65; 10:26 )
Justification: We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be righteous through faith in Christ Jesus. Justification includes the pardon of sin and imputation of God's righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood. (Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; II Cor. 5:18-21; Rom. 5:1, 9; Rom 8:1)
Repentance: We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit; that it is characterized by godly sorrow for sin as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul; and that true repentance is inseparably related to true faith. (Luke 13:1-3; 15:7; Acts 8:22 ; Rom. 2:4; II Cor. 7:10 ; Acts 20:21 )
Faith and Salvation: We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. (Acts 16:31 )
Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner. First, it is an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment that person trusts the Savior. Second, it is a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life. Third, the final accomplishment of this process occurs at the Lord's return. (Heb. 10:10-14; 3:1; John 17:17 ; II Cor. 3:18 ; I Cor. 1:30 ; Eph. 5:25 , 26; I Thess. 4:3, 4; 5:23 , 24; Eph. 5:27 ; I John 3:2; Jude 24, 25; Rev. 22:11)
Adoption: We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of mature sons, in contrast with regeneration whereby the believer receives the nature of God and becomes a child of God. The full benefit of the position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believer at the coming of the Lord. (Eph. 1:5 ASV; Gal. 4:17 ; Eph. 1:13 , 14; I John 3:1, 2)
The Security of the Saints: We believe that those, whom God has accepted in His beloved, effectively called and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally, nor finally, fall away from the state of grace. They shall certainly per - severe to the end and be eternally saved. (Phil. 1:6; II Peter 1:10; John 10:28, 29; I John 3 :9; I Peter 1 :5, 9)
9) The Church
We believe in the unity of all true believers in the church, which is the body of Christ, which was established on the day of Pentecost. We believe that this Church is manifested through local churches which, organized according to the mind of Christ, are congregations of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. They observe the ordinances of Christ; are governed by His laws; and exercise the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Their only scriptural officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe the chief business of the church is to glorify God and to be obedient to the commands of Scripture given to them. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. Each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation and that the one and only sovereign Head of the church is Christ through the Holy Spirit. On all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final as found in accord with Scripture. (Eph. 3:21; II Tim. 3:16, 17; Eph. 3:1-6; I Cor. 12:12 , 13; Acts 2:41 , 42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22 , 23; Eph. 4:11 ; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-7; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23, 24; Acts 15:13-18) We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church. Its purpose is to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church member- ship. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the preferable order of the ordinances is baptism and then the Lord's Supper and that participants in the Lord's Supper should be immersed believers. (Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3?5; Matt. 3:16 ; Col. 2:12; I Cor. 11:23-28; Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41 , 42) We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate entirely from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy unto God. (II Cor. 6: 14-7: 1; I Thess. 1 :9, 10; I Tim.:3-5; Rom. 16: 17 ; II John 9:11 )
10) Civil Government:
While sovereignty belongs to God civil magistrates are the ministers of God to men for good. Being ordained of God subjection to civil authority is natural and necessary. Since no one form of government is prescribed God holds each government accountable to acknowledge God's authority according to His Word, and to conduct its affairs so as to conserve human rights. As long as such subjection can be in accord with the law of God it should be conscientiously rendered. (Rom. 13:2; Ex. 18:21, 22; I Tim. 2:1, 2; Titus 3:1; Prov. 3:6; I Peter 2:17; John 14:31; John 12:49, 50; Psa. 2:6; Matt. 28:18; I Chron. 18:79; Psa. 18:12; Rom. 13:4, 5; Acts 4:19, 29; Psa.1:16-18; Psa. 9:7, 8)
11) Future Things:
Israel: We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God's eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the Holy Land and after the completion of the church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.(Gen. 13:14-17; Rom. 11:1-32; Eze. 37)
The Rapture and Subsequent Events: We believe in the imminent, pre-millennial return of Christ for His church. At that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the 70th week of Daniel. (I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:42-44; 51-54; Phil. 3:20 , 21; Rev. 3:10) We believe that the Great 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 reign. (Daniel 9:25-27; Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 1 :30-33; Isa. 9:6, 7; 11 :1-9; Acts. 2:29, 30; Rev. 20: 1-4, 6)
The Righteous and the Wicked: We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. Only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds both in and after death in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire. (Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17 , 18; I John 5:19; Rom 7:7; 6:23 ; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34?41; John 8;21; Rev. 20:14, 15)