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GOD

There is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

GOD THE FATHER

We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal being, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).

GOD THE SON

We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34- 35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. The Holy Spirit still works today and exercises all Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in 1 Corinthians 12-14. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14; John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26, 1 Corinthians 14).

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

The scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21).

HUMAN BEINGS

All people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation. There is nothing that human beings can do to reach God’s perfect standard. Humans are declared to be children of wrath because of our sin (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5).

SALVATION

Salvation is by His grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Any good works that human beings might do are irrelevant to salvation. It is by faith alone, in Christ alone. There is nothing that human beings can do to add, help, or contribute to the finished work of Christ. He completed everything in His death and resurrection, and now offers this free gift of forgiveness to anyone who is willing to receive it. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16, John 1:12)

THE CHURCH

We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body of Christ, made up of all born again believers in Jesus, of which Christ is the head (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. We also believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14)

HEAVEN AND HELL

There is a literal Heaven and a literal Hell, and all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)