What We Believe
Concerning the Scriptures – We believe that the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments was given by the Holy Spirit, who moved upon the writers so that what they wrote was the very Word of God, verbally and plenary inspired, and therefore, wholly without error as originally given by God and altogether sufficient in itself as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. (II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:16)
Concerning the True God – There is one true living God; He is an infinite Spirit – self-existent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, loving, good, wise, just and merciful. He is the creator, preserver and sovereign of the universe; He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all honour, confidence and love. In the Godhead there are three distinct persons in one – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are equal in every divine perfection, and who execute different but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6)
Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in a supernatural manner and born of the Virgin Mary; He is very God of very God, being “God manifest in the flesh.” He lived a life of absolute sinlessness, and in His death He made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not a martyr’s death, but a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose again bodily from the dead the third day and ascended bodily to Heaven where He now sits on the right hand of the Father, as our great High Priest, “ever living to make intercession for us.” We believe in the premillenial, pretribulation, imminent rapture of the Church and then after the tribulation, the return of Christ to reign on the earth for 1000 years. (I John 4:13; Acts 1:11; Jude 14; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 22:20)
Concerning the Holy Spirit – We believe in the absolute essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, who regenerates, seals, sanctifies, illuminates, guides, comforts, indwells, and fills all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17; John 16: 8-11; Romans 8:14; II Thessalonians 2:13).
Who has given the church the two ordinances of Baptism and Communion.
Concerning Man – We believe that man was divinely made in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in his total depravity, thereby incurring eternal, physical and spiritual death. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:10-18; Romans 5:12-19; Isaiah 53:6)
Concerning Salvation – We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ; it is wholly apart from man’s works and is upon the sole condition of repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that in order to be saved the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit and thus becoming a recipient of a new nature called the Divine Nature.
Concerning the Eternal State – We believe that the Scriptures teach that all who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God’s presence in a literal place called Heaven, and that those who through impenitence and rejection of Jesus Christ as Saviour, who refused to accept God`s offer of mercy and salvation will spend eternity in everlasting punishment in the literal place called Hell. (John 14:2; II Corinthians 5:6-8; Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 20:12-15; Revelation 21:8)** This is an abbreviation of our statement of faith.
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