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What We Believe

 

I. The Holy Trinity

We believe that there is but one living and true God, everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness: the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible. And in unity of this God-head there are three persons of one substance, power, and eternity -- the Father, the Son (the Word), and the Holy Spirit. The Father is specially related to God's work in creation; the Son by incarnation is specially related to God's work in redemption, and the Holy Spirit by His indwelling is specially related to God's work in sanctification. Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 10:10; I Timothy 1:17; John 1:1-2

 

II. Jesus Christ

We believe the only begotten Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried -- to be a sacrifice, not only for original sin, but also for the actual sins of men, and to reconcile us to God. In resurrection He came forth from the dead, took again His body, together with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven and is there engaged in intercession for us. Luke 1:27, 31, 35; John 3:16; Romans 5:10; Matthew 28:5-9

 

III. The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God. He is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convincing the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers and guiding into all truth. Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6

 

IV. The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we mean the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration. These Scriptures we hold to be the infallible written Word of God, superior to all human authority, containing all things necessary to our salvation. Psalm 19:7; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:15-17

 

V. Man

We believe that mankind was created by God, in His own image, but because of Adam's sin (disobedience) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong. Man cannot save himself by his own will or works. Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:6; Genesis 6:5; Romans 5:12

 

VI. Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the relationship between God and man which had been broken by man's sin of disobedience. Belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as Lord and Savior, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life. John 1:29; John 3:16; I Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:2; I Peter 1:19

 

VII. Free Will

We believe the condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and work, to faith and calling upon God. But being created in God-likeness we believe all have been granted the ability to choose between right and wrong, and that they are made morally responsible. Thus, grace is freely bestowed upon all men, enabling them to turn from sin to righteousness, believe on Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing from sin, and follow good works pleasing and acceptable in His sight. Despite this, man after receiving the experience of regeneration and entire sanctification, is free to elect the way of sin again and may thus apostatize and be eternally lost except he repent of his sin and be restored to Divine favor.

 

VIII. Justification, Regeneration and Adoption

We believe that justification is that gracious and judicial act of God, by which He grants full pardon of all guilt and complete release from the penalty of sins committed, and acceptance as righteous, to all who believe on Jesus Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior. We believe that regeneration is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the pardoned sinner enters spiritual life. This work is received through faith in Jesus Christ, whereby the regenerate are delivered from the power of sin which reigns over all the unregenerate, so that they love God and through grace serve Him with the will and affections of the heart. We believe that adoption is that gracious act of God whereby the justified and regenerated believer is made a son of God, receiving even the Spirit of adoption whereby he cries, Abba Father.

We further believe that justification, regeneration and adoption are simultaneous in the experience of seekers after God and are obtained upon the condition of faith in the merits of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, preceded by repentance; and that to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.

 

IX. Entire Sanctification

We believe entire sanctification to be that work of the Holy Spirit by which the child of God is cleansed from all inbred sin through faith in Jesus Christ. It is subsequent to regeneration, and is wrought when the believer presents himself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and is thus enabled through grace to love God with all the heart and to walk in His holy commandments blameless. Entire sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus Christ, is wrought instantaneously by faith, is preceded by entire consecration and is attested to by the direct witness of the Holy Spirit as well as by the fruit of the Spirit. It comprehends in one experience the cleansing of the heart from sin and the abiding indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, empowering the believer for life and service. Luke 1:74-75; Acts 15:8-9; Ephesians 4:13, 24; I Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12; Deuteronomy 30:6

 

X. The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior and are unrepentant, will be judged by God in His perfect justice and doomed to eternal punishment. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life. The time of His return is unknown but may be at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all God's children. Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 25:31-46; II Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:16; John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians; James 5:7-8; Revelation 22:12-20

 

XI. Sacraments

We believe that God ordained two sacraments: The Lord's Supper and Baptism. The Lord's Supper is received in remembrance of Christ's death for our sins; the bread representing His body and the wine, His blood. It is in remembrance of God's love and grace toward us and the love we must share with one another. Baptism is an outward symbolic act signifying salvation and cleansing of sin. Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; I Corinthians 10:16; Numbers 8:7; Mark 16:16; Acts 22:26