BELIEFS

 

The Scriptures

We believe the Bible is the perfect and inspired Word of God, therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It is our source of all doctrine, instruction and correction, and will remain the true center of Christian union. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, Psalm 19:7-10; 119:105, Isaiah 40:8. Jeremiah 36:1-32, Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15, 2 Timothy 3:15-17.

 

God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He exist in three equal persons, revealing himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. 

Genesis 1:1, Jeremiah 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24, John 4:24; 5:26.

 

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. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3, Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 1:9-11, John 17:1-8; Acts1:7, Romans 8:14-15; ,1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, 1 John 5:7.

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross. He redeemed mankind from sin, reconciling us with the Father. He rose from the dead on the third day with a glorified body. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man. He will return in power and glory to claim His church and judge mankind. 

Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 11:27, Matthew 27, Matthew 28:1-6, John 1:1-18, John 1:29,  1 John 1:7-9, Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He calls man to the Savior, convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian  character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Genesis 1:2, Judges 14:6, Psalm 51:1, Joel 2:28-32, Matthew 12:28-32, 1 Corinthians 2:10-14 Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 9:14,1 John 4:13; 5:6-7

Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the world. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence introducing sin to the world. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. 

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6, Acts 17:26-31, Romans 3:23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29,1 Corinthians 1:21-31, Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22.

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