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Statement of Faith

1. The Scriptures: The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God. Therefore, all scripture is authoritative, infallible, and inerrant. The Scriptures are the only sufficient rule for life, saving faith, and Christian living.
(Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
2. God: There is only one God, the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things, having in Himself all perfections and having them infinitely. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience that springs from faith. He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures and in Jesus Christ.
(Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 145:3; John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:3)
3. The Trinity: God is revealed to us in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person has distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
(Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)
4. Providence: From eternity past God ordains or permits all things that occur, and He perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
(Isa. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15)
5. Mankind: The first persons, Adam and Eve, were created by God in His image and in a state of innocence. They were tempted by Satan and disobeyed God, and thereby brought condemnation on themselves and on all their offspring so that now all are born into a state of sinfulness and do sin.
(Gen. 1:26-27, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3)
6. The Mediator: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is fully God and fully man; He is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He will return again visibly and bodily. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
(Isa. 53:10-12; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:21-26, 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3)
7. The Holy Spirit: God the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Father and the Son and is a Divine Person equal to the Father and the Son, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He bears witness to the truth and by Him the believer is born again into God’s Kingdom, indwelt, empowered and gifted for the work of ministry within the church.
(Eph. 1:13; John 16:8,13-14; I Cor. 12:4-7)
8. The Christian: A Christian is one who acknowledges and turns away from sin, trusts Christ for forgiveness, and by faith receives Christ as personal savior and Lord. All Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and progress in sanctification through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in faithful obedience to all Christ’s commands.
(John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 5:13-24; Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Pet. 1:3-11; I John 1:9, 5:11-12)
9. The Church: The Lord Jesus is the head of the church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed.
(John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 1:22, 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13, 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25)
10. Liberty of Conscience: God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates are ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord.
(Matt. 15:9; Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7, 14:4; Col. 2:20-23)
11. Marriage and Gender: Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means or procreation of the human race. Gender is determined by God when a person is created in the womb as male or female.
(Gen. 1:26-28, 2:15-25; Prov. 5:15-20; Matt. 5:31-32, 19:3-9; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; Heb. 13:4)
12. The Resurrection and Judgment: The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. God has appointed a day when He will judge the world and every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting and conscious punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.
(Matt. 25:46; John 5:22, 27-29; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:6-11; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:23; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 7:13-17; 14:9-11)

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