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What We Believe

The Holy Trinity

 

We believe in one living and true God, eternal and of infinite power, wisdom, goodness and righteousness. He is a loving and faithful God who is the Creator and preserver of all things. In the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of one substance with identical qualities and attributes: the Father (God), the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.

 

John 1:1-2, 4:24, 5:18, 10:30 | Genesis 1:1 | Jeremiah 10:10 | 1st Timothy 1:17

The Son of God

 

We believe in the divine nature of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. Christ was both fully man and fully God. He walked our earth, suffered at the hands of men, was crucified, died and buried as a sacrifice for the sins of all men and women everywhere. The purpose was to restore our relationship to God, which is broken by sin (disobedience). Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in full victory over Satan and sin. He now intercedes for the body of believers to God the Father.

 

Luke 1:27, 24:4-7, 31:35 | John 3:16 | Romans 5:10 | Ephesians 5:2 | Matthew 28:5-9

The Holy Spirit

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit as the person of the Holy Trinity, who lives within us, giving us the power to live a holy life and guiding us to truth.

 

Romans 8:9 | Galatians 4:6

The Authority of Scripture

 

We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments combined constitute the Holy Bible; no books may be added or deleted. The Holy Bible is inspired and inerrant (that is, without error or failure of basic contents and meaning in the original manuscripts). The Holy Bible contains all the necessary truth to lead men and women in salvation.

 

Psalm 19:7 | John 17:17 | Romans 15:4 | 1st Thessalonians 2:13 | 2nd Timothy 3:15-17

Man

 

We believe that God created mankind in his own image but because of Adam’s sin (disobedience) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong. Man is not capable of achieving a life without sin on his own. Because man is created in God’s own image, we have a “God-likeness” which includes knowledge between right and wrong, the ability to choose which course we will take, and the responsibility for our actions, or our choices.

 

Genesis 1:27, 3:6; 6:5 | Romans 5:12 | Joshua 24:15; | 1st Kings 20:40 | John 7:17 | Proverbs 20:9 | Romans 3:20 | Galatians 2:16

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 broken relationships, which were caused by man’s sin of disobedience. This severed relationship between God and man may be restored into perfect harmony through belief in Jesus Christ by faith, and not on the basis of our works.

 

Galatians 5:4,5 | Ephesians 2:8,9

 

 

This belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as lord and Savior, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life. After receiving salvation by faith through belief in Jesus Christ, the “born-again” believer may live free from the judgment of God, by living a life according to the teaching of the scriptures and trusting the Holy Spirit for the power to live a holy life according to God’s Word.

 

John 1:29, 3:3, 3:16; | 1st Corinthians 5:7 | Ephesians 5:2 | 1st Peter 1:19

 

 

We believe that after we have experience regeneration it is possible to fall into sin, for in this life there is no such height or strength of holiness from which it is impossible to fall. But by the grace of God one who has fallen into sin may, by confession and true repentance, find forgiveness and restored fellowship with God.

 

Matthew 18:21,22 | 1st John 1:9, 2:1; 2:24,25

The Blood

 

 

Because we all have Adam’s blood, we are all going to die a common death. Without exception, this blood carries a “sentence of death.” Our life is in our blood. Without blood, there is no life. Let’s look at God’s Word for confirmation.

 

 

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul…For it is the life of all flesh…for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof…” Leviticus 17:11,14.

 

 

Jesus was Adam’s race, according to the flesh, but did not inherit Adam’s nature. This fact alone will prove that sin is not handed down through the flesh. It is handed down through the blood, and not the flesh. Even though Jesus received his flesh, and his body, from a sinful race, He could still be sinless as long as no drop of this sinful race entered His veins. This was accomplished through the virgin birth (without a natural father). In the birth of a child, no blood from the mother is transferred to the child, it’s the blood of the father.

 

 

Jesus was a perfect human being in the flesh. In the creation of man, Adam’s body was made from the dust of the earth, but God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Since life is in the blood, this act resulted in the formation of blood in Adam’s body, but Adams’s blood was corrupted through the fall, and sin was transmitted through it to all mankind. Jesus, on the other hand, had sinless, incorruptible Blood flowing in His veins.

 

 

That Blood is powerful, active, and alive today. Jesus’ Blood is available to you today because it will never die. The Blood of Jesus will save, heal, and set you free.

 

Hebrews 9:12,14; | 1st John 1:7

Good Works

 

We believe that even though men and women cannot receive salvation by good works, their good works are still pleasing to God and show evidence of a true faith in God, and Jesus as Lord of the believer’s life.

 

Matthew 5:16; 7:16-20 | Romans 3:20 | Galatians 2:16 | James 2:18,22

Sanctification

 

We believe that sanctification is the work of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, making the believer pure in heart and totally committed and dedicated to God. This work is both instantaneous and gradual (or progressive). It begins when a person is saved and continues throughout life. In this process of sanctification there is a time when the believer is convicted of a “lukewarm” Christian life and looks to Christ with a total commitment and dedication to “Christ-like” living.

 

There is no black and white time line involved; for some this occurs soon following salvation and for others much time elapses. But for all believers sanctification is the will of God. Sanctification is the point in life when a believer renounces the desire to live for self and desires to live totally for the glory of God. Christ indeed becomes Lord of your life. The believer is then empowered by the Holy Spirit, making him able to live a life of holiness. This does not mean perfection of the believer, but purity of heart, soul and mind.

 

Deuteronomy 30:6 | Luke 1:74-75 | Acts 15:8-9 | 1st Corinthians 6:11 | Ephesians 4:13,24 | 1st Thessalonians 4:3,7 | James 4:8

Gifts of the Spirit

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for  the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God.  The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity.

1st Corinthians 12:4,11,18,21-25 | Ephesians 4:11-16

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 occur at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all of God’s children.

 

Ecclesiastes 12:14 | Matthew 25:31-46 | 2nd Corinthians 5:10 | Romans 2:16 | John 14:1-3 | 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 | James 5:7-8 | Revelation 22:12,20