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This doctrinal statement reflects the broad, mainstream, conservative evangelical tradition which is consistent with the teachings of the Bible and which has stood the test of history and experience. We specifically affirm the following doctrinal truths:

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments in their entirety, to be the verbal inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writing, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of world, and preserved by God throughout the ages to be the Devine and final authority for all faith and life.

 

GOD:

We in one God, Creator of all things, infinite, perfect, and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son Holy Spirit.

 

JESUS CHRIST:

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God incarnated.  We believe that He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a substitutional sacrifice sufficient for the sins of the world.

We believe that He rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He serves as our Mediator and Intercessor with the Father until He returs at the end of this age.

 

HOLY SPIRIT:

We believe that the present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ; to convict individuals of sins; to generate the sinner who believes; and to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for Godly living and service.

 

HUMAN NATURE:

We believe that man was created in the image of God and that his subsequent willful sin resulted in physical and spiritual death and in the necessity of new birth for salvation.

 

SALVATION:

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for salvation; that salvation is by God’s grace alone, complete and eternal; and that only as one receives this gift of God through personal faith in Christ is one born of the Holy Spirit and made a child of God.

 

ORDINANCES:

We believe that water baptism and communion are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age.

 

THE CHURCH:

We believe that the Church universal is composed of all persons who have been born again through saving faith in Jesus Christ and have therefore become members of the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.  Furthermore, we believe that the local church should be the visible expression and should fulfill the purpose of the Church throughout the world.

 

CHRIST’S RETURN:

We believe in the imminent, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this expectation should encourage the believer to lead a godly and fruitful life.

 

ETERNAL LIFE/JUDGMENT:

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and eternal life in the presence of God, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment apart from God.