What We Believe

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  1. There is one God (1Deuteronomy 6:4
    Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
    ), who is infinitely perfect (2Matthew 5:48
    Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
    ), existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (3Matthew 28:19
    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  2. Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man (4Philippians 2:6–11
    6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
    7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
    8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
    9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
    10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    ). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (5Luke 1:34–38
    34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
    35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
    36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
    37For nothing is impossible with God."
    38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
    ). He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust (6I Peter 3:18
    18For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
    ), as a substitutionary sacrifice (7Hebrews 2:9
    9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
    ) , and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (8Romans 5:9
    Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!
    ). He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures (9Acts 2:23–24
    23This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
    24But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
    ). He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest (10Hebrews 8:1
    The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
    ). He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace (11Matthew 26:64
    "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
  3. The Holy Spirit is a divine person (12John 14:15–18
    15"If you love me, you will obey what I command.
    16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—
    17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
    18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
    ), sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer (13John 16:13
    But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

    Acts 1:8
    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
    ), and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (14John 16:7–11
    7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
    8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
    9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;
    10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
    11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
  4. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (152 Peter 1:20–21
    20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.
    21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

    2 Timothy 3:15–16
    15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
    16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
  5. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (16Genesis 1:27
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
    ): he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature (17Romans 3:23
    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    ), are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (181 Corinthians15:20–23
    20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
    22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
    23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
    ). The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment (19Revelation 21:8
    But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
    ); and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (20Revelation 21:1–4
    1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
    2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
    3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
    4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
  6. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God (21Titus 3:4–7
    4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
    5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
    6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
    7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
  7. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly (221 Thessalonians 5:23
    23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    ), being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service (23Acts 1:8
    8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
    ). This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion (24Romans 6:1–14
    1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
    2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
    3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
    4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
    6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
    7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
    8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
    9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
    10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
    11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
    12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
    13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
    14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
  8. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body (25Matthew 8:16–17
    16When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
    17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."
    ). Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age (26James 5:13–16
    13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
    14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
    15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
    16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
  9. The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church (27Ephesians 1:22–23
    22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
    23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
    ), which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations (28Matthew 28:19–20
    19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    ). The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper (29Acts 2:41–47
    41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
    42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
    43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.
    44All the believers were together and had everything in common.
    45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
    46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
    47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
  10. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (301 Corinthians 15:20–23
    20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
    22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
    23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
    ); for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment (31John 5:28–29
    28"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice
    29and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.
  11. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (32Hebrews 10:37
    For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay.
    ) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial (33Luke 21:27
    At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
    ). This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth, which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service (34Titus 2:11–14
    11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
    12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
    13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
    14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

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