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Statement of Faith: Things to Come

           The blessed hope and literal return of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13), the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:2). Will then forever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2).  The visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11;1 Thessalonians 1:10;Revelation 3:10,19:11-16,20:1-6). We believe in the physical resurrection of all men—the saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:46;John 5:28-29;Revelation 20:5-6,12-13).

Statement of Faith: The Church

           The Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all believers of this present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-14;2 Corinthians 11:2;Ephesians 1:22-23,5:25-27).

           The ordinances of believer’s water baptism as a testimony to Christ and identification with Him;  Baptism is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person's identification with Christ.  Baptism is not necessary for salvation.  It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the sacrifice for Christ, of conversion, and of identification with Christ. The act of water baptism does not save anyone.  Man is made right before God by faith alone, not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3, 5; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 21; Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48).

Statement of Faith: Salvation

           Salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin. Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2:24).

           The Principle 'Grace Alone' emphasizes grace as the reason for our salvation. In other words, salvation comes from what God has done rather than what we do (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good works and obedience are results of salvation, not requirements for salvation.

Statement of Faith: Humanity

           Humanity came into existence by direct creation of God and that humanity is uniquely made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God created the universe and all that is in it by his creative effort.  God brought the universe into existence by the exertion of his will.   Adam and Eve were real people, created by God just as Genesis says.   We believe that all humanity, because of Adam's fall, has inherited a sinful nature, that all human beings choose to sin (Romans 3:23), and sin is eternally offensive to God (Romans 6:23). Humanity is utterly unable to remedy this fallen state (Ephesians 2:1-5,12).  Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked.

Statement of Faith: Angels, Satan, and Demons

          The real existence and personality of angels.  God created the angels to be His servants and messengers (Nehemiah 9:6;Psalm 148:2;Hebrews 1:14).  There is a spiritual realm of angels and demons. Angels serve God and carry out his will.

Statement of Faith: The Holy Spirit

           The deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

Statement of Faith: Jesus Christ

           The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is essential.  He is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate who God is and provide the only way of salvation possible for all man (Matthew 1:21;John 1:18;Colossians 1:15).  He added human nature to His divine nature.  He is both human and divine;  therefore, He has two natures while remaining one person; not two. He is not part God and part man.  He is presently a man, one person, with two natures where one nature is wholly and fully God and the other wholly and fully man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3, 14).

Statement of Faith: The Trinity

           There is one triune God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous 'persons': the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, in perfect harmony, unity, and relationship.  Still remaining as the only one triune God.  Not three gods and not one person who took three modes, offices, or forms. (Isaiah 44:6, 8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 9:35; 2 Cor. 13:14).  God is a trinity of 'persons' consisting of one substance and one essence.  God is numerically one.  Within that single divine substance and essence are three individual subsistence's that we call 'persons'.  the Father is first, the Son is second, and the Holy Spirit is third.

Statement of Faith: God

           There is one God who is the one Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4;Colossians 1:16), who has revealed Himself in three distinct 'Persons'—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), in one being, essence, and glory (John 10:30). He has always been The Triune God and was never anything else (Psalm 90:2). God is eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), and sovereign (Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love (1 John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1 Peter 1:3), and good (Romans 8:28). He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 7:11). He is to be served (Matt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; John 14:15f.; Acts 1:8).

Heresies, Cults, and other religions

The Doctrine of Scripture:
  1. Deny the Canon: Black Hebrew Israelites.  Hinduism.  Kabbalah.  Swedenborgianism.    Islam.  Catholicism.  Marcionism
  2. Denies Absolute Truth: Conversations with God(CwG).  Emerging Church Movement. Wicca.
  3. Deny Scripture Alone: Christian Scientist.  Conversations with God (CwG). Eastern Lightning. Hinduism.  Apostle Eric vonAnderseck.  International House of Prayer (IHOP).  New Age Movement.  Pentecostal Third Day Churches.  The Unification Church.  Baha’i.  Emerging Church Movement.    Islam.  Jehovah's Witnesses.  Apollo C. Quiboloy.  Mormonism.  Catholicism.  Gnosticism
  4. Teach Secret Knowledge/Special revelation (Gnosticism): Worldwide Church of God.  Eastern Lightning. Hinduism.  Apostle Eric vonAnderseck.  International House of Prayer (IHOP).  Kabbalah. New Age Movement.  Pentecostal Third Day Churches.  The Unification Church.    The Way International.  Baha’i.  Eckankar.    Islam.  Jehovah's Witnesses.  Apollo C. Quiboloy.  Mormonism.  Catholicism.  Seventh Day Adventist.  Wicca.  Joyce Meyer. Beth Moore.  Gnosticism.  Marcionism

Essential truths of Christianity

1.  Jesus is God - John 1:1, 4, 10:30, 20:28 (also read Jesus Is God)
2.  Salvation by God's Grace alone - Eph 2:8-9 (also read The Amazing Grace of God)
3.  Salvation through Christ's Work alone - Acts 4:12; John 14:6
4.  Jesus' virgin birth, sinless life, bodily death, resurrection
on the 3rd day, and ascension to Heaven
 - 1 Corinthians 15:14; John 2:19-21 (also read Essentials of The Gospel)
5.  The true Gospel - 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Galatians 1:8-9 (also read The Gospel Break Down)
6.  One God - Monotheism - Isaiah 43:10; 1 Cor 8:5-6
7.  The Trinity- Trinitarianism - Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit - Matt 28:19; 1 Cor 12:4-6 (also read The Triune God of Christianity)
8.  Salvation through Faith alone - Heb 11:1,6

Statement of Faith: The Bible

         The Bible is made up of the Old and New Testaments; written by the Prophets and Apostles who were in fact inspired by The Holy Spirit; it is infallible, the only authoritative true Word of God (Matthew 5:18;2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, and the final authority for faith and practice; it addresses the beginning of creation and future for eternity making it forever timeless and complete for all time (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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