On These We Stand.....
We Believe… in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, and that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are the inspired Word of God given through people. They contain a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and humanity and proclaim a correct prophecy of the ages to come. Thus the Scriptures we possess today are the sufficient rule of faith and practice and the final authority for truth and salvation. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)
We Believe…in the one true and living God, maker of all creation; the all-knowing, all-powerful, everywhere-present, eternal God; the source of all goodness, truth and love; who has manifested himself to mankind as the Father of all things by creation, as the Son in redemption, and as the Holy Ghost for the purpose of regeneration in the lives of humanity. He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God. There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6, II Corinthians 13:14, I Timothy 1:17; 3:16; 6:13-16)
We Believe… in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which declares Him to be the only begotten Son of God, who was born of a virgin and who lived to show us the words and works of God. Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16); He which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8); the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:7-11) and “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).As the Savior, He was crucified and died on the cross in our place to be the supreme sacrifice for sin. He was buried in a tomb but rose again on the third day, as the Scriptures foretold, and is now exalted as King of kings and Lord of lords. As God manifested in the flesh, He is true God and man; in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Acts 10:38-40; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians 2:9)
The Holy Ghost
We Believe... that Jesus declared himself to be the comforter (Holy Ghost) that would come to abide in us. (John 14:16-18) This gift of the Holy Ghost is promised to ALL who repent, and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38-39) One cannot be saved without the Spirit living in them, (Romans 8:9) and all who receive the Holy Ghost will speak with tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. (Acts 2:1-4, 10:44-48, 19:1-6)
We Believe... that Adam was divinely created in the image of God and that by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: It Is not in man to direct his own steps; and that there is a way which seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Further, since man is by nature separated from God because of sin, man could/cannot save himself. Therefore God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: As the scriptures declare: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, (Prov. 14:12, Romans 3:23, 5:12, 8:3, 2Cor. 5:19)
We Believe… in the plan of salvation, proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost on the birthday of the New Testament church, which includes faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, sincere repentance (death), water baptism (burial) by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (resurrection) which is evidenced by speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives the utterance(Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:1-39; 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-7)
We Believe… in living a life of holiness, both inwardly and outwardly, as a result of the working of God’s grace in us. The scriptures admonish us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Titus 2:12) thus each person is led by the spirit to become more like Christ out their love for him. The Word of the Lord declares that all who names the name of Christ should depart from sin and separate themselves from the evil practices of this present age. (Ephesians 4:21-24; II Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 12:14)
Living our faith
We Believe… in practicing genuine Christianity, through love for God and people, prayer, obedience to the Word of God, heartfelt worship and expressive praise, sharing our faith, commitment to our marriage companions and every family's availability to help one another in time of need, honesty and diligence in our employment, honor and respect for our government as it submits to the divine plan for human society, and the dedication of our time, talent, and treasure to advance of the kingdom of God on earth. (Romans 12-13; Colossians 3-4)
We Believe… That God created marriage (Gen. 2:18-24). It is a covenant made between one man and one woman that makes them one (Gen 2:24). The marriage covenant requires the married parties to be faithful, loving, and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live (Mark 10:3-10). Christians are not to marry unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14-18). Those whom God has directed to be joined together shall, after counseling with the pastor concerning what God requires of them, be joined in Christian marriage (Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 5:32; 19:5-6,9; Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 7:10-11, 15; II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22-23)
The necessity of attending church
We Believe… in the local and universal church, established by our Lord as a unique and special fellowship for all who believe. It is the spiritual community ordained for worship, stewardship, and service to God and people, of which every believer must become a part, for it is the body of Christ in the world today, displaying the same miraculous power and spiritual gifts experienced by the early church. (I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:4-16)
The hope of all BELIEVERS
We Believe… in the imminent return if Jesus Christ, that glorious appearing when our Lord shall come with the sound of a trumpet, when both those who have died in Christ and those who now live in Christ will rise to meet Him in the air to be with Him forever. (I Corinthians 15:51-55; I Thessalonians 4:13-18) We Believe… in the judgment of all people, when the wicked shall receive their Punishment and the righteous shall receive their reward.