WHAT WE BELIEVE

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THE GREAT COMMANDMENT


We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all other are dependent. Matthew 22:35-40; John 13:34-35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Revelation 2:4-5




THE BIBLE


We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17




THE TRINITY


We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection. Matthew 28:19




CREATION


We believe in the Genesis account of Creation. Genesis 1-2




SATAN


We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire. Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-17; Revelation 20:10




VIRGIN BIRTH


We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22




DEITY OF JESUS


We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:19




HOLY SPIRIT


We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches. Luke 24:49; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:4-5, 8; Acts 2:1-4




SPIRITUAL GIFTS


We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope, and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts. 1 Corinthians 12-14




RESURRECTION


We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints. Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18




RETURN OF CHRIST


We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age. John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19; Revelation 20:4-6; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8




MAN


We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners. Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12,19




SUFFERING OF JESUS


We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe. Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2




SALVATION


We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer. Luke 13:3-5; John 3:6; John 3:16-18; John 16:8,9; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:8,9; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5




ETERNAL SECURITY


We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish. John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5




GOD'S CHILDREN


We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient. Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:14-23; John 1:12; Hebrews 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Revelation 22:12




THE CHURCH


We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches. Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Ephesians 3:21




CHURCH ORDINANCES


We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's churches: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:12, 38; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13; 1 Corinthians 11:1-2, 17-20, 26




CHURCH OFFICES


We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.




ASSOCIATIONS


We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches. Matthew 20:25-28




FREEDOM OF WORSHIP


We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures. Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15




MARRIAGE


We believe the Biblical definition of marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:2-4; Ephesians 5:22-31





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