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Doctrine Regarding Scripture

  1.  This church accepts the scriptures as its soleauthority in matters of faith and practice.
  1. We accept the scriptures as our sole authority because it is the Word of God (2 Peter
    1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16).   As such, we hold the scriptures to be free from error.
  1. We accept as our rule of interpreting the Scripture to be the Scripture itself.  As a
    result, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture, it must be searched out in other passages of Scripture that speak more clearly.
  1. We look to the Holy Spirit as our guide and teacher to illuminate and apply Scripture’s content to our individual lives and for the life of our Church  (John 16:12-15).

 

Doctrine Regarding the Nature of God and Man

  1.  We believe there is but one true living God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4 & 6) who is infinite       in being (Job 11:7, 8, 9); is a Spirit (John 4:24); is Holy (Isaiah 6:3); who is wise and powerful   (Daniel 2:20); full of love (Psalm 145:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 4:8); abundant in goodness and      truth; forgiving sin, iniquity, and transgressions (Exodus 34:6 & 7); but also hating all sin and         justified in his judgment (Psalm 5:5 & 6; Nahum 1:2 & 3; Romans 1:18).
  1. We believe God exists eternally as one in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
  1. We believe man to be created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6).  Man, when tempted by Satan, fell from his sinless state through disobedience (Genesis 3).  This fall plunged man into a state of sin and separation from God (Ecclesiastes 7:29, Romans 3:23, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10 & 11), and brought upon the entire race the sentence of eternal death (Romans 5:12, 18).  Man can be savedfrom this condition only by the grace of God, through faith in the completed work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8, 3:16; Romans 8:1 & 2).
  1. We believe Jesus Christ to be the eternal and pre-existent son (John 1:1 & 2) who became a man without human father (John 1:14), being born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34 & 35).  In the Lord Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one person; both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct (Colossians 2:9) to effect salvation.  He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute, shedding his blood for the remission of sins (Romans 8:3 & 4, Galatians 3:13, Hebrews 9:11 & 12). On the third day He rose bodilyfrom the dead (Matthew 28:1-7).  He ascended to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34) where He performs the ministry of intercession (Hebrews 9:24, Hebrews 7:25).  He is head and Lord over all things for His Church (Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 2:10).  He shall come again bodily and visibly to complete His saving work, and to consummate the eternal plan of God (Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17).
  1. We believe in the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Triune God (1 John 5:7, Matthew 8:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).  He convicts the world of sin (John 16:8 & 11).  He is the agent ofsalvation(Titus 3:5-6).  He ministers the things of Christ to the believers (John 16:14, 7:15).  He guides believers in all truth (John 16:13).  He leads the believer in the will of God (Galatians 5:22 & 23, Romans 8:9).  He ministers the work of Christ to a lost world by empowering believers for witness (Acts 1:8; Romans 1:14 & 15).  He gifts empowered believers with diverse capacities to serve.  (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7, 12, 13, 14)