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Our Statement of Faith.

1. The Scriptures. We   believe   the   Scriptures   of   the   66   books   of   the   Holy   Bible   to   be   verbally   and   plenarily   (both   the   thoughts and   words)   inspired   of   God,   both   the   Old   and   New Testaments,   and   that   they   are   both   complete   and   the   final authority in faith and practice. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21. 2. The One True God. We   believe   in   one   Triune   God,   eternally   existing   in   three   persons;   God   the   Father,   God   the   Son,   and   God the   Holy   Spirit;   each   co-eternal   in   being,   co-identical   in   nature,   co-equal   in   power   and   glory   and   having   the same attributes and perfections.  Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7. 3. The Person and Work of Christ. 1 . We   believe   that   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ,   the   eternal   Son   of   God,   became   man   without   ceasing   to   be   God, having   been   conceived   by   the   Holy   Spirit   and   born   of   the   virgin   Mary   in   order   that   He   might   reveal   God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8). 2 . We   believe   that   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ   accomplished   our   redemption   through   His   death   on   the   cross   as   a representative,   vicarious,   substitutionary   sacrifice;   and   that   our   justification   was   made   sure   by   His   literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24). 3 . We   believe   that   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ   ascended   to   heaven   and   is   now   exalted   at   the   right   hand   of   God where,   as   our   High   Priest,   He   fulfills   the   ministry   of   Representative,   Intercessor,   and   Advocate   (Acts   1:9- 10; Rom. 8:34; I Cor. 15:1-4, 20-25; Heb. 9:24; I John 2:1-2). 4 . We   believe   in   the   "blessed   hope":   the   personal,   bodily,   pretribulational,   premillenial   and   imminent   return   of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt. 24:44; John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:14-18; Titus 2:11-13). 4. The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit. 1 . We   believe   that   the   Holy   Spirit   is   a   person   who   convicts   the   world   of   sin,   of   righteousness   and   of judgment;   and   that   He   is   the   Supernatural   Agent   in   regeneration,   baptizing   all   believers   into   the   body   of Christ,   indwelling   and   sealing   them   unto   the   day   of   redemption   (John   16:8-11;   Rom.   8:9;   I   Cor.   12:12-14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14). 2 . We   believe   that   He   is   the   Divine Teacher   who   assists   believers   to   understand   and   appropriate   the   Scriptures and   that   it   is   the   privilege   and   duty   of   all   saved   to   be   filled   with   the   Spirit   (I   Cor.   2:9-16;   Eph.   1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20, 27). 3 . We   believe   that   God   is   sovereign   in   the   bestowal   of   spiritual   gifts   to   every   believer.   God   uniquely   uses Evangelists   and   Pastor-teachers   to   equip   believers   in   the   assembly   in   order   that   they   can   do   the   work   of   the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12). 4 . We   believe   that   the   sign   gifts   of   the   Holy   Spirit,   such   as   speaking   in   tongues   and   the   gift   of   healing,   were temporary.   We   believe   that   speaking   in   tongues   never   has   been   a   common   or   necessary   sign   of   the   baptism or   filling   of   the   Holy   Spirit   and   that   ultimate   deliverance   of   the   body   from   sickness   or   death   awaits   the consummation   of   our   salvation   at   the   resurrection,   though   God   may   choose   to   answer   the   prayer   of believers for physical healing (I Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:1-11). 5. The Creation of Man and the Universe. We   believe   that   man   and   all   that   makes   up   the   entire   universe   were   created   by   the   direct   act   of   God   without the   use   of   evolution.   That   the   first   book   of   Genesis   along   with   the   rest   of   Scripture   is   the   literal   and   accurate history   and   revelation   of   God’s   work. And   that   He   currently   sustains   all   things   by   the   word   of   His   power.   Gen. 1:1-27;    John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17. 6. The Fall of Man. We   believe   that   man   was   created   by   the   direct   act   of   God,   that   he   sinned,   and   thereby   came   under   sentence   of death,   both   physical   and   spiritual;   that   all   human   beings   sin   and are born sinners, and when they reach the age of moral responsibility are in need of redemption. Gen 1:26-27; Rom. 5:12; 3:23; John 3:18. 7. The Incarnation. We   believe   that   Jesus   Christ   was   begotten   by   the   Holy   Spirit   and   of   Mary,   a   virgin,   and   is   true   God   and   true Man. Matt. 1:18-20; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18; Gal. 4:4-5. 8. The Atonement. We   believe   Christ   died   for   our   sins   according   to   the   Scriptures;   and   that   He   was   buried   and   raised   again   the third day according to the Scriptures. And that this is the only Gospel of which the Bible speaks. I Cor. 15:3-4. 9. The Mediator. We   believe   that   Christ   only   is   the   great   High   Priest   and   mediator   and   we   need   not   the   intercession   of   any   man, but that Christ ever liveth to make intercession for us. Heb. 7:24-25. 10. The Return of Christ. We   believe   in   "that   blessed   hope"   -   the   personal,   pre  tribulational,   premillenial   and   imminent   return   of   our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ from heaven. Titus 2:13; Acts   1:10-11; I Thess. 4:13-19. 11. The Eternal Reward. 1 . We   believe   in   the   bodily   resurrection   of   the   just   (saved)   and   the   unjust   (lost);   the   everlasting   blessedness of   the   saved   and   the   everlasting   punishment   of   the   lost.   John   5:21-30;   Daniel   12:2-3;   John   5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:4-6. 2 . We   believe   that   the   souls   of   believers   (saved)   in   Christ   do   at   death   immediately   pass   into   His   presence   and there   remain   until   the   resurrection   of   the   body   at   the   rapture   when   soul,   spirit   and   body   reunited   shall   stand before   Christ   to   be   judged   of   their   Christian   works   for   the   giving   of   rewards   and   they   shall   then   be associated with Him forever in glory (I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:10; I Thess. 4:13-18). 3 . We   believe   that   the   souls   of   unbelievers   (lost)   remain   after   death   in   conscious   misery   until   the   final resurrection   at   the   end   of   the   millennium   for   judgment;   the   result   of   this   judgment   will   be   that   all   these same   souls   will   be   cast   into   the   lake   of   fire,   not   to   be   annihilated,   but   to   be   punished   with   everlasting torment   and   separation   from   the   presence   of   the   Lord   and   from   the   glory   of   His   power      (Luke   16:19-26;   II Thess. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15). 12. The Church. We   believe   the   church   is   an   organised   group   of   regenerated,   baptised   (immersed   in   water)   believers   with   two officers    (Pastors    and    Deacons)    who    have    covenanted    together    in    a    local    assembly    to    observe    the    two ordinances   (baptism   and   the   Lord's   supper)   and   carry   out   the   principles,   precepts   and   commission   of   their   Lord and   Saviour,   Jesus   Christ   free   from   any   outside   authority   or   control   as   an   autonomous   and   self-regulating entity. Acts   2:14-47;   10:47-48;   13:1-4;   15:19-31;   20:28;   Rom.   16:1-4;   I   Cor.   3:9,   16;   5:4-7,   13;   Phil.   1:1;   I Tim 2:12; 3:1-13; Heb. 10:25; Matt. 18:18-20; I Tim. 3:1-13   ; I Pet. 5:1-4 .
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Our Statement of

Faith.

1. The Scriptures. We   believe   the   Scriptures   of   the   66   books   of   the   Holy Bible   to   be   verbally   and   plenarily   (both   the   thoughts and   words)   inspired   of   God,   both   the   Old   and   New Testaments, and that they are both complete and the final authority   in   faith   and   practice.   II   Tim.   3:16-17;   II   Pet. 1:20-21. 2. The One True God. We   believe   in   one   Triune   God,   eternally   existing   in three   persons;   God   the   Father,   God   the   Son,   and   God the   Holy   Spirit;   each   co-eternal   in   being,   co-identical   in nature,   co-equal   in   power   and   glory   and   having   the same    attributes    and    perfections.        Deut.    6:4;    Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7. 3. The Person and Work of Christ. 1 . We   believe   that   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ,   the   eternal Son    of    God,    became    man    without    ceasing    to    be God,   having   been   conceived   by   the   Holy   Spirit   and born    of    the    virgin    Mary    in    order    that    He    might reveal   God   and   redeem   sinful   men   (Isa.   7:14;   Luke 1:35;   John   1:1-2;   II   Cor.   5:19-21;   Gal.   4:4-5;   Phil. 2:5-8). 2 . We   believe   that   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ   accomplished our   redemption   through   His   death   on   the   cross   as   a representative,    vicarious,    substitutionary    sacrifice; and    that    our    justification    was    made    sure    by    His literal,    physical    resurrection    from    the    dead    (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1:7; I Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24). 3 . We   believe   that   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ   ascended   to heaven   and   is   now   exalted   at   the   right   hand   of   God where,   as   our   High   Priest,   He   fulfills   the   ministry   of Representative,   Intercessor,   and Advocate   (Acts   1:9- 10;   Rom.   8:34;   I   Cor.   15:1-4,   20-25;   Heb.   9:24;   I John 2:1-2). 4 . We    believe    in    the    "blessed    hope":    the    personal, bodily,   pretribulational,   premillenial   and   imminent return   of   our   Lord   and   Savior   Jesus   Christ   (Matt. 24:44; John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:14-18; Titus 2:11-13). 4. The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit. 1 . We   believe   that   the   Holy   Spirit   is   a   person   who convicts   the   world   of   sin,   of   righteousness   and   of judgment;   and   that   He   is   the   Supernatural   Agent   in regeneration,   baptizing   all   believers   into   the   body   of Christ,   indwelling   and   sealing   them   unto   the   day   of redemption   (John   16:8-11;   Rom.   8:9;   I   Cor.   12:12- 14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14). 2 . We    believe    that    He    is    the    Divine    Teacher    who assists   believers   to   understand   and   appropriate   the Scriptures   and   that   it   is   the   privilege   and   duty   of   all saved   to   be   filled   with   the   Spirit   (I   Cor.   2:9-16;   Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20, 27). 3 . We   believe   that   God   is   sovereign   in   the   bestowal   of spiritual   gifts   to   every   believer.   God   uniquely   uses Evangelists   and   Pastor-teachers   to   equip   believers   in the   assembly   in   order   that   they   can   do   the   work   of the   ministry   (Rom.   12:3-8;   I   Cor.   12:4-11,   28;   Eph. 4:7-12). 4 . We   believe   that   the   sign   gifts   of   the   Holy   Spirit, such   as   speaking   in   tongues   and   the   gift   of   healing, were     temporary.     We     believe     that     speaking     in tongues   never   has   been   a   common   or   necessary   sign of   the   baptism   or   filling   of   the   Holy   Spirit   and   that ultimate   deliverance   of   the   body   from   sickness   or death   awaits   the   consummation   of   our   salvation   at the   resurrection,   though   God   may   choose   to   answer the   prayer   of   believers   for   physical   healing   (I   Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:1-11). 5. The Creation of Man and the Universe. We   believe   that   man   and   all   that   makes   up   the   entire universe   were   created   by   the   direct   act   of   God   without the    use    of    evolution.   That    the    first    book    of    Genesis along with the rest of Scripture is the literal and accurate history    and    revelation    of    God’s    work.    And    that    He currently   sustains   all   things   by   the   word   of   His   power. Gen. 1:1-27;    John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17. 6. The Fall of Man. We   believe   that   man   was   created   by   the   direct   act   of God,   that   he   sinned,   and   thereby   came   under   sentence   of death,   both   physical   and   spiritual;   that   all   human   beings sin   and   are   born   sinners,   and   when   they   reach   the   age   of moral   responsibility   are   in   need   of   redemption.   Gen 1:26-27; Rom. 5:12; 3:23; John 3:18. 7. The Incarnation. We   believe   that   Jesus   Christ   was   begotten   by   the   Holy Spirit   and   of   Mary,   a   virgin,   and   is   true   God   and   true Man. Matt. 1:18-20; John 1:1, 2, 14, 18; Gal. 4:4-5. 8. The Atonement. We   believe   Christ   died   for   our   sins   according   to   the Scriptures;   and   that   He   was   buried   and   raised   again   the third   day   according   to   the   Scriptures.   And   that   this   is the   only   Gospel   of   which   the   Bible   speaks.   I   Cor.   15:3- 4. 9. The Mediator. We   believe   that   Christ   only   is   the   great   High   Priest   and mediator   and   we   need   not   the   intercession   of   any   man,   but that   Christ   ever   liveth   to   make   intercession   for   us.   Heb. 7:24-25. 10. The Return of Christ. We    believe    in    "that    blessed    hope"    -    the    personal, pre  tribulational,    premillenial    and    imminent    return    of our   Lord   and   Saviour,   Jesus   Christ   from   heaven.   Titus 2:13; Acts   1:10-11; I Thess. 4:13-19. 11. The Eternal Reward. 1 . We   believe   in   the   bodily   resurrection   of   the   just (saved)    and    the    unjust    (lost);    the    everlasting blessedness    of    the    saved    and    the    everlasting punishment    of    the    lost.    John    5:21-30;    Daniel 12:2-3; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:4-6. 2 . We   believe   that   the   souls   of   believers   (saved)   in Christ    do    at    death    immediately    pass    into    His presence   and   there   remain   until   the   resurrection   of the   body   at   the   rapture   when   soul,   spirit   and   body reunited   shall   stand   before   Christ   to   be   judged   of their   Christian   works   for   the   giving   of   rewards   and they   shall   then   be   associated   with   Him   forever   in glory (I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:10; I Thess. 4:13-18). 3 . We    believe    that    the    souls    of    unbelievers    (lost) remain    after    death    in    conscious    misery    until    the final   resurrection   at   the   end   of   the   millennium   for judgment;   the   result   of   this   judgment   will   be   that   all these   same   souls   will   be   cast   into   the   lake   of   fire, not    to    be    annihilated,    but    to    be    punished    with everlasting     torment     and     separation     from     the presence    of    the    Lord    and    from    the    glory    of    His power      (Luke   16:19-26;   II   Thess.   1:6-9;   Rev.   20:11- 15). 12. The Church. We     believe     the     church     is     an     organised     group     of regenerated,    baptised    (immersed    in    water)    believers with    two    officers    (Pastors    and    Deacons)    who    have covenanted   together   in   a   local   assembly   to   observe   the two    ordinances    (baptism    and    the    Lord's    supper)    and carry out the principles, precepts and commission   of   their Lord   and   Saviour,   Jesus   Christ   free   from   any   outside authority    or    control    as    an    autonomous    and    self- regulating     entity.    Acts     2:14-47;     10:47-48;     13:1-4; 15:19-31;   20:28;   Rom.   16:1-4;   I   Cor.   3:9,   16;   5:4-7,   13; Phil.   1:1;   I   Tim   2:12;   3:1-13;   Heb.   10:25;   Matt.   18:18- 20; I Tim. 3:1-13   ; I Pet. 5:1-4 .