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Statement of Faith & Constitution & ByLaws

December 17, 2008 by  
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The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the
verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life,
inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God breathed.

(II Timothy 3:16,17:II Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:l8: John 16:12.13)

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons –
Father, Son and Holy Spirit – CO-eternal in being. CO-identical in
nature, CO-equal in power and glory; and having the same attributes
and perfection’s.

(Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14)

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 arid born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God
    and redeem sinful men.(John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35)
  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
    through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious,
    substitution sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His
    literal, physical resurrection from the dead.(Romans 3:24,25:I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5)
  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; Hebrews 9:24; 7.25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1,2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person possessing all the
    attributes of God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and of
    judgment; and, He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing
    all believers into the body of Christ at the point of salvation, indwelling
    and sealing them into the day of redemption.(John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans
    8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14)
  2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all
    truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled
    with the Spirit.(John l6:l3; Ephesians 5:18)

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s
sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that
man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

(Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:l-3, 12)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by
personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the
forgiveness of our sins.

(Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18,19)

The Assurance of Believer’s Salvation

  1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and
    are thus secure in Christ forever.(John 6:37, 40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; I Corinthians 1:4-8;
    I Peter 1:5)
  2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the
    assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which,
    however, clearly forbids the use of Christian Liberty as an occasion to the
    flesh.(Romans 13:13,14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-I3)

Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon
their Savior and Lord, arid that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and
sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.

(I John 2:15-17; II John verses 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-17; 7:1)

Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the
truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.

(Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 5:19,20)

The Ministry and Spiritural Gifts

We believe that the Holy Spirit alone administers spiritual gifts to the church, not to
glorify Himself or the gifts by ostentatious displays, but to glorify Christ and implement
His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith.

(John 16:13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 3:18)

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a
spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age.

(Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2)

Dispensationalism

We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation, that is that God has worked
in various ways arid through various peoples during different time periods to bring His
salvation message to people. But we reject the extreme teaching known as “Hyper
Dispensationalism”, such as that which opposes either the Lord’s Table or water baptism as a
Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age.

(Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; 18:8; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Work and Judgement of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall; that he is
the open and declared enemy of God and man; and he shall be eternally punished in the lake of
fire.

(Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

The Rapture and the Second Advent of Christ

We believe in the “Blessed Hope”, the personal imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial
coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth,
with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom.

(I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:l-6;
I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10)

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved
to judgment and everlasting punishment.

(Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13)

Church Discipline

We believe in and practice local church discipline of a sinning, unrepentant believer who is
a part of this local assembly. The goal of such discipline is to lovingly restore a believer to
functional fellowship in the local body of Christ.

(Matthew 18:15; Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 2:5-7; Galatians 6:1;
Ephesians 5:11: I Thessalonians 3:6,14.15; I Timothy 5:20: Titus 3:10; II John 1:9,10)

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