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What We Believe

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We believe there is objective truth regarding faith and the supernatural. We believe that truth can be discovered and understood because truth simply is the accurate understanding of reality. These truths are that:

The world and the universe point to the reality of a Creator (Psalms 19:1-4, Romans 1:20) and that this is an indicator that this Creator seeks be known by us (Jeremiah 24:7, 1 Timothy 2:3-4).

The Bible, consisting of all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, is the Word of God (2 Samuel 23:2-3), a supernaturally given revelation from God Himself, concerning Himself, His being, nature, character, will and purposes; and concerning people, their nature, need and duty and destiny (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21). The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are without error or misstatement in their moral and spiritual teaching and record of historical facts (Titus 1:2-3). They are and the knowledge found within are without error or defect of any kind in the autographs and is sufficient for salvation, faith and life (1 Corinthians 4:6-7, Jude 1:3).

There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17).

Our Lord Jesus Christ was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary (Luke 1:34, 2:7), a lineal descendant of king David (Matthew 1:1). He lived and taught and performed mighty works, wonders and signs (John 21:25) exactly as recorded in the New Testament. His life was without sin or moral blemish (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22). He was put to death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate (Matthew 27:11-55; Mark 15:1-40; Luke 23:1-49; John 19:1-30). God raised from the dead His body that had been nailed to the cross (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20). The Lord Jesus Christ, after His crucifixion, showed Himself to be alive to His disciples, appearing to them in the space of forty days (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). After this the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9). Christ was before all things, and in Him all things hold together (John 1:1-5). He is the head of body of believers, the church (Colossians 1:18).

The Lord Jesus, before His incarnation, existed in the exact nature of God, and of His own choice, laid aside His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7-8; 2 Corinthians 8:9). He is a divine person possessed of all the attributes of deity and should be worshipped as God by angels and humans (Colossians 2:9).

By His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus made a perfect atonement for sin (Romans 5:8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19), by which the wrath of God against sinners is appeased and a ground furnished upon which God can deal in mercy with sinners (John 19:30). He redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse in our place (Galatians 3:13). He Who Himself was absolutely without sin was made sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 2:13-16).

The Lord Jesus is coming again to this earth, personally, bodily and visibly (1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:16; Revelation 1:7, 22:12).

The Holy Spirit is a person distinct from the Father and the Son, and possesses all of the divine attributes. He is God (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:6).

Humankind was created in the image of God, after His likeness (Genesis 1:27, 5:1, 9:6), and therefore has transcendent, intrinsic worth. The whole human race fell in the fall of the first Adam (Genesis 3, Galatians 3:22). All people, apart from spiritual regeneration, are lost, darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, hardened in heart, morally and spiritually dead through their trespasses and sins (Psalms 58:3, 1 Corinthians 2:14). They cannot see nor enter the Kingdom of God until they are born again of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7).

People are justified on the simple and single act of the shed blood of Christ and upon the simple and single condition of faith in Him Who shed His blood (Romans 5:9; 1 Peter 2:24), and are born again by the quickening, renewing, cleansing work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17), through the instrumentality of the Word of God. These alone become children of God and receive eternal life (John 3:16, 3:36; Acts 4:12). At death their spirits depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness (2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 23:43), and at the second coming of Christ their bodies shall be raised, transformed into the likeness of the body of His glory (1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:23, 15:52).

All those who persistently reject Jesus Christ in the present life shall be raised from the dead and throughout eternity exist in a state of conscious, endless torment and anguish (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:31-36).

The Church consists of the host of the regenerate, wherever they may be found of whatever race or background (Galatians 3:28). It is the body and bride of Christ which Christ loves and for which He has given Himself (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelations 19:7-9).

There is a personal devil, a being of great cunning who can exert vast power only so far as God allows him to do so (Genesis 3:1; Job 1:12). He shall ultimately be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and shall be tormented forever (Matthew 8:29, 25:41).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to perform good works that are the necessary evidence of their genuine faith in Christ (James 2:14-17). The Holy Spirit is in the process of perfecting Christians on earth to prepare us for an eternal and perfect existence with God (2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22). Christians, indwelled by the Spirit are then ambassadors for God, helping a fallen world reconcile with God (2 Corinthians 5:20). Christians are commanded by Jesus to share the Good News faithfully as has been handed to us by Scripture (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 1:8).