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WHO WE ARE

what we believe

We Believe...

in one God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:26 // Colossians 1:15-19 // John 14:26)

We Believe...

that our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten, not created, very God of very God, truly God and truly man. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification and now reigns in glory until all things will be put under His feet.

(Luke 1:28-35 // Philippians 2:10-11 // John 13:3 // I Timothy 3:16 // Hebrews 9:24-28 // Ephesians 1:22)

We Believe...

in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, given by the Holy Spirit without error, as He moved upon holy men of old. Furthermore, we believe that the church has no authority to establish doctrine or practice contrary to these same Scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as Canon by the early Christian Church.

(Psalm 119:89 // John 1:1-2 // II Peter 1:21 // II Timothy 3:16-17 // Hebrews 4:12)

We Believe...

that man was made in the image of God and is the crown of creation. He is now, by reason of the fall, spiritually depraved and alienated from His Creator. Apart from God's grace he has no ability to attain to his high calling.

(Genesis 1:27-28 // Romans 5:12-21 // Romans 3:23 & 6:23)

We Believe...

that justification is by grace through personal faith in our Lord's sacrifice on Calvary.

(Romans 5:8 // John 3:16-18 // Ephesians 2:8-9 // John 10:9-10 // Romans 10:9-10 & 13 // I John 5:11-13)

We Believe...

that all of God's people are to be buried with Christ in the waters of baptism subsequent to conversion.

(Luke 3:21-22 // Mark 16:16 // Acts 2:38 & 41 // Colossians 2:12)

We Believe...

that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers, conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ.

(John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:8-13 // I John 4:4 // Galatians 3:3 & 5:25 // Romans 8:2, 9-11, 15-17)

We Believe...

that the filling of the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power subsequent to conversion, given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism. It is our understanding that the supernatural charismas of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe the development of these charismatic gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authorities.

(John 7:39 // Acts 19:2-5 // Ephesians 5:18-19 // Galatians 5:16-18 & 22-25 // Romans 12:1-10 // Ephesians 4:11-12 // I Corinthians 12-14)

We Believe...

in the Holy Christian Church, imperfectly represented on earth by the various Christian institutions. Her unity is spiritual, her culture diverse and transitional, her mission eternal.

(Matthew 16:18 // Matthew 28:18-20 // Colossians 1:18 // Ephesians 5:23-24, 27, 32 // Acts 2 // I Corinthians 3:11 // Hebrews 10:25 //

I Peter 2:6-8)

We Believe...

that the callings of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are functional within the Body of Christ until the Lord's return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the church for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of ministry and that the Body of Christ will be edified.

(Ephesians 4:11-12 // I Corinthians 3:4-13 & 4:9-16)

We Believe...

in the priesthood of the believer. That, in Christ, all people born of God have equal status before, and direct access to their Lord in prayer.

(Ephesians 1:3-12 // Ephesians 6:10-18 // I Peter 2:9 // II Peter 1:3-4 // Hebrews 4:16 // 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

We Believe...

in the spiritual unity of all who are born of God. Those with whom we disagree, those who do not confess us, and others whom we exclude because of our unwillfull ignorance, are one together with us through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Psalm 133:1 // John 13:34-35 // Ephesians 1:10 // Ephesians 4:3-6, 13-16, 26-32, 5:2 // I Corinthians 1:10-13)

We Believe...

that those who are called by the name of Christ should depart from iniquity. Understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only begins the process of sanctification, we acknowledge that one work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ's holiness.

(Galatians 2:20, 5:16-26 // Colossians 2:6-7 & 10, 3:1-10 // Ephesians 3:16-20 & 4:14-15 // James 1:12-16 // I Peter 1:14-16 & 22 //

I Peter 1:6-7 // Hebrews 12:6-11)

We Believe...

in the literal second coming of our Lord, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life and the unregenerate to eternal damnation and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God.

(John 14:2-3 & 18 // Acts 1:9-11 // Matthew 24:29-31, 25:31-46 // Luke 21:7-28, 36 // I Corinthians 15:51-58 // I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-6 // Revelation 19-22)

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