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Faith in the Holy Trinity

We believe in the one living and true God, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom and goodness, the Creator and preserver of all things. Within this unity there are three persons of one essential nature, power and eternity-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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The Father

We believe the Father is the Source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man in His image. By intention, He relates to man as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward man. In love, He both seeks and receives penitent.

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The Son of God

We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man. He died on the cross and was buried, to be a sacrifice both for original sin and for all the transgressions of men, and to reconcile us to God. Christ rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and there intercedes for us at the Father's right hand until He returns to judge all men at the last day.

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The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son, truly and eternally God. He is the administrator of grace to all mankind, and is particularly the effective Agent in conviction for sin, in regeneration, in sanctification and in glorification. He is ever present, assuring, preserving, guiding and enabling the believer.

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The Sufficiency and Full Authority of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.

We believe that the books of the old and new testaments constitute the Holy Scriptures. They are the inspired and infallibly written Word of God, fully inerrant in their original manuscripts and superior to all human authority, and have been transmitted to the present without corruption of any essential doctrine. We believe that they contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. Both in the Old and New Testaments life is offered to mankind ultimately through Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. The New Testament teaches Christians how to fulfill the moral principles of the Old Testament, calling for loving obedience to God made possible by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit.

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The Atonement

We believe that Christ's offering of himself, once and for all, through His sufferings and meritorious death on the cross, provides the perfect redemption and for the sins of the whole world, both original and actual. There is no other ground of salvation from sin but that alone. This atonement is sufficient for every individual of Adam's race. It is unconditionally effective in the salvation of those mentally incompetent from birth, of those converted persons who have become mentally incompetent, and of children under the age of accountability only when they repent and exercise faith in Christ.

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Repentance and Faith

We believe that for man to appropriate what God's prevenient grace has made possible, he must voluntarily respond in repentance and faith. The ability comes from God, but the act is man's.
Repentance is prompted by the convicting ministry of the Holy Sprit. It involves a willful change of mind that renounces sin and longs for righteousness, a godly sorrow for and a confession of past sins, proper restitution for wrongdoings, and a resolution to reform the life. Repentance is the precondition for saving faith, and without it saving faith is impossible. Faith, in turn, is the only condition of salvation. It begins in the agreement of the mind and the consent of the will to the truth of the gospel, but issues in a complete reliance by the whole person in the saving ability of Jesus Christ and a complet trusting of oneself to Him as Savior and Lord. Saving faith is expressed in public acknowledgment of His Lordship and identification with His church.

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Justification and Regeneration

We believe that when man repents of his sin and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, he in the same moment is justified, regenerated, adopted into the family of God, and assured of his salvation through the witness of the Spirit.
We believe that we are accounted righteous before God only on the basis of faith alone, and not on the basis of our own works.
We believe that regeneration is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the pardoned sinner becomes a child of God. This new life is through faith in Jesus Christ, and by it the regenerate are delivered from the power of sin which reigns over all the unregenerate, so that they love God and through grace serve Him with the will and affections of the heart, receiving the Spirit of Adoption.

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The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that the certainty of the personal and imminent return of Christ inspires holy
living and zeal for the evangelization of the world. At His return He will fulfill all propheciec
made concerning His final and complete triumph over evil.
 

 
 


 

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