Statement of Faith
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, verbally inspired of God, without error in the original writings, and that it is the final and supreme authority in faith and life (I Cor. 2:12-13; II Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
There is only one God who eternally exists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:15-17; Eph. 4:4-6; I John 5:7-9).
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, whose name was Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and for that reason He is the Son of God, truly God and truly man, the only begotten from the Father (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35; 2:7,11,52; John 1:1-2,14).
Man was created in the image of God. He sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-7; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Eph.2:12).
Jesus Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood (Rom. 3:24-25; Eph 1:7; I Pet. 1:18-19; 2:24; 3:18).
The crucified body of the Lord was resurrected, and He ascended into Heaven, and He is presently our High Priest and Advocate (Rom. 8:34; I Cor 15:3-4; Heb.7:25; 9:24; I Pet. 1:3-5; I John 2:1-2).
The Lord Jesus Christ will soon return personally for His church prior to that period known as "The Tribulation", and will take all who trust in Him to Heaven where they will eternally be in His presence (John 14:1-4; I Cor 15:51-57; I Thes 4:13-18; Rev. 20:6).
All who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are born again of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by the Holy Spirit and by the Holy Spirit are baptized into the body of Christ, the church, of which He is the risen and ascended Head (I Cor.12:13; Eph. 1:13-14, 22-23; 2:8-10; Col. 1:18).
There will be a bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:15; 22:3-5,11).
March 8, 1996
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