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Of the Scriptures.

The Holy Bible, consisting of both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, was written by men supernaturally inspired and therefore is the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, beliefs and opinions should be tried.

The Holy Bible is the collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.

Inspiration means that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

Psalm 119:89 Isaiah 40:8 Colossians 3:16

Psalm 119:105 John 5:39 II Timothy 3:16-17

Psalm 119:130 John 17:17 Hebrews 4:12

Psalm 119:160 Romans 15:4 I Peter 1:20-21

Proverbs 30:5-6 Ephesians 6:17 I Peter 1:25

The One True God.

There is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinitely intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every aspect, and executing distinct but harmonious roles in the great work of redemption.

Exodus 20:2-3 John 10:30 II Corinthians 13:14

Psalm 83:18 John 15:26 Ephesians 4:6

Psalm 90:2 John 17:5 Philippians 2:5-6

Psalm 147:5 Romans 11:33 I Timothy 1:17

John 4:24 I Corinthians 8:6 I John 5:7

Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father, and in fact He is God. He has always been God, and will always be God. He came to earth in the form of a man two thousand years ago. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, offered Himself as our sacrifice for sin, and rose from the dead. He ascended to Heaven, where He makes intercession for Christians on a daily basis. He will return someday to earth, first in the air, to "rapture, or catch away" those who are saved. Then, He will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to rule over the earth.

Matthew 1:21-23 I Corinthians 15:3 Hebrews 7:25-26

Luke 1:34-35 Philippians 2:5-11 Hebrews 9:28

John 1:1-4, 14 Colossians 1:13-20 I Peter 2:24

John 10:30 Colossians 3:1 I Peter 3:18

Romans 5:8-9 I Thessalonians 4:13-17 I John 2:1

Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity; equal with God the Father and God the Son and is of the same nature. He was active in the creation of the world. He convicts people of their sin and invites unbelievers to accept Christ as Savior. He restrains Satan and his demons until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; and He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. He is the Agent in the New Birth and He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

Genesis 1:1-3 John 16:8-13 I Corinthians 3:16

Luke 1:35 Acts 1:8 Ephesians 1:13-14

John 1:33 Romans 8:9 II Thess. 2:13

John 14:16-17 Romans 8:16 Hebrews 9:14

John 14:26 Romans 8:26-27 I John 3:4

Every believer is given the Holy Spirit at the time of their salvation. The Holy Spirit also gives each believer a spiritual gift for the purpose of serving one another. Some spiritual gifts, such as speaking in tongues, were temporary in nature and ceased as the Bible was completed. As a non-charismatic church, we do not practice speaking in tongues, neither do we receive special revelation from God equal to Scripture, or believe that the gift of healing resides in people as it did during the days of the Apostles. God will ultimately deliver us from all sickness and death in heaven, and may choose to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing in this lifetime.

Acts 2:1-13 I Corinthians 12:29-31 I Corinthians 14:22

Acts 5:12-14 I Corinthians 13:1 I Corinthians 14:33

Romans 8:9 I Corinthians 13:8-13 Ephesians 4:7-8

Romans 12:3-8 I Corinthians 14:1-5 Ephesians 4:30-31

I Corinthians 12:4-11 I Corinthians 14:7-12 I Peter 4:10-11

I Corinthians 12:13 I Corinthians 14:18-19 Revelation 21:4

Satan.

Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as God, he sinned and one third of the angels followed him in rebellion. He is now the prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. He is the source of all temptation, the enemy of God, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, and the instigator of all the powers of darkness. He is destined to final defeat at the hands of Jesus Christ, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Genesis 3:1-5, 15 John 8:44 I John 3:8

Isaiah 14:12-15 II Corinthians 11:13-15 I John 4:3

Ezekiel 28:14-17 Ephesians 2:2 Revelation 12:7-10

Matthew 4:1-3 Ephesians 6:12-13 Revelation 20:1-3

Matthew 25:41 I Peter 5:8 Revelation 20:10

Creation.

Genesis gives the account of how God created the universe. The Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary changes of species, or development through long periods of time from lower to higher forms. All animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s law established that all life would bring forth only “after their kind”. (Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24)

Genesis 1:1 Exodus 20:11 Acts 17:23-26

Genesis 1:11 Nehemiah 9:6 Romans 1:20

Genesis 1:24 Psalm 33:6 Colossians 1:16-17

Genesis 1:26-27 John 1:3 Hebrews 11:3

Genesis 2:21-23 Acts 4:24 Revelation 10:6

The Fall of Man.

Men and women were created in the image of God, but by Adam and Eve’s own choices they fell from their sinless condition. The consequence of their sin is that we are all born with a sin nature and are now sinners by choice; and therefore under God’s judgment without defense or excuse.

Genesis 1:27 Romans 1:28 Romans 5:19

Genesis 3:6, 24 Romans 3:10-19 Romans 6:23

John 3:16-18 Romans 3:32 Ephesians 2:1, 3

Romans 1:18 Romans 5:12 Hebrews 9:27

Romans 1:20 Romans 5:17 Revelation 20:11-15

Eternity.

When God created Adam and Eve, He created them to live forever. Their sin separated them from God and brought about death. They immediately died spiritually, and began to die physically. Adam and Eve's soul, however, did not die. Our souls were created to live forever. At the time of our death, we will either exist eternally with God or apart from God. Those who accept Christ as Savior will live forever with God in heaven. Everyone who has rejected Christ as Savior will live forever separated from God in hell.

Genesis 1:26 John 3:36 Romans 5:12

Ecclesiastes 12:7 John 14:1-3 Romans 6:23

Matthew 25:46 Romans 2:8-9 Colossians 3:5-6

John 1:12 Romans 5:1 Hebrews 9:27

John 3:15-18 Romans 5:8-9

Revelation 20:11-15

Salvation.

Every person has sinned. Our sin, which we willfully commit, separates us from a holy and righteous God. Our salvation, or how our sins are forgiven, is a free gift from God. God, taking on the human form of Jesus Christ, died on the cross and resurrected from the dead, making it possible for our sin to be forgiven. We can never do anything on our own that will purchase our salvation. Jesus died on the cross to take our place and pay the price we owe for our sins. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ, asking Him to forgive us of our sins, and become the Lord of our lives, that we can be saved.

John 1:12-13 Acts 16:30-33 II Corinthians 5:17

John 3:3 Romans 5:1 II Corinthians 5:19

John 3:6-8 Romans 5:8-9 Ephesians 2:8-9

John 3:16-18 Romans 6:23 Colossians 2:13

Acts 4:12 Romans 10:9-13 Titus 3:5

God’s Grace.

It is by God’s grace that salvation is possible. The blessings of salvation are made free to everyone by the Gospel. It is the responsibility of everyone to accept Christ by a sincere, repentant faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own sinfulness, pride, and voluntary rejection of the Gospel.

Isaiah 55:1 Romans 10:13 Ephesians 2:8-9

Isaiah 55:6-7 I Corinthians 15:10 I Timothy 1:13-15

John 3:36 II Corinthians 8:9 Titus 1:2

John 5:40 II Corinthians 12:9 Titus 2:11

John 6:37 Ephesians 2:4-5

Revelation 22:21

Security of the Believer.

The Bible clearly teaches that there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation. Eternal life is given to us by God through Jesus Christ. Just as we cannot go back in time and be born into someone else's family, we cannot undo our spiritual birth. Salvation is offered and maintained by the grace and power of God, not by our own self-efforts as Christians. Christ's sacrifice on the cross covered all of our sins, those in the past, those we commit in the present, and those we are going to commit in the future. Our sin will affect our day to day closeness with God, but our sin does not affect, or end our salvation. As a loving Father, God does discipline His children for their disobedience so that each of us may live holy lives.

John 5:24 Romans 8:1 Hebrews 6:19-20

John 6:37-40 Romans 8:31-34 Hebrews 7:25-27

John 10:27-30 Ephesians 1:13-14 I Peter 1:3-5

John 17:20-24 Philippians 1:6 I John 2:1-2

Romans 5:1-11 II Timothy 1:12 I John 5:11-13

Missions.

God gave the church its purpose in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to proclaim the Gospel to all nations, so that there may be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors for Christ, we are to use all available means to go ourselves and provide prayer and financial support to those who are going to the entire world with the Gospel.

Psalm 2:8 Mark 16:15 Acts 26:18

Psalm 22:27 Luke 24:46-48 Romans 10:10-17

Psalm 96:3 John 20:21 II Corinthians 5:20

Matthew 24:14 Acts 1:8 Philippians 2:10-11

Matthew 28:19-20 Acts 16:9 Revelation 15:4

The Resurrection and the Return of Christ.

Christ’s body rose physically from the grave on the third day, just as He said He would. He spent forty days walking with His disciples, showing Himself to be alive to over five hundred (500) at one time, and giving last instructions to those who were closest to Him. While they watched, He ascended into heaven. Angels gave this promise, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)

Christ will return for all believers prior to the seven years of tribulation which shall come upon the earth. After the tribulation, Christ will return with all believers to set up His government upon the earth, reigning for 1000 years. Jesus could come back to earth at any time and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

Matthew 28:6-7 Acts 1:9,11 I Thess. 4:13-18 Mark 13:33–37 I Corinthians 15:4-8 I Timothy 2:5

Luke 24:2, 4-6 I Corinthians 15:25, 42-44 Titus 2:11–14

John 14:3 I Corinthians 15:51-53 Hebrews 2:17

John 20:27 Philippians 3:20-21 Revelation 20:1-4, 6

Church.

The local New Testament church is a visible, local assembly of people, made up of saved individuals who have been scripturally baptized and united in doctrine, direction, and love for one another. The church's authority comes from Jesus Christ, as stated in Matthew 16:18. Biblical church doctrine, or what a church believes, allows a church to have the proper Biblical authority as an authentic New Testament Church. It is God's will for each Christian to have a church home of which they are a member.

Matthew 16:16-18 I Corinthians 6:1-3 Ephesians 2:19

Matthew 28:18-20 I Corinthians 12:8, 11 Ephesians 5:23-24

Acts 2:41-47 I Corinthians 12:25-27 Colossians 1:18

Acts 14:23 I Corinthians 16:1-2 Hebrews10:2-25

I Corinthians 1:10 Ephesians 1:22-23 I Peter 5:1-4

Church Government.

Jesus is the Lord and the Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

Matthew 16:16-18 I Corinthians 6:1-5 I Timothy 5:17-19

Matthew 18:15-17 Ephesians 5:23-32 Hebrews 13:7

Acts 6:1-7 Colossians 1:18 Hebrews 13:17

Acts 20:28 I Timothy 3:1-13 I Peter 5:1-4

Ordinances of the Church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

The Church has two ordinances to be followed and practiced until Christ returns. These two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Both ordinances are symbolic in nature, and do not have any power within themselves to forgive sin.

a. Baptism.

Baptism is the first act of obedience to the Lordship of Christ for every believer. It is an outward symbol of your inward commitment and illustrates Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Scriptural baptism is by immersion only and is a prerequisite to membership in our local church.

Matthew 3:1-12 Acts 2:41 Acts 10:47-48

Matthew 28:19-20 Acts 8:36-38 I Peter 3:21

b. The Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is also an act of obedience to the Lordship of Christ for every Scripturally baptized believer. It is to be administered with bread that does not have any yeast in it and grape juice that does not have any alcohol content. Both the bread and the juice are symbolic of Christ's sinlessness and atonement for our sins. As often as we partake of the Lord's Supper, it will be with solemn respect and remembrance of the Lord.

Exodus 12:7,13 I Corin 11:21 Hebrews 9:22-28

Isaiah 53 I Corin 11:23-28 Hebrews 10:9-10

Luke 22:7-20 I Thess 4:15-18 I Peter 1:18-19

Giving.

All Christians, as managers of everything that God has given to them, are obligated to support their local church financially. God has established the tithe (10% of the gross income) as a basis for giving. Every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, to provide for missionary support to take the Gospel around the world, and to meet the needs of people, both within the church and in the community. Those who give relinquish all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offerings once the gift has been made. Special gifts above the tithe can be directed to special projects or needs upon approval of the Pastor.

Genesis 14:20 Matthew 6:33 II Corinthians 8:5

Proverbs 3:9-10 Luke 6:38 II Corinthians 9:6-7

Proverbs 11:25 Acts 4:34-37 Galatians 6:6-7

Malachi 3:8-10 I Corinthians 16:2 I John 3:17

Civil Government.

Civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society. Governmental officials are to be prayed for; and to be conscientiously honored and obeyed. However, where the laws of the civil government conflict with clear Biblical teaching, it is our duty as Christians first, to obey the Scripture.

Exodus 18:21-22 Daniel 3:17-18 Act 23:5

Psalm 72:11 Matthew 22:21 Romans 13:1-7

Proverbs 24:21 Acts 4:19-20 Titus 3:1

Ecclesiastes 8:2 Acts 5:29 I Peter 2:13, 14, 17

Marriage.

God’s design for marriage is for one man to be married to one woman for one lifetime. God gives reluctant permission for divorce and subsequent remarriage for the innocent party in the case of unrepentant sexual sin or abandonment by an unbelieving spouse.

Genesis 1:27-28 Malachi 2:14-16 Ephesians 5:22-33

Genesis 2:18-24 Matthew 19:3-9 Colossians 3:19

Proverbs 18:22 I Corinthians 7:10-16 Hebrews 13:4

Human Sexuality.

God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. Attempting to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance violates God’s Word.

Genesis 2:24 Leviticus 18:1-30 Ephesians 5:3

Genesis 19:5, 13 Romans 1:26-29 Colossians 3:5

Genesis 26:8-9 I Corinthians 5:1-13 I Thess 4:1-8

Exodus 20:14 I Corinthians 6:9 Hebrews 13:4

Sanctity of Life.

All human life, from the time of conception until God’s timing of death is sacred.

Psalm 51:5 Psalm 139:14-16 Isaiah 44:24

Psalm 71:6 Ecclesiastes 3:2 Isaiah 49:1, 5

Psalm 95:6 Ecclesiastes 12:7 Luke 1:44

Psalm 100:3 Jeremiah 1:5 I Corinthians 11:12

Civil Lawsuits between Believers.

According to I Corinthians 6, Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. The church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. A Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. Violation of this principle found in I Corinthians 6, may invoke church discipline.

I Corinthians 6:1-8 Ephesians 4:31-32

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