What We Believe

The Trinity


God is the Creator and the Sovereign of the universe; He is the only true God possessing divine attributes, to wit, holiness, righteousness, love, goodness, truth, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and eternity; and the First Person of the Trinity is God the Father. [Deuteronomy 6:4; Galatians 1:1,3; II Corinthians 13:14] Jesus Christ, being God the Son and Second Person of the Trinity, was made incarnate through the Virgin Mary to provide redemption and atonement through His shed blood for mankind; was crucified, buried, physically resurrected and ascended to heaven and is presently making intercession for believers before God the Father; will return at the rapture to receive His own and to the earth at His second coming to set up His millennial kingdom; and to bring judgment to the unbelievers. [Matthew 1:21; John 1:1,2,14; 14:3; Acts 1:11, I Corinthians 1:3-5; 15:3-4; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 19:11-16] The Holy Spirit, being the Third Person of the Trinity, convicts men of sin, convinces men of the need of a Savior, brings them to regeneration and the Christian life, baptizes believers into the body of Christ, and seals them eternally. He indwells, fills and empowers the believer for service and to a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. [John 3:5; 16:8-11; I Corinthians 6:19-20; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18]




The Scripture


The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the final authority for faith and practice. [II Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:18, I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18]




Condition and Status of Man


The first man, Adam, was created by God in His image and likeness for the primary purpose of fellowshipping with God and glorifying Him. Adam, being tempted by Satan, willfully disobeyed and violated God's command by partaking of the forbidden fruit, thus committing the original sin on earth, and thereby severing relationship with God. [Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3 & 12] Because of Adam's sin, his descendants are born with a sinful nature and are destined to physical and spiritual and eternal death. [Romans 3:22-23; Revelation 20:14] Redemption has been provided by God for mankind through the atoning death of His Son, Jesus Christ. [Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:14] Man's salvation is accomplished by means of God's grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. [Ephesians 2:8] God's purpose for the believer in Christ is to glorify Him, to make Him known through witness by word and life, and to fellowship with other believers. [I Corinthians 10:31; I John 1:3] The fellowship of the believer with God is maintained through prayer and the study of God's Word. This fellowship, if broken because of sin, is restored by personal confession of sin and God's forgiveness. [James 5:16; I John 1:9] The hope of all believers in Christ is the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, personal and visible return of Christ for the redeemed and to reign with Him at His second coming in the millennial kingdom, and to be with Him throughout eternity. [Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 1:7; 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6]





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OUR PURPOSE IS TO GLORIFY GOD

BY LOVING GOD PASSIONATELY,

LOVING ONE ANOTHER SACRIFICIALLY,

AND MAKING DISCIPLES OF

JESUS CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS.

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