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STATEMENT OF FAITH
The following is not a complete statement of our beliefs, but a brief list of those that comprise the foundation of our faith. This is offered for those who may be searching for a church with beliefs consistent with their own, and for others who may wish to know more about our views.
1). The Inspiration of the Scriptures
The Bible was written by men inspired of God and is therefore without error (2 Timothy 3.16; 2 Peter 1.21). We believe that the King James Version is the most trustworthy English translation and use it in all areas of ministry and literature.
2). The Godhead
God is One, yet manifest in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6.4; Matthew 28.19). Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, is the only Mediator between God and men (John 14.6; Acts 4.12; 1 Timothy 2.5). The Holy Spirit permanently indwells believers, guides in understanding truth and enables and empowers them for service (John 3.6; 16.8, 13; Ephesians 4.30).
Salvation is only by the grace of God through our faith in Christ: our personal belief in His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins, His burial, and His resurrection (Ephesians 2.8, 9; Romans 10.8-10). Eternal life is a gift (Romans 5.8, John 3.16; 1 John 4.10). There is absolutely nothing we can do to pay for sin or to earn eternal life (Galatians 2.16). The saved person is kept eternally secure by the power of God, not by any personal goodness, holiness, or perseverance (1 Peter 1.5; Jude 24).
4). The Church
A New Testament Church is a local body of baptized believers assembled to carry out Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 18.20; 28.18-20). The first church was established by our Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry (Matthew 16.18; Luke 6.12-13; 1 Corinthians 12.28a).
Christ instructed the church to observe two ordinances: baptism (immersion) and the Lord’s Supper. There is no grace or merit to be gained from either ordinance since they are given as symbols to remind us of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and promised return.
6). Heaven, Hell, and Eternity
The souls of all people will exist forever (Ecclesiastes 12.7; Luke 16.19-31). God has prepared a place of unimaginable blessing and joy for all those who have placed their faith in Him (John 14.2; 1 Corinthians 2.9; Revelation 21.1-4). There is also a literal place of torment for those who have not believed (Matthew 25.41; 2 Thessalonians 1.7-9; Revelation 20.15).
7). The Return of Christ
Christ has promised to return
to this earth (John 14.3). The Savior will return into the air to receive
believers before the time of Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 4.14-18; 1
Corinthians 15.51, 52), and after seven years visibly return to begin a literal
thousand year reign on earth (Acts 1.11; Revelation 1.7; Zechariah 14.4;22.20;
Revelation 20.4; Isaiah 2.1-4). This is commonly called the Pretribulational,
Premillennial view of Christ’s return.