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1. The Triune God

We believe in one triune God, who is eternally existing in three distinct Persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-eternal in being and in nature, and co-equal in power and in glory. (Deut 6:4, 2 Cor 13:14

2. The Father

We believe in God the Father, who is infinite, eternal, personal, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love (Ps 90:2, Lev 11:44  1 John 4:8). We rejoice in His great love, most beautifully demonstrated in His plan of redemption for mankind (John 3:16).  He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

3. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus! He is the only begotten Son of God.  We believe in His deity (John 1:1-2); His virgin birth (Isa 7:14, Matt 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Heb 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (1 Cor 15:3, Eph 1:7, Heb 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Cor 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His exaltation as our High Priest, our Intercessor and our Advocate  (Acts 1:9-10, Heb 9:24, Ro 8:34, 1 John 2:1-2);  His Lordship (Ro 10:9, 1 Cor 1:9, 8:6); His power and authority to forgive sins and give everlasting life; His faithfulness to be with His own; His personal return to earth in power and glory to establish His kingdom (Acts 1:11, Rev 19:11-16); His promise of complete restoration of all things.  Jesus is our Hope!

4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He is the Divine Agent in regeneration, who baptizes believers into the body of Christ and who indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. He is also the Divine Teacher who enables believers to understand the Scriptures and walk in obedience to God and His word  (John 16:8-11, 2 Cor 3:6, 1 Cor 12:12-14, Ro 8:9, Eph 5:18).

5. The Authority of the Bible

We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are God-given and Holy Spirit written.  The 66 books make up the Holy Bible, the Word of God, given to man to reveal the plan and purpose of God the Father and the Person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative and inerrant Word of God.  The Bible is the complete and final revelation of God and the final authority for faith and life.  (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20,21, Matt 5:18) Through the Bible, God speaks to us.  In prayer, we speak to God.

6. The Creation and Fall of Man

We believe that man was created bearing the image and likeness of God to live in perfect communion with Him.  We believe that God is the giver of life from conception and He alone numbers our days (Psa 139:13, Isa 49:1, Jer 1:5, Job 14:5, Ps 139:16). We believe that sin entered the world through one man, Adam, by his personal disobedience to the revealed will of God.  As a result, all mankind is born with a sin nature and are sinful in thoughts, words, and deeds.  Man is utterly unable to save himself and remedy his lost condition. (Gen 1:26, Ro 3:22, 23, Ro 5:12, Eph 2:1-3, 12)

7. The Salvation of Man

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God’s grace given to repentant sinners who confess with their mouths and believe in their hearts that God raised Jesus from death (Rom 10:9). This salvation is not received by, nor based on, any sacrament, merit, or good work on man’s part. (Eph 2:8-10) The redeemed are saved, and kept, by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Ro 8:1, 38, 39, 1 Cor 1:4-8, 1 Pet 1:5)

On the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ took man’s sin upon Himself and suffered God’s righteous judgment of sin.  He died the death that we should die.  His blood was shed to pay the penalty for our sins.  He was buried and three days later rose from the grave conquering death and defeating Satan.  In salvation, the Lord forgives sins and imputes His righteousness to the forgiven sinner.  When we stand before God we are judged righteous because of the Lord’s righteousness given to us.  He lived the life we cannot live, and He has given us His righteousness, making us worthy before God. (Eph 1:7, 2 Cor 5:21)

8. The Sanctification of Believers

We believe that all those who are saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ should live in such a manner as to bring honor and glory to Him.  We are called to live separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations.  (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1). When Jesus saved us, He also imputed to us His righteousness and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We adhere to the admonition:  Do not take pleasure in the things for which He died, but rather believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling we are enabled to live a godly life (Ro 8:13-14, 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19-20, Eph 4:30, 5:18).

9. The Prayers of God’s People

We believe that prayer is an essential part of the Christian life.  It is an open communication with the God of the universe, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  In prayer we speak to God, knowing that He hears and answers, and knowing that He will calm our minds with His peace and comfort our souls with His hope. (Jer 33:3, James 4:8, Heb 4:16).  Prayer is an opportunity for us to  confess our sins (Ps 32:5), be cleansed (1 John 1:9), offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Heb 13:15), focus our eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2) and devote our heart to Him (Prov 23:26).

10. The  Church

We believe that all who have placed their faith in Christ are united by the Holy Spirit in one spiritual body, the church, of which Christ is the Head.  (Matt 16:18, Acts 2:46-47, 1 Cor 12:13, Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:18, Heb 10:25)  As the church, the body of Christ, we are called to reflect the love of God and be light in a dark world. And, to be ambassadors in His name and preach the Gospel. (Mark 16:15, Matt 28:19-20).

11. The Return of Christ

We believe in the promise of Christ’s return for His church (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13, Rev 3:10); A seven year period of tribulation during which the judgements of God will be poured out upon the world; and the second advent of Jesus Christ in glory and judgement to establish His kingdom (Dan 9:27, 12:1, Jere 30:7, Matt 24:15-31, 25:31-36, 2 Thess 2:7-12, Rev 16:1-19, 21, 19:1-21)

12. The Eternal State

We believe the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and immediately present with the Lord, where they consciously await the  bodily resurrection, when  spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Rev 20:4-6; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess 4:16-17).  We believe in the bodily resurrection not only for the saved but also for the unsaved, the lost.  The saved will rise to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal punishment  (John 5:28-29).

 

Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  Psa 127:1

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