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The Holy Scriptures

The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, divinely inspired.

1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Bible reveals the standards by which God will judge us and, therefore, is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.

John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12

God

There is but one true and living God

Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4

God is perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe. orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace

Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6

God is the Creator of all things

Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9

As Creator He is Father to all men, but He is spiritual Father only to those who believe on Him

Ephesians 4:6; Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18

He is neither the author nor approver of sin

Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47

He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own

John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9

God the Son

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.

Hebrews 1:5; Hebrews 5:5; 2 Peter 1:17; Luke 9:35; Romans 1:4, Psalms 2:7

In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary

Luke 1:35; Galatians 4:4-5

Our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive

John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 4:10

Jesus Christ rose from the grave; that resurrection is the guarantee of a future resurrection for all believers.guarantee of a future resurrection for all believers.

John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23

Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the rapture, and returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth

Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20

Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man

1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus Christ is the Head of His Body the Church

Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18

Jesus Chris is the coming universal King, who will reign on the throne of David

Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:31-33

He is the final Judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior

Matthew 25:14-46; Acts 17:30-31

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity

1 Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:11; Hebrews 9:14; Psalm 139:7-10; Isaiah 40:13-14; Romans 15:13; John 16:13

The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers all believers into the Body of Christ for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption

1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13

The Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible

2 Peter 1:19-21

the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church.

John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18

Man

Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation

Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9

Man became inherently corrupt upon Adam’s disobedience and is utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost

Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8

Man's salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ

John 3:36; ; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer

John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7

Salvation is not given on the basis of human merit or works

Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Regeneration

Regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given

John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5

It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit

John 5:24

Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration

1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:10

Election

Election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies

Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1-2

Sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord

Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17

All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive

John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8

Justification

Justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins

Romans 8:33; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7

Sanctification

Every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint.

Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2

There is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ

John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23

Every believer is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9

Security

All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever

John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24

Separation from sin

Out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God

Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11

Believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes and a continual pursuit of holiness

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Hebrews 12:1-2; Matthew 5:2-12; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10

The Church

All who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

The church is the spiritual Bride of Christ

2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8

The formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21, 38-47

The church will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture

1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures

Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1

The members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies

1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25

Jesus Christ is the one supreme authority for the church

1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18

The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are elders (also called bishops, pastors, and pastor/teachers.

1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5

The role of the elders is many and includes: to teach; to guard ; to oversee; to give counsel; to handle disputes; to visit and pray for the sick and to supervise the distribution of money (Acts 11:30)

1 Timothy 3:2; 5:17; 1 Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28; Acts 20:28-29; Titus 1:9-14; 1 Peter 5:3; Hebrews 13:7, 17; Acts 21:23; Acts 15:2; James 5:14; Acts 11:30

The deacons are the assistants to the elders in the carrying out of their responsibilities. There are no specific tasks outlined in the Scriptures for deacons, but the Greek work diakonos fundamentally conveys the idea of service

Acts 6:1-6

The deacons are to relieve the elders of tasks which would detract them from a ministry of prayer and teaching

Acts 6:4

The local church is autonomous, free from any external authority or control, with the right of self-government and freedom from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations

Titus 1:5

The purpose of the church is to glorify God () by building itself up in the faith (), by instruction of the Word (), by fellowship (), by keeping the ordinances () and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world

Ephesians 3:21; Ephesians 4:13-16; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17; Acts 2:47; 1 John 1:3; Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:42

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. …It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

Acts 8:36-39

The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination

1 Corinthians 11:28-32

The elements of Communion are representative of the flesh and blood of Christ and participation in the Lord’s Supper is an actual communion with the risen Christ, who indwells every believer

1 Corinthians 10:16

Evangelism and Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations... to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:20; Mark 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:17; Matthew 9:37-38;

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. …Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly…the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. …The righteous… will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Revelation of John

Family

The family is the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption.

Ephesians 5:25; Genesis 2:24;

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. ... The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation... Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage.

Proverbs 22:6; 1 Timothy 5:8; Genesis 1:27-28; Matthew 19:6; Proverbs 12:4;; Leviticus 18:22

Man's salvation is thereby wholly of God's grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ

John 3:36; ; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2