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What We Believe

[b][center]I. The Scriptures [/b][/center]

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
[i]Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105, 140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21[/i]

[b][center]II. God [/b][/center]

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

[b][center]A. God the Father[/b][/center]

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.
[i]Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff; 20:1ff; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19[/i]

[b][center]B. God the Son[/b][/center]

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.
[i]Genesis 18:1ff; Psalms 2:7ff; 110:1ff; Isaiah 7:14;53; Matthew 1:18-23;3:17;8:29; 11:27;14:33;16:16,27;17:5;27;28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1;3:11; Luke 1:35;4:41;22:70; 24:46[/i]

[b][center]C. God the Holy Spirit[/b][/center]

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His Church.
[i]Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11;139:7ff; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18;3:16;4:1;12:28-32;28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35;4:1,18-19; 11:13;12:12;24:49[/i]

[b][center]III. Salvation[/b][/center]

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. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
[i]Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17;6:2-8; Matthew 1:21;4:17;16:21-26;27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69;2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29;3:3-21,36;5:24;10:9,28-29;15:1-16;17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12;15:11;16:30-31;17:30-31;20:32; Romans 1:16-18;2:4;3:23-25;4:3ff;5:8-10; 6:1-23;8:1-18,29-39;10:9-10,13;13:11-14[/i]

[b][center]IV. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper[/b][/center]

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 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. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a Church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of Church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
[i]Matthew 3:13-17;26:26-30;28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11;14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22;22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42;8:35-39;16:30-33;20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21;11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.[/i]