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THE BIBLE- The Bible is God’s Word to all people.Though it was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is truth from God and without error in its original writings. Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and sufficient authority for all of life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

GOD- He is the one living and true God, eternally existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20; John 17:3). Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory and honor and obedience. (John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4)

JESUS CHRIST- He is the eternal Son, who took on human flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He, being full God and fully man, lived a sinless life and shed his blood by dying on the cross to redeem all who place their faith in Him. He visibly and bodily arose from the dead three days later. Now he sits at the right hand of the Father, mediating for us to God. He is the Head of the church and will return one day to make His kingdom in Heaven on Earth. (John 1:1, 14, 18; John 14:8-9)

MAN- Man is made in the image of God. Mankind is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. Only through Jesus Christ can a right relationship exist. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21-22)

SALVATION- Salvation is a gift from God to man. The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ. Only by turning from one’s sin in repentance and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. At salvation each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit and given eternal life. Genuine faith continues in obedience to God’s Word, love for Jesus Christ, and a life focused on glorifying God with their life. (John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1)

THE HOLY SPIRIT- The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. (Acts 5:3-4; John 16:5-11; Acts 2:38)

SPIRITUAL GIFTS- God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts, yet it is the believers responsibility to develop and deploy their gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of a deeper spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7-13; Ephesians 4:7-8). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him. (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13;1 Peter 4:10-11) The Spirit’s work in a believer’s life is not the emphasizing of a particular gift, but a life characterized by holiness. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-23)

THE CHURCH- When one places their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and communion, service to the local body through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the world to make disciples. (Acts 2:41-46; Matthew 28:18-20). The local church is to be under the watchful care of a plurality of elders. (Titus 1:5) A church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Ephesians 4:16)

THINGS TO COME- Believers are expectantly awaiting the glorious, visible, personal, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The hope of His return has essential relevance on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost will be raised to judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the new heaven and new earth in the manifested presence of God. (Acts 1:3&9-11; Revelation 20:7-15; Revelation 21)