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Scriptures, Trinity, & creation

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God. Verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. We use the King James Version of the Bible for all preaching and teaching. ll Timothy 3:16-17; ll Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; Hebrews 4:12.


THE TRINITY

We believe that there is one living and true Creator God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These are equal in every divine perfection and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. ll Corinthians 13:14; Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 43:10-11, 1 John 5:7, John 15:26.


CREATION

We believe the universe was created by God in six literal days about 6,000 years ago. Man and woman were created by a direct act of God on the sixth day of creation. They were made in the image of God, unlike the animals, and were brought together as husband and wife to provide the pattern for marriage and procreation. Genesis 1:1-31, 2:21-24.


God: Father, son, & holy spirit

GOD, THE FATHER

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men. He hears and answers prayer, and chastens his children (believers) for their own good. He saves from sin and death all who believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 40:21-26, Proverbs 8:15; Psalm 95:3, 6; 139:1-12; Heb 12:5-7; John 3:16.


GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return for His church and with His church in power and glory. John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:6,7; Hebrews 1:8; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20; Hebrews 4:15, 12:2; Romans 3:25; Titus 2:13; l Corinthians 15; l Thessalonians 4:13-18.


GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. ln the present age, He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness, He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, He is the agent in the new birth, indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and every believer is commanded by God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and He bestows gifts as He wills. John 16:8, Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18-20; I Corinthians 3:16-17.

Man: our need for a savior

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We believe that sin is anything that is contrary to the character or will of God. Due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all men are sinners by nature and by choice. Unless each person's sin is dealt with, he or she is destined for a Christ-less eternity, separated from God in hell. The only escape from the penalty of sin is salvation through Christ. Genesis 2:17, 3:6; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; James 2:10; Rev 21:8.


SALVATION

We believe that because of their sin, all men are in need of salvation, divine redemption through personal regeneration. There is no one good enough to enter heaven on their own merit. Men must humble themselves before our Holy God, and those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior are "saved", "regenerated" by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone "plus nothing minus nothing." John 3:16-18, 14:6, Acts 17:30b, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5.


SANCTIFICATION

We believe that all believers are indwelt by the person of the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration. We are empowered by Him with every spiritual blessing pertaining to life and godliness. Drawing upon the resources available through the indwelling resurrected Christ, we are to grow in Christ-likeness to the end that our lives increasingly manifest the very life, character, and power of Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:16, Leviticus 20:7, ll Peter 1:3, 3:18; Col 1:27, Romans 8:29, Romans 12:1-3, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 3:10.

God's community on earth

THE CHURCH

We believe the church is the living spiritual body of Christ in which He is the Head, and all regenerated persons everywhere are members. The local church consists of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have a credible profession of faith, and have associated for evangelism, edification, worship, work, and fellowship. The calling of the church is to be the very presence of Christ in the midst of the world, standing as a testimony of His life and character. Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14, Colossians 1:18, Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-12, Hebrews 10:24-25; 12:22-23.


THE ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. Baptism signifies and symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and the Christian life begun. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and signifies Christian life continued. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 11:23-29.


THE LAST THINGS

We believe in the imminent return of our Lord for His Church at the rapture. Believers, those declared righteous in and through Christ, will be caught up together in glorified resurrected bodies and will stand before Christ to be judged for their works as Christians. Final judgment results in the eternal blessedness of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. Daniel 12:2; Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; 1 Cor 15:50-58, 1 Thess 4:13-18; 1 Cor 3:11-15; 2 Cor 5:10; Revelations 20:5-15.


ATTITUDE

As a non-denominational, Baptist church, we wish to stress the importance of the main fundamental doctrines as being absolutely necessary and to be forbearing in minor differences that so often are merely differences in terminology or tradition. "ln essentials, Unity; in nonessentials, Liberty; in all things, Charity!"