We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is the essential and infallible record of God revealing himself to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition, extra biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession, or theology must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in the Holy Scripture.
GOD IS TRIUNE
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal. The Father in not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is the foundation of Christian Faith and life.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By His Word and for his glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world. Through the same Word He daily sustains all His creatures. He rules over all and is the only Sovereign God, His plans and purpose will come to pass. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose and in His unfathomable grace gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for mankind's redemption. He made man for fellowship with Himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of His glory.
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He was perfect in nature, teaching, and obedience. He is fully God and fully man. He was always with God and is God. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things and in Him all things hold together by the Word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, and in Him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed His blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary's cross for all mankind. By His death in our place, He revealed divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, the third day He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness and for a period of 40 days appeared to more than 500 witnesses, performing many convincing proofs of His resurrection. He ascended into heaven where, at God's right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all. He is the Head of His body, the Church and should be adored, loved, served, and obeyed by all.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit a person is led to trust in divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believer to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within the regenerated. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son, who in turn came to glorify the Father. He will lead the Church into right understanding and rich application of the truth of God's Word. He is to be respected, honored, worshipped as God the Third Person of the Trinity.
God made man - male and female - in His own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with Him. In being created in the image of God, male and female, the covenant union of marriage is between man and woman. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from His Maker, yet responsible to Him, he became subjected to divine wrath, inwardly depraved, and apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will and emotions. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3)
Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ's crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel, and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ's death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God's holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His never-ending love and reveals His amazing grace. We always remember the cross and because of the cross we can live in the glory of the Father. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men are able to be saved. (John 3:16-17)
MAN'S RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL
Man's response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional choosing of Jesus for his own pleasure and glory. It is also true that the message of the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins, and by God's grace, put savings faith in Christ. The gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all people in all nations. Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and saving faith is evidence by kingdom services or works. While neither repentance nor works save, unless a person is willing to deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Christ, he cannot become His disciple. (Romans 10:9-10)
Baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ's atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ's command, and as a testimony to God, the Church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual demonstration of a person's union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death. It also vividly depicts a person's release from the mastery of sin. He has been raised in newness of life and becomes a new creature in Christ. (Matthew 3:13-15, Mark 1:9, Luke 3:21, Acts 10:48)
Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and His substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God. Through Christ’s atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His Child. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and through the miracle of regeneration liberated from the law of sin and death into freedom of God’s Spirit. Salvation is a true encounter with God Himself and at that moment you inherit all the benefits of the kingdom forever. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification and seeks to produce His fruit in us as our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Christ. Though sin remains a reality, as we are led by the Spirit we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping His commandments and endeavoring to live in the world that all people may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven. All believers are exhorted to persevered in faith, knowing they will have to give an account to God for their every thought, word, and deed. The spiritual disciplines, especially Bible study, prayer, worship, and confession, are a vital means of grace until the end, which is most certain. (Matthew 5:48, Romans 12:1-3)
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian's witness and service. Being in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit are distinct experiences, though the latter may occur in close proximity to the former. The promise of the Father is freely available to all who believe in Jesus Christ. While the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer in Christ's Body, Jesus baptizes the believer in the Holy Spirit thereby enabling him to exercise the powers of the age to come in ministry and mission. The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with the power to witness, and imparts his supernatural gifts for the edification of the Body and the work of the ministry in the world. Speaking in tongues is the immediate evidence, but not the necessary evidence, that the gift of tongues in their private devotional life. This results in the exaltation of God, effective prayer, and personal edification. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are available today and are earnestly to be desired and expected. They are essential in the mission of the Church in the world today. (Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:1-4, 38-39, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:1-4, Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 14:18)
God by His Word and Spirit creates the Church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ's Body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that new redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church universal is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. the Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve Him by faithfully doing His will in the earth. This involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted throughout the entire world for a testimony. The ultimate mission of the Church is the making of disciples through the preaching of the gospel. When God transforms human nature, this then becomes the chief means of society's transformation. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church, in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord's Supper, prayer, and tithes. All members of the Church universal are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context they are called to walk out the New Covenant as the people of God and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given ministry gifts to the church (including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) for the equipping of Christ's body that it might mature and grow. Through the ministry gifts, all members of the Church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of the ministry. In the context of the local church, God's people receive pastoral care and leadership and the opportunity to employ their God-given gifts in His service in relation to one another and to the world. (1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4:11-13)
The Consummation of all things includes the visible, personal, and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ's kingdom on the new heavens and new earth. In the consummation, Satan with his host and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever. Married to Christ as His Bride, the Church will be in the presence of God forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)
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