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The Bible

We believe in the verbal-plenary inspiration of the original writings of the Holy Scriptures -Old and New Testament: inerrant, infallible, immutable, and sufficient for all things which God intended them (Ps.19:7-11; Isa.55:11; Matt.5:17-18; 2 Tim.3:16-17; Heb.6:16-18; 2 Pet.1:4, 20-21).

 

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The Godhead

We believe in the one and only Triune God of the Bible, eternally self-existent and self-sustaining in three persons that are one in essence; co-equal and co-eternal in every way -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut.6:4; Isa.48:16; Jn.17:21; 2Cor.13:14).

 

 

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Man

We believe that Man is created in the image of God -originally good and holy -but by the one transgression of Adam the human race fell into sin and death. We are totally depraved; sin has corrupted the whole man -mind, heart, and will. We have an inherited sin nature, commit person sin, and can do nothing good. We are alienated from God, under His curse, and unable to redeem ourselves from our estrangement (Gen.1:27-28, 3:1-24, 6:5, 8:21; Ps.14:1-3, 51:5, 59:2; Rom.1:18-3:23, 5:12-14).

 

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The Person of Christ

(Chalcedonian Creed)

We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body; consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us (Jn.1:1-18, 5:22-23, 8:24, 10:30, 14:9, 17:5; Col.1:15-19; Heb.1:1-4).

 

 

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The Work of Christ

We believe that Christ descended from heaven and was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived in perfect active obedience to His Father. After being baptised by John the Baptist at the age of 30, He nearly expelled disease and devils from Palestine for 3 1/2 years while travelling and preaching the Kingdom of God. He fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy concerning His birth, message, ministry, and atonement. On the cross, He passively obeyed His Father, receiving God’s wrath against the sins of the elect as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; taking the full guilt of their sin upon Himself, thus, securing an eternal salvation. His death was a purchase price for His bride; an actual and effectual payment for their sin. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, intercedes on behalf of His bride, and is coming again in Judgement to destroy all unrighteousness and establish the New World (Gen.3:15; Isa.7:14, 9:6-7, 53:1-12; Jn.3:16-17, 10:1-30; Acts 2:22-24, Acts 20:28; Eph.1:7, 4:8-10; Heb.7:25, 9:28, 10:14; 1 Jn.2:1-2).

 

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Salvation 

We believe that salvation is deliverance from sin, death, the devil, and the wrath of God against our sin. It is fully accomplished by Christ’s atonement, granted solely by grace, received solely by faith, and predestined by the foreknowledge, will, and good pleasure of God. The atonement is actually applied by the Holy Spirit, in Regeneration, through the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our sin account and our sin to His cross (Isa.53; Matt.1:21; 1 Cor.15:51-57; Col.2:15; 1 Jn.4:8; Lk.3:7; 1 Thes.1:10).

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The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third “person” of the Trinity and in every way God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement; effectually calls the elect unto salvation; is the one cause of the sinner’s regeneration; unites all believers into the body of Christ, and indwells all believers at the moment of salvation. He seals and guarantees us in Christ unto our final salvation; equips us for the work of ministry, and according to His good will, freely distributes various spiritual gifts for the edification of the Church (Matt.3:16-17; Jn.16:8-11; Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.12:13; Eph.1:13-14; Tit.3:5).

 

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The Church

We believe that the Church is a living, spiritual, invisible, and universal organism in Christ. She was foreknown and predestined by the Father, promised to and purchased by the Son, born and sealed by the Holy Spirit. She is the Father’s elect and adopted children, and the Son’s sheep and purchased bride. She is forever united and joined to Father, in Christ, by the Holy Spirt. She is invisible, in that, the true Church is not a building but a body, made of believers from every tribe, tongue, and nation which only God ultimately knows who. However, we believe in the glory of God in the Church through the gathering of His elect in local, autonomous congregations (Jn.17:6-26; Acts 2:41-42, 8:1, 20:28; Rom.16:1; Eph.1:22-23, 2:11-22, 3:21, 5:25-32; Heb.10:24-25).