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Doctrinal Statement

THE SCRIPTURES
Different men, while writing according to their own styles and personalities, were supernaturally moved along by the Holy Spirit to record God’s very words, inerrant in the original writings. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the full and final revelation of God’s self-disclosure and counsel to man. There is no new revelation or knowledge of or about God or man apart from what is already recorded in the Scriptures. They represent our full and complete authority for belief, obedience, and acceptable worship of God. Whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. Scripture interprets Scripture. Therefore, those applying themselves to study its literal, historical-grammatical context under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit can accurately understand God’s Word. Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and infallible rule of faith and practice for all of life. The truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of Scripture.


THE TRIUNE GOD
There is but one living and true God who is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. He is absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the upholder and controller of all things. God is one in essence. In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine attribute and perfection. All three Persons are worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience. They execute distinct but harmonious functions in the great work of redemption. In God we live and move and have our being. He is the God of truth and without iniquity. God alone is just and right and shall judge the world.


GOD THE FATHER
God the Father created the universe apart from preexisting materials and without means in six literal days for His glory according to His own will through His Son Jesus Christ. He upholds all things by His power and grace, exercising sovereign headship over all creation. He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; and He relates Himself to His own as their Father.


GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, moved by love in accordance with the will of the Father, took on human flesh to reveal God, redeem man, and rule over God's kingdom. Conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the virgin Mary. In the incarnation of Christ, He surrendered only the privilege of His deity but none of His divine nature, either in degree or kind. Jesus, being indivisibly fully God and fully man, was without sin as to nature, unable to sin in principle, and did not sin in fact. By His sinless life, miraculous ministry, shedding of His blood, and His physical sacrificial death on the cross; Jesus satisfied divine justice concerning sin, thus freeing believers from the punishment, penalty, power, and one day the very presence of sin. The believer is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God. Jesus' death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive. Jesus does provide physical healing for our bodies according to His will, however, His death on the cross is not provision for the healing for our earthly bodies, the provision of worldly prosperity and well being, or any other fleshly desires. His death on the cross was to bring healing to our souls, thereby giving us eternal life in heaven.


Unlike man, Jesus did not die spiritually and Scripture does not indicate that He went to hell after His physical death on the cross. His spirit was with the Father until He was bodily resurrected. Jesus arose visibly and bodily from the dead three days after His death as a guarantee of the future resurrection to life of all believers. After His bodily ascension to the Father's right hand in heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to care for and keep those who belong to Him. He is now Head of His Body the Church, the only Savior and Mediator between God and man, and will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission and as the final judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as their Savior from sin.


GOD THE SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is coequal and of the same essence with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin and transforms believers into the likeness of Christ, baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head. He glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ in all He does. The work of the Holy Spirit in believers involves that of regeneration, indwelling, sanctifying, instructing, guiding, comforting, empowering for godly living and service, and preserving to the day of Christ. He bestows gifts among believers to glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the faith. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit.


God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in bestowing all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today. Speaking in tongues and working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were not intended to be characteristic of the lives of all believers. The Holy Spirit reveals the Word of God to mankind. He does not bring any new revelation apart from what has already been revealed in Scripture. The Word of God and the Spirit of God are inseparable.


ANGELS
The angels were all created by God as a great host of sinless spirit-beings, most of whom kept their holiness, to worship God and serve His purposes. As part of God's creation, they are not to be prayed to or worshiped. One of the angels fell through the sin of pride and influenced a large company of angels to follow him, who thereby became demons. Scripture usually refers to this angel as the Devil or Satan. The work of Satan and the demons is the attempted subversion and supplanting of the work of God. By a subtle suggestion, Satan accomplished the moral fall of man, subjecting them to his own power. Satan continues as the enemy of God, the accuser of God's people, and persistently seeks to counterfeit the works and truth of God and elevate man. Satan was judged at the cross, though the sentence was not then executed, and he will finally be thrown into the lake of fire at the end of the Millennium.


MAN
God created man – male and female – in His own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify Himself, enjoy His fellowship, and fulfill His will and purposes on earth. Man was created free from sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self determination, and moral responsibility to God. Tempted by Satan, man voluntarily chose to disobey the revealed will of God. As a consequence man incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, and became subject to the wrath of God, inherently corrupt, powerless, and incapable of choosing, doing, or offering that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost, totally depraved by nature and by choice, without defense or excuse apart from salvation which is solely in the Lord Jesus Christ without any contribution from man.


SALVATION
Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and salvation is found in none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sin, through which God's righteous wrath was fully satisfied for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift given by Christ by grace alone apart from any virtue or work of man. At salvation each person is made a new creation by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and becomes an adopted child of God. Genuine faith continues and grows in complete surrender and consecration through abiding, obedience, service, and love for Jesus Christ. The believer seeks to live a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end.


RESURRECTION
Jesus' crucified body was literally and physically resurrected on the third day following His death. He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He mediates as our Advocate and High Priest. His resurrection ensures justification and future bodily resurrection to eternal life for all believers.


THE CHURCH
Upon believing and embracing the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, all believers become part of His body, the church – of which Jesus Christ is the Head. There is one church universal, composed of all those who know Jesus Christ as Saviour and follow Him as Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather together in local churches under the leadership of elders to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), application of discipline, fellowship, service to and edification of the body through the development and use of talents and gifts. It is the aim, duty, and privilege of every believer and local church fellowship to glorify God by responding as active participants to the command of Jesus Christ to proclaim the gospel message and to go and make disciples of all believers in all nations. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to His commands there is the local expression of the church. Its members are to work together in love, truth, and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.


BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
Baptism is commanded by Christ as the solemn and beautiful testimony of every believer showing their faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, and their union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ. The Lord's Supper is commanded by Christ as the solemn remembrance by believers of Christ's death until He comes. Participation should be preceded by a careful self-examination of our heart and motives recognizing the significance and purpose of Christ's sacrifice.


LAST THINGS
We hold to the position of a Pre-tribulation Premillenialism. The summary below is provided for understanding, however, full agreement is not required for membership. Members only need to accept that Christ's physical return to judge & reign is imminent, and that this position will never become one of contention or division within the church.


The Intermediate State: At death, the redeemed pass immediately into the presence of Christ with no loss of our immaterial consciousness. There is separation between body and soul, and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue until the rapture, which represents the first resurrection when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord. Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ. The souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection when the soul and the resurrected body will be reunited. They shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into hell, the lake of fire, cut off from the life of God forever.


The Rapture of the Church: The bodies of the living saints and dead saints are raised up to meet Christ before the tribulation and to be rewarded according to their works.


The Tribulation Period: Immediately following the removal of the church from the earth, the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon the unbelieving world.


The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign: After the tribulation period, Christ will come in glory to earth to occupy the throne of David and establish His messianic kingdom of 1,000 years on the earth. During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and the nations of the earth. This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world. The kingdom will be the fulfillment of God's promise to Israel to restore them to the land that they forfeited through their disobedience. The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside, but will again be awakened through repentance to enter into the land of blessing. This time of our Lord's reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, and righteousness, and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan.


The Judgment of the Lost: Following the release of Satan after the 1,000 year reign of Christ, Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city, at which time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven. Following this, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, whereupon Christ, who is the Judge of all men, will resurrect and judge the great and small at the Great White Throne Judgment. The resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment, they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in hell, the lake of fire.


The Eternal State: After the closing of the millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved and replaced with a new earth, wherein only righteousness dwells. Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will forever enjoy fellowship with God and one another. Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father, that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever.

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