God

There is but one True and Living God Who has always existed and always will exist. God is a spirit with personality, not an “idea” or a “force.” God exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are distinct and yet one. God directly and immediately created all that is. God is distinct from all that He has created and is sovereign over all creation. God’s natural attributes include unlimited knowledge, unlimited power, being everywhere at once and never changing. God’s moral attributes include holiness, love, justice, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, and kindness.

It is imperative that every believer worship God and seek to love Him wholeheartedly.


Jesus

Jesus is God, the Son of God, and as such possesses all the attributes of God. He became like man by being born of the virgin Mary through being conceived by the Holy Spirit. While in human flesh, Jesus was both fully God and fully man. He lived a life free from all sin. Jesus’ primary purpose on earth was to become the one and only way of salvation. He did this by dying on the cross and shedding His blood as a sacrificial substitute for the sins of the whole world. He then, after three days, was bodily resurrected from the dead. His resurrection demonstrated the completeness of His mission and God’s power to save and impart eternal life to all who would embrace this finished work of Jesus. After forty days, He ascended into heaven, yet He has promised to return again to earth at any time, to receive all who have personally received Him. This is referred to as “that blessed hope,” the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ.

Every believer is admonished to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus in their life and daily practice it.


The Bible

The Bible, all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, is inspired by God and comprises the Word of God. Inspiration applies to the very words of the original manuscripts and renders the Bible without error in any and every respect. God has preserved His Word in copies of the original manuscripts so that no part is lost. The Bible is the final authority on all matters of belief and behavior.

It is essential that every believer personally study the Bible and apply its truths to his life.

 

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The Church

The universal church is that total group of people who have trusted Jesus as their Savior. The local church is a visible expression of that church in a particular place. Other than Jesus Christ, there is no authority over the local church. The local church exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through the equipping of believers to do the work of ministry, the edification of believers, and the promotion of evangelism. The two God-ordained ordinances to be carried out by the local church are the baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.

It is God’s will for every born-again believer to be a participating member of a local church.


Personal Godliness

God exhorts every Christian to be salt and light to the world. One key way this is accomplished is through lifestyle. “Holy living” is the antithesis of “worldly living” which, Biblically defined, would be a practice or attitude that stands in opposition to God and His standard of righteousness. Holiness is the embracing of God and His ways. All moral standards need to be tested and affirmed through the Bible, for it alone is the standard for right (moral) and wrong (immoral or anti- God). Every believer is responsible to establish and test his convictions and personal standards by God’s Word and the principles it sets forth. Every believer will some day give an account of his life to Jesus Christ at the bema judgment, at which time he will be rewarded accordingly or suffer the loss thereof.

The primary way a believer glorifies God is by how he lives his life. It is essential that every genuine believer live by Biblical principles.


Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, God the Spirit, and as such possesses all the attributes of God. He is a Person, not an impersonal “force” or “influence.” He is the Author of Scripture. The Holy Spirit is active in the salvation of people by bringing conviction of sin, testifying to the truth of salvation in Jesus Christ, giving life to those who trust in Christ and placing the believer into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit takes up residence in the life of the believer. He helps the believer by creating a desire to live for God, by empowerment for such living, by helping the believer to understand and apply Scripture, and by giving the believer assurance of salvation. Only when we are daily looking to God for grace and strength to live the Christian life (i.e. I need God or a dependence upon Him) can we be said to be “being filled or controlled” by the Holy Spirit.

Scripture admonishes us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. This is done as a Christian lives in an independent manner from God or a disobedient one—the first being much more subtle.


Salvation

The only basis for a person’s salvation is the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift offered by grace to all people and received by faith. Good works play no part in receiving salvation, but are an indicator of having received salvation. Saving faith is placing all of one’s dependence in Christ alone for salvation. Salvation means that all sin is forgiven, the righteousness of Jesus is “credited” to the believer and the believer enters into a never-ending relationship with God. The true believer is eternally secure in Jesus Christ. All who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior through faith are “born again” of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost. A lost individual is one who has refused to respond positively to God and God’s revelation to him.

God’s desire is that every individual would respond positively to Him and receive His salvation, which is through Jesus Christ alone.