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Director of Christian Education - Rev. Marvin Crawford

WHAT WE BELIEVE

SCRIPTURES -- We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God
(II Timothy 3: 16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 68:11).

GOD -- We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Exo.20:2-3; Isa.45:22; I Cor.8:6; I John 5:7).

  • GOD THE FATHER -- God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:1; I Chronicles 29:10; Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 6:9; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 4:6).

  • GOD THE SON – Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. In His incarnation as a man, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He is the only Savior of mankind and the proper object of our worship (II Cor.5:19; I Tim.3:16; Luke 1:35; Matt.1:18-20, Acts 4:10-12) .
  • GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT -- We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the agent of the new birth, and He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God (John 14:16-17; John 16:12-15; Rom.8:14-27; II Cor.13:14).

CREATION -- We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, "each after its own kind," by direct act and not by the process of evolution
(Gen. 1 and 2; Psa.33: 6-9; John 1:3; Col.1: 16-17).

THE FALL OF MAN -- We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death (Gen.3; Gen.5: 1-4; Rom.5:10-19;
Eph.2:1-3).

THE ATONEMENT -- We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ, and through His suffering, death, and resurrection made full satisfaction to the justice of God for the sin of man (John 3:1-19; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:30-33; Rom.10: 9-13; II Cor.5: 17).

SALVATION -- We believe that salvation is by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose death, burial, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father are the only premises for salvation (Eph.1: 7; Rev.1:5). .

BAPTISM – We believe that baptism is administered by fully immersing a believer’s body in the water to symbolize one’s death to a life of sin and being raised in the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Baptism is an act of obedience administered only to those who have placed their faith in Jesus for salvation.

THE LORD'S RETURN -- We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, and premillennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will come before the seven year tribulation period to catch away His church (coming only in the air), and that He will come with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and set up His kingdom (I Thess.4:13-17; Matt.25:31-46; Rev.19:11-21).

RESURRECTION -- We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His Church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air; and that the unbelieving dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and shall stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom (John 5:21-30; I Thess.4: 16; Rev.7:9-17; 20:11-15).

THE DEVIL OR SATAN -- We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the prince of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Matt.4: 1-3; Matt.25:41; II Cor.4:4; Rev.20:10).

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