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What we Believe

Our Articles of Faith present the doctrines we are committed to as a church. But these historic truths are always under attack. Often theologians try to "sneak" new thoughts into old categories by simply changing the language. So we need to constantly restate our convictions in precise terms, which keep us within our historic parameters as a conservative, evangelical church.

Salvation: God, out of love for the human race, sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners. Jesus Christ, God incarnate (God in the flesh), paid the full penalty for human sins when He died on the cross. Any person, who in simple faith, trusts in the risen Christ as his only hope of heaven, receives the gift of eternal life which once granted can never be lost. (John 3:16-18)

Security: Every child of God possesses eternal life and, being regenerated, justified, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity. However, a Christian can, through sin lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony and reward and incur the Father's discipline. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth. Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience to the Word of God. (Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 5:13)

 
Scripture: The Bible is God's Word written, inspired, infallible, and without error in the original manuscripts, and is the unique, full, and final authority on all matters on which it bears. The New Testament interpretation of the Old Testament, both factually and theologically, represents an authoritative way of interpreting the Bible. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
 
Trinity: There is one God, eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
Son: Our Lord Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. Before His incarnation, He existed in the form of God and of His own choice laid aside His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. He was put to death by crucifixion, buried and on the third day arose from the dead. After His resurrection, He showed Himself alive to His disciples and others for 40 days. After this, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for His children.
 
Holy Spirit: We believe that all who have trusted in Jesus Christ are regenerated, baptized, sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13), and that He fills (controls) those who obey the Lord and separate from sin (Ephesians 5:15-21). We believe the Holy Spirit gifts all believers for service (Romans 12:6-8); that certain gifts were intended to confirm the message and ministry of the Apostles; and that because the Bible was completed at the end of the first century AD, the purpose of these gifts has been achieved (Hebrews 2:1-4). 
 
Rapture & Second Coming:  We believe that prior to His second coming to earth, Christ will have taken the church out (raptured) of the world (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Between the Rapture and the Second Coming, there will be a period of at least seven years during which God's program will again center around Israel (Daniel 9:24-27). This will be a time of great distress and tribulation (Matthew 24:21). A large part of this will have as it purpose to purify Israel to a remnant of believers who will enter the Millennium (Romans 9:24-27). The Antichrist will be in control during this time. We believe that the best interpretation of Scriptures shows that the church will be raptured before this period of tribulation and will not be subjected to these judgments (1 Thess.  5:9).