Statement of Faith

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WE BELIEVE:

1. THE HOLY BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED, INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD. [II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:]

2. THERE IS ONE GOD ETERNALLY EXISTING IN THREE PERSONS:  GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY GHOST.  [Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:]

3. JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF THE FATHER, CONCEIVED OF THE HOLY GHOST, AND BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY.  [Matthew 1:18-23 18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.]

4. JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED FOR THE REMISSION OF SIN, A PROPITIATION TO GOD FOR FALLEN HUMANITY.  [Romans 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;]

5. JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED, BURIED, AND RAISED FROM THE DEAD ON THE THIRD DAY.  HE ASCENDED TO HEAVEN AND NOW SITS ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER AS MANKIND’S INTERCESSOR.  [I John 2:1-2 1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.]

6. ALL HAVE SINNED AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.  REPENTANCE AND A TRUE CONVERSION ARE COMMANDED BY GOD, AND NECESSARY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN.  [Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;]

7. WE ARE JUSTIFIED AND FORGIVEN OF SIN BY FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.  [Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  Romans 5:1 THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:]

8. SANCTIFICATION IS BOTH IMMEDIATE AND PROGRESSIVE SUBSEQUENT TO THE NEW BIRTH, THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD, AND BY THE HOLY GHOST.  [John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  I Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.]

9. HOLINESS IS GOD’S STANDARD OF LIVING FOR HIS PEOPLE.  [Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:]

10. THAT ALL BELIEVERS SHOULD OBEY THE COMMAND OF JESUS CHRIST AND BE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY GHOST ACCORDING TO ACTS 2:4, THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE POWER TO BE WITNESSES AND TO BE PROPERLY PREPARED FOR HIS SECOND APPEARANCE.  [Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Matthew 28:19-20 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Matthew 25:1-13 1THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.]

11. IN THE SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT OF GOD GIVES UTTERANCE, AS THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST.  [Acts 10:45-46 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God…]

12. IN WATER BAPTISM BY IMMERSION IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY GHOST FOR ALL WHO HAVE REPENTED.  [Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:]

13. DIVINE HEALING IS PROVIDED FOR ALL IN THE ATONEMENT AND REDEMPTIVE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS.  [Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.  I Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:]

14. IN THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS.  [James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.]

15. IN THE DEDICATION OF OUR CHILDREN UNTO THE LORD AS A COVENANT AND A WITNESS TO LOVINGLY RAISE THEM IN THE FEAR AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD.  [Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,]

16. IN THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE AS AN ORDAINED INSTITUTION OF GOD, WHEREBY A MAN AND A WOMAN ARE JOINED AS ONE FLESH.  [Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.]

17. IN PAYING THE TITHE OF TEN PERCENT TO THE CHURCH AS OUR REASONABLE SERVICE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE MINISTRY, ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE.  [Malachi 3:8-11 8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.  Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.  Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.]

18. THE PRE-TRIBULATION SECOND APPEARANCE OF JESUS, TO RESURRECT THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD AND TO CATCH AWAY THE LIVING SPIRIT-LED SAINTS TO MEET HIM IN THE AIR.  [Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  I Thessalonians 4:13-18 13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.]

19. IN THE BODILY RESURRECTION; ETERNAL LIFE FOR THE RIGHTEOUS IN HEAVEN, AND ETERNAL PUNISHMENT FOR THE WICKED DAMNED IN HELL.  [John 3:16-18, 36 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.]20. IN CONDUCTING OURSELVES IN DECENCY AND IN ORDER IN ALL THINGS, PARTICULARLY HONORING THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.  [I Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.]