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About The Bible 

The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God and is his revelation of himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction, having God for its author, therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tested.


About God 

There is one and only one God. He is the source of what we know as personhood.  He exists beyond and outside of all that he has created, including time.  Thus, he is all powerful and all knowing; being able to interact with the spiritual and physical realms of the universe he created, and knowing everything of the past, present, and future all at the same time.  He is triune in essence and reveals himself to us as Father (his mind, will, and emotions), Son Jesus (his primary interaction with the physical realm), and Holy Spirit (his primary interaction with the spiritual realm).

As the Father, he reigns with providential care over his universe, his creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of his grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.

As the Son, God interacts with the physical realm.  In his incarnation as Jesus, he was conceived in a fully human body by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying himself completely with mankind yet without sin. By his substitutionary death on the cross as the perfect sinless sacrifice, he made it possible for every person to have a right relationship with God.  His resurrection from the dead with a glorified body proved that he is God and that everything he said is true.  As he promised, he will someday return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate his redemptive mission.

As the Holy Spirit, God interacts with the spiritual realm, directing the activities of God’s angelic beings and providing the power that sustains the physical realm. Through illumination he enables men to understand truth and inspired men of old to write the Scriptures.  He exalts Jesus, and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to accept Jesus as their Savior and effects regeneration by baptizing them into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows gifts by which believers serve God through his church.  His indwelling of a believer seals them unto the day of final redemption and guarantees that God will bring the believer into the fullness of eternal life with Jesus.


About Man 

Man is the special creation of God, made in his triune image with an eternal soul (his mind, will, and emotions), a physical body to interact with the physical realm, and a spiritual body to interact with the spiritual realm.  In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by God with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned by following the temptation of Satan to disobey God and brought sin into the human race. The result was that his spiritual body died immediately and in the future his physical body would also die.  Another result was that all of his offspring inherit his dead spiritual body, a nature that is inclined toward sin, and a physical body that will eventually die.


About Salvation 

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus as God, who by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures when the Holy Spirit indwells and gives rebirth to their dead spiritual body. It is a change of heart brought about when a person is convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit, and to which the sinner responds by turning from disobedience of God and, in faith, accepts Jesus and his death as sufficient to begin a new life of obedience to God.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of everyone who repents and believes in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is a process, beginning with regeneration, whereby a believer is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Maturity should continue throughout the believer’s new life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed living with Jesus for eternity.


About The Church 

A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all believers of all the ages from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.


About Baptism and the Lord's Supper 

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ. It is a testimony to a believer’s faith in Jesus.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of Jesus and anticipate his second coming.


About The Lord's Day 

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.


About The Kingdom 

The Kingdom of God includes both his general sovereignty over the universe and his particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God's will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus and the end of this age.


About Last Things 

God, in his own time and in his own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to his promise, Jesus will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with Jesus.


About Evangelism and Missions 

Evangelism is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ, and thus every church, to share the good news about what Jesus has done for mankind with every person within their sphere of influence and then to help them become mature disciples through baptism and teaching them to obey Jesus’ teachings.

Missions is the privilege of every follower of Christ, and thus every church, to help followers in other areas around the world to evangelize their area.


About Stewardship 

Since God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual, all that we have and are we owe to him.  Therefore we are under obligation to serve him with our time, talents, and material possessions.  Stewardship is the use of what God has entrusted to us for his glory and for helping others.  The starting place for stewardship is the honoring of God with a tithe (10th) which followers of Jesus should give regularly toward the work of their local church.  The local church should honor God with a tithe toward mission efforts locally and around the world.  Those whom God blesses with more than what they need to care for their family, should seek his guidance for where to give their additional time, talents, and material possessions.

 

 

 

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