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STATEMENT OF FAITH

I.    GOD

      A. The Godhead

There is one holy God, who exists eternally in three distinct beings, equal in essence, authority, and honor: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 45:22; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; 2 Corinthians 13:14 [13]; 1 John 5:7; 1 Peter 1:16)

      B. Qualities of the Godhead

The three beings of the Godhead possess seven qualities which distinguish the Godhead from creation:

           1. Self-existence (Colossians 1:17)

           2. Eternality (Psalm 90:2; 93:2; 102:24-27; Isaiah 57:15; 1 Timothy 6:16)

           3. Infiniteness (1 Kings 8:27; Job 5:9)

           4. Immutability (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 1:12; James 1:17)

           5. Omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Hebrews 4:13)

           6. Omniscience (Psalm 139:1-6; 47:5; Isaiah 46:10; Rom. 11:33; 1 John 3:20)

           7. Omnipotence (Psalm 62:11; 147:5; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26)

      C. God the Father

God the Father, the first Being of the trinity, is the head of the trinity and the source from Whom actions in the trinity occur. The Father brings forth, initiates, conceives, and originates the actions of the Godhead. (Psalm 33:6; John 14:26; 1 Cor. 11:3; 15:28; Hebrews 11:3; 1:2; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 3:5)

      D. God the Son

The second Being of the trinity, the Word, became incarnate as the God-man, Jesus Christ the Son of God, still 100% God and becoming 100% man, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. During the incarnation, He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinful humanity that all who personally apply His atonement accomplished at the cross will be redeemed from sin and united in fellowship with God. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves the effectiveness of His atoning work for believers. He is now exalted at the right hand of the Father. It is through Jesus that the Father mediates, arranges, and carries out the will of the Godhead. (Matthew 26:64; 28:6; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1-5, 10-14; Romans 3:23-26; 5:9; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 1:3; 2:9; 7:26; 8:1; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 Peter 3:18; Acts 2:23-24, 33)

      E. God the Holy Spirit

The third Being of the trinity is the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds both from the Father and the Son. It is by the Holy Spirit that miracles, regeneration, sanctification, and fruitfulness occur, as well as fulfillment of the purposes of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer, guiding, teaching, encouraging, and empowering for godliness and service, in addition to convincing the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4)

   

II.  SCRIPTURE

The one holy God supernaturally by means of the Holy Spirit inspired or breathed upon human authors using their personalities to communicate His message accurately in the original documents of the Old and New Testaments, copies and translations of which provide the authoritative basis for faith and conduct. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)

 

III. HUMANITY

      A.  Origin of Humanity and Disobedience

Humanity was created in the image and likeness of God with the freedom of choice. Being in God’s image pertains to such areas as Mental, Moral, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual. The crucial moral choice God provided the first human beings, Adam and Eve, involved whom they would consider to be god of their lives, the one holy God or themselves. Their disobedience in the Garden of Eden with respect to eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil indicated that they wanted to be their own god. This disobedience or sin caused them to die spiritually and to begin to die physically. As a result, they became very troubled in the holy presence of God. They had lost fellowship with their Creator. In addition, all of their descendants are born with a sinful nature. Those human beings who remain separated from fellowship with God will be separated from Him and true life eternally. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:2-8; Romans 3:23; 5:12-19)

      B.  Salvation Provided

Each Being of the Godhead was involved in the salvation and restoration process provided for humanity. The first Being of the trinity, God the Father, provided the means for restoration of fellowship and freedom from the bondage of sin by sending the second Being of the trinity, Jesus Christ, who took on human form, lived a sinless life, and willingly died on the cross as the only qualified sacrifice to take on the consequence of sin on behalf of sinful humanity. He offered Himself through the Holy Spirit, the third Being of the trinity, as the blood sacrifice, and both the Father and Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead. (Isaiah 53:4-6; Acts 2:24, 32; 13:30; Romans 6:4; 8:11; 1 Corinthians 4:14; 6:14; 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:20; Philippians 2:6-8; Hebrews 4:15; 9:14, 28; 12:2; 13:20; 1 Peter 1:21; 2:22-25; 3:18; 1 John 3:5)

      C.  Salvation Applied

God’s grace that brings salvation has appeared to everyone. Those who receive God’s provision by faith in Christ’s atoning work at the cross and apply this work to their lives for the forgiveness of sin are born-again spiritually, have restored fellowship with God, and are free from the bondage of sin, being renewed by the Holy Spirit and indwelt by the Godhead. They also have the blessed hope of eternal life in the presence of God. (John 3:3-8, 16; 14:17, 23; 15:4-5; Romans 6:23; 8:10-11; 10:8-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:22; 3:17; Colossians 1:27; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 3:23-24; 4:12-13; Revelation 3:20)

      D.  The Christ Life

All those who are born again, having applied the salvation provided by the Godhead, are considered believers and have the power available from God to live a godly life and to grow into Christlikeness. They also are directed to seek empowerment through the filling of the Holy Spirit for effective service. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:4; 4:8, 31; 7:55; 9:17; 13:9, 52; Romans 6:1-14; 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 2:5; Titus 2:12; 2 Peter 1:3)

 

IV. THE CHURCH

      A.  Body of Christ

All believers belong to the body of Christ and, with Christ as the head, are part of the universal church of all believers. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 5:23-24)

      B.  Ordinances

Jesus Christ gave instructions for the church to baptize believers in water, which is a physical and public sign representing what already has occurred to them spiritually, dying to their old sinful life and rising to newness of life in Christ. He also gave instructions for the church to administer the Lord’s Supper or Communion to believers. This rite is provided as a reminder to believers of Christ’s shed blood and broken body on the cross for their salvation and an encouragement to look for His return. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20; Romans 6:2-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

      C.  Healing

The redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross provides for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. Accordingly, the church is encouraged to pray for the healing of the sick. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:24)

      D.  Mission of the Church

As a body, the church’s mission involves three functions:

             1.   To glorify and worship God corporately and to receive God’s ministry in return (John 4:23-24; Romans 15:5-6; Hebrews 9:14; 12:28)

             2.   To minister to believers in fellowship, encouragement, and discipleship (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-16)

             3.   To minister to the world through evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8)

 

V.  THE BLESSED HOPE

The blessed hope of believers pertains to dwelling with the Godhead forever. It involves several future phases:

      A.  Rapture of Believers

This pertains to Jesus Christ coming in the air for all believers, taking them to be eternally with Him. Christ will bring with Him from heaven the souls and spirits of those believers who already have died. Then their dead bodies will rise and unite with their souls and spirits, and they will receive their glorified, eternal bodies. Next, those believers who still are alive will rise bodily to be with Christ and be forever changed in an instant, also receiving their glorified, eternal bodies. (Romans 8:23; 1  Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Titus 2:13)

      B.  Second Coming of Christ and His Millennial Reign

Jesus Christ will return to the earth a second time with all believers to set up His earthly kingdom and reign with them for one thousand years. (Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3-4; Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:4-6)

      C.  Eternal Ages

After the millennial reign of Christ with His believers, the heavens and earth will become new. The dwelling place of believers will be forever with the Godhead in the new Jerusalem, where righteousness dwells, and they will reign forever. (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1-27; 22:1-5)





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